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With its iconic windmills, vibrant tulip fields, and charming canals, the Netherlands is a captivating destination that effortlessly blends old-world charm with modern innovation. Lose yourself in the enchanting streets of Amsterdam, where picturesque bridges connect historic buildings and cozy cafes beckon you to savor Dutch delicacies. Immerse yourself in the rich artistic heritage at world-class museums like the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore beyond the capital city and uncover hidden gems like Utrecht, known for its medieval architecture and lively cultural scene. Embark on a cycling adventure through quaint villages dotted with traditional Dutch houses, or take a leisurely canal cruise to experience the country's unique waterways firsthand. Nature enthusiasts will revel in the beauty of Keukenhof Gardens, where millions of blooming flowers create a kaleidoscope of colors. Whether you're seeking cultural immersion, outdoor exploration, or simply indulging in delicious cheese and stroopwafels, the Netherlands offers an unforgettable journey that will leave you enamored with its charm and warmth.

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On Sale Independent Package Captivating Rhine with AmaWaterways
7 night captivating Rhine River cruise with shore excursions in Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities; medieval Ludwigshafen; Strasbourg, with its French & German influences; and historic Breisach
from $3199 w/ Flights from $2399 Tour Only 9 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**
On Sale Independent Package Tulip Time with AmaWaterways
7 night river cruise through Belgium & the Netherlands: colorful Amsterdam; medieval Bruges, Middleburg, & Ghent; Rotterdam, the "Gateway to Europe"; whimsical Kinderdijk & more
from $3799 w/ Flights from $2999 Tour Only 9 days
per person, double occupancy,* during sale**

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Highlights

  1. Tulips

    Keukenhof GardensWith their vibrant colors and delicate petals, Tulips have long held a significant place in the heart of the Netherlands. This small country has a rich history intertwined with these captivating flowers. In the 17th century, tulip mania swept through the nation, causing prices to skyrocket and creating a speculative frenzy. Today, tulips are cherished for their beauty and symbolize Dutch pride and resilience. The annual Keukenhof Gardens, boasting over seven million tulips, is a testament to this enduring love affair. From fields ablaze with tulip blossoms to the iconic windmills standing tall amidst colorful landscapes, the Netherlands continues to be a sanctuary for tulip enthusiasts worldwide. Each spring season, the legacy of tulips is celebrated anew, reminding us of their timeless allure and the indelible mark they have left on Dutch culture and history.

  2. Amsterdam

    Sunset over canal in AmsterdamThe Netherlands' capital city is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, and narrow houses with gabled facades. A network of 165 canals stretches over 60 miles and weaves through the city like veins, breathing life into its picturesque landscape. Wander Amsterdam's narrow streets, explore the bohemian atmosphere, indulge in delectable Dutch treats, and sample traditional cheeses. Admire the iconic Westerkerk tower piercing the sky, offering breathtaking views of Amsterdam's skyline. In the Jordaan neighborhood, every step is an invitation to uncover hidden gems, discover unique boutiques, and experience the warmth of Dutch hospitality. Then, stand in awe at the grandeur of the royal palace of Amsterdam, exuding an air of regal elegance that is truly captivating.

  3. Van Gogh Museum

    Van Gogh Museum Photo by Jean Carlo Emer on UnsplashImmerse yourself in the vibrant world of Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Step into a realm where brushstrokes dance across canvases, revealing the artist's tumultuous life and unparalleled talent. Wander through the museum's hallowed halls, adorned with an extensive collection of over 200 paintings, including iconic masterpieces like "The Starry Night" and "Sunflowers." Marvel at the vivid colors and emotional intensity that define Van Gogh's unique style. Beyond the awe-inspiring artworks, delve deeper into Van Gogh's journey through his letters and sketches. Lose yourself in a world where imagination knows no bounds as you connect with the genius of Vincent van Gogh and witness his enduring legacy come to life before your eyes.

  4. Kinderdijk

    KinderdijkDive into a world of windmills, water, and willpower in Kinderdijk. This lovely village in the Netherlands' South Holland province is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for having the country's greatest concentration of 18th-century windmills. For over 700 years, the dikes, windmills, and pumping stations have helped with the region's water management, and all phases of the historical struggle against water are still visible. The unique collection of 19 windmills against the authentic Dutch landscape is a true vision.

  5. Middleburg

    MiddleburgThe second-largest trading city of the Dutch East India Company, Middleburg has an illustrious past to which today’s townscape bears witness. With its diverse events, shops, and eateries, the city is a vibrant and vivacious gem you don't want to miss. The rich history is still present in the gabled houses, winding cobblestoned streets, and historical museums. Second only to Amsterdam, Middelburg once had the largest number of historic buildings. When the Dutch East India Company was in its prime, Middleburg was one of the most important cities in the Netherlands. Today, there are still many buildings in which remind visitors of this Golden Age, with over 1,100 listed structures in the old town.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to the Netherlands? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Amsterdam
Population:  16.94 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: Dutch, Frisian & Papiamento
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC +2

Entry requirements Please see our Entry Requirements page.
Staying Healthy

As is the case with most international travel, a hepatitis vaccination is recommended. Take along comfortable walking shoes and plenty of sunscreen. 

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Weather

The months of May thru October are the best months to travel when temperatures in the day hover around the 70's and 80's. Nights dip into the 50's and 60's, so be sure to take a sweater and even an umbrella. If you would like to visit during the tulip season, April to mid-May is the best time! 

Tipping

A service charge of 5-10% is added to restaurant bills. Add 5-10% more for exceptional service. Tip in cash, even when paying with a credit card. 

Money & Credit Cards

ATMs are abundant in the Netherlands, especially Amsterdam.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

The best items to shop for in the Netherlands are diamonds, decorative tiles, wooden shoes, licorice, cheese, chocolate, and tulip bulbs. If you are shopping for Delft porcelain, look for a hallmark of the word “Delft” written with the D like a backward C.

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? Read up on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Did you know?
  • The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is famous for its iconic windmills, which can be found throughout the country.
  • The Netherlands has more bicycles than people! With over 18 million bikes, it's no wonder that cycling is a popular mode of transportation.
  • Despite being a small country, the Netherlands is one of the world's largest exporters of flowers, particularly tulips. Keukenhof Gardens showcases millions of colorful blooms each year.
  • The Netherlands is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kinderdijk, where you can see a collection of 19 traditional windmills that have been standing since the 18th century. Amsterdam, the capital city, has more canals than Venice! The picturesque canal belt is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see for visitors.
  • Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh was born in the Netherlands, and his works are celebrated in museums across the country, including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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