Enjoy the excitement of Amsterdam, the history of Zaanse Schans and the charm of the 13th century Dutch boating village of Monnickendam. Europe's friendliest capital makes you feel welcome at once! A bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere attracts people from all over the world to Amsterdam. The handsome, tall gabled buildings, narrow tree-lined streets and tiny bridges are interlaced by hundreds of canals with colourful markets, exciting shops and elegant houses. Get a real feel for the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries on our exciting excursion to Zaanse Schans, a fully inhabited, open-air conservation area and museum. With authentic houses, a historic shipyard, a pewter factory, a dairy farm, grocery store, clog-making demonstrations and windmills.
4 & 5 DAY BREAKS Day 1: Join coach and head for Dover and our short sea-crossing to France. We continue through Belgium and Holland, checking-in at our hotel later this evening. Dinner and free bar. Day 2: Breakfast and join coach for our excursion to Amsterdam. Return to our hotel for dinner and free bar. Day 3: Breakfast and join coach for our excursion to Zaanse Schans or Keukenhof. Return to our hotel for dinner and free bar. Day 4: (as Day 5 for 4-day break) Breakfast and a day at leisure to enjoy Monnickendam. Dinner at the hotel and free bar. Day 5: After breakfast, it’s time to board our coach for the return journey. Arrive home later today.
EXCURSION TO AMSTERDAM A wonderful, colourful city, Amsterdam is packed with history and immense character. It's impossible not to enjoy a visit to Amsterdam; with an impressive array of historic monuments, more than forty museums, and its cobbled Dam Square. If you are sightseeing, do visit Anne Frank's House, along with some of the world's most famous paintings at the Van Gogh Museum. Or you could take a boat trip along Amsterdam’s romantic canals, and perhaps sample local beers in the many coffee shops and bars. EXCURSION TO ZAANSE SCHANS Zaanse Schans Historic Village offers a wonderful insight into Holland’s past. Zaanse Schans is a delightful old hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan, with characteristic green wooden houses, charming gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops. This enchanting hamlet gives an excellent impression of how a typical Zaanse village looked in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Apart from the cluster of windmills and houses, museums, restaurants and a visitor centre, there is also the possibility of taking a boat trip along the river..
Return coach travel; hotel accommodation; entertainment as described; meals and drinks as selected; excursions and inclusions as selected Board Basis: Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner) Free Bar (local wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks 8.30pm-11.30pm every night)
Hotel: Inclusive package features dinner, bed and continental breakfast each day, plus a free bar nightly between 8.30pm and 11.30pm (house brands beer and wine as advertised on arrival) Passport required for this holiday