Days of Businessless Tour:
Business Tour: Agricultural Tour Holland and Belgium
Are you hoping to visit some agricultural businesses in the Netherlands and Belgium? We have organized agricultural tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. We will visit different farms. The Netherlands and Belgium may be a small countries, but global players in the area of food production. Local businesses have a lot of knowledge about cultivation methodology, food processing, food safety, agricultural conservation, sustainable agriculture, water management and multifunctional agriculture.
Additionally, this countries have much experience uniting farmers into cooperatives and agricultural organizations. You will be happy to note that farmers tend to take pride in their businesses, and enjoy talking about them and sharing their experience.
Arrival in Amsterdam where you will meet your tour manager. Transfer by private coach through Holland’s most colorful springtime attraction, the bulb fields. Visit Frans Rozen, a flower cultivator, where you will be guided through the flower exhibitions and receive a detailed explanation as to the growing process. Here you will also have the chance to purchase and ship bulbs and flowers. Have lunch in a local restaurant and continue to Keukenhof Gardens, where you will have the opportunity to see the largest collection of Bulb flowers in bloom in the world. Return to Amsterdam for a late afternoon canal boat ride to relax and enjoy the sights of the city from the water. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Depart early this morning to the flower auction in Aalsmeer (closed Sat & Sun), not only the largest flower auction in the world but also one of the largest auction halls! Afterwards travel the short distance to Zeewolde to visit farm fields where crops are planted on land reclaimed from the sea. Hear about this project and preparations needed to make the land productive. Return to Amsterdam for the rest of the afternoon in the city to visit museums or go shopping. Dinner and overnight in Amsterdam.
This morning travel eastwards. Stop at a dairy farm in Drunen where you have the opportunity to tour the facilities and taste the farm fresh products. Visit Castle Heeze, a 17th century castle located in small village in the province of Brabant. Tour the Castle with the “Castle Master” before continuing further south. Once in Maastricht, visit a vineyard where a local white wine is produced. The landowners will explain the wine making process and show you the facilities before giving you the opportunity to taste the product. Have dinner in one of the many pubs in this old town, founded in the Roman Times. Overnight in Maastricht.
Start the day with a walking tour of the city to include the St Servatius Cathedral, the medieval city walls, the main square and the Church of Our Lady. In the afternoon you will travel first to Brussels to visit the private garden of Dr. A. de Clercq. This garden is focused on the cultivation of rhododendrons, azaleas and cherry trees. Then continue on to Bruges, the well-preserved quaint medieval town. After a short walking tour of the city you will have some time to browse and purchase typical Belgian souvenirs such as lace and chocolate. Dinner and overnight in Bruges.
This morning drive back into Holland and take the ferry over the river east Scheldt, pass through the restored medieval city of Middelburg and continue through Zeeland to visit the Delta Works, the man-made dike that protects the mainland from the North Sea. Visit the museum and join a facility guide for a tour of the dams and an explanation on the ecological aspects of the project. (Experts that worked on the Delta Project were sent to China to provide advice on the daming of the Yang Su River). The last visit of the day will be to Delft to visit a ceramic factory where the famous Delft’s Blue is made. Continue to The Hague for dinner and overnight.
Join a local guide for a tour of Holland’s “government city” this morning. Highlights of the tour include the Parliament Buildings, the Peace Palace, the many embassies and the Prison Gate. Afterwards, visit Holland in Miniature at Madurodam. Have lunch in a local restaurant and then proceed to Kinderdijk, where 19 of the original windmills remain. These windmills were used to pump the water from the land to dry out this part of the country and provide more dry ground for the Dutch people to inhabit. Visit one of the windmills and tour the area. Enjoy some free time exploring the shops around the market square before returning to The Hague for a farewell dinner in the seaside resort hotel the Kurhaus.
Transfer to Schiphol airport for your flight back home.