Amsterdam & the Keukenhof Gardens6 days / Special Event Tours
About This Experience
Just try to imagine this: 70 brightly hued acres bursting with seven million flowers in bloom, from daffodils to hyacinths to Amsterdam’s national export: the tulip. For nearly 60 years, Keukenhof Gardens (translating to “kitchen garden”) has been a playground-meets-showplace for Dutch florists. After getting acquainted with Amsterdam, city of colorful canals and bridges, you’ll escape to the peaceful, perfumed gardens for a day to explore this year’s flourishing blooms.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
4 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach
Multilingual Tour Director
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
You’ll see flowers you never knew existed
Amsterdam’s iconic canals & bridges
Plenty of time to sit back at brown cafes
You’ll discover the art of the perfect diamond
Stroopwafels, frites & flavorful brews
The vibrant locals & bright arts scene
Overnight Flight1 night
Amsterdam4 nights - hotel info
Dally a while in Dam Square
Embark on a walking tour of Amsterdam this morning. A local guide will introduce you to the countless canals and unique character. Highlights include the magnificent houseboats that dot the canal banks, the myriad bicyclists that crowd the streets and the flocks of pigeons and clusters of monuments that populate Dam Square.
Delve into Delft or take a moment to stop and smell the tulips
Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft
You have a day to play in Amsterdam. Alternatively, consider joining our optional excursion to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture.
A Day in Charming Delft $105* pp
Pay a visit to the world-famous flower market at Aalsmeer for a close-up look at one of Holland’s best-known national exports: its brilliantly hued tulips. From there, travel to The Hague for a quick photo stop at the majestic Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally, continue to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture. Visit the Old and New Churches on a guided tour, and then enjoy free time to grab lunch and explore the town, perhaps visiting the former home of the famous painter, Vermeer.
70 acres, 7 million flowers, 60 years in the making—this is Keukenhof
Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner
Keukenhof Gardens & Aalsmeer Flower Auction
With its millions of flowers growing on 70 acres of gardens, Keukenhof has been a showplace for the Dutch floral industry for over 50 years. En route to this full-day excursion, you’ll stop at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. Then you’ll arrive at Keukenhof, home of the largest flower garden on Earth, where you’ll have plenty of time to explore the grounds. Each spring, more than 7 million flowers burst into bloom, including yellow daffodils, crocus, narcissi and hyacinths, as well as over 1,000 colorful and original varieties of tulips. This evening, celebrate your last night in Amsterdam with an optional canal cruise.
Canal Cruise & Dinner $115* pp
Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.
Extend Your Stay
Add Amsterdam $329*
Extend your stay in the Dutch capital with plenty of free time to do as much or as little as you please. Wander through Dam Square, explore the art at the Rijksmuseum or join our optional excursion to the Delft and the Hague.
Amsterdam2 nights - hotel info
If you’re craving the countryside, pick up a bike and pedal the park
Optional Excursion - Van Gogh & the Dutch Countryside
Enjoy a full day to explore Amsterdam on your own. If the art of the Dutch masters interests you, visit the recently renovated van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum (a collection of modern art). Alternatively, you might consider an optional excursion to the tranquil Dutch countryside. Your destination is the heaths and sand dunes of Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the largest nature preserves in this small country. Once you arrive at the park, you’ll have the day to explore as you please. You might rent one of the free bicycles the park provides to visitors. Or, consider stepping inside the Kröller-Müeller Museum and sculpture garden, where you’ll find masterpieces from artists including van Gogh, Mondrian, Seurat, Gauguin and Picasso.
Van Gogh & the Dutch Countryside $95* pp
This morning, leave the busy streets of Amsterdam for the tranquil Dutch countryside. Your destination is the heaths and sand dunes of Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the largest nature preserves in this small country. Once you arrive at the park, you’ll have the day to explore as you like. Rent one of the free bicycles the park provides to visitors, or step inside the Kröller-Müeller Museum and sculpture garden, home to the world's largest collection of van Gogh art. The museum also houses masterpieces from Mondrian, Seurat, Gauguin and Picasso.
Drink up the cafe culture, wander de Wallen or cruise the canals
Today is free for you to spend however you like. Enjoy a lazy day people-watching from one of the city’s many cafés, or take turn through de Wallen, the city’s infamous red light district. You might also discover the city’s heart with a walk along the 17th-century concentric canals known as the Grachtengordel. Or, bone up on more culture with a visit to the Rijksmuseum, which possesses the largest and most important collection of classical Dutch art, followed by a stroll through the 19th-century Vondelpark.
