Springtime in Holland

9th - 18th April(9 Nights)pdfdownload

 

 





Amsterdam, Delft and Keukenhof Gardens

A wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Spring Break in the Netherlands, on a tour mixing colours of this time of year with visits to its major attractions.

Amsterdam, capital and cultural centre of Holland, is a must on any tour of the Netherlands. We have organised a two-day travel card to the city, including a cruise on its extensive network of canals, and plenty of free time for you to wander the streets, shop and visit some of the many museums on offer

We have arranged a tour of Delft Pottery, so you can see first-hand where the very early Delft Blue’ was produced from 1653. Later we visit Delfts historic centre, where the rows of gabled houses, almshouses and the Prinsenhof (former residence of the Princes of Orange) symbolises much of Holland’s history.

At this time of year, it’s also Bollenstreek Flower Parade, a carnival of floats richly decorated in spring flowers projecting a unique colour and perfume as each vehicle passes.  Supported by bands of local musicians this one-off event comes alive and we have arranged viewing for all on the tour.

Finally, we will be visiting the world famous Keukenhof gardens, the largest Spring garden in the world; 7 million flower bulbs of daffodils, hyacinths and tulips in bloom. There are also seven special show gardens to marvel at, each reflecting the latest trends in horticulture. Time at Keukenhof will be free for you to wander over the 79-acre site at your own pace, to delight at the colour and pick up inspiration for your own garden.

Please note that no pets are allowed on this tour due to restrictions at the campsite

Day One – Tuesday 9th April
We meet up at a campsite in the lovely coastal town of Katwijk, where we are pitched near to one of the best of Holland’s west coast beaches. We stay here for six nights and this evening get together for a welcome dinner in the campsites own restaurant.

Day Two – Wednesday 10th April
Our excursion for today is to the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, one of the most photographed gardens in the world. You will be free to wander through the grounds, gardens and pavilions at your own pace.

Day Three – Thursday 11th April
We will take our coach to Delft, this morning where we have a guided visit of Royal Delft Pottery  to see and learn the history of the “Delft Blue”, afterwards we go into the historic city centre where you have free time for lunch and a wander around, several stalls should also be on display as it is Market Day.

Day Four – Friday 12th April
Free day to wander into Katwijk to do a little shopping, walk the beach or sit at a café and watch the world go by

Day Five – Saturday 13th April
Our coach today will take us to a good vantage point for enjoying the annual Flower Parade – colourful flowers, plenty of floats and musical entertainment. Lunch included

Day Six – Sunday 14th April
Time to relax or take a walk along the promenade to take in the sea air; it is after all Sunday!

Day Seven – Monday 15th April
A drive this morning to visit the Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum. 40 miles. This is a small village on the banks of the Zaan River, complete with traditional green houses and working windmills. In the 17th and 18th centuries there were thousands of windmills along the dykes; Zaaanse Schans gives the visitor a real idea of what life was like at that time. In addition to the mills don’t miss the clog maker and the cheese factory. After the visit we continue the journey to our next campsite near Amsterdam. 20 miles

Day Eight – Tuesday 16th April
With our 48-hour travel ticket you have unlimited use of all metros, evening busses and trams throughout Amsterdam which gives you the opportunity to explore this wonderful city at your own pace.

Five minutes’ walk from the campsite will bring us to the metro station, and Amsterdam is only 15 mins away. This morning we all travel to the city together to learn the transport system and start the day seeing the city from the water with a canal cruise. For the remainder of the day you have free time to complete your own visits; with Anne Frank Museum, the word famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Flower Markets, Shops, Cafés and Restaurants you certainly won’t be stuck for things to see.

Day Nine – Wednesday 17th April
Opportunity to revisit Amsterdam using your travel card, this evening we will have our “Farewell Dinner”

Day Ten – Thursday 18th April
Our tour ends this morning; we can travel back towards our ferry destinations or you could extend your stay in the Netherlands or on the continent.

TOUR PRICE                                           TOUR DEPOSIT       £250

Motorhome with 2 people = £699 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £875

INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • 9 Campsite nights with hook-ups
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, including entry ticket
  • Excursion to Delft
  • Visit to Royal Delft Pottery
  • Excursion to the Flower Parade, including lunch
  • Entry into Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum
  • 48-Hours Amsterdam Travel card
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes + GPS Co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome

The tour will start in Katwijk, Holland, but if you would like to travel at the same time as the Tour Director’s from the UK on the outward journey, please book the optional tour package so that everything can be arranged on your behalf

OPTIONAL PACKAGE

  • Return Dover/Calais Ferry with 60 Day Flexible Ticket + Club Class Lounge
  • 1 x Campsite night in Kent on Sunday 7th April with electric hook-up
  • 1 x Campsite night in Belgium on Monday 8th April with electric hook-up
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes + GPS Co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome

OPTIONAL PACKAGE PRICE

Motorhome + 2 People @ £155 per person
Motorhome + 1 Person @ £279