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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Bridge

Windmill

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, capital of Holland (the Netherlands), known for its historic canals (“the Venice of the North”), the incomparable Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museums, the Royal Palace of the Dutch monarchs, and the floating flower market. Here, you’ll see more bikes than anywhere else in the world. Don’t forget about the art, tulips, markets, cheese, waffles and so much more.

Established

October 27, 1275

Population

821,752

Please see a sample itinerary below. All itineraries are fully customizable.

Trip Inclusions

  • Round Trip Transportation

  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations at a Student-Friendly Hotel

  • Breakfast Served Daily at Hotel

  • 2 Group Lunches

  • 3 Group Dinners

  • Guided Tour of Amsterdam

  • Admission to Rembrandt’s House

  • Admission to Anne Frank’s House

  • Admission to Vermeer Centre

  • Amsterdam Museum Pass

  • Tour of Amsterdam’s Canals

  • Tour of Amsterdam’s Port

  •  A-Z Travel Tour Manager

  •  Private security upon request

  •  Free chaperones based upon number of paying passengers

  • All taxes and fees for above listed inclusions

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Day 1

Morning: Welcome to Amsterdam! Meet your guide at Schiphol airport and transfer to your hotel. Your group will have some free time to relax and unwind.

Afternoon: You will take a boat trip through the historic canals of Amsterdam, enjoying the many architectural gems found along the water, from rich seventeenth-century Golden Age merchant homes to modest family dwellings while learning about the history of the city.

Evening: Enjoy your welcome dinner, and get ready for your first full day in Amsterdam tomorrow!

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Day 2

Morning: Today we will visit the house museums of two of Amsterdam’s most famous people: Rembrandt and Anne Frank.

Afternoon: Guided tour of some of the city’s most famous places, beginning with Dam Square, the historical center of Amsterdam, first built in the thirteenth century, bordered by the Royal Palace and by the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and site of the National Monument. Then we will visit Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s scenic nineteenth-century urban park, the Jordaan District, the flower market, and the A’Dam Lookout Tower.

Evening: A delicious meal of Rijsttafel, an Indonesian-inspired meal typical of Amsterdam, awaits us tonight.

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Day 3

Morning and Afternoon: A museum pass will take you to the three incomparable art museums of Amsterdam: the Rijksmuseum , the VanGogh, and the Stedelijk. Whether your preference is for Dutch Golden Age painting, Van Gogh’s works, or modern and contemporary art, these three museums will satisfy your wish for Dutch masterpieces and will expand your knowledge of art history.

Evening: You have a free evening to stroll and dine at your leisure.

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Day 4

Morning:  Today we go south to visit the city of Delft, the historic birthplace of the ruling House of Orange-Nassau and famous for its Blue Porcelain. The city is also the former home of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), the remarkable painter known for his local landscapes and scenes of home life. We will learn about him at the Vermeer Centre.  Then we will have time to walk around the main square, visit some of the stores selling Blue Delft ware, and have lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will proceed to the nearby city of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port. It is called the Gateway to Europe because it is where three important European rivers meet (the Rhine, Meuse, and Scheld). Known for scientific research, design, and cutting-edge architecture, its city center was obliterated by bombs during the Second World War. Erasmus, the famous philosopher, was born here in the fifteenth century.

Evening: This evening we will take a boat tour of Ij Bay, Amsterdam’s port, the fifth busiest in Europe. After, you are free to enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in the port area.

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Day 5

Morning: Today we take a day trip to see Holland’s famous windmills at the Zaanse Schaans, an open-air museum showcasing not only the windmills but typical wooden homes dating from the seventeenth century.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit a workshop where klompen, or wooden clogs, are made. Then, we will visit a cheese factory, where we will see how the delicious Holland yellow cheese is made, and have the opportunity to sample the products.

Evening: This will be our last evening in Amsterdam together, so we will celebrate with a bon voyage affair.

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Day 6

Morning: Enjoy your last half-day in Amsterdam before your flight home.

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