The Netherlands

Tulips, windmills, Impressionist art and anything-goes Amsterdam typify the Netherlands. Built from the sea and stitched together with 1,500 miles of dikes, water shapes the visitor experience. Ferry to an island nature preserve or walk a sand dune beach along the North Sea. Canals tie together countryside and cities, replete with Boroque architecture, galleries, and shopping.

Tours & Packages to the Netherlands

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Treasures of the Rhine River Cruise
Cruise the Rhine through Switzerland, Germany, France & the Netherlands; see Basel, Strasbourg, Cologne, Amsterdam & more
10 days  •  from $4899 $4399
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to the Netherlands? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Amsterdam
Population:  16.94 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: Dutch, Frisian & Papiamento
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC +2

Weather

The months of May thru October are the best months to travel when temperatures in the day hover around the 70's and 80's. Nights dip into the 50's and 60's, so be sure to take a sweater and even an umbrella. If you would like to visit during the tulip season, April to mid-May is the best time! 

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

The best items to shop for in the Netherlands are diamonds, decorative tiles, wooden shoes, licorice, cheese, chocolate, and tulip bulbs. If you are shopping for Delft porcelain, look for a hallmark of the word “Delft” written with the D like a backward C.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

As is the case with most international travel, a hepatitis vaccination is recommended. Take along comfortable walking shoes and plenty of sunscreen. 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

A service charge of 5-10% is added to restaurant bills. Add 5-10% more for exceptional service. Tip in cash, even when paying with a credit card. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in the Netherlands?

    ATMs are abundant in the Netherlands, especially Amsterdam.

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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