Holland evokes visions of winding canals, colourful tulip fields and charming wooden clogs. Of course, no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a cycling or walking tour; but the country’s other cities are equally beautiful. The Hague offers beautiful views of the Northern Sea and some fascinating museums, while Rotterdam is known across the continent for its impressive modern architecture.
“We both thought cycling in Holland would be easy being so flat but we found the strong winds made it challenging at times. Two people on the tour had electric bikes and after trying them, my wife would have benefited from one of these ... as this would especially help the older cyclists enjoy the trip more. The food was excellent - Marcia was the best cook ever. (Group Leader) Bram was fantastic. We were concerned about the storage in the cabin before we arrived but this was unfounded - plenty of room for all our bags. Excellent.”
“Most memorable moment? Cycling through the beautiful countryside and small villages of Holland. Seeing so many residents on bikes, young and old, and admiring the beautiful neat and tidy Dutch homes and gardens.”
Holland, most call it The Netherlands, is famous for mixing the old world with the new. It is one of those few countries which seamlessly manages to mention words like old windmills and futuristic architecture in the same breath. When you are on a holiday in Holland you certainly have an exotic nightlife and inspired dishes to look forward to, but you also have candlelit dinners, historic stores and artistic masterpieces to choose from.
Cycle along the canals of Amsterdam
See the colourful windmills of Zaanse Schans
Visit the tulip festival at the Keukenhof flower gardens in Lisse
Wander the fairytale gardens of Kasteel de Haar
Walk through the secret annexe of the Anne Frank House
Wander the car-free paths and canals of Giethoorn village
Pour a beer at the Heineken Experience
Do a night canal cruise during the Amsterdam Light Festival
If you’re looking for your morning coffee, you won’t find one in a ‘coffee shop’. Coffee shops are for cannabis, while cafes are for coffee.
Buy tickets in advance and arrive early for the popular tourist destinations in Amsterdam, especially the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.
The Dutch have a bit of a reputation for being rude, but this is simply because they are very direct. Do not be surprised if a local offers you constructive criticism, or asks a question you might consider personal.
“Going Dutch” is (perhaps unsurprisingly) very popular in Holland. If going out with locals, expect to pay for your own drinks and food - they will do the same. Buying a round is not typical.
Prepare for a very cheesy trip. The Netherlands are known for their cheese. Be sure to visit the cities of Gouda, Edam and Alkmaar to try some of their namesake cheese.