9.15am (depending on location)
Meet and greet with your English-speaking guide / driver in the hotel lobby, from where you will be taken for a 50-minute drive by luxurious private vehicle to the Royal City The Hague.
The Hague is a historical city from the 13th Century, but also the city where King Willem Alexander lives and where you will find many world-famous museums. Most consider The Hague more upscale and local than Amsterdam. A surprising city!
Louwman Automobile Museum
Upon arrival, just outside the main city center, there will be a guided tour of the spectacular Louwman Automobile Museum.
The Louwman Museum is home to the world’s oldest private collection of motor cars, compiled by two generations of the Louwman family. The museum dates back to 1934 and now comprises over two-hundred-and-fifty antique and classic motor cars. Experts regard the collection as one of the most beautiful in the World. The museum exudes passion. Each car has its own story to tell, its own contribution to history. The motor car is a mirror of culture.
The collection is housed in a purpose-built museum in The Hague, the city where P.W. Louwman established his Dodge and Chrysler import company. The building, designed by American architect Michael Graves, blends in sympathetically with its historic surroundings. The landscape gardens, designed by Lodewijk Baljon, complement the architecture of the building. www.louwmanmuseum.nl
After this exciting tour, you will be taken to the city center, where you will have leisure time for lunch at one of the many local restaurants.
We continue the tour with a scenic drive through the historical city center in the direction of the world-famous miniature city Madurodam, a place for young and old where you will find everything of the Netherlands on a 1:25 scale. Along the way you will see the medieval parliament buildings ‘Inner Court’ with the Knights Hall and there will be a photo stop at the Royal Palace Noordeinde, which is the working Palace of King Willem Alexander.
At Madurodam the miniatures and their stories come to life. There is more to see, to experience, and especially to do! Roll up your sleeves: you can now load the containers on a cargo ship in the port of Rotterdam, have a plane take off from Schiphol and operate the Oosterscheldekering storm surge barrier to prevent the village that lies behind from flooding. You also experience the stories behind many buildings in the Netherlands. During the process, you discover what makes the Netherlands so special and unique.
But we will also visit the spectacular indoor ‘interactive’ attractions such as New Amsterdam, The Court of the Netherlands, Defeat the Waterwolf and The Flying Dutchman, which will open up in the summer of 2020. At the Flying Dutchman, you will board one of the last Dakota planes in the Netherlands and get ready for a flight that goes beyond flying. At The Flying Dutchman you will discover everything about the pioneers who made the small country great. Welcome aboard what may be the coolest flight of your life!
In short, come and experience what makes a small country makes so big at Madurodam! www.madurodam.nl
From here you will be taken back to your hotel in Amsterdam, where you will have the remainder of the day for your own leisure. You will arrive back around 5pm.