Best of the Netherlands 2020

Best of the Netherlands 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Netherlands

Tour Itinerary

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. Visit Gouda, known for its namesake cheese and seasonal cheese market, regularly held on the medieval Market square. 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!

Day 1: ARRIVE 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 2: AMSTERDAM 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 3: AMSTERDAM 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 4: ROTTERDAM–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 5: ARNHEM 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 6: GRONINGEN–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 7: AMSTERDAM AREA.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

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 villageTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

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


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Accommodations

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.

Amsterdam Area: Best Western Plus Amedia Amsterdam Airport
Amsterdam Area: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport
Rotterdam: Bilderberg Parkhotel
Arnhem Area: Postillion
Groningen: Apollo Groningen

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Questions & Answers

Question: Does this price include airfare and hotel?

Airfare is a separate cost. The tour does include all hotel accommodations, breakfast every morning, 3 dinners, transportation between cities, and anything listed on the itinerary in ALL CAPS

Question: Are airport transfers included?

Airport transfers are not included; however, they are available for purchase.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 25 reviews . Currently showing 16 reviews with comments only.
By Carlo Angelo M on Sep 07, 2019

Cosmos tours offers good value for travel. However, the hotel's may not be centrally located. Transportation to and from the hotels may sometimes be complicated or costly.

By Diane N on Jul 27, 2019

Our guide Peter was fantastic. Not only was he knowledgeable he was very personable. He related well with all passengers from seniors to young adults. Our driver Bert also did a super job driving and assisting people with their luggage and on and off the coach. We had one hotel that was very lacking. It was not up to the standards normally seen in Cosmos lodging arrangements. This was the Postillion in Arnhem.

By Ana B on May 25, 2019

I liked the Cosmos tour and the details of this trip. It was a moderate pace and not too rushy

By Rina P on Apr 20, 2019

Very professional. The tour was as per the itinerary and with good pace. I enjoyed this tour very much.

By Brenda T on Apr 13, 2019

Affordable Tours is top notch

By Michelle O on Sep 01, 2018

We had a great trip with Cosmos. It was our first time traveling with Cosmos and everything went so smoothly and professionally. We would certainly book another tour in the future.

By Marilyn V on Jul 28, 2018

Our first day in Amsterdam began with a canal cruise which was very enjoyable. After a trip to the diamond factory, we had a brief tour of the city by bus. Then we found ourselves with 5 hours of free time. It would have been nice to be prepared for that amount of free time before we hit the streets of Amsterdam. I would have bought tickets for the tram and the art museum to fill the time before dinner.

By Edith H on Apr 21, 2018

I think Cosmos provides good value for money paid.

By John F on Apr 21, 2018

Patricia, our tour guide, was quite attentive and made sure the tour group of 42 persons was well informed. She got us up and onboard early on our second day, to get to Keukenhof Gardens before the rush. We were the first bus to arrive, and had some time to explore the gardens with minimal congestion. By the time we left, we counted over 100 other buses, plus cars. The experience was much better for all of us due to the early arrival. Patricia continued in this manner throughout the trip. I also found that the tour members all intermingled and got along quite well. One other note: we had time at various stops, including Kuekenhof and Amsterdam city center, to go off on our own. I saw several other tour groups who basically seemed to be following the tour guide wherever they went, and at the guide's pace. Free reign is better.

By Virginia R on Apr 21, 2018

Linda, You were the best c/s rep I have experienced. Thanks for all your help, I am keeping your contact info.

By Charles N on Apr 14, 2018

Tour guide was excellent! Tour staff on phone and email was excellent!

By Janet T on Apr 07, 2018

It was very disorganized. The restaurants for the optional dinner wasn't worth it. The servers in that particular Restaurant were rude. The food wasn't good. On our last night in the hotel we had to carry our own luggages , there aren't hotel staff to help us that was the night before our trip ended.

By Sienna V on Apr 07, 2018

It was very disorganized. The optional dinner restaurant was not good , the staff we're rude. The night before the end of our trip we had to carry our own luggages because there weren't any available hotel porters.

By Claudette E on Jul 29, 2017

I was glad to take this Greece trip this year. It was wonderful, and I enjoyed it very much. The group was very nice too. The cruise and the islands was beautiful and had a lot of fun. Thank you.

By Margareta T on Apr 08, 2017

Generally speaking, Cosmos hotels are often far out, away from the center of cities. On this tour it didn't really bother me because we didn't really have much time to go out and explore on our own. The tour director offered a couple of extra possibilities and then helped us do those - I appreciated that. She didn't have to do that, but she did, and not just did, she volunteered to do it.

By Denise B on Apr 08, 2017

Cosmos continued to offer excellent value for the money. The tour director was fabulous - one of the best. Hotels were great and have been improving in recent years with larger rooms and showers that don't send water onto the floor!


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