Haarlem is the capital of the
North Holland province and situated in the west of the Netherlands on
the river Spaarne. Set amongst typical Dutch landscape, Haarlem is in the center of the
flower-growing region, which blooms to its fullest mid-March through mid-May.
Best explored on foot, the old town has many interesting buildings and museums
to visit. The Teylers Museum is the oldest public museum in the Netherlands and the Corrie ten Boom Museum is
one of Holland’s
lesser known gems. Haarlem
is also surrounded by several pretty villages and the sand-dune coastline. A
miniature Amsterdam, Haarlem encompasses the same canal-lined
charms and gabled architecture without the tourists and traffic.
Available with Air Inclusive Package only.
This morning transfer to your Haarlem hotel at 9 a.m. After settling in, enjoy the next two days
exploring at your own pace. Please note that your room may not be ready when
you arrive, but you can store your luggage. This is an independent extension –
there is no VBT representative or Trip Leader. VBT provides you with City
Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes recommendations on what
to see and do in Haarlem. Earlier in your trip, your VBT representative
will have told you your final transfer time. A taxi will meet you on the last
day of your extension at the hotel's reception area and will transfer you to
the airport for your flight back to the U.S.
Our hotel is located in the center of the city, so popular
sites are an easy walk away. The Frans
houses a number of his life-like 17th-century portraits, and the Teylers Museum
(closed Mondays) is the oldest public museum in the Netherlands, open since 1784. A stroll through the museum takes you from
fossils and minerals to prints and drawings and paintings, from scientific instruments
to coins and medals. The Historisch
Museum Haarlem (closed Mondays), directly opposite the Frans
Hals Museum, offers a 15-minute film
about the history of Haarlem
along with many different artifacts.
Day 2 - Independent exploration of Haarlem
Today you may wish to continue exploring Haarlem's
ancient city center, voted the best shopping city in the Netherlands, or
visit some of the surrounding charms.
If you want to hire a local bike for the day, Spaarnedam is
an easy cycle. A quaint old Dutch village, with a nice harbor and a couple of
restaurants and bars, it is famous for its statue of Peter, the boy who put his
finger in the dike and saved Haarlem
from flooding. The National Park De Kennemerduinen is also a very short ride
away. Its beach and dunes are well worth a visit and home to breathtaking
Day 3 - Haarlem Extension concludes / Depart for home
After breakfast*, transfer to the airport for your flight
home. Please be sure that you are waiting at the designated time and transfer
Important: The transfer is prearranged by VBT and is
prepaid. VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and
cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the
scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your
*For guests with early-morning departures,
breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk
to verify the times that breakfast is served.