Having returned recently from a trip to Holland, I thought I would share my experience with you.
I travelled with my partner and daughter aged 12 with easyJet from Glasgow to Amsterdam – flight was excellent there any back. Great luggage allowance to of 20kg per checked in bag. They also now have a service where you can check in your hand luggage for a small fee at the airport.
We were staying with Al-fresco holidays at their Duinrell site not too far from Amsterdam in a Rossini Lounge 2 bedroomed mobile home. It was very comfortable and spacious with lovely decking and bar-b-que. http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/campsites/wassenaar/hl012-duinrell/introduction.html
Duinrell | Camping in Wassenaar & Holland | Al Fresco Holidays
The action-packed Duinrell campsite in Holland is a 4 star resort offering families spectacular swimming pools, water slides, entertainment, and a theme park!
We decided not to drive whilst on holiday, so took the train and bus to the campsite which was very easy, however also reasonably costed for taxi from Leiden central train station straight to the park. Many people choose to take the ferry from Newcastle and drive over.
We stayed there for 4 nights and tried to pack in as much as we could. The park has amazing facilities including its very own Theme Park with FREE UNLIMITED ACCESS whilst you are there. Duinrell has one of the best water parks in Europe. It has a total of 11 unique slides to get everyone excited, from the extreme Typhoon to the chilled out lazy river. If the adults want to chill out there is also a jacuzzi and (sauna-payable) for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This fantastic waterpark, aptly named the Tiki pool, is open all year round, so even if you do get a touch of wet weather, there’s always something to do.
Duinrell is located next to the lively town of Wassenaar, just a few minutes’ walk from the site, with a great supermarket, amazing ice cream shop (with its own factory on-site) and various other shops, café’s, restaurants and old windmill. It is an ideal base for exploring further afield via public transport or bicycles, such as with a trip to the bustling city of Amsterdam or the local beaches!
So, you can’t come this close to Amsterdam and not travel in for the day. We used local transport which is very easy to use. We visited Anne Frank’s house http://www.annefrank.org/ (which should be booked in advance) and well worth seeing, went on a Canal Cruise, seen Dam Square and a bit of retail Therapy and dinner as well as taking in other local sights.
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As Amsterdam is so flat, many people choose to cycle and is easily accessible to hire on-site or in Amsterdam and reasonably priced too. There are many cycle paths near the park.
I would go back and hire a car to see more local sights. Holland is a beautiful country with lovely, friendly people and well worth a visit.
These types of holidays are reasonably priced and offer a great value family holiday with loads to do on your doorstep.