EGGscape to the Netherlands September 2016

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Big Green Egg Canada EGGscapes to the Netherlands!

Travel with Chef Dez to the Netherlands for a truly unique travel EGGsperience. Explore some of the amazing sites and tastes of the Netherlands as you pick up cooking tips along the way from professional Dutch chefs as they welcome you into their kitchens to cook on the Big Green Egg. We have chosen to visit the Netherlands because their professional chefs were one of the first to embrace cooking on a Big Green Egg in Europe and have helped to transform the possibilities of what can be done on the EGG.

Trip InformationEGGscape

Highlights

Itinerary

Inclusions and Exclusions

Cancellation Policy


Trip Information

Location: Amsterdam (3 nts) / Rotterdam (1 nt) / Utrecht (2 nts) / Zwolle (1 nt) 8 Days / 7 Nights

Date: Saturday 17 – Saturday 24 September 2016

Price: CAD$3412.00 per person (includes taxes and professional fee) based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 40. Single supplement is CAD$796.

Deposit: CAD$300 per person (non-refundable)

Professional Fee: CAD$113 per person (includes HST, non-refundable)

Final Payment Due: 5th July 2016

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Highlights

  • Discover Amsterdam in the most fun way possible: a pub-crawl with your fellow travellers and a local guide

    Chef Dez ezine

    Chef Dez

  • Learn some Big Green Egg cooking techniques from local professional chefs during a Big Green Egg cooking demonstration and a workshop as you pick up some tips to take back with you to Canada
  • Be invited into the kitchen of a three Michelin stars restaurant that houses 20 Big Green Eggs for you to cook your own dinner on
  • Expand your cooking knowledge as you explore an open air museum and learn about smoking herring
  • Discover the complete history and the production process of the famous Delft Blue with your own guided tour
  • Learn the secrets behind making the best cocktails during a visit to the House of Bols
  • Get your cameras ready for a visit to Koppelpoort gate and learn the history behind this medieval gate
  • Travel with Chef Dez (Read more about Chef Dez)
  • Fun contests throughout the trip with the chance to win a Mini Max!

To secure your spot for this trip, click here to have our customer forms emailed to you. Last date to sign up is 4th July so secure your spot now before all the spaces are gone! Once you have completed the forms, DO NOT book any flights until a space for you has been confirmed.

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Itinerary

 

Day 1

Depart Canada on the 16th September and arrive in Amsterdam on the 17th September at any time (flights not included in the tour). Transfer to Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (transfers not included). Settle in ready for the tour to begin the next day. Shake off the jet lag with a visit to the hotel’s wellness facilities and recharge in their traditional Finnish or bio saunas.

 

Day 2

Amsterdam

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodations: Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Meet in the hotel

You will be welcomed to the Netherlands by Chef Dez from Big Green Egg Canada and also your local guide for the duration of your Netherlands adventure.

Zaanse Schans

Start your EGGscape the right way with a step back in time to Zaanse Schans, Western Europe’s oldest industrial area. There used to be over 600 windmills and 10 still continue to turn to saw wood and grind oil, flower, spices and colourings. You’ll also have a guided tour of a Clog Factory where you can watch how an expert makes clogs – it takes much less time than you may think! Then you will head over to Catharina Hoeve, a cheese factory for another professional demonstration where you experience the art of cheese making. Their cheeses are plain or flavoured with various herbs, a great opportunity to pick up some ideas when smoking your own cheeses on your Big Green Egg.

Lunch

Enjoy lunch on your own and be sure to ask your guide for some fantastic dining recommendations.

Afternoon on your own

Explore the rest of Zaanse Schans at your own pace (not included in the tour). Perhaps you’ll want to check out Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion; possibly the tastiest museum in the Netherlands where you can imagine you are in an early 20th-century food factory. Feel free to explore the Zaan Time Museum, Liqueur Distillery de Tweekoppige Phoenix or the Zaans Gedaan Cocoa Lab.

Welcome Dinner on a Pizza cruise

Dine with your fellow travelling EGGheads as the stage is set for your Dutch adventure. Enjoy delicious pizza as you cruise through the beautiful Amsterdam city on its famous canals.

 

Day 3

Amsterdam

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Accommodations: Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Zuiderzee museum

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you’ll explore the Zuiderzee museum where you will be treated to a smoked herring tasting.

Lunch

Under own arrangement.

Dutch Courage

Start the afternoon with a visit to the Heineken Experience as you explore a former Heineken brewery that has been transformed into an interactive tour, which ends in a tasting. Pace yourself as you then head to the House of Bols, a cocktail and genever experience. Learn the secrets behind making the best cocktails so that you can wow your friends and family the next time they are at your house for one of your famous Big Green Egg dinners.

Pub Crawl

Get to really know Amsterdam and put your newly acquired knowledge to work with a guided pub-crawl (meal and beverages not included).

