Tulips Fields & Windmills, Bratwurst & Bier: The best hidden secrets tour!
April 21 – 29, 2017
Cost: $375 per person flat fee
all “Your Choice” expenses are at your own discretion – see below
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017 To request a spot on this trip, all travelers must complete a Trip Application. All applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of results within 72 hours.
This trip is a “Your Choice” Package experience What does the “Your Choice” Package mean? The “Your Choice” Package offers maximum flexibility to manage your own itinerary and travel budget. As the traveler, you pay a low flat-fee to Wanderlust:Wanderlearn for providing the general travel itinerary, the group of traveling companions, a 24/7 on-site WanderLead, and making standard travel reservations (accommodations, transportation) – and you’ll even get a W:W trip t-shirt!
- 24/7 on-site WanderLead with local knowledge and language skills for the duration of the trip. Your WanderLead for this experience will be Wanderlust:Wanderlearn Founder and dual American/Dutch citizen Simone Kuzma
- Small group trip! Allows you to enjoy the destination up close and personal!
- No worries! Itinerary will be pre-arranged, with plenty of flexibility for you to make the trip your own!
- Trip T-shirt!
Enjoy the Netherlands & Germany on a shoestring or champagne budget – it’s up to you! All costs incurred for the trip are pay-as-you-go directly to the provider (to the hotel, to the restaurant, etc). These pay-as-you-go costs would include lodgings, intra-country transportation, and activities. This allows maximum customization of the itinerary and freedom to choose activities and accommodations that may suit your personal needs. Flights to and from the destination are not included. Gratuities are not included and recommended as per standard tourism norms. For this 9 day Netherlands & Germany trip, you can expect your costs to be:
- Accommodations: $255 USD total (7 nights, shared occupancy)
- Trains and Public Transportation: $175 USD total
- Optional Museums, Tours, etc: $10 – $125 total
Some of the best things in Europe are found off the beaten path! On this experience we will explore Northern Netherlands and Northern Germany! From the North Sea coast and the tulips fields of Holland to the traditional Northern Germanic quaintness of Bremen and the history and culture rich Berlin , you’ll experience these two countries in a surprising new way – up close and personal.
Your lead for this experience will be Wanderlust:Wanderlearn’s Founder Simone Kuzma. A dual American and a Dutch citizen, she attended graduate school in the Universiteit van Amsterdam and spent 4 years living and working in Northern Germany. She knows this area like the back of her hand and can show you the best off the beaten path – from delicious bratwurst and bier in locals-only hotspots in Germany to biking the tulips fields like a true Dutchie in the Netherlands. You’ll experience the best hidden secrets!
Experience the W:W Difference!!!
W:W trips are different than what you will find anywhere else. Our trips emphasize travel experiences and cultural education as well as immersion in the local destination. W:W travelers are mentally active and are curious about the world around them. By learning how to travel and interact with locals, you will break down the cultural barriers to appreciate and absorb the world around you in a whole new way! Come and live the W:W EXPERIENCE!
Limited Group Size
All Wanderlust:Wanderlearn trips are small groups only (think 6-15 travelers). We do this so that you can have an up-close-and-personal, hands-on travel experience. The small group size also allows for truer cultural immersion and one-on-one learning opportunities with your WanderLearn Lead. This all makes a better experience for YOU and for the group as a whole.
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Day 1: Flight to the Netherlands Friday April 21, 2017
Flight to the Netherlands. Most flights depart in the evening, and we recommend you fly in the evening and sleep on the plane. Your flight will arrive in the morning of Saturday, April 22, 2017. Please see “FLIGHTS” section below for more details.
Day 2: Arrival into Amsterdam, NL Saturday April 22, 2017
Upon arrival into Amsterdam, we will check into our accommodations before heading out for a relaxing afternoon of exploring the city. We’ll have many options to choose from! We recommend taking a relaxing boat tour of the canals and the Ijsselmeer followed by lunch in the central Vondelpark. If you prefer, you can visit a museum– I highly recommend the Van Gogh, Rembrant, and Rijks museums.
Day 3: Exploring Amsterdam, NL Sunday April 23, 2017
We’ll start off the day right with a tour of the Anne Frank Huis before having lunch and trying some pannekoeken and poffertjes (Dutch pancakes – must haves!!). After lunch we’ll also check out the largest flea market at Waterlooplein. We’ll have dinner in the city centre and we’ll visit De Wallen (The Red Light District of Amsterdam).
