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Apr262011

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Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Quite simply the most stunning collection of flowers and plants you would ever wish to see. I thought that the 4 and a half hour trip would be ample time to walk around and see the sights but i think you could easily book the 7 hour trip and still not get bored at the colours and breathtaking scenery on show. One reason it only gets 4 stars, we were told to be at the exit at 1.15 to be taken back to Amsterdam, we arrived at 1.05 and our coach party had already departed leaving us and 3 American girls stranded, we were told by the information dest at Keukenhof that the next bus did not depart until 3.15 and were advised to use public transport to get back to Amsterdam, this involved taking a bus to Schipol and then catching a train to Amsterdam Centraal Station. We did this and when we went back to complain about being left behind, they happily refunded our travel expenses and apologised for the confusion. Fortunately we didn't have anything lined up for the afternoon as it was past 4PM when we got back to Amsterdam and we had a good laugh about the experience! The gardens are stunning and i would be hard pushed to see any better collection of flowers anywhere in the world.

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Apr252011

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Holland in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A very thorough trip fron North to South Holland taking in some interesting sights along the way.
First off is a trip to a farm where we were shown cheese making followed by the making of traditional Dutch shoes, which we know as clogs! Quite interesting to see the farm and how they do it. The flower auction was shut on this day as it was a bank holiday so we then made our way to Rotterdam for a city tour by bus and a brief photography stop at the old harbour. Rotterdam looked nice and interesting and i would have rather incorporated an hour stop at least. We then visited a Delft blue pottery workshop where we were given a demonstration on the making of the pottery, this was quite interesting and the small shop housed to lovely souvenirs albeit at a price. After an hour in Delft market square for lunch we went through The Hague for a look at the city centre, which didn't look very exciting to be fair. Then we had an hour and a bit at Madurodam, Holland in miniature which was enjoyable but more for the kids i think. I would have cut that out for a more lengthy stop in Rotterdam but it is hard to please everyone. All in all a very good value trip and an excellent way to experience a slice of what Holland has to offer.

Apr232011

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Amsterdam Super Saver 3: City Tour, Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken Day Trip

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A great value day with a real contrasting couple of excursions.
First off the city tour of Amsterdam takes in a working windmill along the River Amstel which is very picturesque. Then after driving around and being pointed out the sights of the city there is a visit to a Diamond factory which is very interesting as long as wallets and purses are kept firmly closed! The city tour is a great way to get familiarised with what Amsterdam has to offer. After time for lunch part 2 begins with a trip to Zaanse Schans a lovely little touristy spot with 5 windmills, a cheese farm and varous other things to keep you entertained. We only had an hour or so here and it would have been nice to stay a while longer. Then onto Volendam which is a very busy little fishing town, the front is a tourist trap with souvenir shops and bars and cafes all along it, again it would have been nice to have awhile longer as after 75 minutes or so we caught the 20 minute ferry over to Marken which is a small version of Volendam without all of the tourist attractions, we had a brief demonstration of clogmaking here and then waited for our bus to take us back to Amsterdam. Personally i would rather have had extra time at both Zaanse Schans and Volendam and cut out Marken all together as there wan't much to do or see there, but it was a very fulfilling day and a lovely contrasting experience of what a piece of Holland has to offer. Good vaule for money as well.

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