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Day One: UK to Holland
We depart London St Pancras for the journey to Amsterdam. On arrival your transfer will take you to the Van der Valk Avifauna hotel. (D)
Day Two: Keukenhof Gardens
Today we make the short journey to Keukenhof Gardens. Stroll through the maze of paths and explore these large gardens that have been welcoming visitors since 1949. Spread across 34 hectares you walk through a myriad of colours and over 800 different varieties of tulips amongst others. (B,D)
Day Three: Sparkling Amsterdam
We drive north and head to the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Enjoy the many sights and attractions on offer including fantastic museums such as the Rijksmuseum or Anne Frank House. See the city from a different perspective on board a canal cruise or just wander the canals stopping in one of the many cafes, bars or restaurants. We will also enjoy a tour of Gassan Diamonds and see how they diamonds are made. (B,D)
Day Four: Birdpark and Optional Gouda
You will also have some free time around your hotel to enjoy the local countryside or visit the birdpark next to the hotel. An optional visit to the town of Gouda is also possible famous for its cheese. This evening we have a fantastic evening dinner cruise on the waterways around the hotel. You will cruise through the Dutch Polders before returning to the hotel. (B,D)
Day Five: Return home
Today we transfer you back to the train station for your return journey to London St Pancras from where you will continue your journey home. (B)
Hotel Van der Valk Avifauna
The Hotel Van der Valk Avifauna is situated between Amsterdam and The Hague, on the edge of the Avifauna Bird Park of which hotel guests get free admission. It offers guests a comfortable place to stay in the pretty town of Alphen aan Den Rijn.
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Full Day: Amsterdam
As Holland’s capital city, Amsterdam is guaranteed to be a fantastic place to visit during our New Year break. The city is famous for its expansive canal system and many bridged islands, for which it’s earned the name ‘Venice of the North’. This bustling city will be a highlight on our holiday, as it is absolutely packed with things to do.
The Museum Square, or ‘Museumplein’, is home to some of the most significant museums in the city, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum. All three are well worth touring in our spare time in the city, and there’s also the Anne Frank House and the Civic Guards Gallery, as well as many other exhibits and sights.
Full Day: Keukenhof Gardens
Experience the dazzling floral displays in the seven themed gardens with a never-ending variety of spring bulbs and flowers. Admire beautiful tulips, daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths and many other varieties of flowers, taking in the kaleidoscope of colour.
See Amsterdam from a different perspective on this 75 minute cruise around the famous canals. English commentary is provided as we cruise around the sites and attractions of Amsterdam and it will also give us a chance to learn more about the city’s history.
Half Day: Gouda
Make the short journey to the typically Dutch town of Gouda, famous for its cheese. Wander through narrow picturesque streets and see the beautiful market square. It is of course famous for its cheese and we have including a tasting.