Taking a guided sightseeing tour is one of the many things to do in Holland, and it can be one of the best ways to explore a new country. If a guided tour is not your thing, a local can show you around the Netherlands and help you find the most popular attractions as well as the hidden gems that only locals know about. Some excursions will enable you to explore the whole country, while others concentrate on a single city or region. You can take sightseeing tours in the Netherlands by bus, boat, bike or on foot. Letting someone else do all the planning can also make for a more relaxing trip.
The Whole Country
One option is the “Holland in One-Day Sightseeing Tour” that begins and ends in central Amsterdam. Travelers board a coach near the Central Station to begin a tour of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague. During the tour, travelers will visit attractions like the Euromast, the Royal Delft pottery, the Houses of Parliament, and the miniature city of Madurodam.
One popular tour is an evening cruise of the canals in Amsterdam. Some excursions include snacks, drinks or even dinners. The routes vary depending on the water level, but a typical tour will include attractions like the Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug), the Anne Frank House, the Hermitage Museum and the Amstel River.
Haarlem is the capital of the province North Holland, and it was founded in the 13th century. It is also the site of customized walking tours where the guide meets the traveler at a place of their choosing. The two-hour long tour can also be tailored to suit the visitor’s interests. Popular attractions include the St. Bavo Church where a ten-year-old Mozart once performed, the France Hals Museum, and the Haarlemmerhout Park.
The Netherlands are famous for their tulips, windmills, and cheeses, and a tour of the countryside can allow travelers to experience all three. The tour begins in central Amsterdam, and the bus takes travelers sightseeing. They will visit several different villages that can include Marken, Volendam, Edam and/or Zaandem.
Utrecht is the capital of the province with the same name, and it is located in the center of Holland. It has been considered the religious center of the Netherlands since the 8th century, and it is also home to Utrecht University, the largest university in Holland. Travelers will have their pick of walking tours in Utrecht.