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Mini break in the Low Countries

Explore the Low Countries: Amsterdam - The Hague - Rotterdam

Famously reclaimed from the sea, staying on a boat in Holland is an affordable way for a family of four to see a fascinating country.

This tour starts in the country’s diverse capital of Amsterdam, before continuing into the coastal city of The Hague. From there you can explore the historic Dutch parliament, and the modern port city of neighbouring Rotterdam.

The contrast between these three cities is sure to inspire.

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Amsterdam

Renowned for its elaborate canal system, this is a city best explored by boat and bike. Holland’s capital is dissected by waterways, flanked by houseboats which promise an authentic dutch experience.

Captain’s Place’ is one such boat, with stylish and comfortable accommodation for six. Completely renovated, the boat is moored on a manmade island formerly home to the Royal Dutch Steamboat Company. The area’s unique architecture offers a quiet base to sample the delights of the city.

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Alternatively, for those looking to be in the heart of the action might prefer a stay onboard a 100-year-old houseboat in one of Amsterdam’s busiest shopping districts.

A few minutes walk from the former Heineken brewery in the popular ‘de Pijp’ district, this modern houseboat can comfortably sleep a family of four, or four adults from as little as £97.00 per night.

The city’s most famous street market is held in this area six days a week, and there are many great museums, bars and restaurants to explore.

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For those wanting to stay away from the city, the marina in the town of Monnickendam is a 20 minute drive further up the coast.

This former fishing town sits on a freshwater lake and is a great place to access the Dutch countryside.

It’s the home mooring of several Beds on Board sailing yachts, such as the ‘Blue CDevil’ has accommodation for a family of six for less than £100 per night.

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The Hague

After staying two nights in Amsterdam, a short train ride will take you to the coastal city of the Hague.

The Netherland’s third largest city, is a contrast between it's 11km of sandy beaches, and beautiful historical buildings.

A stay on board the luxury sailing yacht ‘Luna’, will help you find a sense of peace that the city is so famous for.

A day on Holland’s best loved surfing beach is sure to refresh you before your day trips to see the city’s Peace Palace, and other royal attractions.

Rotterdam 

A 30 minute train journey from your beach escape in The Hague is the Port of Rotterdam.

This is the perfect day trip with modern skyscrapers marking a stark contrast to what you have already explored.

The city was completely reconstructed after World War II, but it still has a romantic relationship with its waterways.

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