Tulips of Northern Holland
About Noord Holland
If you’re looking for a vacation that combines some well-known sights with those off the beaten track, this itinerary is for you! Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to your river cruise vessel in Haarlem. From the fishing village of Volendam, visit the town of Edam. Discover the region of “North Holland,” where tulip fields abound, then sail across the Ijsselmeer, formerly known as the Zuider Zee, to the region known as “Friesland,” famous for its black-and-white cows. Visit the Zuider Zee Museum in Enkhuizen or get a chance to meet some of the locals. Take a walking tour of the small town of Hoorn, which gave its name to South America’s Cape Horn, visit the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad, and choose between visits of the Kröller-Müller Museum or Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem. From Rotterdam, you may choose to visit Keukenhof Gardens. Your vacation concludes with a cruise along Amsterdam’s canals.
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style bedsDay 1 Amsterdam–Transfer to Haarlem (Embarkation)–Volendam: welcome receptionDay 2 Volendam. Excursion to Edam–Enkhuizen: guided walk in Edam; choice of guided visit to Zuiderzee Museum or “Dutch Experience” outing in EnkhuizenDay 3 Enkhuizen–Friesland: choice of guided walk of Alkmaar or “Tulip Fields” excursion; Friesland excursion, visit the planetariumDay 4 Sneek–Lelystad–Kampen: cheese & Genever tasting; visit the Batavia shipyard and Batavia in LelystadDay 5 Gelderse IJssel–Arnhem: choice of visit to either Museum Hartenstein or Kröller-Müller MuseumDay 6 Rotterdam–Utrecht: choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or guided sightseeing of Rotterdam and UtrecthtDay 7 Hoorn–Amsterdam: guided walk in Hoorn; canal cruise in AmsterdamDay 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Meals are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) in the day-by-day itineraryCaptain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareLocal chef dinnerFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.