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Our most recommended South Holland Day Trips

The Hague: Beginner's Surf Lesson

1. 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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Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

2. 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

3. 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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Amsterdam: Half-Day Flower Fields and Keukenhof Bicycle Tour

4. Amsterdam: Half-Day Flower Fields and Keukenhof Bicycle Tour

Meet your experienced guide at Amsterdam Central Station. Hop aboard the train together and head to the flower village of Hillegom, where your bicycle will be ready for you. Embark on a guided tour through the flower bulb region.  Cycle through the most beautiful fields filled with flowering tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, and discover the hidden spots of the region with the help of your guide. Hear all the ins and outs of the flower bulb-growing process and about why the flower bulb region is so unique. A visit to the Keukenhof follows. Enjoy free time within this most beautiful spring park in the world, rounding off a wonderful experience before returning to Amsterdam via train.

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Keukenhof Gardens 5-Hour Group Tour in Spanish or English

5. Keukenhof Gardens 5-Hour Group Tour in Spanish or English

Discover the most famous tulip gardens in the Netherlands on a half-day tour of Keukenhof. Transfer from Amsterdam to the Keukenhof Gardens, situated between the towns of Lisse and Hillegom. In 1840, various landscape painters were commissioned to design what would become the Keukenhof park. The designers drew heavily on the English style prevalent at the time, with flowers as an essential element. Upon arrival at Keukenhof (Dutch for “kitchen garden”), explore more than 32 hectares of parkland. See a vast collection of flowers and hybrids of different species around the old mills, lakes, fountains and wide promenades. Purchase some bulbs or seeds in the greenhouses. Wander the park’s 4 main areas, named after members of the Dutch royal family of Oranje. Discover different varieties and displays in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion, Willem Alexander Pavilion, Koningin Beatrix Pavilion, and Koningin Juliana Pavilion.

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Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

6. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

Enjoy a leisurely journey across the coastal region of South-Holland in an electric, 2-person Renault Twizy with GPS navigation. The unique open and contemporary design of electric car will give you a sense of freedom on the open road. You feel, smell and experience where you drive. Ride through nature, sand dunes, and picturesque coastal villages at your own pace. As you explore the area, an onboard audio guide shares additional information and facts about the area. Park the Twizy to see the beach and sea up close for some excellent photo opportunites.

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Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

7. Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

From early April to mid-May you will get to visit  Keukenhof, close to Amsterdam, and show you the tulips at their best. This tour has it all: you will enjoy the fragrances and the colors of 7 million flowers as well as the unearthly beauty of historical Delft. After a leisurely drive through the countryside you'll see the vast bulb fields in full blossom as well as the typical windmills. First, you'll visit  Delft which is said to be the most charming town of the Netherlands.  You will marvel at the picturesque canals, the city hall, the Old and the New Church that also houses the underground crypt of the Dutch Royal Family. In your free time, you will most certainly browse through the countless small but cozy Delft arts and crafts shops. After lunch and on the way to the Keukenhof estate you'll hear about the history and importance of tulip growing.  And then for three hours, you enjoy the many gardens and beautiful pavilions which show a great collection of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and other flowers.

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Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

8. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Your tour will begin as you depart from Amsterdam on your coach and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands, and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. After a short city tour, the first stop will be Spido for your 1-hour and 15-minute boat tour, which is the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. You will see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise you will continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Markethall and Cube Houses.  The next stop is the picturesque city of Delft, which is the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Known as the Princes’ City, it is also where countless members of the Dutch royal family have been buried for centuries. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center. It is packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. You will also visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Finally, you will head to The Hague for a city tour. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family, and is the third largest city in the country. The Hague is where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Stop and take pictures at the Peace Palace, the Mauritshuis (featuring work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol), and the Binnenhof (the meeting place of the Dutch government).  Before returning to Amsterdam, hit the nearby Madurodam, which is an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses, Thalys highspeed train, Erasmusbridge, and windmills on a 1:25 scale. In the late afternoon, you will return to Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam: Guided Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Tour

9. Amsterdam: Guided Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Tour

Begin your day with a pickup from one of the pickup points in central Amsterdam. As you leave Amsterdam, gaze out at the vivid flower fields of the Dutch countryside, which are awash with colorful crocuses, tulips, and daffodil. These blooming fields are remarkably beautiful, and as you admire them you can listen to your guide reveal more about the history of this region. Depending on the time, you might also stop to take photographs of this stunning landscape. When you arrive at Keukenhof Gardens, step off the bus and embark on a guided tour of the grounds. Covering an area of more than 79 acres (32 hectares), these magnificent gardens are home to innumerable blooming bulbs, all meticulously landscaped into aesthetically pleasing patterns. The gardens are filled with delicate blossoms of all sorts of colors and textures, which emanate a gently perfumed fragrance. After soaking up the garden vistas, continue to Zaanse Schans. The windmill village of Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that has a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. These buildings were brought there from 1961 onward, bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region. The prosperity of the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns, and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as homes to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige, and light blue. Upon arrival to the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour. You will visit the clog museum and annex wooden shoemaker shop, and will also get to taste Dutch farmer cheese in the cheese farm. It is then time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off to discover Zaanse Schans, your guide will provide you with further information on the unique character of Zaanse Schans, teach you the local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about what to do and where to go.

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From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulips Fields & Delft

10. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulips Fields & Delft

Arrive in Keukenhof before noon and follow your guide to skip the lines. Learn all the interesting facts about tulips and history of the Netherlands on a walking tour amongst the themed floral displays of Keukenhof Gardens. See millions of daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths in bloom. Enjoy the stunning scenery and photo opportunities in the endless sea of flowers in Keukenhof. Later in the afternoon, visit the canal city of Delft. You will get to see a typical Dutch town which is famous for its iconic Delftware. Join the workshop prepared at Delft Blue Pottery Factory to learn about the Dutch handcraft tradition. Your guide will then take you to the lively market square of Delft where you can stroll along historic canals, cobblestone streets and the medieval architecture in the Old Church, City Hall, the New Church and more. You’ll have time to explore museums, shops, bars and cafés at your own pace.

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What people are saying about South Holland

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 492 reviews

Top notch it was really worth it! The boat trip in Rotterdam's harbor was memorable. The visit of Delft was just the right amount of touring and some time to ourselves. The Didn't do much in the Hague but at least went there. The day was full throughout. Our guide Willem did an excellent job with his maps and historical story-telling, which filled in alot of the blanks for me . Very well done and would recommend it.

Was very nice, enjoyed the trip due to the detailed explanation from our guide julliet rainmaker. Some of the facts if travelled ourselves, we would have missed out. Beautiful city view of delft, Rotterdam and hague is worth the visit. Will defenetly travel more of these guided tours.

Teacher: very competent and personable Weather: windy at 20 degrees perfect! Fun factor: 10 out of 10 It was really cool for the first time surfing! The surf instructor has all students in view and under control! We would like to repeat that and recommend it to others :)

Excellent guide of Juliette English French and Spanish Competence and professionalism You should have more time for Delft and less for Rotterdam In general the tour is good

Juliet was very nice to us. She was explained great details and well organized trip. it was nice experince. thank you