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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 affordable tour of the Netherlands 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.” On this Holland tour you’ll also stay in Rotterdam, a young city with the world’s busiest port and known for its modern architecture and design, as well as in some of the minor but interesting towns where you’ll discover the rural atmosphere of this country.

The Netherlands are known for their flower production, which you will experience on the 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 visit will be replaced by the spectacular visit 70-acre Keukenhof garden, to see the incredible display of colors from seven million flower bulbs. You’ll also enjoy a 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. Take a stroll in 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 $300 per couple on select 2020 air-inclusive Globus & Cosmos Europe vacations on British Airways/American Airlines*
    Must be booked between 06/05/19 and 08/30/19 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/20 and 05/31/20
  • Save $300 per couple on select 2020 air-inclusive Globus & Cosmos Europe vacations on British Airways/American Airlines*
    Must be booked between 06/05/19 and 08/30/19 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/20 and 05/31/20
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    Must be booked between 06/05/19 and 10/22/19 - for Travel Dates between 01/01/20 and 12/31/20
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Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise and city tour

AALSMEER
Visit flower auction (except departures April 4 to May 2 where you'll visit KEUKENHOF gardens instead)

DELFT
Visit Royal Delft Pottery factory

ROTTERDAM
Guided sightseeing

GOUDA
Cheese experience

GIETHOORN & GRONINGEN
Visit

ZAANSE SCHANS
Visit Wooden Clog workshop

VOLENDAM
Visit the fishing village

Itinerary (2020)

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 Amsterdam 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 attend an optional traditional Dutch dinner. (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, see some of the 7 million flowers planted annually at the world-famous KEUKENHOF—one of the world’s largest flower gardens (departures 0404-0502 and weather permitting). Continue to historic Delft to visit the famous ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY. See how this exquisite pottery is made, and marvel at the 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.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi/ 160 km (B)
Day 4ROTTERDAM–GOUDA–ARNHEM AREA.
 Arrive in Gouda, renowned for its cheese! Stroll around the picturesque narrow streets to the medieval Market Square, see the gothic Town Hall with its red and white shutters and the Goudse Waag used for cheese weighing in the 17th-century. Then, enjoy your interactive CHEESE EXPERIENCE. Next, is Arnhem, site of the WWII Battle of Arnhem, where you will see John Frost Bridge, named after the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days. Enjoy time on your own to do some independent exploring.
Today’s Distance: 71 mi/ 115 km (B,D)
Day 5ARNHEM AREA–GIETHOORN–GRONINGEN.
 This morning, head for the quaint village of Giethoorn, built on canals but quainter than cities like Venice or Amsterdam. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen.
Today’s Distance: 134 mi/ 215 km (B)
Day 6GRONINGEN–ZAANSE SCHANS–VOLENDAM–AMSTERDAM AREA.
 Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade center in the 13th century hailed today 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 WOODEN CLOG WORKSHOP in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the fishing village of Volendam, then arrive back in Amsterdam and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km (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.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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Cosmos Tour Dates


Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 09/21/2019 $1,189.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/05/2019 $1,129.00
04/04/2020 $1,259.00
04/11/2020 $1,259.00
04/12/2020 $1,319.00
04/18/2020 $1,319.00
04/19/2020 $1,319.00
04/25/2020 $1,319.00
05/02/2020 $1,319.00
05/23/2020 $1,259.00
05/30/2020 $1,259.00
06/20/2020 $1,229.00
06/27/2020 $1,229.00
07/25/2020 $1,159.00
08/01/2020 $1,159.00
08/22/2020 $1,229.00
08/29/2020 $1,249.00
09/05/2020 $1,249.00
09/19/2020 $1,249.00
09/26/2020 $1,189.00
10/03/2020 $1,189.00
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