After clearing customs, meet your driver in the arrival hall, who will take you to your centrally located Amsterdam hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure so either relax or start exploring, today is a perfect day to get accustomed to the city and its main attractions. Amsterdam has an excellent network of trams and busses that you can use to get around. We suggest you begin your day's activities with a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands. The completely renovated Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Franz Hals, and more! Maybe find a cozy café for lunch and then walk to the Anne Frank House Museum. Visit the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her diary during the Second World War. For more than two years, Anne Frank lived secretively with the other people in hiding in the back part of her father's office building. For dinner, we suggest that you head for Leidseplein, the center of nightlife, where you can choose from hundreds of bars, clubs and restaurants.
(Dinner & Accommodations, Amsterdam)
Begin your adventure by using your Canal Bus Pass to get an overview of the city from the canals. Your Pass is good on four different routes of the Canal Bus, which allows you to hop-on/hop-off at any of 19 stops located close to museums, attractions, and shopping venues. Your Pass also includes entrance into the Rijksmuseum, a must see in Amsterdam famous for paintings by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals.
This evening, experience Amsterdam's traditional pub culture with a local! You'll meet your guide at a designated location and spend approximately 2 hours walking around a city center neighborhood. 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. These pubs are frequented mostly by the locals and not by tourists, giving you an authentic experience. You'll learn not only about the history of Amsterdam and the daily life of the Dutch, 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).
After the walking tour your guide will escort you to a local restaurant and leave you there to enjoy a 3-course dinner with choices for a starter, main dish, and dessert. The restaurant is located near the Centraal rail station for easy access to the trams to get back to your hotel, or if it's a lovely evening you can enjoy a stroll along the various canals.
(Breakfast, Dinner & Accommodations, Amsterdam)
After breakfast, your day is free to explore this quirky city. Maybe take a leisurely canal ride or go on a stroll through the flower market. You can also add an optional excursion for the day. Amsterdam is full of interesting highlights. Take a VIP tour of the Heineken museum, try a cycling tour through the city, or journey to the countryside to visit the country's famous windmills!
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Amsterdam)
After breakfast, head for Centraal station to catch your train to Brussels, a 3 hour 15 minute journey. You'll arrive in the early afternoon. After checking in, take a stroll to admire the interesting architecture. Brussels is a city full of museums; you can sample modern or historic art at the Museum of Fine Arts.
(Breakfast, Amsterdam; Accommodations, Brussels)
(Breakfast, Accommodation, Brussels)
(Breakfast, Brussels; Accommodations, Paris)
At 8:15 AM, meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a small group morning Paris city tour and cruise. You will be able to see most of the major sites of the capital, such as the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Le Pantheon and many others. The city tour will finish in Montmartre and you will have about 20 minutes to walk around the Sacre Coeur Basilica before heading out to Les Bateaux Mouches dock, where you will board a boat for the one hour cruise on the charming Seine River. English commentary will be available for the historical and architectural sites, as you pass under the famous bridges that connect the two banks. You will dock next to the Pont de l'Alma where you will have easy access to the Metro and RER stations. After the tour, we suggest you stop for lunch and plan the rest of your day. You could take the Metro to the Varenne stop and visit the Rodin Museum (admission not included). The beautiful garden contains several of Rodin's famous sculptures, including The Thinker, as does the beautiful mansion, which contains such famous works as The Kiss, The Burghers of Calais and The Age of Bronze. From the Rodin Museum you can take a short walk to the Hôtel Des Invalides, which contains Napoleon's Tomb.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Paris)
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Paris)