Dinking Dutch

Dinking Dutch

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When: April 17th ~ 25th, 2019

Where: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, Utrecht, and more!

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Description

Cobblestone streets. Ancient windmills. Endless tulip fields. Picturesque canals. Discover quintessential Holland while traveling this magical country for the perfect combination of pickleball and cultural encounters. Witness not only the peak of tulip season, but also Easter festivities, traditional Dutch cheese markets, and the explosive growth of pickleball in cities such as Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, Utrecht, and several others. All while working on improving your game with our world-class pickleball instructors Jon & Daniel Moore.

Tour Package

COST

  • $2990 PP Double Occupancy | $3390 PP Single Occupancy | $300 PP Non-Pickleball Player’s Discount

INCLUDED

  • 8 nights at 4-star accommodations with complimentary breakfasts
  • All meals included
  • All activities including tours, entrance & guide fees, pickleball clinics, transportation, etc.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to/from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Airport transfer to/from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Itinerary

DAY 1 – WED, APRIL 17TH   |   ARRIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS

DAY 2 – THU, APRIL 18TH   |   INTRODUCTION TO HOLLAND TOUR

  • Breakfast at local Haarlem cafe
  • Depart for Keukenhof Flower Garden
  • Lunch in fishermen’s village
  • Afternoon tour including cheese tasting at local farm, clog making demonstration, and windmill museum.
  • Dinner at pickleball venue with Haarlem picklers
  • Free play with Haarlem Pickleball Club

DAY 3 – FRI, APRIL 19TH   |   HAARLEM, PICKLEBALL TRIPS CLINIC

  • Breakfast at local Haarlem cafe
  • Morning Haarlem tour
  • Lunch in Haarlem 
  • Private Pickleball Trips clinic with instructors, Jon and Daniel Moore (~2:00 hrs)
  • Dinner in Haarlem with Dutch picklers
  • Free play with Haarlem Pickleball Club

DAY 4 – SAT, APRIL 20TH   |   THE HAGUE, DEN HAAG OPEN

  • Breakfast at local Haarlem cafe
  • Train to The Hague (~0:45 hrs)
  • Morning Hague tour
  • Lunch in The Hague 
  • All-afternoon mini-tournament with players from around the Netherlands (~4:00 hrs)
  • Dinner in The Hague with Dutch picklers
  • Return to Haarlem (~0:45 hrs)

DAY 5 – SUN, APRIL 21ST   |   AMSTERDAM

  • Train to Amsterdam (~0:20 hrs)
  • Easter Brunch
  • Amsterdam Tour
  • Dinner canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Return to Haarlem (~0:20 hrs)

DAY 6 – MON, APRIL 22ND   |   USA-NETHERLANDS PICKLEBALL FESTIVAL

  • Breakfast at local Haarlem cafe
  • All-day, friendly competition with players from around the Netherlands
  • Dinner with Dutch picklers in Haarlem

DAY 7 – TUE, APRIL 23RD   |   UTRECHT, PICKLEBALL TRIPS CLINIC

  • Breakfast at local Haarlem cafe
  • Train to Utrecht (~1:00 hrs)
  • Morning Utrecht tour
  • Lunch in Utrecht
  • Private Pickleball Trips clinic with instructors, Jon and Daniel Moore
  • Free play with Utrecht Pickleball Club
  • Dinner with Utrecht Pickleball Club
  • Return to Haarlem (~1:00 hrs)

DAY 8 – WED, APRIL 24TH   |   PICKLEBALL IN AMSTERDAM, FREE TIME

  • Breakfast at local Haarlem cafe
  • Train to Amsterdam (~0:20 hrs)
  • Visit Anne Frank House
  • Lunch in Amsterdam
  • Farewell dinner in Amsterdam
  • Return to Haarlem (~0:20 hrs)

DAY 9 – THU, APRIL 25TH   |   DEPARTURE

APRIL 26TH ~ 28TH   |   Irish Pickleball Championships*** 


Please keep in mind that this itinerary is subject to change and should not be considered final.

*You will likely have to depart North America the previous day in order to arrive in Amsterdam on April 17th.

