A Taste of Old Holland 2020

This tour takes you on a journey with traditional experiences and visits that Holland is renowned for and includes a few Dutch tastings along the way!

Janine says...
“During my visit to Het Loo Palace I was blown away by the beauty of the stunning gardens. It’s a tick box visit when staying in Holland!”
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel before dinner.

Day 2 Historic Triangle! Enkhuizen, Medemblik & Hoorn
This morning we head north and cross the N302, a 27km bridge over the Houtribdijk dam offering fabulous water views. On arrival in Enkhuizen, we embark on a cruise along the coast of Lake Ijsselmeer, one of the largest, inland freshwater lakes in Holland whilst enjoying a cup of tea/ coffee and piece of traditional apple pie. We arrive in Medemblik where we have time to explore the beautiful, historic city and its harbour. We enjoy our packed lunch before boarding a 1 way journey on a steam train. We experience a story from a different era as we trundle through historical pretty villages and the Dutch countryside in an oldfashioned steamer. We arrive in Hoorn where we have time to visit Hoorn Museum before we begin our journey back to the hotel.

Day 3 Netherlands Open Air Museum & Palace Het Loo Gardens
We start our journey with a visit to the Netherlands Open Air Museum with over 80 historic houses, farmhouses and mills, where we enjoy a 1 hour guided tour. With over 80 historic houses, farmhouses and mills, our tour really brings the history and the culture of the Netherlands to life. This afternoon we visit the beautiful gardens of the Dutch Baroque 17th century Palace Het Loo, the former Royal Residence of the Dutch Royal family. We enjoy a guided tour of the gardens and stables.

Day 4 Island of Marken & Volendam
This morning we are met by our local costumed guide at the authentic fishers' island of Marken, known for its colourful traditional clothing and monumental houses. We visit the Wooden Shoe Factory and learn how they make clogs with an opportunity to try a pair yourself! After a short walk we have a warm lunch in a traditional harbour restaurant. After lunch we board the Volendam Marken Express ferry service to the picture postcard fishing village of Volendam. Here we begin with a guided walking tour through the harbour and past traditional houses and cottages. We stop at the Cheese Factory where we enter the World of Dutch Cheese! Here we discover the art of cheese making and taste several types of cheese. We continue our walking tour with a stop at Woltjes Backerij where we have a demonstration on how stroopwafels (syrup waffles) are made followed by a tasting! After some free time to explore the village on our way home, we arrive at the hotel in time for dinner.
If preferred, you can make this a day in Amsterdam, please ask your Account Manager for details.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast we begin our journey home.

Hotel de Hoeve van Nunspeet

Nunspeet, Holland
Located in the middle of the beautiful Veluwe nature area, the Hotel de Hoeve is positioned in a peaceful area with easy access to motorway connections and a 20 minute walk (or free train journey) to the town. All 85 bedrooms are very well arranged, spacious in size, homely in style and equipped with a TV and hairdryer. The fantastic big public areas include a lovely large restaurant area with big windows, a traditional Irish pub and a second bar area with tables and chairs. There is also an outside terrace around the hotel. Leisure facilities include a small indoor swimming pool and sauna.

Villa Vennendaal Hotel

AAA+ Countryside Hotel Free Onsite Coach Parking
Villa Vennendal Hotel is a classical, olde-worlde hotel located in extensive woodland and less than 10 minutes’ walk to the small village of Nunspeet and within easy access to the motorway. The 75 traditional bedrooms are cosy and well-kept with a TV, hairdryer and safe, with some rooms offering a terrace or balcony. Enjoy a delicious meal in the traditional yet elegant restaurant before relaxing with a drink in the bar or the fabulous winter garden lounge. The hotel also offers an indoor swimming pool and sauna. • Ground Floor Rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure Facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Villa Vennendaal Hotel

4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £409pp
Selected Dates Only
Twin for Sole Use Supplement from £96


Hotel de Hoeve van Nunspeet

4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £434pp
Selected Dates Only
Twin for Sole Use Supplement from £121

Inclusions for both Hotels
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Choice of main & tea/coffee after dinner
• 1hr 15 minute cruise (Enkhuzen - Medmblik) with tea/coffee & pie
• Packed lunch on 1 day
• 1hr journey on steam train (Medemblik - Hoorn)
• Entrance to Hoorn Museum
• Guided tour of Netherlands Open Museum
• Guided tour of Het Loo Palace gardens & stables
• Guided walking tour of Volendam
• Entrance to Wooden Shoe Factory
• Traditional Dutch lunch in a harbour restaurant
• Entrance to the Cheese Factory
• Entrance to Woltje’s Bakery
• Return cruise (Volendam - Marken)
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Prices starting from...

£409 for 5 days

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