Netherlands and England

12 Days

This 12 day tour is an invitation to an in-depth, but leisurely tour of the Netherlands, plus a bonus few days in England. We will spend time in Amsterdam, visit a castle, paint pottery in Delft, ride a bike, enjoy a 5-star seaside hotel, take a cooking class, and so much more!


Trip Highlights

  • Tour of Amsterdam, including canal cruise
  • De Haar, the Netherlands' largest castle
  • Brewery tour - with samples!
  • Painting workshop in the Royal Delft porcelain factory
  • Tour of The Hague
  • Visit to the world's largest flower auction
  • Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Overnight ferry to England
  • Tour of Colchester Castle
  • Imperial War Museum in London


We will gather at the St. Louis airport at 9 a.m. Our first flight is AA 702 departing St. Louis at 12:06 PM and arriving in Dallas at 2:00 PM. Our second flight AA 220 departs from Dallas at 3:45 PM. Please note that flight times and numbers are subject to change. (IF)

On arrival at 8 a.m., we will be welcomed by our driver and tour director, who will transfer us to the city center. The capital of Holland exists out of 70 islands, which are separated by nearly 50 miles of canals and connected by more than 1000 bridges. We will begin with a narrated canal excursion, passing gabled warehouses, noble mansions, arched bridges, and colorful houseboats. We will then check-in to our hotel, Room Mate Aitana (4+*) and have free time before the Welcome Dinner. (IF/D)

After breakfast we will enjoy a guided walking tour through old Amsterdam. The city was founded in the Middle Ages and has many historical buildings. We’ll see the Dam Square, with the impressive Royal Palace and New Church, the canals, the Begijnhof, and the floating Flower market. We will also see “Waterlooplein” (Waterloo Square) with its famous market, the Rembrandt House, and the Portuguese Synagogue. After free time for lunch, we will have a guided tour of the Rijksmuseum, which has an unrivaled collection of Dutch art. This vast museum opened in 1885 and houses art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Huysum. The rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam independently. For those interested in this option, we will arrange tickets to the Ann Frank House (not guaranteed). (B)

This morning we will visit De Haar, the Netherlands’ largest castle and considered the most luxurious. We will also explore the Dom Under, where we’ll discover 2000 years of history. We’ll end the morning with a guided tour of a brewery including tasting 2-3 beers. The afternoon is at leisure, with options including a Botanical Garden, Railway Museum, canal ride, bike tours, shopping, (B)

OPTION: Utrecht

Option to attend a 3-course Dutch Cooking Course, at De Kookfabriek. After a glass of prosecco, you will receive an explanation of the menu that you will prepare together. You will then work in groups under expert supervision. Each team prepares the entire menu. While cooking, there is plenty of time to chat, drink wine or beer, and look at each other's dishes. Then, you’ll enjoy your culinary delights. In between, you briefly go into the kitchen for the final actions in the next corridor. The program will be concluded with coffee and tea with homemade sweets. We will also have a vinologist who will offer wine tasting.

Today’s day trip is to Delft, the city with its historic city center. We will tour the Royal Delft’s factory, ‘the Porceleyne Fles’ where we will discover the complete history and production process of Delft’s Blue Porcelain. We’ll have a workshop to paint our own piece of porcelain. In the afternoon we will get out into the fresh air with a bicycle ride through the nearby countryside. We will check-in to the stunning Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus this evening. (B/L)

After breakfast, we will visit The Hague and see the Houses of Parliament, Palace Noordeinde, the King’s working palace, and Carnegie’s Peace Palace (the International Court of Justice). We’ll visit Panorama Mesdag and in the afternoon, visit the Mauritshuis to see works, such as The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Visit one of the world’s most beautiful piers (according to CNN) with a ferris wheel, restaurants etc. (B)

