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From Amsterdam: Fast-Track Keukenhof Ticket and Transfer

1. From Amsterdam: Fast-Track Keukenhof Ticket and Transfer

Enjoy hassle-free and efficient transportation from central Amsterdam to Keukenhof Gardens, and journey by comfortable bus at a time to suit you. Arrive at the world's largest spring garden in just 55 minutes, and benefit from fast track entry on arrival. Buses to Keukenhof Gardens depart daily from the 'This is Holland' experience, opposite Central Station. Simply take the free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to the opposite side of the IJ, where 'This is Holland' is a mere 2-minute walk away.   Board the bus, and then admire the Dutch landscape en route to Keukenhof Gardens. Watch a video presentation about Dutch history, the colorful landscape and interesting information on why Holland is so famous for its flowers. Upon arrival at Keukenhof Gardens, skip the long lines and explore the floral displays of the spring garden at your own pace. Marvel at up to 7 million bulbs in bloom, and see vibrant flower beds and fragrant floral displays. Enjoy the Keukenhof Gardens at your leisure, and benefit from frequent departures with guaranteed seating on a luxury coach back to Amsterdam between 1 PM and 6:30 PM. Get a free copy of the Amsterdam city map to help you find your way around the city as a bonus.

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Keukenhof: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entrance

2. Keukenhof: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entrance

Escape the stress of daily life and take a walk around Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in the world. Enjoy a stress-free trip to this 32-hectare park by pre-booking your skip-the-ticket-line entrance. Experience the spring garden's vibrant colors and fragrances and admire over 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Visit 30 alternating flower and plant shows at the pavilions. Discover the latest trends in gardening, get new ideas from the seven inspirational gardens, and take part in activities for all ages. While admiring the garden’s beauty, steep yourself in the park’s rich history that dates back to its time as a hunting ground in the 15th century. Learn about how Keukenhof got its name from supplying herbs for the kitchen of Countess Jacoba van Beieren's castle. Admire the landscape garden’s Romantic period design from 1857 and the beds of tulips, introduced in when the spring park first opened to the public in 1950.

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Rotterdam: Rotterdam Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Rotterdam: Rotterdam Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit Rotterdam Zoo and see fascinating animals that feel perfectly at home in specially-imitated natural landscapes. Avoid the long lines and explore one of Europe’s most beautiful zoos. Rotterdam Zoo supports a number of conservation projects in the wild and actively participates in many breeding programmes for endangered species and is one of the international top ten of zoos in this field. Dive into Oceanium and take a magical voyage over the bottom of the sea and along coastal regions, meeting many marine and coastal inhabitants such as fish (from herring to sharks), puffins, snakes and a large group of king penguins. Discover beautiful butterfly paradise Amazonica where you'll experience tropical temperatures, fragrant flowers, thousands of colorful South American butterflies, the awesome anaconda and greedy piranhas.  In Africa, an exciting path takes you safely past a group of large crocodiles! Once you’re at the top of the path, stand eye to eye with the giraffes. At a safe altitude, admire the other inhabitants of the new savanna such as hyenas, kudus, ostriches and zebras. On the African Gorilla Island, you will be delighted by Bokito’s playful gorilla family. ...and much more! On top of these experiences, see a rare species of forest giraffe, take a voyage through Asian marshes, and discover the Ice Cave for a magnificent view of polar bears.

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Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

4. Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

The Euromast is Rotterdam's icon. At 600-feet high, it’s the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and an essential part of the skyline of the city. Discover amazing stories about the city using our Magnicity app. Take incredible photos and marvel at the unique view of Rotterdam. When the weather allows it you can see up to 18 miles in the distance and at night you can see the stars come to life. Enjoy your visit to Euromast for a lunch, dinner, high tea or high wine at 300-feet high in the brasserie. In the Deli restaurant on the ground floor, you’ll find the best coffee in Rotterdam. You can also enjoy fresh pastries, a warm panini or one of the homemade tarte flambées For the youngsters amongst you, there’s lots to do at the Euromast. Children can go on a space tour adventure, together with the mascots Rox, Ziza and NomNom. On Sundays there is also the Euromast Kidsclub on the ground floor in the Deli restaurant. Children can play, craft and build for free, and they even have the opportunity to build their own Euromast out of Lego.

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Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof Gardens with Spring Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof Gardens with Spring Cruise

Be inspired by the sights and smells of more than seven million bulbs in bloom at Keukenhof! Benefit from flexible and direct travel by bus to Keukenhof from Amsterdam. Upon arrival, avoid the long queues and enjoy fast-track entry to this wonderful floral garden. Prior to your leisurely visit to Keukenhof Gardens, enjoy a relaxing and comfortable boat tour with spectacular views of the passing scenery, including colorful bulb fields, traditional windmills and authentic villages. The tour departs from the 'Ringvaart' Canal and takes you to the Amsterdam Kager lakes, which include ten unique islands. While travelling through narrower passages between the islands, marvel at amazing historical mansions. This 60-minute tour offers a unique experience right in the heart of the bulb fields. After your boat tour, a shuttle bus will take you to Keukenhof Gardens within 5 minutes. You can then explore the gardens at your own leisure.

