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Cosmos Best of the Netherlands (4820)

7 days from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 
Famous for its tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs, Holland is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities. You’ll get to know the country on this Holland tour starting and ending in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, Holland’s capital, is a pleasant, 700-year-old city whose elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, renowned museums, and picturesque canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a pleasurable atmosphere. Here, your city tour includes a cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam—through the elegant canals lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” In contrast, on this Holland tour you’ll also overnight in Rotterdam, a young city with the world’s busiest port and known for its modern architecture and design.

A highlight of this tour through the Netherlands is a visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer flower auction, where over 20 million plants and flowers are sold daily, however, from April to mid-May, the Aalsmeer flower auction will be replaced by the spectacular visit 70-acre Keukenhof garden, to see the incredible display of colors from seven million flower bulbs. Other highlights include a visit to the Royal Palace of Het Loo, the royal family’s majestic summer residence since the late 1600s; the visit of the Royal Delft Pottery Factory to see how this precious pottery is made. In Groesbeek, dive into the history of Holland’s occupation and liberation during WWII at the National Liberation Museum. Stop in Staphorst, the rustic town dating back to the 13th century, and Volendam, known for its old fishing boats, characteristic small houses, drawbridges, and canals. Additionally, drive over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, constructed to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level.

For the value-minded traveler wanting to have an in-depth experience of the Netherlands, this is the perfect Holland vacation!

Cosmos Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $200 per couple on air-inclusive January thru May 2019 Globus & Cosmos Europe vacations.*
    Must be booked between 06/06/18 and 09/04/18 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/19 and 05/31/19
  • Save $200 per couple on air-inclusive January thru May 2019 Globus & Cosmos Europe vacations.*
    Must be booked between 06/06/18 and 09/04/18 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/19 and 05/31/19
  • Book early and save $50 per person on 2019 Cosmos vacations worldwide*
    Must be booked between 06/06/18 and 10/23/18 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/19 and 12/31/19
Restrictions May Apply

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise and city tour

AALSMEER
Visit flower auction (except departures April 6 to May 4 where you'll visit KEUKENHOF gardens instead)

DELFT
Visit Royal Delft Pottery factory

ROTTERDAM
Guided sightseeing

GROESBEEK
Visit the National Liberation Museum

GIETHOORN & GRONINGEN
Visit

ZAANSE SCHANS
Visit Wooden Clog and Dutch Cheese workshop

VOLENDAM
Visit the fishing village

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND.
 Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam on your own with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2AMSTERDAM AREA.
 For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It reclaimed 40% of its territory from the sea, and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area—yet Holland manages to remain quaint and scenic. Your day begins with a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level. Complete the experience watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER, and follow a Local Guide who will point out Amsterdam's highlights on the included city tour. Enjoy time this afternoon to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion. (B)
Day 3AMSTERDAM AREA–AALSMEER/KEUKENHOF–DELFT–ROTTERDAM.
 Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating AALSMEER FLOWER AUCTION or, when the tulips bloom (departures April 6-May 4), see some of the 7 million flowers planted annually at the world-famous KEUKENHOF—one of the world’s largest flower gardens (weather permitting). Continue to historic Delft for a visit of the famous ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY. See how this exquisite pottery is made and marvel at its magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware. Continue on to Rotterdam, the world’s busiest port, to marvel at the city’s futuristic architecture during your sightseeing with a Local Guide. (B)
Day 4ROTTERDAM–GROESBEEK–ARNHEM AREA.
 Today is all about history. Visit Groesbeek, where Allied forces launched Operation Market Garden during WWII, the largest airborne battle in history and the only major Allied defeat of the northwest Europe campaign. Also, explore the NATIONAL LIBERATION MUSEUM, which commemorates Holland’s occupation and liberation during the war. Next is Arnhem, site of the Battle of Arnhem, where you will see John Frost Bridge, named for the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days. Enjoy time on your own to do some independent exploring. (B,D)
Day 5ARNHEM AREA–GIETHOORN–GRONINGEN.
 This morning, head for the quaint village of Giethoorn, built on canals but very different from busy cities like Venice or Amsterdam. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen. (B)
Day 6GRONINGEN–ZAANSE SCHANS–VOLENDAM–AMSTERDAM AREA.
 Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade center in the 13th century that today is hailed as the “World Cycling City.” Cross over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, which is part of an incredible system of 1,200 miles of dikes, dams, and dunes built over the last 900 years to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level. Visit a renowned WOODEN CLOG and DUTCH CHEESE WORKSHOP in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the fishing village of Volendam, then arrive back in Amsterdam to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 7AMSTERDAM AREA.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in Amsterdam

Cosmos Pricing Details

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement
$320

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room $146, in twin / in triple $89

2020 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2019.

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Cosmos Tour Dates


Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 08/25/2018 $1,119.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/01/2018 $1,179.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/22/2018 $1,179.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/06/2018 $1,119.00
04/06/2019 $1,309.00
04/13/2019 $1,309.00
04/20/2019 $1,375.00
05/04/2019 $1,375.00
05/25/2019 $1,309.00
06/01/2019 $1,309.00
06/22/2019 $1,264.00
06/29/2019 $1,264.00
07/27/2019 $999.00
08/03/2019 $999.00
08/24/2019 $1,242.00
08/31/2019 $1,309.00
09/07/2019 $1,309.00
09/21/2019 $1,309.00
09/28/2019 $1,242.00
10/05/2019 $1,242.00
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