Holland, Michigan’s Tulip Time Festival

  • Date

    May 9-11, 2019 | Thu / Sat – 3 Days

  • Location

    Saugatuck | Holland

Overview

Since 1929, the small town of Holland, Michigan has celebrated its Dutch heritage and culture and each spring it blossoms with literally millions of tulips. In addition to tulips decorating city parks, public attractions, and six miles of tulip lanes through Holland’s historic district and neighborhoods, the festival features parades, concerts, theatre productions, and traditional Dutch dance performances, attractions, and food.

Attend the Tulip Time Festival, a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture. Visit Windmill Island Gardens and explore its manicured plantings, dikes, canals, and the only authentic operating Dutch windmill in the United States. Tour the city with a local guide, and view the grand finale parade. Be entertained with two festival shows: The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon, and Walt Matzke’s Four Pianos.

Hear what past guests have to say about traveling with Ambassadair

“A relaxing view of Holland Michigan’s cultural history mixed with a lesson in Tulips and throw in a bit of musical fun.”

“Beautiful flowers, excellent accommodations and good programming.”

“Everything is planned and organized which makes the trip very pleasant and enjoyable.”

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Windmill Island Gardens
  • Veldheer Tulip Farm
  • Holland city tour
  • See 2 festival shows
  • Premium bleacher seating for Muziekparade — the grand finale parade of the festival

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

Itinerary

Thu, May 9: Depart Indianapolis by motorcoach, stopping in Saugatuck, Michigan. Upon arrival in the Holland visit Veldheer Tulip Farm, showcasing more than five million tulips, plus thousands of daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses in the spring. There is also a wooden shoe factory and a Delftware production facility where you can watch the world-famous Dutch pottery being molded, fired, hand-decorated, and glazed. Check in to the hotel then head for dinner and the Walt Matzke’s Four Pianos show. Four brilliant pianists masterfully perform a memorable concert filled with intricate, beautiful melodies weaved with interesting anecdotes. From classical favorites and Broadway hits to pop classics and movie themes, the unique arrangements promise to delight. (Meal: Dinner)

Fri, May 10: Take a tour of the Holland area with a costumed guide and learn the history of this famous town and its Tulip Time Festival. Colorful stops along the way provide many photo opportunities. Explore the Marktplaats (“Marketplace”) with Dutch-inspired wares and entertainment such as wooden shoe carvings and klompen dancing, and spend some free time in the downtown area. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant then get ready to see an entertaining performance of The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon. Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over 40 years. Now, they are not even speaking. A grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. (B,D)

Sat, May 11: Visit Windmill Island Gardens, featuring a 250-year-old working Dutch windmill, De Zwaan (“graceful bird”), which towers over the 36-acre property of manicured gardens, dikes, canals, and more than 150,000 tulips. The gardens are also the home of an antique Dutch carousel and the Posthouse museum, an exact replica of a 14th-century wayside inn. Then take your seat for the Muziekparade (“music parade”), the grand finale of the festival, with local and national marching bands, floats, giant helium balloons, horses, and Dutch klompen dancers. Depart for home after the parade. (B)

Hotel

Hampton Inn Holland Hotel & Suites, Holland, Michigan.

Recently remodeled, the hotel is conveniently located downtown. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, microwave and mini-refrigerator • complimentary high-speed Internet access • indoor pool and hot tub • outdoor year-round hot tub • fitness center.

PRICING

  • Complete Package
  • Double P/P – $659
  • Triple P/P – $599
  • Single – $819

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