Amsterdam & the Keukenhof Gardens

6 days Special Event
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

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

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

Map of tour of Amsterdam

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

Today’s panoramic sightseeing tour introduces you to Amsterdam’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Stroll by scenic canals and bridges, taking in the charming 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

• Pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II

• Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous Sunflowers

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 $105pp* 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. 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 with your Tour Director 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

• Arrive in 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 $115pp* 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 Starting from $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 $99pp* 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 requirements

  • This tour visits the Netherlands. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with few hills or stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Amsterdam. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.  

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herring served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles are just as plentiful.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • The Netherlands operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • The Netherlands is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).   
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Museums, tulips and windmills

This was my first Go Ahead experience and I will be trying others. I . Our tour director Oda was excellent, high energy and well organized with all the information we needed. I think there is just the right amount of time to explore Amsterdam and the museums, we used the free day to bike around town which is really the best way to see everything and get the local vibe. Many on the tour extended to do a few more days which I would recommend. The tulips were in bloom so the gardens were beautiful. We had a great time and met some wonderful people.

 

Hi Deborah! Welcome home, and thank you for your lovely review. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your time on tour and that you will be traveling with us again in the future. Your Tour Director seemed to add lots of enthusiasm and expertise to your experience, and we are very happy to hear it. We’re also happy to hear that you felt the itinerary was well-balanced between city exploration, visiting museums, and enjoying free time. We agree that biking around is a fabulous way to see Amsterdam and surrounding areas. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to seeing on the road again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour Director

Oda was like wiki encyclopedia with the information she could provide. She was also very good at providing answers to the questions posed to her. Her knowledge of Amsterdam showed every day when she guided us to different venues and sights.

 

Hi Russell! We’re so glad your Tour Director was a great resource for you throughout your tour. It sounds like her expertise really enhanced your experience, and we’re happy to hear it. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 12, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/24/2010

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/24/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/24/2010

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/24/2010

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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.