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How to Spend 2 Days in Amsterdam

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How to Spend 2 Days in Amsterdam
With some planning, 48 hours allow ample opportunity to experience Amsterdam, with its canals, museums, and Red Light District, as well as some of its surrounding highlights. Here are your options for making the most of two days in the capital of the Netherlands.

Day 1: Experience the City
Morning: Begin with an Amsterdam city tour to gain an overview of the capital. Opt to zip around by Segway, saving time and foot fatigue, or take in the main attractions on a hop-on hop-off boat journey along the city’s UNESCO-listed canals, benefiting from unlimited use for a chosen period.

Afternoon: Spend your afternoon learning about the city’s coffeeshops and sex trade history as you explore sights associated with Amsterdam’s renowned alternative culture, or opt to visit trendy Jordaan for a taste of Dutch fare and the opportunity to meet and dine with locals.

Night: Unwind after a busy day on a nightlife tour of popular area bars to experience the city after dark. Or, if you’re not quite ready to hang up your exploring hat for the evening, discover the De Wallen neighborhood on an Amsterdam Red Light District tour.

Day 2: Beyond the City
Morning: Discover the Netherlands' wider heritage or the impact of one of the country’s most famous exports with a morning spent exploring the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum, starting early and taking advantage of skip-the-line access to maximize your time.

Afternoon: With a number of historic villages, charming windmills, and the colorful Keukenhof Gardens nearby, it’s well worth spending a few hours outside the city. Take advantage of flexible half-day tours that offer a range of departure and return times, allowing you to explore at your own pace.

Evening: Take a seat on a canal boat and relax after two days of sightseeing with a cruise along moonlit waterways. Evening cruises typically include drinks and snacks, but if you’d rather end with a more complete dining experience, opt for dinner cooked and served in the home of a local chef.
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Dutch Cheese and Wine Cruise AmsterdamDay Cruises

Dutch Cheese and Wine Cruise Amsterdam

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Unwind from busy sightseeing or set the mood for a romantic night on this relaxing candlelight cruise along Amsterdam’s fabled canals. Aboard a glass-enclosed boat, admire beautiful waterfront views of the UNESCO-listed canals as you sip wine and enjoy delicious snacks. It’s the perfect way to wrap up a day and cozy up with that special someone.
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Private Home Dinner and Wine Pairing With Local Chef in AmsterdamDining Experiences

Private Home Dinner and Wine Pairing With Local Chef in Amsterdam

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For a completely authentic dining experience in Amsterdam's trendy Oud-Zuid neighborhood, head to the home of local chef Simon for a private, homemade meal. Enjoy three to four courses showcasing seasonal ingredients and the diverse flavors of Dutch cuisine, each expertly paired with wine. Dine family-style around a welcoming table, and experience true Dutch hospitality that can’t be matched in any restaurant.
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Amsterdam Pub CrawlHalf-day Tours

Amsterdam Pub Crawl

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Discover Amsterdam’s vibrant nightlife on an evening pub crawl with a professional party-goer guide. Explore the city’s most exuberant nightlife haunts and absorb the electric atmosphere of bars, pubs and clubs. Socialize with fellow revelers; enjoy a complimentary drink in each venue; and gain free entry to Amsterdam’s most popular dance bars and clubs. Sip unlimited shots in the beginning and select from two different pub crawl routes depending on your interests and tastes.
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Skip the Line: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Entrance Ticket

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The Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam’s most visited museum and it often has the queues to match. Ensure priority access with a prepaid, admission ticket and spend as long as you like marveling over masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.
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Amsterdam Hop-on Hop-off Boat Day Pass and Heineken ExperienceDay Cruises

Amsterdam Hop-on Hop-off Boat Day Pass and Heineken Experience

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Go for Amsterdam gold: an Amsterdam hop-on hop-off Boat Pass, plus entry to the Heineken Experience. Cruise Amsterdam’s scenic waterways and hop on and off at any of the stops located near the city’s top attractions, including the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. During the Heineken Experience, discover the tradition behind one of the world's most famous breweries at a site that is part beer museum and part amusement park.
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Last Chance!! Amsterdam Red Light District: Guided Night Walk and PartyCultural Tours

Last Chance!! Amsterdam Red Light District: Guided Night Walk and Party

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Explore Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District on an approximately 2-hour guided evening walking tour. Stroll by the red-lit window cabins of the cobbled alleyways of De Wallen, and learn about the area’s history and Amsterdam’s progressive approach to prostitution. Sample a traditional jenever Dutch gin at a distillery. Your guide will make your tour educational and fun, cultivating a party mood while expanding on the area's history.
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Hop on Hop off Bus to Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam from AmsterdamDay Trips

Hop on Hop off Bus to Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam from Amsterdam

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Discover the charm and traditions of the Dutch countryside at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off bus tour from Amsterdam. Spend as much time as you like at seven different stops, from the historic fishing village of Monnickendam to the famous cheese-making town of Edam and photogenic Zaanse Schans, known for its windmills. An optional upgrade lets you choose two immersive experiences, like a canal ride in Zaanse Schans or a keepsake photo in traditional Dutch clothing in Volendam.
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