AMSTERDAM, ZAANS SCHANS, VOLENDAM, DELFT, HAARLEM, KEUKENHOF, GOUDA, UTRECHT
9 days - 7 nights from PHL
* per person in double occupancy
most US gateways available
Travel Dates: APRIL 20, to APRIL 28, 2023
9 days, 7 nights including accommodation, meals & airfare from PHL (most US gateways available)
This tour will take you into the heart of some of the most breathtaking springtime scenery in Europe. Our itinerary will transport us on the Dutch countryside to discover the beauty and history of the region while experiencing spectacular carpets of full bloom tulips, unfolding views of windmills, taste incredible cheeses and experience traditions of Flemish and Dutch people from the comfort of our deluxe coach. Come join us for this amazing voyage!
MAIN PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Round trip airfare from Philadelphia (PHL) airport. Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included. (Valid at present time)
• First class hotel accommodations for 7 nights at Novotel Amsterdam City 4 * (or similar hotels) including hotel tax and service charges.
• Services of an English-speaking local tour manager throughout the program.
• Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions.
• Sightseeing, guided tours, entrance fees and admissions as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners (mineral water and a glass of wine are included).
• All VAT city and local Tax, baggage handling at hotels. (Based on one bag per person).
• Headsets on guided tour
Fuel surcharges and air taxes are included and valid at the time of printing and are subject to change. Other gateways are available at an additional cost. The price does not include tips, travel insurance, airline luggage overage fees, passports fees as well as items of a personal nature. This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Day 1: Thursday, April 20 – Depart Philadelphia for overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Day 2: Friday, April 21 – Amsterdam, Zaans Schans, Edam, and Volendam
Upon arrival, proceed through customs and collect baggage. A Jet Vacations guide will greet you and take you on a scenic journey to several villages, including Zaanse Schans, a pretty historical village on the Zaan River. There are well preserved windmills some dating to the 17th century and an open-air museum. Continue to Edam and enjoy a walking tour. Travel to Volendamto to spend the afternoon before traveling back to Amsterdam for a short walking tour around the hotel and Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)
Day 3: Saturday, April 22 – Amsterdam: Canal Tour and Rijksmuseum
Enjoy a full day tour of Amsterdam beginning with boat tour along the city’s UNESCO canals past picturesque gabled houses, bridges, and churches. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the recently renovated Rijksmuseum, the national museum dedicated to the arts and history of the Netherlands. The museum contains a collection of over one million pieces. There are over 8,000 displays in 80 galleries, including Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Return to the hotel for a free evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4: Sunday, April 23 – Delft, The Hague, and Mauritshuis Museum
Travel to Delft, the home of Vermeer. Visit the Delft Pottery Factory to learn how the blue-and-white Delft pottery is made. Then explore the city center to see the Waag (Weigh House), Oude Kerk (Old Church), and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). Enjoy free time for lunch in Delft. In the afternoon travel to The Hague, the government center of the Netherlands and the world’s judicial capital. Stop to see the Peace Palace and continue on to the Mauritshuis Museum, home to the best Golden Age Dutch paintings, including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholaes Tulp, Fabritius’s The Goldfinch, and Potter’s The Bull. Return to the hotel for a free evening. (Breakfast)
Day 5 – Monday, April 24 – Teylers Museum in Haarlem and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Travel to Haarlem to visit the Teylers Museum, an art, natural history, and science museum and then enjoy free time for lunch before traveling back to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh Museum to see works of art that influenced Vincent Van Gogh as well the largest collection of works by the artist, including his paintings, drawings, and letters. Return to the hotel for a free evening. (Breakfast)
Day 6 – Tuesday, April 25 – Keukenhof Gardens and Amsterdam
Travel to the Keurkenhof Gardens, one of the world’s largest flower gardens which covers 79 acres with spring flowers and of course its lovely tulips. Enjoy free time for lunch and then return to Amsterdam for a free afternoon and evening. (Breakfast)
Day 7 – Wednesday, April 26 – Gouda and Utrecht
Travel to Gouda, the historic city in the province of South Holland, known for its cheese, candles, and waffles of stroopwafels. During the tour of the city enjoy a cheese tasting at a local cheese shop and stroopwafels at a local waffle bakery followed by lunch. After lunch continue to Utrecht, a city in central Netherlands and a religious center. It has a medieval town center, canals, Christian monuments, and a university. The Domtoren, a 14th century bell tower, stands opposite the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin on the century square. Enjoy a guided tour and free time. Return to the hotel for a free eveing. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 8 – Thursday, April 27 – Amsterdam and King’s Day Festivities
Today is a day free to enjoy the city-wide King’s Day Festivities in honor of the birthday of the Dutch king, Willem Alexander. Before his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated in 2013 it was known as Queen’s Day. Experience the city filled with orange-clad revelers. Return to the hotel for the Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 – Friday, April 28 – Departure Day.
After breakfast, depart for home or continue on to Bruges on the Post-Trip. (Breakfast).