Amsterdam – Classic or Alternative!
Discounted canal cruise voucher
From its canals to its world-famous museums and historical centres, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. The City is awash with museums such as the Anne Frank House, Maritime Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Instead of the typical tourist experience, enjoy a visit to Castle Muiderslot, Naarden, or a behind the scenes tour of the theatre, concert hall or opera house.
January - December 2017
Enjoy a free visit and tour of the famous Gassan Diamonds factory where you can see the process of diamond cutting and polishing. Museum fans are spoilt for choice with great museums such as Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Franks House. For the energetic, explore this unique city on foot with its famous tree-lined canals and preserved 17th century gabled houses. A number of canal cruise options are available including the usual 75 minute cruise or lunch/dinner cruises.
Had your fill of cheese? Is your cupboard too full of clogs? Do diamonds not sparkle for you anymore? Instead of the typical tourist experience, why not enjoy a visit to Castle Muiderslot, Naarden, and a behind the scenes tour of your chosen theatre, concert hall or opera house?
An excursion to Volendam, a pretty Dutch fishing village north of Amsterdam, where the locals still dress in traditional costume. There are plenty of tourist shops and restaurants (try the local smoked eels!) and the possibility to take a local ferry to the nearby island of Marken. Just a short drive from Amsterdam enjoy a cruise and steam train round trip, with a coastal cruise from Enkhuizen to Medemblik and a steam train journey from Medemblik to Hoorn. Be part of a vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries at Zaanse Schans. It’s packed with wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums and built in the typically Dutch wooden architectural style, relocated here piece by piece since 1961.
Amsterdam has a number of events in the local area. In Spring time the famous Keukenhof Gardens shows off its fantastic flowers (23rd March – 21st May 2017). Keukenhof is only one hour’s drive from Amsterdam and is a wonderful day out. In the winter Amsterdam hosts its annual Light Festival. From December through January the city is awash with light. Walk or sail alongside light sculptures created by leading artists and beautifully illuminated buildings and bridges.
Mercure Amsterdam City ****
Located at the Amstel river, only a 6-minute walk from metro station Overamstel which provides direct access to the city centre. The hotel offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and a bathroom with bath or shower. Guests can make use of the sauna and Turkish steam bath facilities. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine or other refreshments at the hotel’s FLOOR restaurant and lounge, where small bites, lunch and dinner are also served.
Novotel Amsterdam City ****
The hotel offers modern rooms with flat-screen TV and is less than 15 minutes’ walk from Amsterdam RAI convention centre. The amenities include tea/coffee facilities and a minibar. Station RAI is less than a 5-minute walk away and features tram and metro links into the city centre.
|Jan – Dec 2017