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3 Days in Amsterdam: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2014

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Amsterdam has all the offerings of a major world capital, yet the atmosphere is more akin to a village with tree-lined canals, art museums and a strong café culture.

This city offers so much to see and do it's best to point yourself toward a couple of major areas and wander. Take a boat, a bike or simply walk - this is a great place to see on foot. Bring comfy shoes. And your camera - sightseeing in Amsterdam is a photogenic experience. The canals, the gorgeous architecture, the gorgeous Dutch.

Day 1: Heart of Old Amsterdam

A perfect starting point is Dam Square, the heart of the city. Close to the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk and stately Royal Palace. Stroll towards the 14th century Oude Kerk - in the 'Wallen' Red Light District - to see the steamy side of life (Definitely not for kids.). Waterlooplein Market is nearby, and the Rembrandthuis Museum is just around the corner. Take the Amsterdam Hop On & Off Canal Pass to navigate the city by canal. If you prefer to do it like the Dutch, hop on a bike or try a self-guided tour of the city's impressive old mansions. Treat yourself in the evening with a candlelight cruise along the canals.

Day 2:  Culture Vulture vs Beer Hound

Beat the queues by starting at the excellent Anne Frank House. Go for a stroll in the Jordaan neighborhood along Prinsengracht towards Museumplein ("Museum Square"), home to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gough Museum. Walk on to FOAM museum of photography, Centraal Station and Oosterdok to admire the cutting-edge Renzo Piano architecture of NEMO science museum and the Stedelijk Museum.

Amsterdam is a gorgeous city to walk around, stretch your legs in Vondelpark or Oosterpark (home to the Tropenmuseum). When you're all walked out, grab a cold one at the Heineken Brewery. Check out the famous Paradiso Club, Melkweg, or Sugar Factory for the nightlife experience.

Day 3: Tiptoe Through the Tulips on a Day Trip

If you're in Amsterdam in the springtime, you might find yourself in the flower fields at Keukenhof Gardens. The grounds here are stunning. Other options farther afield include the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam, local cheese farms, windmills, and the famous blue pottery of Delft. Rotterdam is another excellent day-trip option. You can also trip over to Belgium for that beer-and-chocolate fix, and take day tours of Antwerp and Brussels, or Ghent and Bruges.

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Skip the Line: Rotterdam and Holland Pass

With the Rotterdam and Holland Pass, gain admission to the must-see attractions and museums in Rotterdam and other popular Dutch cities including Amsterdam and ...  Read more

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $46.99

Amsterdam Canals Cruise with Dinner Cooked On Board

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 346 Reviews

Cruise around Amsterdam’s canals in the evening, and pair a decadent 4-course dinner – cooked on board – with sights of the city. As one of the few Amsterdam ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.26

Skip the Line: The Hague and Holland Pass

Use The Hague and Holland Pass to gain admission to the must-see attractions and museums in The Hague, Delft and other popular Dutch cities including ...  Read more

Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $46.99

Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 351 Reviews

Take a walk on the wild side with a guided walking tour through Dark Amsterdam, the infamous Red Light District. Accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.75

Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Canal Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 135 Reviews

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Amsterdam attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $22.86

Amsterdam Canals Cruise Including Dinner and Onboard Commentary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 47 Reviews

Learn about Amsterdam and its top attractions on a 2-hour evening canal cruise with onboard commentary plus a 4-course dinner! After a welcome drink of Kir ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.08

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Including Amsterdam's Xtracold Icebar

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Combine two of Amsterdam’s top highlights: a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped canal boat, and entrance to Amsterdam’s Xtracold Icebar, where ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.96

Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 286 Reviews

Get your bearings on this 3-hour Amsterdam city tour, perfect for first-time visitors. On your morning or afternoon tour, see top Amsterdam attractions ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $30.48

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 348 Reviews

Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 48 or 72 hours

From USD $72.40

Amsterdam Super Saver: Heineken Experience and Canals Pizza Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 66 Reviews

Spend a day dedicated to two of Amsterdam’s quintessential highlights – canals and Heineken – with this Super Saver that combines a visit to the Heineken ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $65.41
$69.86 Save $4.45

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