**The transfer from/to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is not included in the cost. Our tour will officially  commence at dinner on Day 1 and conclude with breakfast on Day 9.

***See the tab “Irish Pickleball Championships” for additional information.

Weather

APRIL WEATHER AVERAGES FOR THE NETHERLANDS

  • Avg. High: 54 °F
  • Avg. Low: 44 °F
  • Avg. Rainy Days: 13
  • Avg. Days w/ Sunshine: 28

Spring weather in The Netherlands tends to be rather unpredictable as it can be warm and sunny or chilly and drizzly.

Packing List

ATTIRE

  • Pack for 5 Days of Pickleball and 9 Days Total – Laundry service will be available at the hotel, but tends to be very expensive so we recommend bringing enough clothing to last the duration of our trip
  • Warm, Semi-Dressy Clothes – Nothing too fancy, but Europe is generally a bit less casual than the US
  • Several sweaters, sweatshirts or cardigans and multiple pairs of pants
  • A wind/waterproof jacket for the rainy days
  • Scarf, gloves, and anything else you might need for possible wet, cool weather
  • Plenty of socks and underwear!
  • Shoes – At least one pair for pickleball and one pair of comfortable, rain-ready walking shoes or boots

EQUIPMENT

  • Paddle – Don’t forget your weapon!
  • Sweat Towel – It will be humid in The Netherlands this time of year
  • Water Bottle – You know what they say: Don’t wait, hydrate
  • Protection from the Sun – Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. for sunny days
  • Foldable Travel Umbrella – The smaller the better
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, nail clippers, and whatever else you need!
  • Camera – Remember to pack your charger or extra batteries as well
  • Power Adapter – Dutch sockets, as in the rest of Europe, are round with 2 prongs. If you don’t have an adapter, you won’t be able to recharge your devices in most places

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • Passport – Please make sure it does not expire within 6 months of our trip and that you have at least one blank page available for your Visa stamp
    • We also recommend bringing a photocopy of your passport and keeping it with your luggage in case the original is lost or stolen
  • Credit Card –Most businesses in The Netherlands accept any of the major cc’s (although you should check beforehand if there is an international transaction fee for yours)
  • Cash – For the places that don’t, we recommend bringing at least $200 ~ $300 PP (or the equivalent in Euros) for airport transfers, personal spending, souvenirs, etc.
  • Debit Card – Along with your PIN number for cash withdrawals in case you run out
  • Important Documents – We recommend having a copy of your passport, travel insurance, and medical insurance policies in case of emergency
  • Medication – Please inform us beforehand if there is anything we should know in regards to your medications

Airport Transfer

Congratulations, you are now officially in The Netherlands! After you’ve picked up all your bags at the baggage claim, follow the airport exit signs into the airport lobby. If you are unsure about where to go at any point, you will pass several ‘Information’ stations where they speak excellent English. You can also connect your mobile phone to the airport Wi-Fi network for free in case you need to look anything up or get in touch with someone.

BUS – THE CHEAPEST OPTION

  • Once in the airport lobby, look for exit signs indicating the bus pickup area and head outside
  • Purchase your ticket using Euros (approx. €4.67) when you board the red Connexxion 300 Bus in the direction of Haarlem Station (also known as the Zuidtangent Bus if you want to try pronouncing it!), which comes every 15 mins or so
  • After about 35 mins (depending on traffic) and 14 stops, you will arrive at the Haarlem Centrum/Verwulft Bus Stop in the center of Haarlem
  • From the bus stop, you can catch a taxi, call an Uber (both approx. €10), or walk about 7 mins to the Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals located at Damstraat 10 (address) in Haarlem

