This tour was OK and would have given it more stars except for a few negatives.Firstly,meeting place for tour in Damrak in Amsterdam is chaotic. Due to traffic conditions, we had a fair walk to another location to catch the bus. Not a problem on the day as weather was superb but if raining then would be a problem. Tour of Delft factory was no more than a very short presentation on how the process works and you could tell the lady presenting it, had done it too may times that day and seemed fed up. The main part of the stay at the factory seemed to be to look at the showroom and buy some product.Great if you came with the intention to buy Delftware and quality and prices are good. We would have preferred more time in the area where the painters worked as they do very intricate work. Then the drive to Madurodam involved a really quick drive past the major places of interest in The Hague like the royal palace and peace palace, but again,very quick and no time to absorb The Hague's atmosphere,as it is a lovely city. Madurodam was nice but we got there at the end of the day so atmosphere was not quite there though crowds were reduced then so you could see more I guess. Then drive back to Amsterdam.More could be done to make the 5 1/2 hours more interesting we think. Overall, acceptable, especially for 1st timers to Holland. We have been many times so I guess we are spoiled a little from previous visits and what to expect.
This is a great way to see Amsterdam. We went in peak season and on a hot day, so expected massive crowds, but still the canal boats coped and we were always able to get a seat whenever we hopped on at a stop around the city. Choose your colour as there are 4 different routes. The green and red are best and stay onboard first time, for the whole journey, so you get a feel as to what there is to see, then pick you places to visit and get on and off at those. Rijksmuseum is superb stop. The local markets are excellent too. Anne Frank House gets busy so for most of the day, the lines outside are too long and the canal boat takes you right to it, so if you see long lines, stay on the boat and see something else, and try and see Anne Frank House in the morning early when it opens as crowds are less then. The whole 48 hours we had the tickets, we went everywhere and great value for money and when the weather is nice,unbeatable way to see Amsterdam.
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