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Get ready for tulips, bicycles and beautiful moments when you create your own adventure with Monograms in Holland. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North,’ you’ll want to spend most of your time in amazing Amsterdam. The best way to soak up this city is through a glass-roofed boat cruise down the canals, where our local experts will share the stories behind Amsterdam’s gable-roofed homes, houseboats and its many iconic sights. Visit the Anne Frank House, where you’ll learn about the Jewish history of the city, before admiring the works of Rembrandt at the world-renowned Rijksmuseum. Break up all the sightseeing with a coffee and a serve of poffertjes – delicious Dutch pancakes – as you enjoy getting lost in Holland.

Snapshot: Holland
Capital
Amsterdam
Official Language
Dutch, English, Papiamento, Frisian
Population
17 million
Currency
Euro
Time Zone
GMT+2
Drives on the
Right

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Packages

AMSTERDAM (3NTS)
AMSTERDAM   AMSTERDAM
4 days, 1 Country
Package: MA
AMSTERDAM (3NTS)
Your holiday begins as soon as you arrive in Amsterdam. Your Local Host will be waiting at your hotel to help you get settled. At your hotel, your Local Host will present you with a set of materials...
Travelling in Holland
Best time to visit
In Spring and Autumn weather can be unpredictable, so pack for all eventualities (a mix of mainly warm and a few lighter items). Rain wear is recommended year-round.
Culture & customs

"Holland's geography and geology are unique and have shaped its history and the character of its people. Named after the land's unusually low location above sea level, about 15% of Holland's 40, 000 square kilometres is reclaimed land. The Dutch were pioneers of dike building and drainage canals, and the country's development has always been influenced by its contagious struggle with the sea.

Wherever you are in the country, you are always reminded that you are never far away from a large expanse of water; enormous clouds and moisture in the air cause special effects. The light becomes very mellow while the sun is setting, captured majestically by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh in their paintings.

The best pictures of the exuberantly decorated facades of the old city mansions are along the 17th-century canals of Amsterdam, the vibrant, friendly capital. Imagine the original gardens and hothouses where gardeners struggled to keep alive their prized exotic plants and flowers from overseas - small beginnings of one of the world's most important horticultural industries.

Language & useful phrases
Dutch
Hello: Goede morgen
Good afternoon: Goede middag
Good evening: Goede avond
Goodbye: Tot Ziens
Yes: Ja
No: Nee
Please: Alstublieft
Thank you: Dank u wel
How much? Wat kost dit?
1: Een
2: Twee
3: Drie
4: Vier
5: Vijf
6: Zes
7: Zeven
8: Acht
9: Negen
10: Tien
Health & safety
Consult your local doctor for general immunisations and visit http://smartraveller.gov.au for current safety and travel information.
Electronics & devices
Holland uses a round, 2-prong plug.
Money & costs

The official currency of Holland is the Euro. Bank hours are 9am - 4pm, Monday to Friday, with some branches staying open until 5pm on Thursday's. 1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents (c)
- Banknote denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500
- Coin denominations: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

Credit cards are widely accepted (mostly Visa and Mastercard), and you should have no problems using them in larger shops and restaurants. Smaller shops may ask you to pay in cash or have a minimum amount required to use credit card.

Average costs:
Soft drink/Mineral water/Coffee = €2-3.50
Salad or sandwhich lunch with drink = €10-15
Dinner at a midrange restaurant = €30-40

Visas & insurance
Holland is part of the Schengen area, which allows Australians and New Zealanders to enter the Holland without a visa in some circumstances. If you're travelling for reasons other than tourism, or for more than 90 days, you will need to get a visa from Dutch authorities before departing Australia or New Zealand.
Fun Facts

- There are around 22.5 million bicycles in Holland
- Holland is the third-largest exporter of agricultural produce - after the US and France - even though only 3% of the Dutch population is employed in the agriculture sector.
- The Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum of Holland house the largest Van Gogh collections in the world.

How Monograms is Different

Monograms is independent travel that takes all the hassles out of planning and organising your dream holiday. We’ve done all the work to build just the right all-in-one package for you – your choice of the right hotels in the heart of the action, sightseeing, transportation around cities, a Local Host at your destination and much more. We handle all the details so you can enjoy your destination like a local.

Roam with local insight
Discover new places at your own pace. You'll have all the space and time to enjoy your adventure, with as much or as little help from your Local Host as you want, so you never have to miss a minute!
Independent travel made easy
With Monograms, we take all the hours of organising trips away from you. We handle the details so that you can feel comfortable and confident in your destination - even if it's your first time there!
Your perfect space
Whether you prefer hotels that are close to shopping and sightseeing, surrounded by natural beauty, part of the city's artistic heritage or that offer contemporary styling, our holidays put you at the heart of your destination.
YourWay
Enjoy freedom and flexibility that comes with a personalised holiday! Choose how many nights you stay in select European cities.