Arrive at London Heathrow and meet your driver for a transfer to your centrally located hotel. After checking in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore independently or just relax.
After breakfast, the morning is free for a museum visit or a little shopping before your Historical Pubs and Rebels Tour. You'll be advised of the designated place to meet your guide. Your tour will take you to several historic pubs and your guide will regale you with stories of some of the artists and pirates that called this area home. There will also be some limited food and drink samples along the way. Returning to your hotel in the afternoon, the remainder of the day is free for exploring.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, London)
Today is free for some independent sightseeing. Staying in the city, there's the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and nearby, the Churchill War Cabinet. The London Eye affords terrific views of the city. For museum lovers, there's the National Gallery, Tate Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, and Victoria & Albert Museum. A short excursion outside will take you to Windsor Castle. Don't forget to stop for high tea and pastry at Fortnum & Mason or at Lady Di's favorite; Claridges. Shopping is always an option at Harrods in trendy Knightsbridge as well as Covent Garden. Energetic Soho is a great place to end the evening with an eclectic mix of dining and nightlife.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, London)
After breakfast, meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your private transfer to St Pancras Rail Station. You'll clear customs and pass through security for the 4 and ½ hour journey. Upon arrival at Amsterdam's Central Station, meet your driver for the transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own this evening, and an opportunity to try a real "Dutch" specialty. As you explore the city, you'll notice many Indonesian restaurants, in part due to Dutch colonial history. The most popular item is rijsttafel, meaning "rice table". It's a parade of small plates filled with different spicy and sweet Indonesian cuisine. All accompanied by rice and of course, a good Dutch beer.
(Breakfast, London; Accommodations, Amsterdam)
After breakfast, your day is free to explore this quirky city. Maybe a leisurely canal ride or a stroll through the flower market. This evening, Experience Amsterdam's traditional pub culture with a local! Beyond the breweries and coffee shops that Amsterdam is known for there are many charming pubs tucked in the corners of the historic city center. You'll meet your guide at a designated location and spend approximately 2 hours walking around a city center neighborhood (if there is a certain area that you would like to walk, please let your guide know). You'll learn, not only about the history of Amsterdam, but also the history of Dutch beer brands and their local spirit Jenever (also known as Dutch gin). You'll visit two local pubs and have two drinks at each pub (your choice of local beer, wine, soft drink or a local spirit).
Your walking tour will certainly build up your appetite, and your guide will escort you to the historic restaurant De Kroonprins. He'll say good-bye and leave you there to enjoy a 3 course dinner with choices for a starter, main dish and dessert. The restaurant is located a few blocks opposite the Central rail station for each access to the trams to get back to your Amsterdam hotel, or if it is a lovely evening you can enjoy a stroll along the various canals.
(Breakfast, Dinner & Accommodations, Amsterdam)
Today is free for your special interests, and you'll see why Amsterdam remains one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Three art museums not to be missed are the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House & Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum. A visit to the Anne Frank House is a sobering reminder of the Nazi occupation, and one not to be missed. Have dinner in the quirky Jordaan District, weaving through narrow cobblestone alleys, and top the evening off walking through the famous (but rather tame) Red Light District.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Amsterdam)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or to your next Avanti destination!