My husband and I flew from Hong Kong to South America for a vacation and we had to stopover in Amsterdam for our connecting flight. I had not thought of visiting Keukenhof (which have been my dream garden) when I booked the air-ticket as we flew on 17 May, which was very late in general to see the tulips (the tulips are usually gone by early May). But due to the late spring this year, we discovered that the tulips were still visible on our day of visit (17 May). We also wanted to see the flower fields but unfortunately we knew that the tulips began to be headed on 11 May (according to updates on websites) so by the time we arrived, the flower fields were probably gone. Our transit time was weird, as we arrived at around 5 a.m. and our next flight was at 12:30 p.m., which means we had to be at the airport for boarding the latest at 10:45 a.m. Keukenhof is only open at 8 a.m. and if we took the first bus that starts at 8 a.m. as well, we would not have much time left for seeing the garden, and of course no time to see the tulip fields (which we hope one or two fields remained). Another problem is to wait for the bus to return to the aiport, which is notorious for the long queue. To avoid any possibility of missing our flight and to maximize our time of seeing the garden and the fields, we booked a taxi (Taxi van Dalfsen) in advance on the internet. We picked this taxi company cos they gave us a very reasonable price relative to other taxi companies and Ton, our driver, was really very good. He waited for us at the arrival hall before 6 a.m. and once we went through the immigration and custom, we were picked up and he drove us to try to find the remaining flower fields. On our way we saw that most of the fields were barren and after quite some time, he managed to find 3 to 4 fields with flowers remaining. We were so happy with that. He stopped the car and let us take as many photos as we wanted in every field. He then drove us to the Keukenhof garden and we were the first customers of that day. Since the garden was empty in the early morning, we managed to take many good photos without the crowd. Ton waited for us outside the garden and drove us back to the aiprot at 10:15 a.m. (we arrived at around 10:45 a.m.) which was perfect for us to catch the connecting flight. So we ended up spending more than 2 hours in the garden and around one and a half hour on the fields. That's truly a bonus to our South American vacation, and a great one. We thus highly recommend people hoping to pay a short visit to Keukenhof next year during their short transit time to consider this mode of visiting the flower fields and the garden.
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