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



Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability.

Day 1
Arrival | Amsterdam Netherlands Flowers

Upon your arrival into Amsterdam, you will be met by your 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: Arrival Transfer

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

Day 2
Amsterdam | Amsterdam Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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 onboard 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.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours); Private Canal Cruise (1.5 Hours)

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

Day 3
Amsterdam | Amsterdam Netherlands Flowers

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: Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

Day 4
Amsterdam | Amsterdam

Enjoy the day at leisure. Modern Art fans should not miss the Amsterdam Stedelikj Museum, with one of the richest collections of modern art and design in the world. This museum often finds itself at the center of controversy for its artistic choices, and with a collection including works by Warhol, Matisse, and Casimir Malevich, it is not one to be missed for fans of modern art.

Continue onto Modern Contemporary Museum Amsterdam (Moco). Set in a villa dating back to the early 1900’s, the museum features modern and contemporary art from such artist as Dali, Banksy and Lichtenstein. Street art and underground art are widely showcased.

Stop by the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market), the only floating flower market in the world, located in the Singel district. You’ll find flowers, seeds, bulbs and rare flowers from all over the world.

Exeter Services: None

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

Day 5
Departure | Amsterdam Amsterdam

Today, meet your driver for your transfer to the airport, where you will catch your onward flight. Cost of flight not included.

Exeter Services: Departure Transfer

Hotel: The Pulitzer Amsterdam

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