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It was the most beautiful place to be. The flowers were breath taking and I brought home the most wonderful pictures, besides ordering bulbs that will be harvested this summer and planted this fall.
I did this in January, so there were no lines...which I understand to be completely different in the summer, making the presale tickets even more valuable. This is a quick and easy tour of the city. I knew nothing about Van Gogh and learned a lot get the audio tour. I also went to the Rijks museum again, get the audio tour. Then I took the 90 minute canal tour which gave a nice flavor of the city while I slowly worked through my jet lag.
Tour was fun! It was a bit chlly during the boat ride even during Summer time, but the service is fantastic!
Great evening cruise that allowed us to see this city from the water canals. It was about an hour long and it basically circled the city. Some monuments are neon lit and look great, even from a distance and in the winter. In the summer, I would definitely recommend taking the water colors cruise also. This one was outstanding though, and the guide provided information about the city life and how it is run. Very informative. We passed by churches, monuments, and also the Anne Frank house. Highly recommend this cruise. It is basically a must.
Doing what: Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise
Met the tour at the tour office. Left right on time on a double decker coach. Our guide (Diana?) was very informative both historically and geographically. First we drove over a dijk to Marken. Here we walked around houses in the small village, I did feel a bit uncomfortable as we were almost in their gardens. Then we went to the Clog factory and watched Bart make a clog. He too was very informative and funny. We spent time at the gift shop before walking down to the waterfront to catch the boat to Volendam. We were the last boat of the season to leave and this was an extra surprise as when booking the tour it said the day before was the last boat trip. The boat trip was quick, there are toilet and refreshment facilities on board. Volendam was beautiful I so wish we went in the summer and not on a windy, rainy November day. We went to the cheese factory and heard how cheese is made, I say heard as the lady just described the process however the woman in the room (behind glass) behind us was actually making cheese. We had about 3/4 hour free time hear to get lunch, there are numerous bars, restaurants and stalls selling food. We then walked to the coach and continued to Zaanse Schans. The first impression you get when you leave the coach is an overwhelming smell of chocolate !! There is a chocolate factory here. The first windmill is free to enter however you cannot climb up. There is a windmill that costs 3 eu and you can go to the top and outside. I will warn the steps are very steep. Here we had free time to walk around. There were plenty of photo opportunities. We then returned to Amsterdam. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
Good value, it is probably worth taking the morning version of this trip, as the afternoon version was time affected , when we got to the windmills most of the other shops at the site etc were closed. This could well change in the summer months.
Very good trip ! nice experience though I prefer to take this tour in summer instead of late autumn
Had the most amazing time on the canal cruise, would recommend everyone to try it! made it even more special as i proprosed to the most amazing gorgeous and the love of my life and we are getting married summer 2012, never been happier and its all because of a girl whos names kirsty! Love you!xxxx
We participated in the Tulip and Windmills in winter tour and visited the tulip farm in Early Feb, though it was not the perfect season but with the vivid presentation and the reputation of being very hospitable (the colorful cakes, nice coffee and your well decorated guest-room), this could really compensate us with everything that we could miss. We do wish to visit again in SUMMER in short coming future.
The tour to Ghent and Bruges was a perfect way to take a break from walking around Amsterdam. The tour guide was very knowledgeable in the history of both cities. Unfortunately, there was a lot of road construction going on in the center of Ghent which didn't make for the prettiest of pictures but we managed to make the best of it. Bruges was another story, however. It was a very lovely, clean city and our guide recommended that we take the boat ride on the Bruges canals to get a real flavor of the city. And she was right on! We highly recommend that you not miss the opportunity to take this side trip to Bruges and Ghent where the construction is to be completed this summer.
Doing what: Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam
I have done 2 daytime canal cruises with various companies on previous Amsterdam trips. Those were great, but this time, I wanted a different perspective on this beautiful city. Cruise left at 9pm, just as the sun was setting in April in the summer -- when I usually visit -- it would definitely not be dark during the cruise. There was no commentary at all -- I do not know if this is typical for the evening cruise or there was perhaps an equipment failure on this trip -- so it was ok for our experienced group, but would not be ideal if you wanted to learn about the city and the sights you were passing. The nibbles were fine some chips and bread with various dips and the cocktails were better than we expected. Cocktail menu is limited there are only 5 choices but the very friendly staff was generous with the wine.
