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Book before 30 April 2014 to receive a discount of £25 per person

Tour highlights

  • Amsterdam including a guided walking tour
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Journey on a steam train from Hoorn to Medemblik
  • Zuiderzee museum
  • Royal Delft Porcelain
  • Delft
  • Day 1 - By train to Delft


    Our holiday begins at St Pancras International, where we board the Eurostar to Brussels in Belgium. Here we change trains and travel across the Dutch border to the city of Rotterdam, where we join a private coach for the final leg of our journey to the town of Delft. Famous for its pottery, the town is one of the prettiest in the Netherlands. Tree lined canals and cobbled streets wind away from Markt, Delft's large, open central square. We spend five nights at the Johannes Vermeer Hotel - named after the famous artist who spent his life in Delft. On the quieter streets and canals, you get an impression of the original town that inspired Vermeer's lifetime of work. After checking in to the hotel, we enjoy dinner together this evening.


  • Day 2 - Royal Delft porcelain factory


    Today we visit the Royal Delft porcelain factory, which produces the famous 'Delft Blue'. Here we enjoy a guided tour. Delft has long been associated with intricate blue and white tin-glazed pottery, and during the tour we see a painting demonstration and visit the factory museum. Following the informative tour, your day is at leisure - giving you chance to explore the town, its charming canals, the 17th century merchants' houses and the Renaissance Town Hall. A great way to get around Delft is to use the water taxis, affectionately known as 'canal hoppers'. Popular options for today include the Medieval Old Church with its leaning tower, and the Prinsenhof Museum, which details Delft's close connection with the Dutch Royal family and is well worth visiting. Another popular option is to visit the excellent Johannes Vermeer Museum. Vermeer is undoubtedly one of the best known Dutch artists, from the 'Dutch Golden Age'. He lived his whole life in Delft and dedicated himself almost completely to his work. Although only 34 works have been attributed to him, they are renowned for their masterly use of light. The museum details his life in Delft and the stories behind his impressive paintings.


  • Day 3 - Keukenhof Gardens

    Keukenhof Gardens

    This morning we enjoy an excursion to the famous Keukenhof Gardens, where we can admire the fantastic floral displays. About seven million tulip bulbs are planted here each year along with crocuses, daffodils, orchids and other flowers, creating an explosion of brilliant colour. The gardens only open in the spring, to ensure the best possible seasonal display of the beautiful flowering plants. Across 80 acres of parkland, Keukenhof also has tranquil ponds, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, a windmill open to the public, and several cafés. After time to explore the magnificent gardens and grounds, we return to Delft, where the rest of your day is free for you to explore.


  • Day 4 - A steam train and historic Holland


    Today we travel by coach to the picturesque village of Hoorn. Here we have time for a quick visit to the fascinating Steam Train Museum. The museum restores old steam locomotives, running them on a preserved line; a journey which we take. We travel through the beautiful Westfrisian countryside in vintage carriages, passing through numerous idyllic villages on our journey to Medemblik. Later we continue by coach to Zaanse Schans, a fascinating open air museum depicting Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. This delightful old hamlet on the banks of the River Zaan boasts characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylised gardens, small humpbacked bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops. This enchanting settlement gives an excellent impression of what a typical Zaanse village must have looked like centuries ago.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 5 - Amsterdam


    Today we enjoy an excursion by rail to the superb city of Amsterdam. On arrival we take a guided walking tour of the Dutch capital, built on a myriad of canals. We visit Dam Square, where we learn of the history of the Royal Palace and National Monument. During the walk we pass the Begijnhof, one of the oldest and prettiest inner courts in the city, and Kalverstraat - the famous shopping street. After our tour you have time to explore at leisure. Amsterdam is home to some fascinating museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt House, the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, giving you a range of options for the afternoon.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 6 - By train to London


    We check out of the hotel this morning to begin our journey home. We transfer by coach to Rotterdam station, where we board the train to Brussels. On arrival in the Belgian capital we connect with the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras International.

    These meals, where shown are included in the price of your holiday

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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