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The Netherlands

The Netherlands is home to not only country sides of grazing cows, floral tulip fields, and frequent winding canals beside old windmills but also cities that bring an unexpected harmony. Traditional architecture with a modern way of thinking, cities in The Netherlands are quaint, welcoming, and extremely picturesque. Cycle through the country before stopping in Amsterdam to tour priceless paintings, cozy coffee shops, and the famed red-light district. Tolerant and open-minded more than other European cities, The Netherlands is worth exploring.

What is the best time to see the tulips?

While the blooming timeline is ultimately up to Mother Nature, the optimum time to see the tulips is Mid-April. The tulips may bloom as early as March if the Netherlands has experienced a mild winter. The flowers may not bloom until early May if a severe winter has occurred. But, generally speaking, April is the best month to visit.

What cities besides Amsterdam do you recommend visiting?

The Hague is not to miss! It is a fabulous destination for those interested in art, architecture, food, and shopping. The Hauge is also the home to the Dutch government and parliament.

Can you help me arrange a pre or post-cruise trip to Amsterdam?

Absolutely! A few days in Amsterdam, either before or after your cruise, is a great way to explore the city and really see everything Amsterdam has to offer. Your Brownell advisor can work with local guides on the ground to create a tailor-made experience for you. Because of its easily accessible cruise port, it is a common city to start or end a cruise. It is also home to a major international airport hub, meaning there are many non-stop flights from the U.S. daily.