Passport & Visa
This tour travels to the Netherlands. In order to enter this country, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Dutch consulate for your particular entry requirements.
There are no major health risks when traveling to Amsterdam. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.
Transportation / Walking on tour
Flights arrive in and depart from Amsterdam. Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot. Amsterdam has a user friendly bus and tram system, if needed.
In the Netherlands, the universal staples of beef, chicken and fish are prepared in a simple fashion, and substantial soups and stews are also very popular. Snack food might be less familiar, where the emphasis is on fish. You might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions. Also popular are pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles served from street stands.
Clothing & Packing Tips
The countries on this itinerary tend to be cool and often damp at certain times of year. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/ bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
Beautiful in April
Our tour was in mid-April and the perfect time to visit the gardens and see the sites. We needed jackets as we wandered around the city, but walking is the best way to see things. The city is clean with bicycles being ridden or parked everywhere. This city has a lot to offer to tourists and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking of taking the tour.
Time spent at Keukenhoff Gardens was just right, about 4-41/2 hours. Loved walking around Amsterdam. Queen's Day was great fun!' Thanks
Amsterdam & the Keukenhof Gardens: Tulips in Bloom
The beauty of Amsterdam is something we'll always remember. I now understand why it's called the Venice of the North. The canals were endlessly fascinating and exploring them by boat was a real treat. Walking around the city is very easy and also tons of fun. The ability to see works by some of the world's most famous artists was also a thrill I won't forget. The Keukenhof Gardens were an amazing place. The volume of flowers that are shipped from the garden are staggering and the efficiency of the operation was very impressive. The gardens themselves were quite beautiful. And even though we had missed the major tulip blooms by a few weeks there were still plenty of tulips to explore. I had no idea how many varieties, colors, and styles of tulips there are. Our tour director was wonderful and was able to really help us understand the culture and history of the country we were visiting. This is a trip I would take again in a heartbeat.
Tulips in Holland
This tour included the trip to the gardens in Holland. The drive was about an hour long with a stop afterward at a diamond factory. We were only allowed 3 hours at the gardens (this is mostly what I came to see) it is several acres and I felt the time frame was to short. The diamond factory was a bore and should have been done on a different day other then the day of the gardens. At least 4 hours would have been better. Voldendam (a fishing village) was too touristy......back alleys the homes along the little canal a much better idea of dutch living. The city could be left out of tour. The Anne Frank Haus was very interesting, also the canal tour afterward was great. Did some walking through the city of Amsterdam, great way to see the culture and taking public transportation. The rest of the trip and tours were good and interesting!
KEUKENHOF AND THE NETHERLANDS
We were blessed with great weather(no control) and a great tour director(control). Our hotel was located close to restaurants and museums. We only had 3 hours at Keukenhof which was not enough time. I would have eliminated the cheese maker and added more time to the garden. I was pleased with the composition of the group, everyone got along!
Beatiful Keukenhof Gardens
It was a wonderful experience for my wife and myself visiting Amsterdam and the Keukenhof Gardens from April 23 to May 01,2010. If you are a flower lover this is the place to go. The tour was not perfect,but Go Ahead Tours can fix the problem with some small changes to the tour. It was our first visit to Amsterdam and we enjoy the trip so much that we are planning a second visit. We do not recommend the dinner canal cruise tour. Save your money to visit a good restaurant in Amsterdam. The time allocated to the tour to the village of Volledam is too short. It is a beautiful place and two hours are needed to enjoy the food and see all the stores. We recommend all the extra excurtions that Go Ahead offers except the canal dinner tour. Our tour director was Thomas Kreiseler. Oustanding person. We suggest that if you want to do this tour;which we recommend,ask to be place in his group. We wish for a Thomas Kreiseler in every tour from now on. For the two negatives that we encounter there were many great experiences on this tour. We can not rate the tour a 10 because of the two negatives,but we recommend the tour as close to excellent.
One of my most enjoyable vacations for photography and culture of the Dutch people. Amsterdam is destined to be my favorite city and looking forward to returning. The highlights were the Keukenhof Gardens and the Concertgebouw concert. (I'm a musician) The museums of course were fabulous. (This was my 4th visit to Amsterdam.) The side trips were excellent but if one takes them not only are they expensive but there is little time left to see the city. There was something every day leaving little time for the museums or sight seeing. Too much rushing around to see everything. I have excellent slides. (I show them to retirement and nursing homes.) I loved the hotel because it was so near the museums, next door actually. It was a great trip and I thank you for taking good care of us. sincerely Joseph Kline Saint Louis, Missouri