See the vivid display of blooming tulips and other springtime bulbs at Keukenhof Gardens, followed by a comprehensive city tour plus canal cruise of Amsterdam. This tour combines two of Hollands most popular destinations perfect for first-time visitors! Spend the morning in the Dutch countryside exploring the seasonal gardens, and enjoy the afternoon taking in the best sights of Amsterdam. A 1-hour canal cruise, offered the same day or the following day, will complete your all-inclusive introduction to this charming city.
Meet your host at the Damrak, a 3-minute walk from Amsterdam's Central Station, and board your air-conditioned coach for the scenic drive to Keukenhof Gardens. En route, get your first glimpse of Hollands eye-catching tulips, looking out your window at fields awash in springtime blooms.
Youll have more than three hours to explore 9 miles (15 km) of footpaths at Keukenhof, taking plenty of photos of the seasonal displays that include seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Admire the exquisite sculptural pieces and other works of art amid the unforgettable flowers.
Lunch at the gardens is suggested -- feel free to bring along a lunch to enjoy at one of the many benches and picnic spots, or purchase a meal from one of several restaurants located within the park before heading back to the city.
When you return to Amsterdam in the afternoon, meet your new guide for a sightseeing excursion through the spectacular city. Youll get a great orientation to its layout on this perfect introductory tour aboard a luxury coach, including views of traditional gabled houses, bridges and monumental buildings.
Your informative guide will take you to Europes largest historical city center and point out both old and new attractions, including the Royal Palace, National Monument, Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) and Albert Cuyp Market. Youll visit a windmill on the River Amstel and a diamond factory to see how gems are polished via traditional methods.
That afternoon or the following day (your choice), enjoy a 1-hour boat cruise along the famous canals lined with ornate 17th-century merchants' residences, churches with bell towers and warehouses that have survived since the Dutch 'Golden Age. Pass through Amsterdam's Old Harbor and learn about the 90 islands that were created when the canals were built and connected by hundreds of charming bridges.
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