Netherlands Vacation Packages

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Cycle past iconic windmills and vibrant tulip fields and immerse yourself in Holland's culture on our Netherlands vacations and biking adventures.

There may be no better way to experience the Netherland's legendary scenery than from the seat of a bike. A Netherlands biking vacation allows you to actively experience the changing scenery - from canals to dense forests, rainbow-hued tulip fields to rural countryside.

The picturesque, flat countryside of Northern Holland is perfect for biking vacations, making it an excellent choice for family adventures and cyclists who are looking for a more casual biking vacation.  While the Southern Netherlands is also great for cycling, the region’s hills offer great hiking opportunities and amazing cuisine. The short distances between towns, mild maritime climate, and ample bike paths both in the countryside and in towns ensure you’ll never have trouble getting around on a Netherlands biking vacation.

Travel in the Netherlands is easy and enjoyable, with local guides who will show you the Netherlands from an insider’s point of view. It’s sure to be an unforgettable vacation.

Top Netherlands Vacation Packages

Europe

Netherlands Biking Adventure

  • Duration 7 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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Bike through some of the most picturesque landscapes your imagination could muster up. From the tulip fields of Keukenhof to the Venice of the North, Giethoorn, each day brings you on fascinating trails. Along the way, dine on traditional Dutch cuisine and stay in accommodations hand-picked for their charm and endless views.

Trip Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands Trip End: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Europe

Netherlands Family Vacation

  • Duration 7 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

    Read more about the Active Range

Trip Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands Trip End: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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When is the best time to visit the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is best described as having a moderate marine climate. Since the country borders the North Sea, the water has a big influence on the weather. While temperatures are never too extreme, there are four distinct seasons. See below for what to expect during each one on your next Netherlands vacation.

Spring (March – May)

There’s a lot to love about spring in the Netherlands. The tulips are blooming, the trees are blossoming, and everyone is heading outside to soak up the sun. But don’t expect perfect beach weather. Temperatures range from the mid-30s in March (Fahrenheit) to the low 50s in May, so it’s best to pack layers and warm clothing. You can also expect humidity and rain which often falls in the form of short, but heavy, showers.

Summer (June – August)

Summer in the Netherlands is all about being outside. The average temperature in July is 64 F and this is when most residents take vacation, so expect to see a lot of locals out and about. The calendar is packed with festivals and events, so there’s never a shortage of things to do.

Autumn (September – November)

By the time the last of the summer tourists leave, the country is awash in beautiful fall colors. The average high temperature starts out at 66 F in September and is down to 48 F by November. We recommend visiting the Netherlands in early September if you want the summer-like weather without the summer traffic and visiting in October if seeing spectacular fall foliage is important to you!

Winter (December – February)

If you’re looking to pay less for accommodations and have the museums to yourself, winter is a great time to visit the Netherlands. But bring boots because the average temperature in January is 37 F, and snow can be expected. One of the most popular hobbies among locals is ice skating, and the canals are a popular place for the sport. February is an especially fun time to visit because Carnival is celebrated across the country.

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Planning for a Netherlands Vacation

As you consider a Netherlands vacation, you may be curious about what to pack and how to plan for your adventure. If you’re planning on doing some serious cycling (bicycles make up 40% of traffic), you’ll want to spend some time on a bike and even brush up on the rules of the road.

What to pack for your Netherlands cycling vacation

1. Electrical Converter

The voltage in the Netherlands is 230 whereas it’s 120 in the U.S. so if you plan on bringing electronics, you’ll need to pack accordingly. This means that you’ll need an electrical converter in addition to the outlet adapter that you’ll need. Outlets in the Netherlands have the standard European two-pin plug.

2. Rain Gear

Rain happens year-round in the Netherlands, so we always recommend packing a rain jacket and/or an umbrella. And bring shoes or boots that can take a step or two in a puddle!

3. Cycling Gear

It’s hard not to ride a bike when you’re in the Netherlands, and since there is a great chance that you’ll spend a lot of time in the saddle, you’ll want to be comfortable. It’s important to pack padded shorts or pants, and if a sore bum is a big concern for you, you may even want to pack a gel seat cover. Moisture-wicking cycling jerseys and padded cycling gloves are also essentials that you’ll want in your bag.

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Amsterdam Travel Tips

Our team has been guiding tours in the Netherlands for decades, so they have plenty advice when it comes to Amsterdam travel tips. Here are a few of their favorites:

1. Get the Best View in Amsterdam

For an incredible and FREE panoramic view of the city, head to the rooftop terrace of the NEMO Science Center. The building is shaped like a ship’s hull, and should you want to hang out and admire the view, the Rooftop Cafe serves food and drinks.

2. Eat Herring

It’s hard to visit the Netherlands without enjoying one of the country’s favorite salty snacks, herring. If you want to eat them the Dutch way, you’ll have to tilt your head back, hold the fish by the tail and slowly lower it into your mouth. It takes practice, but you definitely get bonus points for trying!

3. Kissing Custom

Three kisses, on alternating cheeks, are customary when it comes to greeting family and friends. Men greet other men with handshakes, but for the most part, three kisses is the way to go. Note: the Dutch are friendly and straightforward, so be prepared to be (pleasantly) surprised!

FAQs About Netherlands Vacations

What is the best part of the Netherlands?

