Holland (The Netherlands)
Tours featuring Holland
Belgium & Holland, Cobblestones
& Windmills Tour
10 Wonderful Days
From medieval towns to quaint cobblestoned villages, delve deeper to discover the hidden treasures of Belgium and Holland.
- Leisurely 2, 3 and 4 night stays
- Small group tour, maximum 28
- Character hotels in superb locations
- Guaranteed 'My Time'
Holland Tour Destinations
Rotterdam is the second largest city in Holland after Amsterdam, and is a very exciting place to visit – priding itself on innovation, friendliness and culture. After being almost completely destroyed in World War II, the city was rebuilt from the ground up, and is now a metropolis of cutting-edge design.
In fact, the architecture and design in Rotterdam is one of the city’s main drawcards. Take a stroll around Kop van Zuid (home to the iconic De Rotterdam tower), the Erasmus Bridge or the Markthal (Market Hall) to get an enjoyable sample of Rotterdam’s unique architectural flavour. Speaking of flavour, Rotterdam is famous for its cafes that line the city streets, so be sure to sample an array while you’re there (we’re sure you’ll find the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had!) being the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is also a great city for water-lovers, as you can stroll along the canals or even take a water taxi or boat tour of the area.
Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in Holland, and is a must-visit for those interested in religion. The city is now based around Utrecht University, adding a lively vibe with plenty of cafes and restaurants to the area.
The iconic Domtoren Tower is considered the centre of Utrecht, with the 15th century structure being surrounded by stunning waterways lined with trees that blossom during Spring.
Other top sights to visit in Utrecht include the Centraal Museum, the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory, the Sporweg Museum, and the Rietveld-Schroderhuis (a historic house from 1924).
Amsterdam is the crown jewel of Holland, and a centre for urban exploration, cafe culture, fantastic art, quaint streets, and all the canal-boating your heart could desire! Browse the boutiques in the laneways to discover hidden vintage treasures, visit the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum for Matisses and Mondrians, or simply sample some beer in a post-industrial warehouse brewery.
The residents of Amsterdam are extremely enthusiastic about their bikes – it’s by far the best way to travel in the city, and bikes are used to go to work, get your groceries, meet friends, you name it! So, if your legs can manage, doing a bike tour of Amsterdam is a fantastic way to see the city as the locals do. Alternatively, taking a cruise down the canals on one of the many riverboat cruises available is a more relaxed way to see the sights.
During your stay in Amsterdam, be sure to visit a ‘bruin cafe’ (‘brown cafe’; a traditional drinking establishment) and enjoy the sense of friendliness, coziness, and warmth that the wood panelling and traditional brews bring.
If you’re itching to see traditional Dutch windmills in their full glory, then Zaanse Schans is the place for you. This working village looks like something out of a storybook, as the 17th century buildings are home to cheesemakers, a clog factory, figuring makers and windmill galleries. You’ll be able to sample traditional Dutch treats and, for the artists, you can purchase authentic paint pigments used in the Renaissance masterpieces of yesteryear.
Keukenhof Flower Festival
Keukenhof is near Lisse in Southern Holland, and is home to the largest flower garden in the world – over seven million tulips, actually! Definitely one for the green thumbs out there, the beautiful view of these Dutch tulip gardens in bloom is truly a sight to behold. Visit in April or May to be overwhelmed by the scents, colours and sounds of the birds. It’s a feeling you’ll never forget!