Doing what: Amsterdam Canal Cocktail Cruise
Professional Team, English speaking, friendly and a very good sense of humor :- Humor was needed with the bad weather that we got: strong wind, cold and rainy. But it was not their fault, they had no control over the weather. Their sense of humor help us to cope with the miserable weather. In general we had a very good experience. Next time, we will try to do this again in Spring or Summer time.
Very satisfied with the tour, only disappointment was seeing the Hague in the dark, if I had been on this tour in summer, would have still been in daylight. Perhaps some consideration could be to adapt the tour to hours of daylight.
Brugge is a gorgeous town but I feel more time is needed for exploring. We didnt depart amsterdam til 10am, this could have been much earlier for a summer trip which would give more time in Brugge. Unfortunately we hit a traffic jam which further delayed our time, all in all after the walk from bus to town and back we only managed 3.5 hrs there. Not nearly enough in my opinion. Our tour guide was Tina and she was excellent.
Doing what: Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam
Brussels is a beautiful city and one should spend a whole day there, however, be prepared to walk quite a bit and climb some steep hills (there are steps). Not for somebody who walks slowly or with difficulty. And be prepared to speak French - they frown when you do English.......It poured with rain when we reached Antwerp and my mother and I ducked into the first bar/coffeeshop and spent the afternoon playing cards until it was time to meet at the bus. Even so we were soaked and cold - I don't know how the rest of the tour coped. I would do this tour again in summer - it's worth the hours on the bus and the guide made the time go by quickly.
Doing what: Brussels and Antwerp Day Trip from Amsterdam
A wonderful way to spend my 60th birthday. Would love to repeat the experience but during the summer and in daylight so we could see more of the scenery.
Nektaria K Cyprus
The cruise was excellent. There were lots of nuts and cheese as well as two bottles of wine per table, which I think is more than enough if you want to pay attention to what you see! The guide was really good. Perhaps it would be better, during summer, if the cruise started later. Although it was not candlelight it got dark at around 2230 I had a great time!
Would have been a romantic way to spend an evening in the summer nights when the weather is not so cold. The half hour walk through the red light district is also an eye opener.
Jennifer W Australia
Packed a lot in and had great tour guide; only bad thing was weather--would have been beautiful in summer.
Paula K Ireland
It would be better to start the tour later in the evening on summer nights as it was only getting dark when the trip was over. It's a good value for money.
Enjoyed this cruise. But no matter where you go in Europe in winter it all seems gloomy. I would definitely do it again in summer.
Doing what: Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise
The Amsterdam tour was alright. Having already done the London Dungeon tour, we expected a little more. Also, we purchased "fast track" entry tickets to avoid the long lines during the summer months. However, Amsterdam Dungeon did not honor this. They said the Dungeon tours do not honor the skip the line or fast track entry tickets at all...and we were made to queue up in the long line just like everyone else.
However, I must say the actors in this were phenomenal! Worth the experience all in all...
Doing what: The Amsterdam Dungeon
Not really value for money. In summer had to wait too long between buses - on one occasion had to wait nearly an hour for a bus with vacancies. Not good enough!
Certainly cruising the canals gives you a wonderful perspective on this beautiful city, and the tour operator has no control over the weather, but it was hot and very crowded, making it necessary to squeeze too many people together in too little space, and difficult to get a clear view for photos. The boats ran infrequently, and seemed to be late when we had been waiting for an hour already, or leave right on the dot without us when we were rushing down the stairs to the dock at the last minute. I know, that's just anecdotal sour grapes and may well not be typical, but if they were to run more often the timing wouldn't be so frustrating. And I do suspect that folks who are able to avoid the height of the summer season may have a more pleasant experience. I do recommend the Amsterdam canal experience, and with better planning you will surely enjoy it.
Doing what: Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off
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