This week we're bringing you a great intinerary for a four-day Amsterdam vacation:
Day One: You arrive in Amsterdam, excited to experience this most unique of European cities. And after a top-to-bottom redesign, the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel’s location in the city center will provide convenient access to all you’ve planned to see and do. Get settled in at the hotel, then get ready to relax and enjoy a two-hour evening cruise along Amsterdam’s famous canals. Soak up the sultry atmosphere created by candlelight as you glide along Amsterdam's canals with a glass of wine in hand. As you wind your way through the Canal Belt of the Amstel River and pass under bridges adorned in festive lights, check out the charming waterfront houses, buzzing cafes, and the reflections of light that shimmer across the water. The perfect start to your trip.
Day Two: Today you’ll explore Amsterdam the Dutch way – by bicycle of course! Begin the ride through the labyrinth of narrow streets and canals that comprise the bohemian Jordaan Quarter. Originally a poor neighborhood, it's now home to an eclectic mix of artists, students and young entrepreneurs and boasts trendy boutiques, traditional cafes and modern restaurants. Continuing your journey further south through the city, pass the Rijksmuseum, home to masterpieces from Baroque painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer. Stroll through the Museumplein, just past the Rijksmuseum, and explore the Van Gogh Museum. Enjoy a short break in Vondel Park, the city's largest green oasis, before riding across the Magere Brug, often touted as the most beautiful bridge in a city that has more than a thousand of them. Finish up with a pass by Rembrandt’s home – you’ve been on and off the bike for several hours and have now discovered the joy of cycling in Amsterdam.
Day Three: Having spent yesterday focused on seeing so much of the city, today it’s time to leave Amsterdam for a day trip in the Dutch countryside, where historic windmills, quaint fishing villages, and lovely scenery await. You’ll get a taste of the country’s traditional culture while venturing through Holland's most picturesque regions, with visits to the towns and villages of Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans. Learn about the centuries-old art of wooden shoemaking, take a boat ride over to Volendam for lunch, enjoy a cheese tasting in Edam, and snap some photos of the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans. As you make your way back to Amsterdam, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve just strolled through a Dutch postcard!
Day Four: It’s safe to say that no trip to Amsterdam is truly complete without a visit to the Anne Frank House and museum. During the German occupation in World War II, this is the place Anne Frank escaped persecution with her family and chronicled the experience in The Diary of Anne Frank, which became world-famous when it was published in 1947, two years after the war finally ended. The pictures and stories here serve as a powerful reminder of perhaps the most difficult period of the 20th century. As you stand outside the house and admire the city and its canals one last time before leaving, you’re struck by Amsterdam’s history, resilience and charm. Amsterdam is all you expected, and more.