Welcome to Amsterdam
Traveleyes invites you to explore Amsterdam, one of Europe’s greatest cities, famed for the historic canal system which comprises a full quarter of its area. This creative and vibrant city is a delight to visit at any time of the year, but particularly in spring. Our group will meet in our luxurious central hotel to discover the city’s diversity of cultural treasures, all attractively linked by fine cobbled streets, tree-lined canal sides, countless coffee shops and excellent restaurants. This wonderful ‘city on the water’ awaits to beguile you! We will also venture out of the city to Zaanse Schans, where we will learn more about Dutch traditions in clog and cheese making and of course the iconic row of preserved windmills.
*Please Note: Flights and transfers are not included, so you have the opportunity to travel directly from your own local airport. The Traveleyes team can assist in booking your flights for an additional cost.
- Walking tour of the beautiful city of Amsterdam
- A chance to relax on a leisurely canal cruise
- Visit the historic preserved windmills at Zanse Schaans
- Tasting traditional Dutch cheese and learning how to make Dutch clogs
Dates & Prices
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May 22 - May 25, 2018 (4 days)
Standard Blind Price: £529 Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: £339 Contact us for availability
The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .
Standard Blind Price: 529 GBP Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: 339 GBP Contact us for availability
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- 3 nights accommodation at Apollo Museum hotel Amsterdam city centre in Amsterdam
- All breakfasts
- Specified excursions
- Services of a local tour guide
- Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
- Walking tour of Amsterdam
- Canal Cruise
- Zaanse Schans excursion: Traditional Dutch clog making, cheese tasting and windmills
Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.
Tuesday 22nd May
We arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to our city centre hotel. Check-in will be available from 2pm. The group will officially meet at 6pm and then relax into the evening, with the opportunity for dinner and drinks.
Overnight in Amsterdam
*Please Note: Flights and transfers are not included, so you have the opportunity to travel directly from your own local airport. The Traveleyes team can assist in booking your own flights for an additional cost.
Wednesday 23rd May
Today we visit some of Amsterdam’s major features with our private walking tour of the city.
Amsterdam is rich in historic significance. Starting even before the 17th Century, it paved an early path toward global capitalism, through Dutch Golden Age developments in world trade, manufacturing and investment expertise. Our private guided walking tour visits the most iconic sites which include architectural masterpieces from many centuries, fine parks and gardens, all linked by the River Amstel’s network of navigable channels.
This afternoon we take a canal cruise along some of the water arteries which link this city in a grand radial plan. Amsterdam’s ‘grachten’ (canals) network is arguably its most iconic feature, providing a revealing perspective from which many of its finest features can be accessed. Our tour enables us to understand how these canals underpinned the city’s roles as a world trade centre and hub of the Dutch Empire.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Amsterdam
Thursday 24th May
Today we take a full day excursion to experience two particular aspects of traditional Dutch culture. There’s a chance to witness and assist in the carving of traditional Dutch wooden clogs, possibly the most familiar feature of Netherland national costume, followed by an opportunity to enjoy a Dutch cheese tasting session. The diversity of Dutch dairy products is equalled only by the their excellent quality, and this comprises just one of many fields in which the Netherlands has quietly built itself an enviable worldwide reputation.
We’ll also have the chance to take a boat trip between the towns of Volendam and Marken, both places being very popular with visitors due to the retention of attractive original features and a traditional atmosphere. Old Dutch fishing boats are still in everyday use in this region and the wearing of traditional Dutch costume is not uncommon, all of which adds an appealing authenticity and colour to local life.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Amsterdam
Friday 25th May
Today is a free day. You may choose to visit the world famous Keukenhof flower garden, home to what is probably the most iconic display in the world for tulips and other flowers. The full beauty of the Keukenhof within any year is time-limited by the fact that the tulip season only lasts from April to May. It’s recommended therefore that visitors join dedicated botanists from across the world in ensuring they don’t miss out on this celebrated event.
You may perhaps choose to delve a bit deeper into Amsterdam’s rich cornucopia of historic significance by visiting one of the city’s 42 museums, which notably include the vast Rijksmuseum and the unique Vincent van Gogh Museum. The Anne Frank Museum is a highly recommended way to gain a most moving understanding of the Dutch experience during World War Two. The ultimately tragic fortitude of this lively and brave Dutch schoolgirl as she and her family endured the horrors of a world war under fascist occupation is memorably chronicled in her extraordinary diary which was found after the war and which eventually saw dissemination across the world as a powerful humanitarian testimony to the importance of rejecting injustice, prejudice and intolerance.
From 12pm onwards the group will depart from Amsterdam to catch return flights.