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Amsterdam & the Keukenhof Gardens

6 days Special Event Tours
For nearly 60 years, Keukenhof Gardens (translating to “kitchen garden”) has been a playground-meets-showplace for Dutch florists. Over 70 brightly-hued acres burst with seven million flowers in bloom, from daffodils to hyacinths to the country’s most famous export: The tulip. Spend some time getting to know the charming city of Amsterdam before escaping to the peaceful, perfumed gardens.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam today.

Amsterdam 4 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Amsterdam

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to see Amsterdam with a local guide today. A walking tour introduces you to the city’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

• View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including, the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church and the National Monument

Day 4: Free day in Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft $105*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 5: Keukenhof Gardens

Included meals: Breakfast

Visit the Keukenhof Gardens today. With millions of flowers growing on 70 acres of gardens, Keukenhof has been a showplace for the Dutch floral industry for over 50 years. 

• Stop at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction en route to Keukenhof

• Your Tour Director introduces you to Keukenhof, home of the second-largest flower garden on Earth

• Explore the grounds of Keukenhof, where more than 7 million flowers burst into bloom each spring, including yellow daffodils, crocus, narcissi, hyacinths, as well as over 1,000 colorful and original varieties of tulips

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 6: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Amsterdam.

Add Amsterdam $329 pp

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.

Amsterdam 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Free day in Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Van Gogh & the Dutch Countryside $99*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 7: Free day in Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the city at your own pace today.

Day 8: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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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.

Health

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.

Cuisine

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).

Baggage Allowance

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.

Currency

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.

Tipping

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.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ahhhh, Amsterdam

What a fantastic tour. I have zero complaints. Our guide Johan was fantastic, the weather was beautiful, Amsterdam is a dream city.... historical, quirky, safe, easy to get around. The Keukenhof Gardens were absolutely stunning. Words will never do them justice. One of my favorite tours with GoAhead!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

ANOTHER GREAT TOUR!

My husband and I could not have been happier with the Amsterdam/Keukenhof Gardens Tour. The weather was perfect, the tulips were in full bloom and Johan our Tour Director was great! The excursions were very interesting and we were glad to be able to see a bit of The Netherlands outside of Amsterdam. Being able to extend our return in order to spend some time with old friends made it even more special. Tulips, Windmills, Canals and Bicycles...we saw plenty of them all! More great memories, thanks to goahead!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: PA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Lovely Region of the World

Amsterdam and the surrounding areas are quite beautiful. We were lucky to have very nice weather also. If you like flowers and museums, this is a tour you will enjoy.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Johan a delightful tour director!

Thank You for making my "Sister Trip" such a memorable experience, I am Dutch and have dream of visiting Holland home to my Great Grandparents. It has been a stress free vacation from the time I booked the dates to tour. The staff planning the tour to the greeting at the airport from our Tour Guide Johan was wonderful. Holland in April was beautiful, Weather, Windmills, Tulips, and Tours at it's best! If you want to take any worries out of travel just allow go ahead tours to book your flight, hotel, transportation, meal and tours for you.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/14/2012

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NJ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amsterdam

Time spent at Keukenhoff Gardens was just right, about 4-41/2 hours. Loved walking around Amsterdam. Queen's Day was great fun!' Thanks

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/14/2009

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2010

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2010

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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!

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