For exact bus times, prices, stops, etc., visit 9292.nl/en

TRAIN – THE ‘LOCAL’ OPTION

  • Once in the airport lobby, look for a yellow ‘NS’ ticket machine
  • Select the ‘English’ option and using Euros or a CC, purchase a one-way, 2nd-class, disposable paper ticket to Haarlem Centraal Station (approx. €6.40 + €1 ticket charge)
  • Head downstairs with your train ticket and locate Platform 1-2
  • Confirm your train, which comes about every 15 mins, is headed for Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station (direction of Hoorn Kersenboogerd) before boarding in 2nd class
  • Your second stop will be Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station where you will transfer trains at Platform 7
  • Board the train bound for Haarlem Centraal Station (direction of Zandvoort can Zee) which will be your third stop
  • Make sure you don’t get off early at Haarlem Spaarnwoude Station!
  • Once you have arrived at Haarlem Centraal Station, head outside where you can find a taxi or call an Uber to take you to the Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals located at Damstraat 10 (address) in Haarlem (approx. €10)

For exact train times, prices, stops, platforms, etc., visit ns.nl/en. Click here for a how-to video on purchasing your train ticket!

TAXI/UBER – THE EASIEST, BUT MOST EXPENSIVE OPTION 

  • Once in the airport lobby, look for exit signs indicating the taxi pickup area and head outside
  • Catch a taxi (approx. €50 ~ €60) or call an Uber (approx. €35 ~ €45 per vehicle) to Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals located at Damstraat 10 (address) in Haarlem
  • The journey should take around 20 mins depending on the time of day

***Please note, if you are going to be using Uber, you will need to download the app, which we recommend doing in the U.S. prior to departure***

FAQ Section

PRE-BOOKING

  • What all is included in the cost of the tour?

See the “Tour Package” tab for details on what is and isn’t included in the cost of the tour.

  • Do I need to pay a deposit to reserve my spot?

5% non-refundable…

  • Can I pay for my trip in segments?

Absolutely! When you are checking out, may sure to select the “Payment by Check” option and let us know in the “Order Notes” how many monthly payments you would like to make. We will then email you an invoice via the payment platform Square where you can pay with PayPal or your credit card.

  • Does Pickleball Trips have a loyalty program?

We do!

  • Do I get a discount for bringing friends?

Yes!

  • What happens if I have to cancel my trip?

 Our cancellation policy is as follows:

    • 60 ~ 31 Days Prior to Arrival: 20% of the Total Costs
    • 30 ~ 4 Days Prior to Arrival: 50% of the Total Costs
    • 72 Hours or Less Prior to Arrival: 100% of the Total Costs

Yes!

ABOUT THE TRIP

  • How many people in group?

All of our cultural tours are capped at 16 pickleball players so the maximum

  • Who will be leading the trip?

The trip leader will be Jon Moore, head instructor Daniel Moore who is a 6-time national champion

  • Can I add or take off a night to the trip?

Absolutely!

  • Are my dietary restrictions okay?
  • What will the food be like?
  • What is the level of physical activity on this trip?
  • Where will we be staying?
  • Can I use my North American cell phone plan while traveling?
  • How do I get from the Airport to our hotel?
  • Can I opt out of certain activities?
  • Will I be able to do laundry?
  • Will I be able to charge my appliances?
  • What type of transportation?
  • What should I pack?

 

PREPARING FOR THE TRIP

  • Do I need to purchase travel insurance
  • Do I need a passport or visa to travel?
  • Which airlines do you recommend?

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travelers to invest in travel insurance to both minimize your financial risks of traveling and provide you with peace of mind to fully enjoy the your trip. Travel insurance can provide many helpful resources including refunds or assistance for any of the following situations that may arise before or during a trip:

  • You need to cancel your participation on the tour
  • You need to cancel or change a flight
  • Lost baggage during the trip
  • Stolen items during the trip
  • Medical costs during the trip

We suggest you talk to your insurance provider to ask about the travel insurance plans available to you. You can also compare policies online. Here are two well-known travel insurance providers to consider:

Please contact us at connect@pickleballtrips.com if you have any additional questions regarding our cancellation policy or travel insurance.

Irish Pickleball Championships

The 2019 Irish Pickleball Championships will be held from April 26th ~ 28th in Multyfarnham, Ireland (approx. 1:30 drive to Dublin). Although Pickleball Trips will not be organizing any tours around the tournament, Dinking Dutch trip participants may be interested in extending their European stay in order to attend. Additional information can be found on Pickleball Ireland’s facebook page.