 

Day 4

Rotterdam

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodations: Manhattan Hotel, Rotterdam

A Visit to Delft

Pack up your bags for the trip to Rotterdam, but along the way you will make a photo stop at the Peace Palace.

Lunch on Your Own

Enjoy lunch on your own before heading to Delft. Your guide will be on hand with some more great dining recommendations.

Royal Delft

Discover the complete history and the production process of Delft Blue with your own guided tour where you will also visit the factory and meet the painter.

Dinner

Enjoy dinner and great conversation at Las Palmas Restaurant where you can choose your meal from their Big Green Egg menu.

Manhattan Hotel, Rotterdam

Check into Manhattan Hotel, Rotterdam, your perfect base to discover what this vibrant city has to offer.

 

Day 5

Utrecht

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodations: Carlton President, Utrecht

Walking Tour

Take a guided tour of Rotterdam, Netherland’s second largest city that was mostly razed to the ground in WWII. The futuristic rebuilding of the city has made it an incredible city to visit.

Lunch under own arrangement before heading to Houten

Bij Teus Demonstration

Load up your bags as you head to Houten for a Big Green Egg display around an open kitchen with dinner at Bij Teus. Learn from a local professional chef as he uses the Big Green Egg to prepare a 4-course meal with his own Dutch twist and be treated to an explanation of each course.

Check into Carlton President, Utrecht

 

Day 6

Utrecht

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Accommodations: Carlton President

Sightseeing in Utrecht

Learn more about the ancient city of Utrecht, one of Netherland’s most historic cities with buildings dating back to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries.

Afternoon and evening on your own

 

Day 7

Zwolle

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodations: Van Der Valk Hotel Zwolle (Please note, no portage service included at this hotel)

Amersfoort

Visit the picturesque medieval Koppelpoort gate in Amersfoort before enjoying lunch on your own.

Beer Tasting

After lunch you will be treated to a beer tasting at De Drie Ringen.

Librije Workshop

Your farewell dinner will take place at the three Michelin stars restaurant, De Librije. You will watch a Big Green Egg cooking demonstration by a local professional chef followed by preparing your own dinner on a Big Green Egg that you share with one other person; truly the grand finale to your Big Green EGGscape to the Netherlands. Put all of your newly found knowledge from professional Dutch Chefs and the Dutch culture into preparing a meal that you will be able to recreate back home, much to your family and friends’ amazement.

Van Der Valk

Check into your final hotel, the modern and stunning Van Der Valk Hotel Zwolle.

 

Day 8

Amsterdam

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at Hotel

Say goodbye to your fellow travelling EGGheads during breakfast.

Airport Transfer

Take one last coach ride together as you head to Amsterdam airport from Zwolle.

 

To secure your spot for this trip, click here to have our customer forms emailed to you. Last date to sign up is 4th July so secure your spot now before all the spaces are gone! Once you have completed the forms, DO NOT book any flights until a space for you has been confirmed.

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Your Host:

Chef Dez ezineChef Dez is the Western Canada Rep for Big Green Egg, a Cookbook Author, and recently appeared on Chopped Canada on Food Network Canada. He has been a Culinary Instructor in British Columbia for over 12 years and his teachings are regarded as Innovative and Inspirational. He also has a following of thousands of regular readers of his national newspaper food column “Chef Dez on Cooking”. He has a bigger than life passion, for both food and people, and is a devoted EGGHead!

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Inclusions and Exclusions

Tour Includes:

  • Transfers in the Netherlands with the exception of arrival day
  • A visit to a windmill, clog factory and cheese factory
  • Pizza cruise
  • A visit to Zuiderzee museum with a smoked herring tasting
  • Entrance to Heineken Experience with a tasting
  • Private tour of House of Bols
  • Guided pub-crawl (meals and beverages not included)
  • Photo stop at Peace Palace
  • Private guided tour of Royal Delft
  • Guided walking tour of Rotterdam
  • Big Green Egg demonstration and meal at Bij Teus
  • Sightseeing tour of Utrecht
  • A visit to Koppelpoort gate
  • Private beer tasting at De Drie Ringen
  • Big Green Egg Workshop at De Librije
  • Meals as indicated
  • Accommodations as listed

Tour does not include:

  • Transfer on day of arrival
  • Meals and beverages on the guided pub-crawl
  • Gratuities to driver
  • Gratuities to guide
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed
  • Attractions not listed
  • Travel insurance
  • Any extra activities in Zaanse Schans
  • Flights (DO NOT purchase flights until instructed to do so)

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Cancellation Policy

-Before final payment has been received = loss of deposit and service fee

-74 days or less prior to departure = 100% of total charges

-If minimum numbers are not met for the tour to go ahead by 5th July, a full refund for the deposit and professional fee will be given

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