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Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

1. Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

Explore the extraordinary phenomenon of Keukenhof from up close. Keukenhof is a place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, and other bulb flowers in the spring. This beautiful spring garden offers a unique scent and color experience, over 20 spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, and exciting events. Surrounding Keukenhof lie the famous bulb fields. From the windmill you take in spectacular views of some of the bulb fields, with a visit to Keukenhof guaranteeing beautiful photographs. There are activities for all ages, allowing you to stimulate your senses as you smell, taste, listen, and enjoy. Keukenhof is a treat for the whole family with children being able to enjoy themselves in the playground, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and go on a scavenger hunt. Your tour will continue to visit the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Known as the “Venice of North”, the village is notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. You will explore the fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Experience the scenery on a leisurely trip through the canals. Explore the preserved village on foot, and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village.

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Kagerplassen: Spring Cruise & Keukenhof Gardens Entry Ticket

2. Kagerplassen: Spring Cruise & Keukenhof Gardens Entry Ticket

Combine a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens with a beautiful spring cruise lasting approximately 1.5 hours on one of the great ships of Rederij van Huls. Journey along the beautiful 'Kagerplassen', also known as the 'Amsterdam Lakes' During the cruise you can enjoy the beautiful views, historic windmills, and typical Dutch villages in the famous bulb region. The boat is covered and offers an open deck as well, providing great photo opportunities, so be sure to bring your camera. After the cruise, go to the Keukenhof Gardens which are located only 10 minutes (by car) from the cruise departing point. With the Keukenhof ticket you will have direct access to the gardens where you'll see plenty of blooming tulips.

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Amsterdam: Half-Day Flower Fields and Keukenhof Bicycle Tour

3. Amsterdam: Half-Day Flower Fields and Keukenhof Bicycle Tour

Meet your experienced guide at Amsterdam Central Station. Hop aboard the train together and head to the flower village of Hillegom, where your bicycle will be ready for you. Embark on a guided tour through the flower bulb region.  Cycle through the most beautiful fields filled with flowering tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, and discover the hidden spots of the region with the help of your guide. Hear all the ins and outs of the flower bulb-growing process and about why the flower bulb region is so unique. A visit to the Keukenhof follows. Enjoy free time within this most beautiful spring park in the world, rounding off a wonderful experience before returning to Amsterdam via train.

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Rotterdam: 1-Hour River Cruise and 3-Course Meal

4. Rotterdam: 1-Hour River Cruise and 3-Course Meal

Admire Rotterdam’s famous attractions from the water aboard a 1-hour cruise sailing down the Maas River, which includes live commentary from a local expert guide. Board the cruise and, as the journey begins, look up to see a unique view of the Euromast. Glide past renowned landmarks like SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, and Hotel New York. Continue down the river and pass by the White House, Willems Bridge, the city’s port, and other impressive buildings decorating the skyline. Listen to the onboard guide tell you interesting facts about Rotterdam and what makes the city’s architecture so special. Explore the open decks to feel the cool river breeze and see the city from many vantage points, providing perfect photo opportunities. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Rotterdam — a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the river cruise you will eat at de Zwarte Zwaan, next to the departure location of the cruise. You may choose a starter, main course, and dessert from the menu, with a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian options to choose from.

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Rotterdam: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

5. Rotterdam: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

Take a journey into the past and roam the decks above and under the water line like the world traveller you are. Expect to be dazzled by the stylish decorated rooms before taking time to unwind on the ship's impressive bow. The Steamship Rotterdam is the biggest oceanliner ever built in the Netherlands. As the former flagship of the Holland-America Line, this ship has sailed many of the world’s seas since 1959. The ship is now moored permanently in the Maashaven in Rotterdam, by Katendrecht. Look across the monumental bow, watch the heavy windlasses, climb up the towering bridge, check out the chart room, the radio room and visit the original captain’s cabin. Explore the glorious past and follow in the footsteps of emigrants and world travellers by taking the Rotterdam Complete Tour, the Seabreeze Deluxe Tour or the Steam and Chrome Tour.

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Keukenhof Gardens 5-Hour Group Tour in Spanish or English

6. Keukenhof Gardens 5-Hour Group Tour in Spanish or English

Discover the most famous tulip gardens in the Netherlands on a half-day tour of Keukenhof. Transfer from Amsterdam to the Keukenhof Gardens, situated between the towns of Lisse and Hillegom. In 1840, various landscape painters were commissioned to design what would become the Keukenhof park. The designers drew heavily on the English style prevalent at the time, with flowers as an essential element. Upon arrival at Keukenhof (Dutch for “kitchen garden”), explore more than 32 hectares of parkland. See a vast collection of flowers and hybrids of different species around the old mills, lakes, fountains and wide promenades. Purchase some bulbs or seeds in the greenhouses. Wander the park’s 4 main areas, named after members of the Dutch royal family of Oranje. Discover different varieties and displays in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion, Willem Alexander Pavilion, Koningin Beatrix Pavilion, and Koningin Juliana Pavilion.

