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Sample Group Itineraries

Tulip Festival – 1 Day

Arrive in Pella

9:00am: Tour the Historical Village/ Vermeer Mill/ Miniature Village (11⁄4 -11⁄2 hours) $10/person

10:30am: City Tour on the Open-Air Wagons or a step-on Guide will join you on your motor coach for the City Tour.

If time allows, be sure to enjoy a complimentary Tulip Walking Tour through the Town Square as well as the Scholte House Museum Gardens.

11:30am: Lunch around the town (food vendors all around event area)  or if you want to eat as a group with Reservations, we recommend the Traditional Dutch Lunch at the Memorial Building  or Trinity Church.

1:30pm: Seating for Street and Stage Performances/Volks Parade (General admission seating)

4:00pm Meet your motor coach on the east side of the square to re-board for home.

Additional Activities:

  • Shopping in Pella’s many boutiques
  • Scholte House Museum and Garden Tour
  • Flower Show (order your Tulip Bulbs)
  • Klokkenspel (performs on the hour excluding 2:00 and 3:00pm)
  • Dutchesses (high school performing Dutch song and dance)
  • Quilt Show (located in the Pella Opera House)
  • Dutch Craft Market (120+ craft vendors) located in West Market Park plus Molengracht Market (homemade foods & crafts along the canal)
  • Annual exhibition of young artists
  • Dutch Family Singers (perform song and dance throughout the day) Dutch Masters Antique Auto Display
  • Tractor Rodeo
  • Antique Tractor Display
  • Fire House Museum Tour
  • De Kinderhoek (kid’s corner)
  • Rolscreen- Pella Windows Museum Tour
  • Vermeer Corporation Museum Tour

Tulip Festival – 2 Days

9:00am: Guided Tour of the Community (45 min) Guide steps on your coach or  Open air wagon tour

10:00am: Tour the Historical Village/ Vermeer Mill (11⁄4 -11⁄2 hour)

11:30am: Lunch around the town (food vendors all around event area)  or if you want to eat as a group with Reservations, a list of group-friendly restaurants is included in your packet, the Dutch Lunch at the Memorial Building or Trinity Church.

Seating for Street and Stage Performances/Parade at 2:30pm n

1:00pm: Street Performances begin followed by the Volks Parade (31⁄2 hours)

5:00pm: Traditional Dutch Meal at Central College Graham Conference Center. Costumed servers will also provide cash bar of Dutch wines and beer for your guests. Enjoy Dutch song & dance performances.

6:00pm: Free time to shop before the 7:00pm Grandstand show
OR
Performance at the Pella Opera House

7:00pm Evening Grandstand Show, followed by parade

9:30pm: Back to your hotel

  • Additional Activities:
  • Flower Show (order your Tulip Bulbs)
  • Klokkenspel (performs on the hour excluding 2:00 and 3:00pm)
  • Dutchesses (high school performing Dutch song and dance)
  • Quilt Show (located in the Pella Opera House)
  • Dutch Craft Market (120+ craft vendors) located in West Market Park plus kid’s Playground and inflatables
  • Molengracht Market (homemade foods & crafts along the canal)
  • Annual exhibition of young artists
  • Scholte House Museum and Garden Tour
  • Dutch Family Singers (perform song and dance throughout the day) Dutch Masters Antique Auto Display
  • Tractor Rodeo
  • Antique Tractor Display
  • Fire House Museum Tour
  • De Kinderhoek (kid’s corner)
  • Rolscreen- Pella Windows Museum Tour
  • Vermeer Corporation Museum Tour

Day# 2

Breakfast at hotel
Whatever you’d like to see and do…

Example:

10:00am: Free time to explore Pella, view tulips, do some shopping, etc. Visit the Market along the Molengracht Canal as well as the Dutch Craft Market in West Market Park

11:00am: Scholte House Museum Tour and Gardens. $5/person

12:00: Lunch

Depart for your next destination.

 

Day Trip-Foodie Tour:

Pella
8:30 am: Restrooms at Pella Historical Village

9:00 am: Local entrepreneur, Lowell Olivier-Shaw serves his Bisschopswijn, normally a hot- spiced cider but today blended as a refreshing chilled recipe.

Elaine Jaarsma shares the “family secrets” of the success in making Pella’s Jaarsma Bakery adestination in itself. Hosted at Pella Historical Village’s Dutch Bakery. Elaine Jaarsma will share the history of Jaarsma Bakery, production, their best sellers, the ‘S’-shape of the Dutch letters, how their bakery has become a tourist destination itself and samples for the guests. (Elaine suggests a donation of ($75 or $2/person) be made to Pella Historical Society)

10:30 am: Int Velds Meat Market, the tastes, the menu and the story of Pella Bologna, Dried Beef, Spiced Beef and more. Jerry shares the history of the In’t Veld business and the production process. Enjoy lunch with a “Double Dutch”, Bologna Reuben Sandwich or many more options by pre- ordering your meals. (upper level seats 30)

12:30 pm: Frisian Farms, owned by Mike & Jill Bandstra. See the process of aging the Dutch Gouda Cheese curds. Locally produced from milking the cattle to processing, aging and selling. Purchase some Frisian Farms cheese curds to take home for your evening snack.

2:00 pm: Local Candy-makers and Chocolatiers, Van Veen Chocolates will share some Dutch goodies passed on from some of the original Van Veen family recipes. Van Veen Chocolates will be available for purchase as well.

4:00 pm: Free Time at Pella’s many boutiques, bakeries and meat markets.

5:30 pm: Central Catering hosts a Traditional Dutch Meal, from Hut Spot to Snijbontjes, it’s all about the Dutch cuisine. Servers will share the menu selections with your guests.

 

Many other itineraries are available, contact Jill@visitpella.com to see what work best for your group or motorcoach!