Alkmaar & The Dutch Bulbfields
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10th April 2018


Tuesday - P&O Ferries

We leave from our local departure points and travel to Hull where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Rotterdam. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.

Wednesday - Alkmaar

After disembarkation, we travel to Delft, where we visit a pottery factory and wiew the production of the renowned blue china. We allow time to enjoy the historic town centre before continuing north to Haarlem, a medieval city and capital of the province of North Holland. Home of Frans Hals, one of the great painters of the 'Dutch Golden Age', Haarlem is a secret European gem and we soak up the atmosphere of this charming city. A short drive takes us to Alkmaar for three nights. Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar.


Thursday - Alkmaar

We travel east to the IJsselmeer, a closed off inland bay and the biggest lake in Holland, and visit Hoorn, once a prosperous and powerful trading town and Enkhuizen, a picturesque town and one of the wealthiest in Holland at the time of the 'Dutch Golden Age' in the 17th century.


Friday - Alkmaar

This morning we visit the historic Friday Cheese Market in Alkmaar, where we discover the quaint market customs and the traditionally dressed cheese merchants in the company of a local guide. Up to 1000 cheeses are stacked up in the market square and the process of selling, weighing and watching the carriers hauling the cheeses, makes for a fascinating sight. After watching this centuries-old tradition, we drive to Zaanse Schans, a residential area in which the 18th & 19th centuries are brought to life. Wooden houses, mills, barns, workshops and windmills make for a serene image and we include a tour with a local guide to a windmills and weaver's house before returning to Alkmaar for the night.


Saturday - Rotterdam

Farewell to Alkmaar as we travel to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens to view acres of multi-coloured flowers in a delightful setting of parkland and ornamental lakes. We view the colourful Bulb-Fields before returning to Rotterdam, where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Hull. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.


Sunday - Scotland

We rejoin our coach to drive north, arriving in Scotland at the end of a memorable short holiday.


Ferry Single Supplement £40

Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar

Our modern four star hotel offers comfortable bedrooms, boasting flat screen TV's, mini bars and coffee/tea making facilities. Relax in the lounge bar after a day's touring or why not indulge in the on-site spa area.


Tour Details
Tour Length
6 Days
Departure 10 Apr
Single supplement (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast throughout)
Included Highlights
Entrance to Keukenhof Gardens
Visit to Alkmaar Cheese Market
Visit to Zaanse Schans
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