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Holland 2017

04/18/17 – 04/25/17

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*Take advantage of the new lower pricing for our Holland Tour! We have been able to renegotiate our hotel pricing and are passing along the savings to YOU! 

Palmer’s Tours is proud to offer this exclusive trip to Holland that has been personally customized for us by our tour guide, native Peter Boers. The Netherlands, called the “Flower shop of the World,” is famous for their tulips and other flowering bulbs. We will be visiting during the peak blooming season.

Intoxicate your senses strolling through the magnificent Keukenhof gardens, visit the largest flower auction in the world, tour some of the finest museums, take a flower arranging class at the Boerma Instituut, dine on a classic, antique saloon boat while enjoying the magic of Amsterdam at night, explore ancient villages, enjoy the splendor of the windmills and shop till you drop in Amsterdam’s amazing shopping districts!

As with all of our tours, we have a brilliant balance of group and free time with an intimate group of just 8 to 12 guests. Pricing is based on single occupancy and we encourage solo travelers. Secure your spot on this tour by downloading the Reservation Form. Send all completed forms to cindy@palmerstours.com.

$3,500 PER PERSON* (reg. $4,500)
*based on double occupancy

8 DAYS IN HOLLAND*
04/18/17 – 04/25/17
*12 person maximum

TOWNS:
Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Edam, Volendam,
Marken, Bruges (Belgium)

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Keukenhof Park
– Bulbfields
– Flower auction & workshop
– Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museums
– Anne Frank House Museum
– Cheese market with tasting
– Canal dinner cruise

MEALS INCLUDED:
Breakfast Daily
03 Lunches
03 Dinners

ITINERARY

04/18/17 – 04/25/17
DAY 1

AMSTERDAM
Tuesday, April 18th

Morning arrival at Schiphol Airport (AMS). Your guide, Peter Boers, will meet you at the airport and bring you to The Andaz, our 5 star hotel in Amsterdam. Each guest will have their own private garden room with a balcony and a beautiful view of the garden. You will then have time to unpack, settle in & enjoy some free time in and around the hotel before we gather as a group in the hotel lobby. We’ll meet everyone and go over the exciting plan for the upcoming week. Tonight is yours to explore, shop and grab some dinner. 

ABOUT YOUR HOTEL: 
Set along the Prinsengracht canal, the Andaz is chic, contemporary boutique hotel in Amsterdam’s historic city center is more than a place to sleep—it’s living art in the lively Jordaan district.

2017 Best 5-Star Hotel in the Netherlands (Trivago)
2016 Best New Hotel in the World (Travel + Leisure India Best Awards)
2016 #2 in Top Hotels in Amsterdam (Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award)
2016 Travellers’ Choice winner (TripAdvisor)
2016 One of the 5 Best Hotels to Stay in The Netherlands (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Winner)

“The Andaz sets the bar high for hotels in Amsterdam and around the world!”Jill Z

DAY 2

FLOWER AUCTION > BULB FIELDS > KEUKENHOF GARDENS
Wednesday, April 19th

Today we will be visiting the largest flower trade building in the world, Flora Holland Aalsmeer! Flowers and plants produced by growers from all over the world are being auctioned here every day. From there, we will be touring the spectacular bulb fields of Daffodils, Hyacinths and Tulips. You will have plenty of time to take pictures in this breathtaking landscape. We will enjoy lunch with a view at the restaurant inside the beautiful Tespelduyn Golf Resort.

Our next stop of the day is at the iconic Keukenhof Gardens, one of the highlights of the trip! Peter will show us around the 80 acres of mosaic flower paths with over 7 million bulbs in bloom. We will also explore the displays inside the Beatrix-pavilion with a beautiful orchid show. Tonight we will dine together in the Delft Blue Room inside the hotel.

DAY 3

BOERMA INSTITUUT (International School of Floral Design)
Thursday, April 20th

This morning we will be partaking in a flower-arranging workshop at the Boerma Instituut. The class will be customized to the wishes of our guests, so please send along your requests! Next, it’s time to shop! Peter’s connections have gained us access to the TICA Home Decor Center, which is a wholesale center for florists and home decor shops. You will be allowed to purchase at wholesale prices! Ship ’em or take your purchases home with you (just be sure to bring an extra suitcase!).

