Did you know: At one point in history, tulips were the most expensive flower. In fact, in the 1600s the flowers were more valuable than most people's homes!
  • Duration: 5,5 hours
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Description

Our small country is internationally known for its flowers. Not a surprise, given that the Netherlands controls sixty per cent of the global flower trade. This tour, available only from January until March, is all about the Dutch flower industry. At Royal FloraHolland you see how flowers and plants from all over the world are auctioned and processed. A visit to two tulip farms shows you how tulip farmers in Holland grow tulips the traditional way.

This small public group tour departs at 6:30 am from Amsterdam Central Station (hotel pick-up optional) to Royal FloraHolland, the largest trading centre for plants and flowers in the world. This is where flowers and plants arrive daily to be auctioned early in the morning.

Upon arrival, set off on a guided tour in English from a special gallery. Experience the hustle & bustle of the flower processing floor while you slowly make your way to the auction room. Although nowadays a lot of trading is done online, you still see traders bidding against the auction clock. After the tour -you have some time to take more pictures or to make a stop in the souvenir shop- it’s time for the transfer to Heemskerk.

Here tulip farms grow and cultivate tulips on large fields and in greenhouses. Professionals in the flower industry, from all over the world, visit these tulip farms for their quality tulips. As more tulip factories that grow tulips on crates emerge, the farms that grow tulips the traditional way are slowly dying out. And you have the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes of these farms that grow tulips using traditional methods.

Enjoy a live-guided tour in English and visit two traditional tulip nurseries. A minivan is used to transfer between the two farms. Discover how tulips are grown and cultivated using traditional methods in order to get tulips of the best quality. A brief movie about the processing of tulips gives you more insight into the industry. Finally, a visit to the sand fields where the tulips are grown makes the tour complete. Once back in Amsterdam you are dropped off at the same place as where you started the tour.

The tulip farms have only recently started accommodating visitors. Go off the beaten tracks and become one of the first international visitors!

Please note: This tour includes hotel/port pick up and drop off service with an extra charge per person. You can select the pick up place of your preference from the list or select the "I'll type the address (next step)" message and write the name and address of your hotel in the relevant field during the booking process. 

Please note: If you don't want to be picked up, you can meet us at Amsterdam Central Station IJ-Zijde, Kiss+Ride WEST (K+R), taxi stand west, De Ruijterkade, Amsterdam, 1212pl

Itinerary

Amsterdam Central Station

Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station for the transfer to Royal FloraHolland. Or opt for hotel pick-up in Amsterdam!

Flower Auction - Visit first the world's largest trading center for plants and flowers in Aalsmeer.

Upon arrival, set off on a guided tour in English from a special gallery. Experience the hustle & bustle of the flower processing floor while you slowly make your way to the auction room. Although nowadays a lot of trading is done online, you still see traders bidding against the auction clock. After the tour -you have some time to take more pictures or to make a stop in the souvenir shop- it’s time for the transfer to Heemskerk.

Tulip Farms in Heemskerk - A visit to two tulip farms shows you how tulip farmers in Holland grow tulips the traditional way.

Here tulip farms grow and cultivate tulips on large fields and in greenhouses. Professionals in the flower industry, from all over the world, visit these tulip farms for their quality tulips. As more tulip factories that grow tulips on crates emerge, the farms that grow tulips the traditional way are slowly dying out. And you have the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes of these farms that grow tulips using traditional methods.

Enjoy a live-guided tour in English and visit two traditional tulip nurseries. A minivan is used to transfer between the two farms. Discover how tulips are grown and cultivated using traditional methods in order to get tulips of the best quality. A brief movie about the processing of tulips gives you more insight about the industry. Finally, a visit to the sand fields where the tulips are grown makes the tour complete.

The tulip farms have only recently started accommodating visitors. Go off the beaten tracks and become one of the first international visitors!

What's included

Comfortable, air-conditioned transportation from Amsterdam Central Station

Professional, friendly guide with interesting and entertaining information

Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Entry/Admission - Royal FloraHolland

Live-guided tour of the flower auction in English

Entry/Admission - Tulip Farms

2-hr live-guided tour of the tulip farms in English

Coffee/tea and a Dutch snack

Small group tour means personal attention and service.

All taxes, commissions and handling charges

Option to add hotel pick-up & drop off to your booking

What's excluded

  • Guide gratuity.
  • Food & drinks.

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Money for personal expenses.
  • Anything that might be useful to you.

Important information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Early morning tour. Vehicle departs at 6:30 am sharp from Amsterdam Central Station.

Option to add hotel pick-up & drop off in Amsterdam to your booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate. Total walking distance in the flower hall is 1 km. 

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • You can present an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure

Categories

  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR
  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • EDUCATIONAL TOUR
  • SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • CITY BREAK
  • CITY TOURS
  • PLANTATION TOURS
  • SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTION
  • HOLIDAY AND SEASONAL TOURS
  • WALKING TOUR
  • NATURE

Guided Language

  • English

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