Maastricht, Rotterdam, Deventer, Leeuwardan & Amsterdam
History & Culture
A destination of culture and innovation intertwined, the Netherlands is packed with a vast array of places to explore.
This trip is designed to include both the first-time highlights, as well as the hidden gems not known to many. From windmills, cheese markets, wooden shoes, masterpieces of Old Masters, bulb fields and many other attractions.
Arriving in Amsterdam or Brussel’s airport, you will be transferred to Maastricht. Enjoy an afternoon 2-hour private Maastricht tour with its historical structures, squares and the famed ‘het Vrijthof’ which has attracted pilgrims since Medieval times to the grave of Saint Servatius. Conclude with 1-hour evening Maastricht cruise (shared), passing the Bonnefantan Museum, Gouvernement and St Pietersburg.
Start with Saint Peter’s cave, excavated through centuries beneath Saint Peter’s Mount. Drive 110 km or about 1.5 hours for a 2-hour Antwerp walking tour, exploring its guild houses, churches, Brabo-Fountain, the giants who lived at Citadel Steen, as well as delicious Belgium chocolates and waffles. Thereafter, we drive 100 km or about 1.5 hours to Rotterdam.
Greet the morning from Euromast Tower, boasting panoramic city and port views. Explore Rotterdam’s funky modern architectures by foot, such as Erasmus Bridge, building ‘Rotterdam’, Cube Houses and Market Hall. Drive 30 mins to the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk (UNESCO), served to drain excess water from the reclaimed land. After visiting the Kinderdijk village and the windmill interior, you have an optional activity to bike across the windmills in proper Dutch style.
We devote the day to explore ‘s Hertogenbosch, home to renowned medieval artist Jheronimus Bosch, for a Bossche Bollen decoration workshop. Set off to WW2 Nazi Concentration camp or the Efteling fairy-tale theme park before we driving 110km or about 1.5 hours to Deventer.
After Deventer’s city walking tour, we drive 35km or about 30 mins to Hoge veluwe. Visit the Kröller-Müller Museum inside the National Park Hoge Veluwe, home to the world’s largest private Van Gogh collection and one of Europe’s largest sculpture gardens. Conclude with the cozy, ornate Canneburgh castle.
Drive 70km, about 1 hour for half day Giethoorn walking tour. Giethoorn was nicknamed ‘Venice of the North’ with its wooden bridges, thatched farmhouses and canals. After lunch, we drive 60km, about 1 hour to Orvelte museum village to understand local saw mills, blacksmiths and wooden shoe industries.
Visit the old planetarium in Franeker and the historic Hindeloopen fishing village at the northernmost province of Friesland. Continue 116km, about 1.5 hours to Edam and Marken, surrounded by fertile towns adorned with of canals and lakes. Transfer to the picture-perfect capital – Amsterdam.
Start with a city tour through the cobblestone streets and tree-lined Amsterdam canals (UNESCO). Visit the harbor, historic Jordan quarter, Vondel Park, “Skinny Bridge” and Red Light district. Explore the the Anne Frank House, a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. This afternoon, come face-to-face with Dutch masterpieces at Van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum before relaxingly traversing the inner labyrinths of 17th century canal houses on a 1-hour canal cruise.
Rise early to visit the world-famous Flower Auction (closed on Sat & Sun). Experience the hustle and bustle of the auction floor, traders and the quantity of beautiful flowers traded. After lunch, you will be transferred to Amsterdam International Airport for your flight home.
Crowne Plaza Maastricht • Suitehotel Pincoffs Rotterdam • Hotel FINCH Deventer • Elfstedenstate Leeuwarden • Pulitzer Amsterdam
Less than a 15-minute walk from Vrijthof in the center of Maastricht, guests can enjoy a drink at the fireside in the bar. (Rooms: 144)View More
Centrally located in the Kop van Zuid overlooking Erasmus Bridge and Maas river, traditional trimmings are enhanced with contemporary comfort, top-notch view and hospitality. (Opened: 2008; Rooms: 17)View More
Located in Deventer, 3.9 km from Sport- En Recreatiecentrum De Scheg, this hotel features a bar and views of the city. (Rooms: 21)View More
Located in a monumental building in Easterein, 6.8 mi from Sneek.View More
Set within 25 interlinked 17th and 18th century canal houses, the newly restored Pulitzer Amsterdam is a luxury hotel along the famous Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 225)View More
Kruisherenhotel Maastricht • Mainport Design Hotel Rotterdam • Grand Boutique HotelDeventer • Post-Plaza Hotel Leeuwarden • The Dylan Amsterdam
Set in a renovated Gothic monastery, each room has its contemporary character designed by international designers such as Philip Starck, Le Corbusier and Ingo Maurer. (Refurbished: 2005; Rooms: 60)View More
This luxurious 5-star Mainport Design Hotel is on the Maas River banks in the center of the city of Rotterdam. The hotel has a waterfront terrace and a private jetty which is accessible for taxi and party boats. (Opened: 2013; Rooms: 215)View More
Located at the opposite of the Lebunius Church and 200 m from Deventer city center, this hotel features individually decorated Rooms. (Opened: 1880; Rooms: 11)View More
Located in the city center, this atmospheric hotel is beautifully restored from within the old post office in the old Gratama Bank. (Opened: 2009; Rooms: 82)View More
Boutique hotel The Dylan is set along the Keizersgracht canal, in the heart of Amsterdam. Dam Square is a short walk away. (Opened: 1999; Rooms: 40)View More
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