A spring trip to Amsterdam and Holland is not complete without a cruise through the Dutch countryside to see the tulip fields in bloom.
In addition to visits to such famous sites as Haarlem, Delft, Rotterdam, Gouda, Amsterdam and the windmills of Zaanse Schans, boutique canal and river cruises include two of the most popular destinations in Holland. Not to be missed are:
Aalsmeer, close to Amsterdam, is the home of the world’s biggest flower auction. The auctions are held early in the morning but they are still very popular. Many tourists put their wish of sleeping in aside for a visit here. And it is not just for tourists, local cultivators and 1.500 foreign growers send their products to the auctions. The flowers are sold to buyers all over the world, more than 75% of the flowers and plants sold at the auction are exported.
Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden (32 hectares) is located between the two towns of Hillegom and Lisse, south of Haarlem. The park attracts 800.000 people during the open hours of eight weeks each year and it's one of the most photographed sights in the world. For the season of 2011, 7 million bulbs have been planted making the flower season something very special to look forward to.