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Amsterdam Explorer

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Bicycles in Amsterdam
Tour Style: First Class
7 Days from $1,553 per person

With the buzz of a big city and charm of a little village, let Amsterdam's tree-lined canals captivate you.

Wander through the city's labyrinthine streets, the smell of pancakes and spicy speculaas coffee linger as you dodge the swarm of bicycles that pound the city's cobblestone roads. You'll also delve into Dutch WWII history and visit Gouda's traditional cheese market.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9 am, 11.30 am and 2.30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Welcome to the picture-perfect city of Amsterdam, a charming city buzzing with bicycles and boats – every alley leads to another cozy bruin café and the canals are more plentiful than in Venice. Ease into your trip with a Welcome Reception and laidback city cruise along its winding canals, soaking up the beguiling setting as you enjoy a light meal.

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    hotel:Ramada Apollo Centre
  3. This morning, we enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum, home to masterpieces of Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. Delve into the gezelligheid of Amsterdam during a city orientation – see its beautifully preserved medieval buildings line the cobbled streets and tree-lined canals. Pass the imposing Mint Tower and mesmerising floating flower market and drive across the historic Dam Square. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring and experiencing the picturesque Dutch capital on your terms. End your day with delicious local flavors at one of the city's many cozy restaurants.
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  4. Take a trip back in time to discover the old-world charm and traditions of Holland stopping in the pretty town of Haarlem. We join a Local Specialist this morning for a visit to the Corrie ten Boom House and Museum. Learn how this watchmaker helped countless Jews escape Nazi prosecution during World War II, which would ultimately lead to her arrest. We travel to the quaint fishing village of Volendam on the shores of the Ijsselmeer, our gateway into a Holland of yesteryear. Visit Zaanse Schans, sample delicious Dutch cheeses and investigate the inner-workings of one of the country's many windmills. Along the way, you'll learn about the fascinating history of the Zuiderzee and its incredible story of land reclamation and battle against the encroaching sea. This evening, we join some of our local friends on a farm and indulge in a meal of authentic Dutch delicacies.
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  5. This morning we travel to the stately capital of The Hague and the heart of Dutch politics where we will learn about the International Court of Justice, housed within the beautifully designed Peace Palace. The pretty blue and white pottery of Delft takes center stage next as we visit the medieval old town in which it is crafted, enjoying an exclusive tour of the factory that produces these delicate pieces with a Local Specialist. Our next stop is edgy Rotterdam, which was almost completely rebuilt after World War II. Ascend the iconic Euromast Tower for spectacular panoramic views of the world's largest port city before meandering back to Amsterdam via Kinderdijk to see the stunning views of a series of 18th century windmills. Get a real taste of the city with Trafalgar's exclusive VizEat Optional Experiences. Share delicious traditional flavors with a local family in their home.
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  6. The powerful aroma of delicious Dutch cheese will infuse our senses today. Seemingly frozen in time with its beautiful 15th century town hall and medieval cheese weighing station, Gouda's status as a cheese trading town dates back to the Middle Ages. Witness this proud tradition first-hand in the town's beautiful Market Square before spending the rest of the day at leisure (Please note, during the opening of Keukenhof, an excursion to see the tulip fields will be included instead of the visit to Gouda). Returning to Amsterdam this evening, you'll be treated to a superb Farewell Dinner in the heart of the city.
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  7. The time has come to bid farewell to the magnificent city and your fellow travelers after an enjoyable At Leisure encounter with Amsterdam and the surrounding Dutch countryside. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8 am and 10 am. Conditions apply.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a room. 

Single Room Supplement: $530 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $100 p.p.

Shared Rooming: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9 am, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8 am and 10 am.

Gratuities : Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $58 per person.

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Meal Summary

5 nights, 5 hot buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Visit a working Dutch Windmill and see the inner workings of the machinery responsible for helping to reclaim the Netherlands from the sea. Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned, hand painted, porcelain. A Dutch dining experience at a cheese farm where you will also gain an insight into the making of traditional wooden clogs

Small Group Sightseeing

  • In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

  • For included visit to the Corrie ten Boom House and Museum

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City orientation in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam
  • Tickets for Keukenhof Tulip Bulb fields are included during the flowering season as an alternative to Gouda (April until mid-May)
  • Scenic canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Visit the Rijksmuseum, Corrie ten Boom House and Museum in Haarlem, Volendam, Zaanse Schans, The Hague, Delft, Kinderdijk, Gouda

Reviews

Friday, April 21, 2017
Amsterdam Explorer
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Service rating : Well organized. will travel with them again. tour guides entertaining!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We look forward to helping you plan your next trip.Thank you.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Vacation : Given the experience it was well worth the money.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Fantastic to hear! Thank you for taking the time to write
Friday, April 21, 2017
  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Netherlands and Belgium must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Netherlands and Belgium is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the Netherlands and Belgium. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress, as well as comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood.  For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

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