This itinerary is all about flowers! In just five days, you will learn how Dutch tulips are grown and sold from the fields and greenhouses to the auction and local floating flower markets. Experience how tulips are lovingly displayed at the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, the largest flower park in the world, and learn about the rich history of tulips and their value in Dutch culture at the Tulip Museum. As no Dutch itinerary would be complete without a bicycle ride, we have also incorporated cycling with an e-bike into a portion of this itinerary. Please note that the suitable travel period for this trip is the months of March, April, and May. In these months flower bulb fields burst into rows of vivid colors: a delight for the eye. Chances to see the most tulips are best in mid-April.
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When is the best time to visit Holland?
The Netherlands is a country that can really be visited year-round. Even in the chilly winter months, you are still able to enjoy a stroll through the park or a cup of mulled wine at a local market. Situated on the coast of the North Sea, the Netherlands experiences moderate marine temperatures during Spring (March-May) and fall (September-November), colder temperatures in the winter (December- February) and warm, but manageable temperatures during the summer months (June-August). Spontaneous rainfalls can occur year-round, with the heaviest rains falling in October and November.
Where should you go?
In the Netherlands, you really can have it all! Since the country is relatively small, you are able to see all its corners without having to travel long distances. This means that it is quite easy to visit the tulips fields in the Bollenstreek (Dutch bulb region), go cycling along the dunes near Bergen and Schoorl, wander through charming cobblestone streets of 17th-century villages such as Haarlem or Leiden, or go hiking in the Veluwe National Park, all while traveling from point A to B in only 1.5 hours on average.
How many days do you need?
In 5 days, you can experience all of the highlights of the west such as Amsterdam and its many art museums which boast works from the great Dutch Masters, the tulip fields in bloom around Haarlem, traditional Dutch windmills at the Zaanse Schans, and a cheese market in Alkmaar or Gouda. If you have 7 to 10 days to spend, you can visit more off-the-beaten-track places like the picturesque fishing villages of Monnickendam, Marken, and Volendam, take a boat tour or canoe excursion through Biesbosch National Park, or head south to Limburg to visit castles and go hiking in the only hills in the Netherlands. You can even enjoy some mudflat waking and the beach in the Wadden Islands.
This itinerary combines the highlights of Holland with the best of Flanders (the Dutch-speaking half of Belgium), which makes for a grand tour of the Low Countries! Start by exploring Holland’s capital, Amsterdam, and experience its famous museums as well as small fishing villages, cheese markets, and windmills in the surrounding countryside. Next, travel south to the booming harbor city of Rotterdam to enjoy some modern Dutch architecture. Then, cross into Belgium, where you’ll start by visiting the city of Antwerp, known for its diamond trade and opulent Renaissance architecture. Your final stop is the lovely city of Ghent, characterized by its many canals, squares dominated by massive cathedrals, and even a medieval castle in the heart of the city center!
Experience the best Holland has to offer! The picturesque yet lesser-known cities of Leiden, Delft, and Gouda include all the quintessential Dutch characteristics: cheese markets, famous painters, canals, rich history, churches with beautiful stained glass, windmills, lovely squares, and ancient cobbled alleys. In addition, these smaller cities have a laid-back but lively atmosphere. End the trip in Amsterdam which is, of course, a much larger city but very much worth a visit.
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