Semi-Private Keukenhof & Tulip Fields Tour

From Amsterdam

7 hours

8 people max

Keukenhof & Tulips Field


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Keukenhof & Tulip Fields

This Dutch day out delivers millions of tulips (literally) but also a windmill and cheese. Sorry, no clogs!… The tour size is just eight people, because we find anything larger distasteful (call us tour snobs!). Here is what is in store for you:

The tour meets near Amsterdam Central Station and we’ll first visit a very picturesque polder windmill on the outskirts of Amsterdam for photos. We won’t go inside as someone actually lives in there. 

Onwards to Keukenhof! The guide will get you situated in the Gardens and you’ll then have about 3 to 3.5 hours to yourself in the gardens (you really don’t need a guide in there). While you’re in the gardens your guide will prepare a picnic for the group.

Our guide will pick the group up from Keukenhof and take you to a picnic table down a little back road and cheek-by-jowl with flower fields.  You’ll dine on cheese, bread (okay, we could just have said cheese sandwiches), beer, and other nibbles. 

To round off the day we’ll venture down the small roads where the best flower fields are found. This will be a circa 15km loop and you’ll see lots of tulip and hyacinth farms. We’ll stop at one field where your guide will tell you the story of Dutch tulips and explain the life cycle of tulips bulbs as an agricultural.

There will be time for plenty of photos! Including one of our own – a polaroid of you amongst the tulips. (If it’s very early in the season, the stop may be at a hyacinths field). 

PS – Yes, that is Barack Obama in one of the photos below. His people booked us for a private tour last year!

Barack Obama in a field of tulips

Semi-Private Keukenhof Tour From Amsterdam (Amstel Station)

The Field of Tulips!

Hordes of people visit Keukenhof, but very few get to see any of the flower fields in the area as these are inaccessible by foot. We think this is a crying shame as fields of tulips and hyacinths are absolutely spectacular!

We’ll drive you along the backroads around Keukenhof and show you lots and lots of tulip and hyacinth farms. We’ll go into one field where you can take as many pictures as you like (if it’s not on Instagram did it actually happen?!).

And, our guide will snap a Polaroid of you amongst the flowers for you to take home.

Keukenhof Tickets & Transportation

Our driver-guide will drive you to and from Keukenhof. They’ll be your friendly expert on Amsterdam, and can answer any local questions you have. Skip-The-Line tickets are included, and you’ll get about three hours to yourself in Keukenhof. Do you need a tour guide at Keukenhof? No, absolutely not! It’s like Disneyland for grown-ups, and any tour guide who claims otherwise is overstating their value!

Cheese Sandwich & A Beer (or Soft Drink)

The food at Keukenhof is mediocre and over-priced. That’s not a shock, but we thought we could do our bit to improve this part of your experience.

Although we’re not Michelin-star chefs, it is quite easy for us to put together a nice little picnic for you to bring in to Keukenhof:  A sandwich of organic Dutch cheese on artisan bread, with aioli on the side. And a beer or soft drink to wash it down.

Hyacinth Fields Very Early In The Season

For the very early tours we might visit a field of hyacinths instead of tulips. What??? Oh no…

Don’t worry, hyacinth fields are genuinely as spectacular as tulip fields, and they happen to bloom earlier in April. In fact, there is almost always an early field of tulips to be seen, but in the early season hyacinth fields are more plentiful, and therefore more accessible. Where possible, we’ll visit one field of each variety.

Hotels & Our Pick-up Point

The tour meets outside the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Please note – we are not affiliated with the DoubleTree. It’s very close to Centraal Station – about a three minute walk. Spefically, we meet outside a coffee shop called Lot 61 – well, a soon-to-be coffee shop. It’s presently closed for renovations. 

In additon to the DoubleTree Hilton, this meeting point is also very convenient to the:
Grand Hotel Amrath, Victoria Hotel, art’otel, Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam, Eric Vokel Suites, Hotel Ibis Amsterdam Centre, Kimpton De Witt, and lots more.

Sheep on a road near Amsterdam
A group of American tourists in a field of tulips near Amsterdam
A group of lovely ladies in a field of tulips near Amsterdam
Argentines at a Dutch windmill
Slices of Dutch apple pie on a picnic table