ITINERARY
EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY AND CULTURE OF THE NETHERLANDS


 

DAY 1 -                                                                                                                        
Departure from San Jose, Costa Rica or JFK, New York                                                                                                                              

DAY 2 - 
Arrival in Amsterdam and transfer to hotel
Welcome and Orientation - The capital city, Amsterdam with its old center, canal houses, open air markets, historical architecture styles, museums, and about a thousand bridges, wonderful restaurants, cafes, and its free and democratic ambiance is a joy to walk, bike, and explore.   Short walk in Vondelpark area   
Boat Tour in the Evening.                                                                                                 
Lodging in Stayok Vondelpark with its unique location in the middle of the green heart of Amsterdam, the famous Vondelpark, within walking distance of the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum and other attractions of the City.  Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, use of bicycles, maps.

Day 3 -                                                                                                                           
Guided city walk in Amsterdam.  Visit to Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum or
Rembrandt House,  Women's Begijnhofjes, Westerkerk.                                                 
Lodging at Stayok Vondelpark.

Day 4 -
Free day in Amsterdam  - opportunity to bike, visit museums, markets, site seeing and lunch on your own.   Suggestions will be provided.                                                  
Evening - group walk to central squares, famous streets, and visit to Red Zone.           
Lodging at Stayok Vondelpark

Day 5 -
Travel by train to Rotterdam (about 1 hour) - along the way, you will see the landscape of the area.  Originally a small village built on the dike (dam) on the small Rotte River, the town was still of little importance when Erasmus was born here in 1469.  In the 16th century, ports were constructed and the city became the second largest town in Holland.  The town was later captured by the French and in 1940 suffered German bombings that destroyed almost all the old town.  The current port town is the most modern city in the Netherlands with a marvelous combination of experimental architecture and a population of mixed ethnic groups and cultural traditions.                                                                 
Lodg
ing at Stayok Rotterdam located in one of the famous cube houses or other hotel.

Day 6 -
Tour by Water Bus to Kinderdijk to see the historical town of 19 windmills.                                             Dinner at famous Hotel New York, historical site of Holland - Amerika ships where many began their migration to other countries.                                                                                                                            Lodging in Rotterdam.

Day 7 -
Travel by train (less than 1/2 hour) to Delft, a town made famous by painter Johannes Vermeer and noted for its handsomely painted blue and white Delft pottery.  Tour of the Ceramic Factory/Museum and opportunity to create your own blue and white ceramic tile.
Water tour and dinner.                                                                                              
Lodging in Delft.

Day 8 -                                                                                                                                                Tram visit to The Hague - the "lovely city behind the sand dunes" and the seat of government.  We will manage to be there for the official opening of Parliament (perhaps a glimpse of the Queen and her golden carriage).                                                                                                                                             People to People Meeting with local people.                                                                                         Lodging in Delft


Day 9 -
Bike tour (or tram or train for those who do not want to go by bike) from Delft to The Hague to celebrate International Day of Peace and a mix of art, architecture, and history. Lodging in Delft

Day 10 -
Boat trip to Leiden.  Visit to local artist's studio.                                                
Lodging in Leiden.

Day 11 -
Return to Amsterdam.                                                                                                                      

Flower Market, Second Hand Market or other free time activities.                                    Concert                                                                                                                                           

Lodging at Stayok Vondelpark.

Day 12 -                                                                                                                            
Optional day trip to historical fishing towns of Volendam-Marken-Edam or bike or bus to Northern Amsterdam's historical mills - Zaanse Schans Molinos.                                       
Farewell Dinner.                                                                                                                
Lodging at Stayok Vonderpark 


Day 13 -                                                                                                                              
Transport to airport for departure flight

LONGER STAYS OR TRIPS TO OTHER COUNTRIES CAN BE ARRANGED




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