Spend the day enjoying Dutch culture, crafts, cuisine, and entertainment at the annual spring tulip festival in Orange City Iowa.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:30 am – 8:15 pm
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites lobby, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$108 per person
Price includes coach transportation, attraction admissions, reserved seating for parade, driver gratuity and evening dinner
Tour reservation deadline April 10, 2020 – payment due upon reservation
Highlights: Dutch Dozen dance performance - Reserved bleacher seating for Straatfeest (street dancers), street scrubbing and Volksparade - Authentic Dutch dinner at Nederlander’s Grill - Wooden shoe carving demonstration - Quilt show with over 175 quilts - Dutch American Heritage Museum and flower show - Dutch street organ demonstration - Straatmarket (street shopping) - Festival craft show - Windmill Park and tulips - Horse drawn trolley tour option or pedicab option
Spend an enjoyable day at the 80th Annual Orange City Tulip Festival in northwest Iowa. Our Dutch experience begins with a performance by the Dutch Dozen dance group. Formed in 1947, this group of 12 young women and 12 young men provide a colorful and melodious journey through old Holland. The Dutch Dozen members wear traditional Volendam costumes and wooden shoes. Most of the songs are in the Dutch language. After the performance, you will have an hour to browse the outside Straatmarket for Dutch souvenirs. Visit the street food vendors for a quick lunch. Explore the festival craft show, view the tulips in Windmill Park, take a horse drawn trolley tour or experience a ride on a two person pedicab. Then take your reserved seat for the Straatfeest, Ssreet scrubbing, and Volksparade. The Straatfeest is a type of fashion show that displays authentic, distinct, and varied Dutch attire from the Netherlands. Costumed participants of all ages fill the streets to showcase their heritage and perform traditional Dutch dances. The street scrubbing event is next. Carrying on a Dutch tradition, the street inspectors check the streets for cleanliness in anticipation of the Tulip Queen’s arrival. Boys and men throw buckets of water while girls and women follow with brooms, ensuring that the streets are spotless for the queen. The Volksparade, with marching bands and colorful floats, follows the cleaning. After the parade, learn about the art of wooden shoe making or experience the sounds of a Dutch street organ. Visit the flower show at the Dutch museum or just continue to explore the various sites of the festival. We will depart the downtown area at 4:20 pm and visit the festival quilt show. View nearly 175 handmade quilts and learn about the history of quilting. Our final stop is an authentic Dutch dinner across the street at Nederlander’s Grill. Enjoy pea soup with pigs-in-the blanket, Dutch seasoned pork and beef with fried potatoes and green beans, rice with berries and almond pastry for dessert. We return to Omaha at 8:15 pm.