CITIES OFF THE BEATEN PATH

CITIES OFF THE BEATEN PATH

CITIES OFF THE BEATEN PATH

CITIES OFF THE BEATEN PATH

While Amsterdam is a household name with most travelers to the Netherlands, Dutch Links Tours feels you are missing out if you don’t head further afield and spend some time in Maastricht, the Hague, Rotterdam, Delft and even Gouda. Each of these metropolises has unique art and architecture, shopping and craftsmanship, food and drink. They reflect the creativity and dynamism of a country of 17 million, in the center of Europe, attracting talent from all over the world. Here’s your chance to discover the Dutch Golden Age, past and present.

While Amsterdam is a household name with most travelers to the Netherlands, Dutch Links Tours feels you are missing out if you don’t head further afield and spend some time in Maastricht, the Hague, Rotterdam, Delft and even Gouda. Each of these metropolises has unique art and architecture, shopping and craftsmanship, food and drink. They reflect the creativity and dynamism of a country of 17 million, in the center of Europe, attracting talent from all over the world. Here’s your chance to discover the Dutch Golden Age, past and present.

Your Travel Experience Can Include

  • Cities Off The Beaten Path

Delft, The City of Vermeer, Porcelain and the House of Orange: Your customized visit can include a visit to Vermeer’s former home and birthplace, where he produced his 34 masterpieces; the New Church, built in the 14th century (it took 300 years to complete) whose 100 ft. tower allows you to see Rotterdam on a clear day; a Delft blue factory where you can either take a tour topped off by apple pie or participate in make your own piece of Delft porcelain. For those who want to delve a little deeper, Delft also offers walks in the footsteps of Vermeer, as well as a visit to the central market and shops carrying some of the country’s finest antiques.

Gouda, The City for Cheese and More: Fifty minutes away by train, the picturesque city of Gouda, offers a lot more than its celebrated cheese market, open every Thursday morning April through September. Gouda boasts one of the loveliest town squares in the Netherlands, and you will be enchanted by its town hall, its stained glass windows, and its canals. Still hungry? You can also visit theKamphuisen syrup waffle factory to see the process of stroopwafels being made, and of course, take some stroopwafels home.

Delft, The City of Vermeer, Porcelain and the House of Orange: Your customized visit can include a visit to Vermeer’s former home and birthplace, where he produced his 34 masterpieces; the New Church, built in the 14th century (it took 300 years to complete) whose 100 ft. tower allows you to see Rotterdam on a clear day; a Delft blue factory where you can either take a tour topped off by apple pie or participate in make your own piece of Delft porcelain. For those who want to delve a little deeper, Delft also offers walks in the footsteps of Vermeer, as well as a visit to the central market and shops carrying some of the country’s finest antiques.

Gouda, The City for Cheese and More: Fifty minutes away by train, the picturesque city of Gouda, offers a lot more than its celebrated cheese market, open every Thursday morning April through September. Gouda boasts one of the loveliest town squares in the Netherlands, and you will be enchanted by its town hall, its stained glass windows, and its canals. Still hungry? You can also visit theKamphuisen syrup waffle factory to see the process of stroopwafels being made, and of course, take some stroopwafels home.

Maastricht, A Blend of Dutch and French: The oldest city in the Netherlands, dating from 50 B.C., offers a chance to wander through ancient Roman and Spanish ruins, and to discover the influence of the French, whose occupation began under Louis XIV and ended with the defeat of Napoleon. Among the must-sees are the Bonnefanten Museum, which boasts one of the finest art collections in the Netherlands, the caves and quarries of underground Maastricht (one of the most popular visits), the Bosch Brewery, where you can take an English-language tour and sample the beer, and the Libris bookshop, set in a 13th century Dominican Abbey and voted one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. A great place to visit a Christmas for the Xmas Market or at Carnival time in February.

The Hague, A Center for Art, Royalty and Justice: Among the must-sees arranged through Dutch Links Tours are a visit to the Mauritshuis  which houses the best Dutch and Flemish masterpieces anywhere including Vermeer’s Girl with A Pearl Earring.  Also on the list is a permanent exhibition of the etching of MC Escher at and the Gemeentemuseum, devoted to to the De Stijl movement made famous by Piet Mondrian. If you are with young children you won’t want to miss the amazing Madurodam, the Netherlands in miniature, and one of the most visited attractions in the Netherlands.

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Maastricht, A Blend of Dutch and French: The oldest city in the Netherlands, dating from 50 B.C., offers a chance to wander through ancient Roman and Spanish ruins, and to discover the influence of the French, whose occupation began under Louis XIV and ended with the defeat of Napoleon. Among the must-sees are the Bonnefanten Museum, which boasts one of the finest art collections in the Netherlands, the caves and quarries of underground Maastricht (one of the most popular visits), the Bosch Brewery, where you can take an English-language tour and sample the beer, and the Libris bookshop, set in a 13th century Dominican Abbey and voted one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. A great place to visit a Christmas for the Xmas Market or at Carnival time in February.

The Hague, A Center for Art, Royalty and Justice: Among the must-sees arranged through Dutch Links Tours are a visit to the Mauritshuis  which houses the best Dutch and Flemish masterpieces anywhere including Vermeer’s Girl with A Pearl Earring.  Also on the list is a permanent exhibition of the etching of MC Escher at and the Gemeentemuseum, devoted to to the De Stijl movement made famous by Piet Mondrian. If you are with young children you won’t want to miss the amazingMadurodam, the Netherlands in miniature, and one of the most visited attractions in the Netherlands.

We are pleased to announce French Links Tours intends to abide by all Covid-19 protocols in France and in the rest of the EU starting on June 9, 2021. We will take additional steps towards opening more fully on June 30,2021. We will be informing all our partners and clients of these protocols. Everyone on our team is fully vaccinated and our guests need to have vaccine passports.

Rachel Kaplan