Traveling to the Netherlands is a bucket list trip for many. Literally translated, The Netherlands means the Low Countries. The majority of the landscape is flat and makes for ideal growing conditions for the Netherland’s most famous export – flowers! Nearly 80% of the world’s flower bulbs come from the Netherlands. Ranked as the 6th happiest country in the world, history, culture and culinary meet in all aspects of Dutch life.
With a lengthy history, the Netherlands reached its peak prosperity during the Dutch Republic, during the 16th-18th centuries. During the 17th century, the Dutch Empire reached its furthest borders, with its greatest number of colonies. Simultaneously, as wealth flowed into the Dutch Republic, art flourished and scientific and technological advances grew rapidly.
Artistically, the Netherlands has produced some of the greatest artists of all time. From van Gogh to Rembrandt and Vermeer, the Netherlands showcase their magnificent collections beautifully. Interestingly, the Dutch Republic is traditionally credited with introducing oil painting to Europe. Dutch artists have continued to flourish throughout the country’s history into the 20th century.
With one of the world’s most diverse populations, the Netherlands are rich to this day in cuisine and culture. With one of the world’s most diverse populations it is no surprise that some of the most highly rated restaurants showcase this international climate, with several two and three starred Michelin restaurants, as well as, numerous Michelin rated restaurants.
For those looking for a perfect mix of history, art, food, colorful landscapes and beautiful hotels, look no further! The Netherlands is a perfect match.
The Netherlands boasts a continental European climate, meaning four separate seasons and a great time to visit no matter the time of year. With the blooming flowers of springtime, comes the full swing of ocean and river cruise season. Fall is a good time to visit, with comfortable crisp days and fewer crowds. November and December transform the country with holiday festivities.
Amsterdam is a must-see for anyone visiting the Netherlands. With so many wonderful experiences in the city, and beyond in the countryside, even five days might not be enough. We suggest a day trip to The Hague, an important cultural and political center, and perhaps another to Delft, Vermeer’s hometown. With numerous charming medieval towns and villages throughout the countryside, it’s certainly possible to extend further afield to explore the timeless and picturesque landscapes of the Netherlands.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you based on your exact preferences and interests. We suggest you allow a minimum of three nights in The Netherlands, just to explore Amsterdam, five if you are looking to take a few day trips too.
If you are on a Rhine river or Baltic cruise embarking or disembarking in Amsterdam, we can arrange a private pre/post cruise extension with your own Exeter hand-picked private guide. Our private pre and post cruise extensions ensure that you’ll receive not only the best experience possible, but personalized service throughout, allowing you to maximize your time in the city.
The Netherlands combines wonderfully with almost anywhere in Central and Eastern Europe, due to the wide network of non-stop routes by KLM. We suggest combining Amsterdam with Berlin and Munich or with Switzerland.