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The Hague: Beginner's Surf Lesson

6. The Hague: Beginner's Surf Lesson

Discover what it feels like to walk on water with a 2-hour beginner's surf lesson in the Scheveningen district of The Hague. Start your lesson on the beach in a small group setting of 6 students or less. Listen to your Dutch and English-speaking instructor as they explain how to stay safe in the water. Hear about several different surf techniques, such as how to safely go out into the water. Then, grab your surfboard and catch some waves! Learn how to keep your surf board under control and how to read the waves. Discover how to time your take off and how to catch your first wave. Be amazed by how easy and enjoyable it is to surf.

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Madurodam: Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

7. Madurodam: Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

Discover the highlights and heritage of Holland at Madurodam, world famous for its model village, the Netherlands in miniature. The park consists of 338 miniatures as well as flowers in bloom from April until October. Enjoy interactive activities and two playgrounds. Visit Little Amsterdam, have a look at the Parliament Building in The Hague, or see what a real Dutch cheese market looks like. Everything is built to a scale of 1:25 including miniature trains, boats, and cars that move around. Visit the indoor attractions to find out more about Holland’s rich history. Hear about the Dutch’s ability to transform water into land. Experience the waters threatening the Netherlands in the Waterwolf and help the steam engine keep Holland dry.

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Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

8. Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

Explore the extraordinary phenomenon of Keukenhof from up close. Keukenhof is a place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, and other bulb flowers in the spring. This beautiful spring garden offers a unique scent and color experience, over 20 spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, and exciting events. Surrounding Keukenhof lie the famous bulb fields. From the windmill you take in spectacular views of some of the bulb fields, with a visit to Keukenhof guaranteeing beautiful photographs. There are activities for all ages, allowing you to stimulate your senses as you smell, taste, listen, and enjoy. Keukenhof is a treat for the whole family with children being able to enjoy themselves in the playground, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and go on a scavenger hunt. Your tour will continue to visit the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Known as the “Venice of North”, the village is notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. You will explore the fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Experience the scenery on a leisurely trip through the canals. Explore the preserved village on foot, and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village.

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Guided Half-Day Tour to Keukenhof from Amsterdam

9. Guided Half-Day Tour to Keukenhof from Amsterdam

After a short ride from Amsterdam to the bulbflower area around Lisse, start your tour by making a scenic ride in this area. Depending upon the season you may see a landscape with colourful bulbflower carpets in almost any color you can imagine. Stop to take some pictures.  Then continue to the true highlight of this tour, the park Keukenhof. Once a mere kitchen garden filled with vegetables and herbs, the Keukenhof - smack dab in the middle of South Holland’s tulip region - now has the distinction of being the world’s largest flower garden, hosting some 800,000 visitors per year. This guided tour will take you through the 15 kilometers of footpaths and 32 hectares of gardens, where millions of bulbs are planted each year. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other spring bulbs of a variety of vibrant colors carpet the grounds. Stroll through the English landscape garden, the Japanese country garden, and the historical garden. Take in the flower sculpture, based on an annual theme. Just don’t forget to bring your camera - this is an experience you won’t want to forget!

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Kagerplassen: Spring Cruise & Keukenhof Gardens Entry Ticket

10. Kagerplassen: Spring Cruise & Keukenhof Gardens Entry Ticket

Combine a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens with a beautiful spring cruise lasting approximately 1.5 hours on one of the great ships of Rederij van Huls. Journey along the beautiful 'Kagerplassen', also known as the 'Amsterdam Lakes' During the cruise you can enjoy the beautiful views, historic windmills, and typical Dutch villages in the famous bulb region. The boat is covered and offers an open deck as well, providing great photo opportunities, so be sure to bring your camera. After the cruise, go to the Keukenhof Gardens which are located only 10 minutes (by car) from the cruise departing point. With the Keukenhof ticket you will have direct access to the gardens where you'll see plenty of blooming tulips.

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What people are saying about South Holland

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,503 reviews

Truly inspiring! This is probably the most complete museum of its kind. It took us over 3 hours to see most of this amazing building and could easily have used up another hour. The cafe area is so well organized, as though in a town surrounded by old artisan shops and interesting extras.

This game was a lot of fun and a great way to explore the city and see cool new places. It's also really informative, because after finding and solving each clue you get some interesting facts about Rotterdam during WW2. Would recommend!

We had a combination ticket of the cruise first followed by the euromast. We just missed the boat at 12:30 but without issues we could change to the 2 pm cruise. Both attractions were worth it.

Everything worked very well. It was very easy to pick up the tickets with the voucher from the automatic machines in the airport's baggage collection area.

What a fantastic experience. The Netherlands is rich with this piece of heritage.