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Netherlands

There’s plenty more to the Netherlands than picturesque windmills, multi-coloured tulips, and the world-famous bicycle culture, although that’s three great reasons to visit already. Beyond the clog-wearing, cheese-making stereotypes, the Netherlands is an essential stop for art and architecture enthusiasts, and its cultural capital, Amsterdam, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with history and creativity around every corner.

Amsterdam is perfect for leisurely strolls along the canals. Admire Dutch masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum or the modern collection in the ‘bathtub’ shaped Stedelijk. No visit is complete without taking a peek behind the scenes in the Heineken brewery or the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary. Further afield there are the 14th-16th century buildings of Haarlem, The Hague with its extraordinary Binnenhof Palace or the characteristic old fishing villages like Volendam on the former Zuidersee.

Amsterdam has been the world’s diamond capital for 400 years and it’s still a great place to buy. At the other end of the price spectrum, Dutch bulbs, tulips, hyacinths and narcissus in every colour except black. Delft pottery and tiles are another classic souvenir in bright colours as well as the traditional blue. Edam and Gouda cheeses and traditional wooden clogs are also popular souvenirs.

Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw is one if the leading concert halls in Europe. Ballet lovers can choose the classic Dutch National Ballet or the avant garde Nederlands Danstheatre. Want something more casual? Bring a bottle of wine and a blanket to join the locals at Amsterdam’s Vondel Park, where there’s free jazz, classical and cabaret performances most nights of the week. View more trips to Netherlands.


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  • Step back in time and immerse yourself in idyllic 17th century Dutch landscapes of gently turning windmills and charming bridges, arching over peaceful canals. Enjoy a slower pace of life with all the comforts of modern touches.

  • A sensational stay capturing the very essence of Europe in a short period of time. Travel from the canals of Amsterdam to the Swiss Alps, and elegant boulevards of Paris.

  • An epic adventure covering all points of the European compass. From Amsterdam in the north to Rome in the south, Vienna in the east and Madrid in the west.

Amsterdam is not only home to some of the world’s finest museums, but also some of the quirkiest! After Rembrandt and Van Gogh, why not seek out the Museum of Bags and Purses? And of course it wouldn't be Amsterdam without the likes of the Erotic, Hemp or Torture museums. Don’t forget to visit Amsterdam’s Red Light District, and learn the history and dynamics of the place known to locals as de Wallen.

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Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Tour Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
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Gigi Smith-Bromage

Tour Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 10˚C50˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 15˚C59˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 10˚C50˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Rain

    Av temp: 5˚C41˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT + 1hr

  • Currency

    Euro (EUR, €)

When to go: June-September for the highest temperatures; May-August for the lowest rainfall.

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