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5 days From £999 per person
3.9 stars(38 reviews)
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A short break by rail to the colourful bulb fields of the Netherlands and the porcelain city of Delft

Mobility Rating 2

2024 Tour code: 24AZW

About the tour

Enjoy spring in the Netherlands, home to tulips, windmills and waterways. Discover Delft, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, and explore Amsterdam with a guided tour.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Delft

Board the Eurostar from London St Pancras which takes you through France and Belgium. Your group arrives in Rotterdam and continues to Delft, where you enjoy a guided tour to the Royal Delft porcelain factory, famous for manufacturing the artistically designed Delft Blue pottery. The blue and white earthenware has been manufactured in this city since the 17th century and in the style of traditional Chinese Porcelain. This evening, you transfer to your hotel in central Utrecht for four nights. You get to know your group over dinner in the hotel tonight.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Day at leisure in Utrecht

You have a free day today to explore the city of Utrecht at your own pace. An important religious centre since the Middle Ages, Utrecht's iconic symbol is the impressive Dom Tower, the tallest church tower in the country. Built in the 14th century, it was originally connected to St Martin's Cathedral but, when the nave collapsed in the 17th century, it became separated and has remained a free-standing tower ever since.

With tree-lined canals and attractive medieval buildings in the centre, Utrecht is often called a 'cosier alternative to Amsterdam', and its main attractions are within walking distance from our modern hotel.

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  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Keukenhof Gardens

Travel by coach to the incredible Keukenhof Gardens today. Open only in spring from the end of March to the beginning of May, experience the expansive park as it bursts into colour with dazzling spring blooms and intricate flower displays. Elegant arrangements of daffodils, tulips and other spring plants are laid out to resemble famous works of art to create an attractive and delicate spectacle. Returning to the hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore or relax.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Amsterdam

This morning travel by rail to the Dutch capital, embarking on a guided tour. See the Dam Square, one of the most famous landmarks of the city, the Begijnhof, home to a cluster of medieval houses, the upmarket shopping street of Kalverstraat, and the 'skinny bridge' over the River Amstel. After the tour you are free to explore one of Europe's most visited cities. Art lovers may prefer to head to the Rijksmuseum, which contains an impressive collection of masterpieces, or the nearby Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest number of the artist's works. Anne Frank's house recalls the incredible and sobering story of the young girl documented her family hiding from invading Nazis during World War Two, while the intriguing Body Worlds explores human anatomy in dynamic fashion across seven floors.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Return to London

After breakfast, we bid a fond farewell to delightful Delft and the colourful fields of the Netherlands as we travel on the coach to Rotterdam, where we join the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station, Utrecht

Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station, Utrecht

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3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 38 reviews

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Mr Michael Ventress

4 stars

Submitted 21 May 2023

An excellent tour but for one thing. You use public transport between Delft and Amsterdam. All the return trains from Amsterdam back to Rotterdam were cancelled leaving our group of 36 elderly people stranded. We had to pay from our own pockets taxi fares ((40 euros) to get back to Delft. Maybe better if you used private transport.

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Cheryl Blackman

5 stars

Submitted 20 May 2023

Absolutely beautiful with vast arrays of colourful bulbs. Pictures do not do it justice; have to be there to experience the beauty

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P Kumar

3 stars

Submitted 15 May 2023

The tour programme is good but the group too large and the manager not competent enough.

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Janet

4 stars

Submitted 15 May 2023

Hotel is pleasant and in an attractive area, but service at meal times was very slow. Prospective customers should be warned that the coach has to park some distance from the hotel (though luggage is transported by van). The Amsterdam excursion does not really allow useful time in the city (even when the trains are running smoothly) and might be better replaced by somewhere nearer such as Leiden or The Hague. The Leukenhof Garden and Delft Blue visits were excellent.

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Debra Armitage

5 stars

Submitted 13 May 2023

Keukenhof Gardens was beautiful. We went at just the right time, the weather was lovely and the flowers were amazing.

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Ms Darby

2 stars

Submitted 13 May 2023

Keukenhof lovely, unfortunately too many issues with rest of holiday

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