3 nights from: $745 Single Supplement: FREE
Sample Dutch culture—and cheese—on this trip extension to the Netherlands’ capital—known for its canals and bicycles.
Extend your time in Amsterdam to experience the many delights of this fascinating city. Included tours introduce you to the historic neighborhood known as Zaanse Schans—an old hamlet on the River Zaan—as well as culturally rich Haarlem. Then spend time exploring on your own, with expert suggestions from your Grand Circle Program Director—or join an optional tour of charming Volendam. Whether you choose to admire Van Gogh originals, browse an amazing variety of markets (from a floating flower market to elegant antique shops), or simply stroll along narrow canals, you'll find something to suit every traveler.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 3 nights
- All breakfasts
- Included tours: Zaanse Schans • Haarlem
- Dedicated services of a local Program Director
- Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
- All transfers
After breakfast this morning, visit Zaanse Schans—an old hamlet on the banks of the River Zaan. Some of the buildings are original to the site while others have been moved here. Eight windmills stand along the river—a far cry from the original 200, when the region was heavily industrialized. Some of the buildings are open for viewing, including a cheesemaker’s store, a wooden shoemaker’s shop, and restaurants as well.
Following lunch on your own, enjoy the rest of the day to relax or to explore independently. If you choose the latter, you’ll find that Amsterdam, like so many of Europe’s most inviting cities, truly rewards the walker. If you wish, you can join a guided walk in mid-afternoon to get acquainted with the vicinity around the hotel. You can then choose among Amsterdam’s vast variety of restaurants for dinner on your own this evening; your Grand Circle Program Director can offer helpful suggestions.
After breakfast this morning, you'll transfer by motorcoach to the nearby city of Haarlem. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walking tour that showcases Haarlem's rich history and features notable sights like the 14th-century City Hall and Amsterdamse Poort, the former gateway to the city of Amsterdam. Learn about Haarlem's proud tradition of beer brewing, as well as its present-day prominence as a major trading center for tulips. Then take some time at leisure to explore before returning to Amsterdam.
Then perhaps you'll choose to enjoy a timeless taste of Dutch traditional life on an optional tour of Volendam and nearby Marken peninsula. Travel overland to Volendam, where centuries of tradition have been preserved in the small houses, canals, and drawbridges of this small fishing village. As your Program Director leads a guided stroll through the quaint streets, you might note some of the local women still wearing the pointed white bonnet of their ancestors.
Take in the red-roofed skyline of Volendam’s harbor, as you ride a local ferry to Marken, where clusters of traditional wooden homes form little villages on what once was an island.
After breakfast, enjoy a final day to explore Amsterdam. Perhaps you will explore the Van Gogh Museum, which also offers masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others. The Old Church (De Oude Kerk) is one of the city's historic highlights, with beautiful painted wooden vaults, an 18th-century organ, and the gravestone of one of the Dutch founders of New York City, Kiliaen van Rensselaer. An architectural treasure with artworks spanning centuries, the church also hosts frequent exhibitions and concerts.
In early evening, enjoy an included Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers to celebrate your adventures.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-221-2610.