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Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

7. Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

From early April to mid-May you will get to visit  Keukenhof, close to Amsterdam, and show you the tulips at their best. This tour has it all: you will enjoy the fragrances and the colors of 7 million flowers as well as the unearthly beauty of historical Delft. After a leisurely drive through the countryside you'll see the vast bulb fields in full blossom as well as the typical windmills. First, you'll visit  Delft which is said to be the most charming town of the Netherlands.  You will marvel at the picturesque canals, the city hall, the Old and the New Church that also houses the underground crypt of the Dutch Royal Family. In your free time, you will most certainly browse through the countless small but cozy Delft arts and crafts shops. After lunch and on the way to the Keukenhof estate you'll hear about the history and importance of tulip growing.  And then for three hours, you enjoy the many gardens and beautiful pavilions which show a great collection of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and other flowers.

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The Hague: City Canal Cruise

8. The Hague: City Canal Cruise

Board this canal cruise for a relaxing and informative tour through the canals of The Hague. Your guide will show you all sides of the city from the posh to the modest, both the working-class and upper-class parts of The Hague. The boat is very comfortable and your knowledgeable guide will tell you all that you could ever want to know about the city. During this cruise, you'll be able to learn about the history of The Hague and see its sights from a different perspective. While cruising the canals, you can take in many sights of this international city of Peace and Justice. Please note that not all of the canal cruises are conducted in English. Due to the many nationalities of passengers handouts are provided in Dutch, English, German, French, and Spanish.

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Amsterdam: Guided Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Tour

9. Amsterdam: Guided Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Tour

Begin your day with a pickup from one of the pickup points in central Amsterdam. As you leave Amsterdam, gaze out at the vivid flower fields of the Dutch countryside, which are awash with colorful crocuses, tulips, and daffodil. These blooming fields are remarkably beautiful, and as you admire them you can listen to your guide reveal more about the history of this region. Depending on the time, you might also stop to take photographs of this stunning landscape. When you arrive at Keukenhof Gardens, step off the bus and embark on a guided tour of the grounds. Covering an area of more than 79 acres (32 hectares), these magnificent gardens are home to innumerable blooming bulbs, all meticulously landscaped into aesthetically pleasing patterns. The gardens are filled with delicate blossoms of all sorts of colors and textures, which emanate a gently perfumed fragrance. After soaking up the garden vistas, continue to Zaanse Schans. The windmill village of Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that has a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. These buildings were brought there from 1961 onward, bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region. The prosperity of the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns, and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as homes to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige, and light blue. Upon arrival to the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour. You will visit the clog museum and annex wooden shoemaker shop, and will also get to taste Dutch farmer cheese in the cheese farm. It is then time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off to discover Zaanse Schans, your guide will provide you with further information on the unique character of Zaanse Schans, teach you the local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about what to do and where to go.

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Amsterdam: Keukenhof, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

10. Amsterdam: Keukenhof, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

Experience the fantastic Keukenhof Tulips Gardens up close. Keukenhof is the place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, and other bulb flowers in the spring. This most beautiful spring garden offers a unique scent and color experience, with over 20 spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, and exciting events. Surrounding Keukenhof lies the famous bulb fields and from the windmill you will enjoy spectacular views of some of the bulb fields. There are activities for all ages allowing you to stimulate your senses as you smell, taste, listen, and enjoy. Keukenhof is a treat for the whole family where children can enjoy themselves in the playground, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and go on a scavenger hunt. Follow the stepping stones on the lake, meander in the maze, and eat delicious poffertjes (mini pancakes) at the Miffy playground. Your trip will then continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the Volendam Harbor, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home or for yourself, and you can also have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume in one of the many photo studios in the village. Your final destination is to explore the most picturesque traditional 17th-century village containing houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In the Zaanse Schans village, you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s nothing more Dutch than cheese, and you can try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm.

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Excellent 1 hour of entertainment. It is well worth purchasing the front seats just to observe and appreciate the team work involved amongst the musicians. Easy transfer of voucher for tickets.

Exciting concert in a breathtaking Baroque setting. The string quartet performs well-known and lesser-known pieces with a personal touch! The encore was also a real surprise!

Recommended during a visit to Vienna. Although we are not real lovers of classical music, we thought this was a fantastic experience!

The place is magnificent, the acoustics are very good. It was a great time

It was a fantastic concert in the most amazing environment