Netherlands tours are an amazing way to experience the historic towns and natural beauty of the countryside that can be found in the Low Countries. The Netherlands hugs the North Sea and shares borders with Germany and Belgium, making it a great jumping off point for exploring Western Europe.
Renowned for sprawling fields of tulips, vibrant historic centres, expansive networks of canals, and bustling nightlife, the Netherlands has long been a draw for visitors abroad. With pancake-flat geography, it’s easy to cruise (on a bike, of course!) from quaint windmill-dotted flower fields to bustling cities. On Netherlands tours you will bike to the Ann Frank house, munch on stroopwafels, or cycle alongside canals through the Red Light District! With deep artistic and historic exploration available around every corner and picturesque urban and rural areas alike, the Netherlands is a top destination for every kind of traveller.
A guided or self-guided tour is the best way to experience the Netherlands without missing a thing. A Netherlands tour can either offer you the perfect framework to explore from, or completely handle your entire itinerary in this country where history, culture, adventure, and modern innovation intertwine. Biking tours are one of the most quintessential ways to enjoy the Netherlands, but you can also walk the cities, cruise through the canals, or enjoy the coastline. Whether you’re cycling through Amsterdam or enjoying one of the thousands of sprawling cafe terraces, Netherlands tours are sure to be a travel highlight!
When is the Best Time to Visit the Netherlands?
The best time to visit the Netherlands is undoubtedly during the summer months, as you will experience warmer temperatures and weather conditions that are a bit more dry than other points of the year. The only downside to travelling during this time is that you will need to contend with the throngs of other tourists travelling through the country during the summer months.
Due to the coastal positioning of the Netherlands, the country does experience fairly mild temperatures year-round; however, the excessive rain during the spring, autumn, and winter months means that you will likely get a bit soggy if you plan a trip during this time. Not to worry though! Just make sure to pack a rain jacket and buy an umbrella to enjoy your trip to the Netherlands without the crowds.
Types of Tours in the Netherlands
Although it is a fairly small country, the Netherlands is filled with plenty of amazing landscapes and outdoor activities to try your hand at. Check out the different types of tours in the Netherlands below:
Bike tours in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is an extremely flat country, so much so that a good portion of it actually lies below sea level! Take advantage of the flat terrain and set out on one of these amazing bike tours in the Netherlands to experience the beautiful scenery and historic city streets that can be found throughout the country.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Netherlands
Do they speak English in the Netherlands?
Although it is not an official language, you will find that many Dutch people speak fluent English. With that being said, learning a few Dutch words goes a long way when speaking with locals.
How many days are enough for the Netherlands?
While you could easily spend several weeks fully exploring all that the Netherlands has to offer, 5-7 days should be enough time if you are simply looking to visit the highlights.
What is the best way to travel in the Netherlands?
The best way to travel in the Netherlands is by train, with quick and reliable trains travelling between and within most cities.
Should I go to Amsterdam or Rotterdam?
If you are deciding between visiting Amsterdam or Rotterdam, the answer depends on what you want to do. Amsterdam has a rich history, stunning historical architecture, and coffee shops, while Rotterdam has a much more modern style and an amazing restaurant scene. The easy answer is that you should visit both!
What currency do they use in the Netherlands?
Being an EU member state, the official currency of the Netherlands is the Euro.
Netherlands Tour Highlights
Located 15km east of Rotterdam in the province of South Holland, Kinderdijk is a fascinating historical site that is home to a collection of 19 windmills dating back to the 18th Century. The purpose of the windmills was to power pumps that would drain the low-lying landscape and prevent flooding, as the terrain of the surrounding area is situated below sea level. Kinderdijk is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth seeing for anyone with an interest in history.
Situated to the southwest of Amsterdam, the Keukenhof Gardens are one of the largest flower gardens in the world, covering an area of 79 acres. Each year there are approximately 7 million flower bulbs that are planted in the gardens - many of them being world famous Dutch tulips - and roughly 1.5 million people visit annually. As the Keukenhof Gardens are easily accessible by train and bus, it is well worth a visit to take in the natural beauty of what is often referred to as “the Garden of Europe”.
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Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities
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Dive into a family cycling holiday that paves the way for unforgettable memories and a week of well-rounded fun. The 8-day self-guided Holland Family Cycling Tour: Beaches, Dunes, and Cities is the perfect opportunity to explore the provinces of North and South Holland by bike, striking the perfect balance of activity and relaxation.
8-Day Vennbahn Rail Trail Cycling Tour
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Discover a cyclist’s paradise on one of Europe’s longest and most scenic bike baths on the 8-Day Vennbahn Rail Trail Cycling Tour, which spans Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Luxembourg.
Pearls of Holland Cycling Tour
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See the best of Holland on the Pearls of Holland Cycling Tour, a 7-day self-guided cycling holiday that invites you to explore the capital, Amsterdam, and several historic cities of North and South Holland.
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The 11 Frisian Cities Cycling Tour
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Discover a unique part of Holland on the 8-day self-guided 11 Frisian Cities Cycling Tour! The northern province of Friesland, which even has its own language that differs from Dutch, beckons you to discover some of Holland’s best-kept secrets as you explore its extraordinary natural landscapes and charming, historical cities. Your ride begins in Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland, where canals, historical monuments, and buzzing streets lined with shops pave the way for a spectacular introduction to northern Holland. Then, over several mesmerizing days, you’ll explore 11 Frisian cities each with its own cultural heritage and traditional style.
Meuse Route and Vennbahn Rail Trail Cycling Tour
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Discover five spectacular European countries on the 8-day self-guided Meuse Route and Vennbahn Rail Trail Cycling Tour, which spans the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg.
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