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Day 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

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Day 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Hoorn, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

The town of Hoorn is located in north-west Netherlands, on the banks of Lake Ijssel. It is most renowned for being the home of Willem Schouten, who discovered and subsequently named the southern tip of Argentina as “Cape Horn”. Hoorn has an extensive history, which extends back to 1300. The builder of the East Indian Empire, Jan Coen, was born in the town and the West Frisian Museum holds a number of 17th century exhibits brought from Indonesia. It is also home to two medieval churches and a number of buildings dating back to between the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Day 3
Hoorn, Netherlands - Kampen, Netherlands

The town of Hoorn is located in north-west Netherlands, on the banks of Lake Ijssel. It is most renowned for being the home of Willem Schouten, who discovered and subsequently named the southern tip of Argentina as “Cape Horn”. Hoorn has an extensive history, which extends back to 1300. The builder of the East Indian Empire, Jan Coen, was born in the town and the West Frisian Museum holds a number of 17th century exhibits brought from Indonesia. It is also home to two medieval churches and a number of buildings dating back to between the 16th and 17th centuries.

Kampen is situated on the banks of the River Ijssel, close to the point at which it flows into the Zuiderzee. It was once considered an important port within the Netherlands and was a member of the Hanseatic League. As a result, it is also home to a wonderfully-preserved old town with many gable buildings and historic landmarks. The Oude Raadhuis (Town Hall) is worth visiting to see the richly decorated Alderman’s Room, carved fireplace, and array of House of Orange portraits. From Kampen, you can visit the Mien Ruys Gardens, which is home to 25 unique gardens positioned across five acres.

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Day 4
Kampen, Netherlands - Arnhem, Netherlands

Kampen is situated on the banks of the River Ijssel, close to the point at which it flows into the Zuiderzee. It was once considered an important port within the Netherlands and was a member of the Hanseatic League. As a result, it is also home to a wonderfully-preserved old town with many gable buildings and historic landmarks. The Oude Raadhuis (Town Hall) is worth visiting to see the richly decorated Alderman’s Room, carved fireplace, and array of House of Orange portraits. From Kampen, you can visit the Mien Ruys Gardens, which is home to 25 unique gardens positioned across five acres.

Located 50 miles east of Amsterdam, the Dutch city of Arnhem was once the location of a WW2 battlefield site. Within the city, you can visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and the National Heritage Museum – where it is possible to trace Dutch history in exhibits from all over the country. A short 15-mile journey north of Arnhem will take you to Apeldoorn, which is home to Het Loo Palace. Built in 1685, this landmark was  home to Dutch royalty until 1975 and today it is a museum dedicated to the history of the House of Orange.

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Day 5
Arnhem, Netherlands - Kinderdijk, Netherlands - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Located 50 miles east of Amsterdam, the Dutch city of Arnhem was once the location of a WW2 battlefield site. Within the city, you can visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and the National Heritage Museum – where it is possible to trace Dutch history in exhibits from all over the country. A short 15-mile journey north of Arnhem will take you to Apeldoorn, which is home to Het Loo Palace. Built in 1685, this landmark was  home to Dutch royalty until 1975 and today it is a museum dedicated to the history of the House of Orange.

The Dutch village of Kinderdijk is located in the province of South Holland, 15km east of Rotterdam. Situated at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers, it is home to the largest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands, which have helped place the village on the UNESCO World Heritage list. These 19 windmills were built around 1740 for the purpose of draining water from the polders.

Located within the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt river delta, and along the banks of the Maas River is one of the world’s major seaports, the city of Rotterdam. Directly linked with the Rhine River, Rotterdam is the centre of overseas trade for the Netherlands, and as such has earned itself the nickname of "Gateway to Europe". The city is also known for its riverside setting, lively cultural life and its maritime heritage. There is a varied architectural landscape, due to its near destruction during WW2, resulting a mix of renovated buildings and modern skyscrapers. The city houses the famous Boymans van Beuningen Museum and the Blijdorp Zoological Garden, which contains the world’s finest collection of birds of paradise.

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Day 6
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Located within the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt river delta, and along the banks of the Maas River is one of the world’s major seaports, the city of Rotterdam. Directly linked with the Rhine River, Rotterdam is the centre of overseas trade for the Netherlands, and as such has earned itself the nickname of "Gateway to Europe". The city is also known for its riverside setting, lively cultural life and its maritime heritage. There is a varied architectural landscape, due to its near destruction during WW2, resulting a mix of renovated buildings and modern skyscrapers. The city houses the famous Boymans van Beuningen Museum and the Blijdorp Zoological Garden, which contains the world’s finest collection of birds of paradise.

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Day 7
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city and its port, which sits on the banks of the river Scheldt, is one of the largest in Europe. There are many significant landmarks and sights to discover in Antwerp including the system of boulevards - which replaced the former city walls – and the 14th/15th century Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame – the largest church in Belgium. Within this cathedral, you will be able to admire a series of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, who spent most of his life in Antwerp. Other landmarks include the 16th century town hall and Gothic church of St Paul.

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Day 8
Antwerp, Belgium - Dordrecht, Netherlands

Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city and its port, which sits on the banks of the river Scheldt, is one of the largest in Europe. There are many significant landmarks and sights to discover in Antwerp including the system of boulevards - which replaced the former city walls – and the 14th/15th century Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame – the largest church in Belgium. Within this cathedral, you will be able to admire a series of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, who spent most of his life in Antwerp. Other landmarks include the 16th century town hall and Gothic church of St Paul.

Located in the Zuid-Holland province of the Netherlands is the city of Dordrecht, which is known for its range of medieval houses, courtyards, gates, quays, and canals. One of the city’s most renowned landmarks is the 14th century Grote Kerk, which features a huge tower, intricately carved choir stalls, and a notable pulpit. The town museums feature collections of paintings by old Dutch masters and local medieval antiquities. The glistening canal is a prominent feature of Dordrecht and follows a winding path through the city.

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Day 9
Enkhuizen, Netherlands - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Located in the northwest region of the Netherlands is the town Enkhuizen, which, during the 16th and 17th centuries, was home to a 400-boat herring fleet, before the silting up of the Zuiderzee bay. In 1572, Enkhuizen was became one of the first towns in the Netherlands to revolt against the Spanish and, today, the town is predominantly Protestant.

There are many sights to explore in the town including the 16th century Drommedaris Tower, and the Zuiderkerk (West Church) which contains a carillon with 48 bells. The Westerkerk (West Church) dates back to the 15th century, while the Waag (Weighthouse) dates back to 1559 and contains a 17th century doctor’s surgery. There is also the 17th century town hall, which contains a self-portrait of Paulus Potter – who was renowned for painting animals.

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

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Day 10
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

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