The Netherlands in Winter: Birds, Art & Dutch Culture: Jan 03—12, 2016

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Departs: Amsterdam
Tour Limit: 14
Operations Manager: Margaret Anderson
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Machiel Valkenburg

Machiel Valkenburg was born in 1982 in a southern province in the Netherlands where, encoura...


Mike Hirschler

Mike Hirschler was born in Amsterdam and lives in picturesque Deventer, one of the oldest ci...

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Whooper Swans

Whooper Swans— Photo: KOO/shutterstock


On this exciting tour to the Netherlands, splendid landscapes and huge gatherings (tens of thousands!) of geese and waterfowl will be complemented by cultural highlights, including the Amsterdam ancient city center and the National Museum, which holds many masterworks of the famous Dutch painters Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh.

The Netherlands is a tiny country located in Western Europe with a rich history in trade and art. During the seventeenth century it controlled the world seas and traded large amounts of spices, bringing huge profits. Our trip begins in the capital, Amsterdam, where our focus will be the ancient architecture of the city and the art treasures found in the National Museum.

After a few days we leave Amsterdam behind us and make our way south to the bird-rich Zeeland Delta. Our days in the delta will be filled with bird sightings such as Whooper Swan, Barnacle Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, and Purple Sandpiper.

Maciej Olszewski/shutterstock

Smew— Photo: Maciej Olszewski/shutterstock


In Zeeland we will also visit some “modern art” in terms of the Delta Works, a series of dammed estuaries protecting the Netherlands from the sea. The Delta Works have been declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Our final days will be spent exploring the woods in the center of the country. Here we hope to find Bearded Reedling, Crested Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, and Brambling, among others.

Accommodations range from five-star hotels in Amsterdam to three-star hotels in the more remote areas of the Netherlands—all are authentic and offer great service and hospitality; excellent food will include some tastings of Trappist beers produced by local monks; mostly roadside birding with easy, non-strenuous walking and some longer walks in the woods; weather may vary from cold, windy winter weather to sunny, cool days.