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Amsterdam: Holland’s easygoing capital

Your Amsterdam Vacation

Amsterdam is unique among European cities in that it possesses a village-like charm and is small enough to walk or bike around, and yet has the dynamism of a bustling metropolis. An instantly likeable tourism hot spot with a wealth of things to do, it should be on every traveller’s agenda.


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My very first glimpse of Holland’s famous flower fields is through the airplane window enroute to Amsterdam – a colourful patchwork quilt covering the Dutch countryside. My next view is an up-close and personal bicycle ride through the eye-popping, sweet-smelling blankets of blooms. Holland’s breath-taking flower fields ripple in ribbons of candy-coloured stems. I get a whiff of something wonderful and there’s another fragrant field of flowers just around the bend. The tons of tulips and millions of bicycles are iconic images of the Netherlands, so the idea of exploring these beautiful blooms “the Dutch way” just makes sense. But I’m not cycling in wooden shoes!

Amsterdam Your Way

One of the best ways to see this romantic city is by bicycle, and one of the most romantic bicycles to see it on is the tandem. Hire one from one of the many bike rental companies in town and spend the day experiencing Amsterdam the way the locals do. What could be more intimate than a private dinner cruise along Amsterdam’s canals? Rent a salonboot and enjoy a sunset meal—or just champagne—as you float past the city’s gabled buildings and picturesque bridges.
Family playgrounds
Cruise around Amsterdam on De Pannekoekenboot, an all-you-can-eat pancake boat that families love. Add a variety of tasty toppings to savoury and sweet Dutch flapjacks, then sit back with a draft beer while the little ones burn the sugar off in the on-board ball pit. Part restaurant, part cooking school, part day care, the Kinderkookkafé is an interactive eatery where your kids learn to prepare and serve meals like pizza, cake, cookies and sandwiches.
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Thanks to the reopening of the Museum Quarter’s three heavy hitters, Amsterdam is once again a world-class destination for international art connoisseurs. Find something for every member of your group at the Rijksmuseum (for Dutch Golden Age paintings), the Stedelijk Museum (for modern art) and the Van Gogh Museum. As the world’s only floating flower market, the Bloemenmarkt combines two of Holland’s most beloved icons—canals and tulips. Founded in 1862, it’s a great place to pick up bulbs and seeds.

Guided Tours in Netherlands

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    Paris & Essential Netherlands

    Eclipsed by capitals such as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam are regional towns awaiting to show their charm. Discover the beautiful coastal town of The Hague, and Gouda; Lille in France and Koblenz in Germany where you will travel along the Rhine on a river cruise.

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