After an early breakfast departure to the World’s largest flower Auction in Aalsmeer where flowers and plants are auctioned and then packaged for distribution to all corners of the world. The next stop is Gouda where we will have a guided walking tour, including the famous Cheese Market. We will also visit the Old Weigh House which also houses a small cheese museum and shop. Tucked away in the city center is the factory making famous Dutch Treacle Waffles. We will enjoy a Treacle Waffle baking workshop and tasting and continue to Scheningen, the Netherland’s most popular seaside resort located close to The Hague. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)

Today, we will visit Kinderdijk, a Unesco World Cultural site. Built around 1740, 19 windmills are situated on dykes and once kept the surrounding land dry. We will sail to Rotterdam on the waterbus past beautiful countryside. On arrival in Rotterdam, we will have a walking food tour that will go to the famous Market and cafés where we can try lots of local specialties. Before boarding our ferry, we will make a stop in Delfshaven to see the departure point of the Mayflower Pilgrims on the Speedwell. We will bid farewell to our Dutch driver and tour director and board the ferry for our overnight sailing to Harwich. We’ll dine on the ship and sleep onboard. (B/L/D)

After breakfast on board the ship, we will disembark in Harwich and board our UK bus. Harwich (pronounced “Harridge”) is the UK’s 2nd busiest port. The Mayflower was built in Harwich by Christopher Jones and his home is now open to the public. We will visit the charming village of Dedham, with a gentle stroll to Flatford Mill, famously painted by Constable. Dedham has a good selection of tea rooms and craft shops. We will continue on to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded city. Colchester was the first major city in Roman Britain and was known as Camulodunum, although it actually dates back to prehistoric times. One of the most famous historical figures was Queen Boudica, a Celtic Iceni Queen, who defeated the Romans and burned the city to the ground. Our tour will also include Colchester Castle, built on the site of the Temple of Claudius by the Normans. We will have a group dinner and stay in the GreyFriars Hotel.(B/D)

After breakfast we’ll drive up to London and the afternoon is at leisure to explore London. This evening many of the group will be attending the Abba Experience. (B)

Imperial War Museum
Windsor Castle (Queen’s resting place).
Westminster Abbey, the King’s coronation.
Visit Churchill War Rooms
Check out the art at the National Gallery
Visit Royal Albert Hall and take a tour.
ABBA EXPERIENCE: take in a concert

Today is a free day to enjoy London at your leisure. You will have travel cards for public transport and the opportunity to pre-book excursions if you wish. (B)

You will transfer to Heathrow this morning for your return home. Post-tour nights in London are available. (B & I/F).


  • With round-trip air from St. Louis in shared room $5,199
  • With round-trip air from St. Louis in private room $6,199
  • Land only in shared room $3,599
  • Transportation in deluxe motor coaches
  • Overnight ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich in outside cabin
  • Accommodation in 4 and 5 star centrally-located hotels
  • All meals specified in itinerary
  • All transfers as a group (additional cost for separate airport transfers)
  • Tips and taxes

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals
  • Single supplement ($1,000)
  • Personal costs such as passports
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What is the flight itinerary?

The following flights are available from St. Louis:

Flight No.DateFromToDepartsArrives
AA 7027/14St. LouisDallas12:06 PM2:00 PM
AA 2207/14 - 7/15DallasAmsterdam3:45 PM8:00 AM
AA 7337/25LondonCharlotte12:15 PM4:15 PM
AA 29377/25CharlotteSt. Louis6:05 PM7:07 PM

Amsterdam, Netherlands 
July 15-18, 2023
Room Mate Aitana (4 star)
Room Mate Aitana Hotel IJDok 6 1013 MM – Amsterdam

Den Haag, Netherlands
July 18-21, 2023
Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus (5 star) (Pictured above)
Gevers Deynootplein 30, 2586 CK The Hague

Ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich
July 21-22, 2023

Colchester, England
July 22-23, 2023
Greyfriars Hotel (4 star)
High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1UG

London, England
July 23-25, 2023
Copthorne Tara Hotel (4 star)
Scarsdale Pl, London W8 5SY

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Netherlands and England
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