Amsterdam! A picturesque cluster of canals over the Amstel River, in the province of North Holland, Amsterdam is the largest and most alluring city in the Netherlands. Vibrant, cosmopolitan, and steeped in culture, it greets visitors with fabulous museums, exciting nightlife, and a decidedly unique café scene.

What language does Netherlands speak?

The language spoken in the Netherlands is Dutch. A West Germanic language spoken by about 25 million people as a first language and 5 million people as a second language, constituting most of the population of the Netherlands and about 60% of the population of Belgium.

Do I need a visa to visit the Netherlands?

If you're a citizen of USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - you will be issued a 90-day tourist visa upon entry into the Netherlands. Citizens from the UK and other EU countries obviously need not worry about this. If you’re a citizen of another country please check with your nearest embassies about entry requirements. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.

What about vaccinations in the Netherlands?

You don't need any vaccinations for the Netherlands. Easy!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to the Netherlands?

We recommend booking your flights through our preferred travel partner – Fuzion Travel. They’re our experienced hand-picked experts in travel, passionate about what they do, and will tailor-make your flight itinerary to match your Active Adventures tour. Get in touch with them directly by email – [email protected] fuziontravel.co.nz or on +1-833-244-5886. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What's included on your Netherlands trips?

Accommodation
On your Netherlands trip you'll stay in a variety of places depending on the destination and activities. You'll stay in a 1810 4-star hotel located in the heart of the fascinating medieval city of Haarlem, afew modern hotels with superb cuisine and splendid views, and a luxurious 4-star amidst woodlands and heath fields.

Transport
Your transport will be a mainly private vehicle and bike on our trips in Netherlands, spending most of your time biking everywhere! All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals
All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except on your free days. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long bikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders
Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader alongside a local specialist guide. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

How many people are there on each of your Netherlands trips?

We generally take up to 18 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What is the food like in the Netherlands?

Dutch cuisine is shaped by its location in the fertile North Sea river delta of the European Plain, giving rise to fishing, farming, and trading over sea. Breakfast usually consists of sliced bread with any of the following toppings: appelstroop, cheese, cold meats, jam, honey, hazelnut-chocolate spread or sweet sprinkles, known as hagelslag (the type you would normally put on your cake: in chocolate, aniseed or fruit flavors). Typical Dutch dishes for lunch and dinner are stamppot boerenkool (mashed kale), Hutspot (stew of potatoes and carrots), erwtensoep (split pea soup) and bruine bonensoep (brown bean soup).

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in the Netherlands?

The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro €.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). Most people like to bring a little extra to cover a round of drinks at the pub, take home some souvenirs, book a tour and eat out on their free day, and tip our guides if they've had a great time. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Europe, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

Is tipping expected in the Netherlands?

Tipping is not expected in the Netherlands however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides at the end of an awesome trip and US$120 per person per Trip Leader seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too.

What is the time zone in the Netherlands?

For the majority of the summer season the Netherlands is in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands operate on a 220V AC system with Plug Type C which consists of two round parallel pins while the wall plug has two holes where it is connected.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regularly access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at most of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, sometimes for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive.

What is the weather like in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands enjoys a moderate maritime (or oceanic) climate. This type of climate generally features mild winters and cool summers with precipitation, such as rain, is common throughout the year, which means there is no dry season. Generally, the coastal provinces also enjoy more hours of sunlight than the rest of the country. However, right after the summer and during the autumn, the coastal provinces experience the heaviest rain showers. March to May and September to October are considered shoulder seasons, with April bringing beautiful daffodils and the weather is generally warm during this time, which makes it an excellent time to travel with us! June to August the weather is warm but not excessively hot, and is the best time to enjoy the canals of Amsterdam or a bike ride, with the average temperature around 17.9C (64.2F).

What is there to do in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands has something for everyone! With its impressive architecture, lovely canals that criss-cross the city, great shopping, and friendly people who nearly all speak English (and do quite well at that!), you are sure to find just what you are looking for! Pancake houses abound, French fries in paper cones, museums, art, diamonds, and canals.
The Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis) is a museum with a story. Visit the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her diary during the Second World War. For more than two years, Anne Frank lived secretively with the other people in hiding in the back part of her father’s office building. The Rijksmuseum showcases the best of the best in Dutch art from medieval times until (but not including) the Impressionist period. Marvel at Rembrandt’s famous Nightwatch. After the museum’s recent renovation, you will be even more impressed. The Van Gogh Museum is the world's largest collection from the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), and it features more than 200 paintings and 600 drawings. The Diamant Museum takes you on a journey that began 3 billion years ago, 125 miles under the surface of the earth, and which ends in the ring on your finger or in the pendant around your neck. It’s a fascinating story that should not be missed! There are several reputable canal cruise operators in Amsterdam! Take to the waters to get a new perspective on the city, the architecture, and layout!

Is there a number to call in an emergency? How can my family, friends or colleagues contact me

Please contact our New Zealand office using the details below. If the office is unattended (outside of New Zealand business hours), please leave a message so we can pick it up and respond as soon as we can.
Free phone 1 800 661 9073 (USA, Canada & Australia)
Free phone 0808 234 7780 (UK)
Free phone 0800 234 726 (New Zealand)
Worldwide +64 3 450 0414, ext 1
Email: service@activeadventures.com

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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