4* One week in the Netherlands by rail - Netherlands Package (7 Nights)
A week-long adventure in the Low Lands. Get ready to explore the land of windmills, tulips and more. Canals and world-famous art in Amsterdam, picturesque windmills in Zaanse Schans, castles in Utrecht, and authentic Dutch gezelligheid in Maastricht!
LAND ONLY PACKAGE INCLUDES:
3 Nights accommodation Amsterdam (3* Hampshire Hotel - Eden Amsterdaml or simiilar)
1 Nights accommodation Groningen (4* Hotel NH Groningen or similar)
1 Nights accommodation Utrecht (3* Hotel NH Centre Utrecht or similar)
1 Nights accommodation Rotterdam (4* Hampshire Hotel - Savoy Rotterdam or similar)
1 Nights accommodation Maastricht (4* Townhouse design Hotel & Spa or similar)
8 Day 2nd Class Benelux Rail Pass
SUGGESTED ITINERARY :
Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam
Central Station Amsterdam is less than 20 minutes away from Schiphol Airport by train.
From Amsterdam Central Station, walk straight ahead to Dam square and the Royal Palace. Circle round to find yourself on Amsterdam's 400-year old Canal Ring. It'll be hard not to fall in love with the crooked buildings.
Visit the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht, and hop on a canal cruise to explore the city from a different view. At night, have a bite to eat on the lively Zeedijk street and venture out into Amsterdam's Red Light District.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Amsterdam is easily explored by foot or by tram. If you want to blend in with the Dutchies, rent a bicycle!
Start your day at the Rijksmuseum, and let its beautiful collection guide you through Dutch history. Next door is the Van Gogh Museum, housing the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world.
Nearby you'll find the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood. Wind up your day in the buzzing cafes and restaurants, and take a walk through the Albert Cuyp Market. If you like your beers, check out the Heineken Experience!
Day 3 - Zaanse Schans
From Amsterdam Central, take a train to station Koog-Zaandijk. It's only a 16-minute journey!
You can't get more Dutch than the Zaanse Schans! With beautiful old windmills from the 18th and 19th century, as well as picture-perfect wooden houses, it makes for a fantastic day trip from Amsterdam.
You can sample local cheese and chocolate, and see how clogs are made in various shops and museums. Treat yourself to a plate of traditional Dutch pancakes, or the sweet bread known as Duivekater.
Day 4 - Groningen
The train will take you from Amsterdam to Groningen in only 2 hours. You'll have to switch trains in Almere.
Located in the far north of the Netherlands, Groningen is an old trade city with a large student population. Climb the Martini tower for the best views, and have a drink or two at the Grote Markt below.
Spend your afternoon at the dynamic Wadden Sea, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk the mud flats (wadden) during low tide, and take a boat to the Frisian Islands to spot seals and a wide variety of birds.
Day 5 - Utrecht
Take a direct train from Groningen to Utrecht. The journey will take you less than 2 hours.
Utrecht is a lively student town, with at its centre the majestic Dom Tower. Climb to the top for a spectacular view of the Old Canal, lined with bars and restaurants right at water level. Go to Tivoli for a fun night out!
The area around Utrecht is perfect for cycling. You'll find the recreational lakes Loosdrechtse plassen to the north and the woods of the Utrecht Hill Ridge to the east. Don't forget to check out the magnificent De Haar Castle!
Day 6 - Rotterdam
The train will get you from Utrecht to Rotterdam in only 38 minutes. Stop halfway in Gouda for some cheese!
Skyscrapers welcome you as you arrive at Rotterdam's new station, giving the city a modern and 'un-Dutch' appearance. The Market Hall and the Cube Houses are some examples of the city's remarkable architecture.
Rotterdam is hip and happening these days, with many cool bars and music venues. Walk through Delfshaven to see what the city used to look like - it's one of the few areas that survived the bombings of World War II.
Day 7 - Maastricht
Travel by train to Maastricht in 2 hours and 16 minutes. You'll have to switch trains in Eindhoven.
The city of Maastricht dates back to Roman times, and offers history around every corner. Check out the country's oldest church, the Saint Servatius, and the so-called Hell's Gate (Helpoort) in the medieval city walls.
Charming Maastricht is a great place for shopping, eating and drinking. Have a beer on the Vrijthof square, stroll along the Meuse river, and visit bookstore Dominicanen, located beautifully in a 700-year old church.
Day 8 - Amsterdam departure
Travel back to Amsterdam in 2 hours and 30 minutes, with a change of train in Eindhoven.
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