Day 4: The Dutch Countryside: Windmills and Tulip Fields! Monday April 24, 2017
You won’t want to forget your camera today as we’ll head out into the Dutch countryside to explore traditional Dutch roots. The best way to see the windmills and tulips fields up close and personal is by bicycle just like the Dutch do. We’ll rent “Oma Fiets” (Dutch-style easy, comfortable cruiser bikes) and we’ll take a gentle, relaxing ride throught the countryside. Wooden clogs are optional 😉
Day 5: Bremen, Germany – an old town and new city Tuesday April 25, 2017
In the morning we’ll take the train to Bremen, Germany – a favorite city in Germany which provides a perfect mix of old and new. In the afternoon we will visit Beck’s Brewery and then then explore the city centre and visit the Roland, climb the steps to the top of the spires of the St. Petri Dom (cathedral) and make a wish while holding the donkey’s leg of the Stadtmusikantens – the famous Brother’s Grimm “Musicians of Bremen.”
Day 6: Bergen Belsen, Germany Wednesday April 26, 2017
Bergen-Belsen, located in the middle-of-nowhere countryside about 2 hours from Bremen, was a seemingly ‘perfect’ location for the Nazis to build a concentration camp. Originally built to contain prisoners of war, the camp is well known because two famous girls died here – Anne Frank and her sister Margot. We will spend the day touring the expansive grounds. Upon returning to Bremen, we’ll have dinner in the Beirgarten on the Schlachte alongside the Weser River.
Day 7: Berlin, Germany Thursday April 27, 2017
We’ll depart Bremen early for a comfortable train ride through Western Germany into Eastern Germany. As the train glides on, you’ll be able to see the cityscapes change, becoming more “Soviet style” representative of the construction style common during the years before the Wall came down. Once in Berlin, an exciting and dynamic city, we’ll spend the afternoon visiting the famous Berliner Dom (cathedral), exploring the Alexanderplatz, or taking in the view from atop the famous TV tower (colloquially known as the Alexanderplatz Tower). We’ll also visit Checkpoint Charlie (where the American sector abutted the Russian sector during the Cold War days).
Day 8: Berlin, Germany Friday April 28, 2017
On Friday you will have time to explore on your own, catch up on shopping and soaking in more of Berlin. We will provide you with plenty of suggestions – you just have to choose. In early evening Join us for sunset over the Reichstag and enjoy our last evening together over a traditional German meal.
Day 9: Depart Berlin, Germany – Return home Saturday April 29, 2017
You may chose to depart Berlin anytime on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Please see “FLIGHTS” section below for more details.
Please note that a general level of fitness is required for this trip. Europeans walk…A LOT! Bring comfortable shoes. There are many cobblestone streets and similar uneven terrain. If you have physical limitations, please contact us to discuss the trip further. For the days cycling in the Netherlands – note that the Dutch are very casual about their cycling. The bikes we’ll rent are comfortable ‘cruiser’ style bikes – the type the Dutch ride while dressed up in high heels and skirts. Sport-style bike tights/bike clothing not recommended!
Please do not book your flights until you have submitted your application and received written notification of your confirmed reservation onto this Wanderlust:Wanderlearn trip.
Flights are not included in the price of this trip. This trip does require a multi-destination flight. If you have not booked a multi-destination flight before, please ask us – we can help you understand the process (it’s simple!).
Recommended flight times:
- to Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Please ensure you arrive into AMS – Amsterdam no later than 12pm (noon) on Saturday, April 22, 2017
- depart Berlin, Germany: You may depart from TXL- Berlin anytime you wish on Saturday, April 29, 2017
Would you like to stay in an A-frame cabin with kangaroos just outside your window? How about a medieval castle in Europe? Maybe a Japanese style “pod” hotel? Wanderlust:Wanderlearn has made its mark by introducing travelers to a whole new concept of “standard accommodation”. On this trip you will have the opportunity to try out such unique accommodations – but don’t worry, you’ll never have to sacrifice the important stuff! All W:W approved accommodations must meet strict safety and cleanliness requirements and have exceptional reviews. Please note, all accommodations will be shared.
Gratuities are not included and recommended as per standard tourism norms.
VISA / PASSPORT
A valid passport is required for US citizens traveling to The Netherlands and to Germany. You are responsible for ensuring you have a valid passport and all required travel documentation.
For more information about entry into the Netherlands: US Department of State – Netherlands
For more information about entry into Germany: US Department of State – Germany