All Aboard! Tonight, we will traveling in style aboard the beautiful Iveresse, an authentic, classic saloon boat built in 1913. We’ll cruise Amsterdam’s canals while enjoying a delicious 3 course dinner, sipping wine and watching the city come to life. This is a very memorable way to discover Amsterdam’s magic!

DAY 4

AMSTERDAM > ALKMAAR > EDAM
Friday, April 21st

Today we will head to Alkmaar to visit an old-fashioned cheese market, which has been in existence since 1622! From there we’ll head to Edam, a historic, cozy village famous for its Cheese. Did you know Holland is the largest cheese exporter in the world producing, 650 million kilos of cheese every year?

We’ll head to the town of Monnickendam where will enjoy a group lunch at De Waegh, while taking in the wonderful views of the inner harbor.

After lunch we’ll tour the old-fashioned village of Zaanse Schans on the River Zaan. This village reflects how people in this region used to live in wooden houses and barns, with windmills.

DAY 5

AMSTERDAM (DAY OFF)
Saturday, April 22nd

Today you will have the entire day to explore Amsterdam, shopping, going to one of the more than 200 museums, sitting in cafes, the day is yours to enjoy! If shopping is your thing, here are some of our recommendations…

Nine Streets DistrictExplore the designer boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, gift shops and fashion shops. There are plenty of excellent bars and restaurants to refresh you as you go.

Dam SquareThis lively square is the one stop shop for all things fun. Live entertainment fills the square along with food stalls, restaurants and shops galore. Be sure to check out the incredible architecture and design of the Royal Palace, Koninklijk Palace..

Kalverstraatat the end of Dam Square you will find Kalverstraat street which is the most expensive shopping street of Amsterdam. Soak up the ambience of the mixture of locals and tourists as they go about their shopping.
Nieuwendijk – Shoes galore!

HaarlemmerstraatA young and trendy shopping district with many informal cafés and bars

P.C. Hooftstraat: Rated third on a list of the ‘World’s Nicest Places to Shop’ with shops like Cartier, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany and Co. This is the Rodeo Drive of Amsterdam! Modest architecture and the best shops in town…not to be missed!

DAY 6

AMSTERDAM MUSEUMS
Sunday, April 23rd

This morning will will start our day at the Van Gogh Museum, where you will find the largest collection of his works. From there we will head to Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The collection of paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures and porcelain is shown across 4 floors in 80 galleries! We’ll have lunch at museum’s restaurant, Rijks, which overlooks a beautiful garden.

Afterwards, we’ll head to the Anne Frank House, which was converted into a museum in 1960’s. This 17th-century canal house, also known as the Secret Annex, is the place where she, along with her family and four others, hid during Word War II.

By this time, we’ve worked up quite an appetite. It’s time for cheese and wine! We’ll walk to Reypenaer, a family-owned business who has been making cheese for more than 100 years. As a group, we’ll partake in a cheese workshop and a tasting paired with wines. Yum!

DAY 7

AMSTERDAM > BRUGES
Monday, April 24th

We will depart the hotel this morning to the ancient city of Bruges, Belgium where we will take a guided tour through this beautiful city. This is Belgium’s most perfectly preserved medieval town, and its jaw-dropping, beautiful architecture, mixed with the endless canals, makes this the “Venice of the North.” We will get a glimpse of the famous ‘Madonna and Child‘ sculpture by Michelangelo, which is believed to be the only sculpture that has left Italy during his lifetime.

Tonight, you are free to enjoy dinner on your own.

DAY 8

AMSTERDAM DEPARTURE
Tuesday, April 25th

After enjoying our last breakfast in Amsterdam, we will depart the hotel as a group for the Schiphol airport

YOUR TOUR GUIDE

Peter Boers

Our Guide and owner of Flower Tours Holland, Peter Boers, was born into a family of flower growers; his grandfather being a grower of cut Roses. Peter studied horticulture/floriculture and plant breeding in college. At the age of 26 Peter started his own Gerbera-daisy breeding company and developed many new and outstanding varieties. He also traveled the globe as an advisor for flower growers. In 2013 he started Flower Tours Holland to show tourists and professionals a “behind-the-scenes” view of Holland floriculture.

“Going on a flower tour with Peter was the perfect way to experience flowers in Holland. The finale of the day was a leisurely visit to the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens—truly magnificent! To really appreciate and understand the flowers, you must be with Peter.”
–Max R. (5 Star Review)

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