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Discover your Congress City the Dutch way: by bike!

Discovering Groningen by bike is very special because 60% of all traffic activity in the city is by bicycles. There are bike paths everywhere, separated from vehicle lanes. You can discover this very typical way of travel and transport in this beautiful city with our experienced tour guides.
The bike tour will pass through the historical center of the city, alongside the beautiful buildings, canals and parks.
There are frequent stops along the way so you can see the beautiful sites in Groningen. Many fascinating stories will be told and there will be a stop to have something to drink. Finally, we will finish the tour by eating ice cream at the Big Market.

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Start: 6 pm
Finish: 8.30 pm
Meeting place: Martini Tower
Price: €29.00 per person


A walk through the city of Groningen

This tour will take you through the past, present and the future of the so-called “City of Saint Martin”. Your professional guide will meet you at the base of the Martini Tower (Dutch: Martinitoren) at 6.15 pm for a city walk.
You will enjoy the stories of the Tower of Saint Martin, the Big Market and the Town Hall. Your guide will show you the beautifully restored “Goudkantoor” (Office of Gold), the historical Grain Exchange at the Fish Market, the “former city harbours”, where the sailing fleet used to have its moorings. Of course you will get a chance to visit the famous buildings of the University of Groningen, built in prominent neo-renaissance style.
During the Middle Ages, Groningen was an important city for pilgrims who worshipped the relics of John the Baptist. They found shelter in the “Pepper Guest House” (Dutch: Pepergasthuis), formed by a network of buildings with 2 courtyards. The Guest House is still open to visitors and you will visit the old church with small homes, two courtyards and the former asylum for the insane.
Around 7.45 pm the tour will be concluded with a drink at one of the many terraces surrounding the Grote Markt. While you are enjoying your beverage, your guide will tell you all about the large construction site on the east side of the Grote Markt. This is where the “Forum” will be built, a hypermodern and innovative building that will change the skyline of the city forever.

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Start: 6.15 pm

End: 7.45 pm

Meeting place: at the base of the Martini tower

Price per person: €19.00

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Start: 10.00 am

End: 11.30 am

Meeting place: at the base of the Martini tower

Price per person: €19.00


A century old story: Groningen and the surrounding waters. Visit the province and meet seals .

The direct surroundings of the city of Groningen are stretched out with rustic villages in the evening sun. The sea has always played a special role for the city of Groningen and the direct vicinity. You will visit The Dollard, the estuary of the river Eems, a part of the Wadden sea, which is World Heritage.

We will drive east in a luxury touring bus through picturesque country roads to Termunten, which is a historic fishing town, situated along the Dollard, the estuary of the river Eems, this is part of the Wadden sea (World Heritage). You will enjoy a wonderful meal here in one of the most well known fish restaurants of the province.

After dinner we will continue driving to the visitors center Reiderhoeve, where employees of the “Groninger Landschap” (Landscape of Groningen), will give a short introduction about this remarkable area. Afterwards we will take a walk to the dike where there is a special wall where you can spot seals in silence and serenity. There is most certainly a chance that you can see these animals up close. Germany is in the distance.

On our way back to Groningen we will drive via “Blauwe Stad” (Blue City), this is a part of the province of Groningen that the city has returned to nature at the beginning of the 21st century. An artificial lake was generated on agrarian ground. The international press wrote “Dutch people are returning land to the water”, they were surprised at the time. Currently it is a beautiful nature reserve, where people work, live and have a recreational area.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Start: 5.45 pm
Meeting place: The Martini Tower, City Center
Dinner: 7.00- 8.15 pm in Termunten
Visiting the seals: 8.30 – 10.00 pm
End: 11.00 pm
Cost per person: €119.00


Climbing the Martini Tower followed by a boat cruise

Groningen is a young, dynamic and vibrant city. The Martini tower has been a radiant hub of the city for centuries. Climbing the tower is a special experience. At the first tower gallery you will experience a breath-taking view of the city and surroundings. When you are finished climbing the tower a special culinary surprise will be waiting for you at the base of the tower.
After this endeavour we will walk towards the water together, where we will step into an open cutter for a one-hour cruise through the city moats of Groningen. Viewing Groningen by boat is a unique experience, and of course a beverage on board is included.
Naturally there will be tour guides during the Martini Tower climb as well as the boat cruise. You will enjoy the stories immensely.

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Tower expedition: 6.00 pm
Meeting place: the base of the Martini Tower
Start Cruise: 7.00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
Cost per person: €49.00


On your way home, a special tour through Holland
The most beautiful route to Schiphol Airport is along the Afsluitdijk (enclosing dyke or dam). The dyke was completed in 1932 and it not only transformed the Southsea to the IJsselmeer, it changed from a salt-water inlet to a fresh water inlet. This was a high level Dutch hydraulic engineering masterpiece, which represents their perpetual struggle against water. You will enjoy a 45-minute stop in order to observe this exceptional structure. You will arrive in Volendam at approximately 12.45 pm for lunch.
Next there will be a guided walking tour through this unique Dutch fishing village, which is known for its unique location at the IJsselmeer, and the exceptional regional attire that is worn to this day. On our way to the airport (departure from Volendam 3.00 pm) we will visit the Zaanse Schans, this cannot be missed, because it is world famous for the Dutch windmills that are lined up in rows.

The Zaanse Schans is a unique place in Holland, full tiny wooden homes, sheds, workshops and windmills dating back to the 18th and 19th century. When you are back home you will not soon forget this nostalgic part of Holland.

After this wonderful last activity we will depart at 5.00 pm to arrive at Schiphol airport at 6.00 pm

Saturday May 27, 2017

10:00 am departure from Groningen to Volendam, via Afsluitdijk
11:15 am – 12.00 pm stop at the Afsluitdijk
12.00 – 12.45 pm continue to Volendam
12.45 – 1.45 pm lunch at Volendam
1.45 – 3.00 pm walking tour Volendam
3.00 – 3.45 pm transfer to the Zaanse Schans
3.45 – 5.00 pm walking through the Zaanse Schans
5.00 – 6.00 pm transfer to Schiphol Airport
Cost: € 159.00 per person

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