Amsterdam

Essential Amsterdam

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Enjoy a timeless tour of Amsterdam and her surroundings with Exeter International.  Our Essential Amsterdam is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city, with just a taste of the extraordinary experiences that only Exeter International can provide.

The Basics

  • Four nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast 
  • Private airport or train station transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service, as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Highlight of Exeter's Essential Amsterdam
Private Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Easy to Combine with:

  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Baltic Cruises
  • Scandinavia

Download PDF Itinerary here.

ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

$5,350 per person, based on two guests traveling together.  Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability.

Day 1
Arrival | Amsterdam

Upon your arrival into Amsterdam, you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel The Pulitzer Amsterdam, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic 9 Streets neighborhood. 

The remainder of your afternoon and evening is at leisure. 

Exeter Services: Airport Transfer 

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

Day 2
Amsterdam | Amsterdam

This morning, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 9:00am for an overview tour of Amsterdam.  You’ll see the most important parts of the city, including Dam Square and the 17th century Central Station building.  You will also explore the neighborhood of Jordaan with your guide.  This was once a working-class bastion and is now a gentrified hipster neighborhood of galleries, restaurants and specialty shops.  This is also where you will find some of the most scenic outdoor markets in the country.

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Afterward, see Amsterdam as it’s meant to be seen from your own private luxurious canal boat.  Your guide will accompany you on this 1.5-hour tour and will narrate your journey.  Enjoy snacks and drinks on board while you have the perfect introduction to the city.

Continue onto Museumplein.  Today’s highlight will be a visit to the newly reopened Rijksmuseum.  This is the largest museum in the Netherlands, featuring an astounding 1.5 kilometers of art, and showcasing many works of Dutch masters, items of the Netherlands’ cultural history (artifacts, clothing, prints) and more.

Your afternoon is at your leisure.  You may choose to further explore the Rijksmuseum on your own or stop in the Van Gogh Museum next door.

We also suggest a visit to the Anne Frank Museum.  The rooms here, though empty, reveal the atmosphere of the period her family spent in hiding.  Anne’s original diary and other notebooks are on display.  Guides are not allowed to guide in the museum so we recommend exploring on your own. Tickets can be purchased on-line in advance and sell out quickly. Please advise if you would like assistance with obtaining tickets. Stand-by entrance is allowed after 3:30pm, first come, first serve and typically involves long lines.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

Day 3
Dutch Countryside | Dutch Countryside

This morning meet your guide at 9:00am to explore a bit of the Dutch countryside.

Start with a visit to a traditional local farm near Amsterdam.  You’ll have the opportunity to taste different kinds of homemade cheese and learn about the production process.  You can also see how typical Dutch wooden shoes are made.

Afterward, explore some of the smaller cities in the countryside.  One stop is Volendam, the old fishing village at the Ijsselmeer.  The village is characterized by countless little houses around the small fishing port. It’s a great place for a stroll and a place where one can try a traditional tasty Dutch style herring!

Continue on to Edam, a city with a rich history. It began in the 12th century, when farmers and fishermen settled along the little Ye river. With that ‘Yedam’ was created. This primitive settlement developed into an increasingly prosperous town well into the 17th century, with shipbuilding played an important role in this growth.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

Day 4
Den Haag | Den Haag

Today meet your guide and driver at 9:00am and again head out of Amsterdam.  Today your destination is Delft, where the Netherlands’ famous Delft pottery is made.  This items are still handmade and it’s the only remaining earthenware factory from the Golden Age of the 17th century.

Continue on your grand tour of Holland with a journey onward to Den Haag (The Hague).  Your guide will show you all the highlights of the town.  It boats an enviable location along the North Sea coastline and is known, of course, as a government city, but it’s also where many of the Dutch royal family lives.

Drive through some of the most scenic squares in the city.  Your guide is happy to stop at any you’d like to explore more in depth.  If you’d like to see some of the city’s vast art collection, stop in the Mauritshuis, with art from the Old Masters of the 17th and 18th century.  Of course you won’t have time to visit every museum, but if you’re interested in Escher or modern art, please let your guide know so you can stop by their respective collections.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (6 Hours)

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

Day 5
Departure | Amsterdam

Your driver will meet you in your hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Exeter Services: Airport Transfer

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