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How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam

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How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam
Fit more into your three days in the Dutch capital than just the main sights. From home-cooked meals to historical tours, here are our top tips for getting the most out of your visit to Amsterdam, including options for day trips outside the city.

Day 1: A Taste of Amsterdam
Begin your visit orienting yourself in the city and exploring its top landmarks. Consider a city pass for inclusive access to a number of top attractions, and avoid the crowds on a morning skip-the-line visit to Museumplein. You’ll also want to widen your perspective on a sightseeing tour, whether by hop-on hop-off bus, bike, or canal boat. Round your day off sampling typical Dutch cuisine, opting to explore the city’s many restaurants or enjoying a traditional experience with a private meal in the home of a local chef.

Day 2: Delve into Dutch Heritage
Dedicate a day to discovering Amsterdam’s cultural heritage. Explore Jewish history, or if you’re interested in the city's artistic past, opt for a Rembrandt art walking tour that includes entrance to Rijksmuseum. You can also head to nearby villages such as Volendam and Zaanse Schans on a half-day tour for a glimpse of traditional Dutch life. Alternatively, discover Amsterdam’s liberal customs by exploring its many coffeeshops and gaining insight into the laws and legislation that allow the famously tolerant policies on sex work and cannabis.

Day 3: Amsterdam, Holland, Europe
Thanks to superior transport links, Amsterdam is conveniently connected to the rest of the Netherlands and beyond. Take advantage of the many day-trip destinations to discover the region on a full-day tour to nearby Giethoorn to the northeast, modern Rotterdam to the southwest, or farther spots such as Bruges or Brussels in neighboring Belgium. If time permits, unwind on your last night with a canal cruise along the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam waterways. Some cruises offer onboard dinner and provide a relaxing and memorable way to absorb your final views of Amsterdam.
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat OptionBus Tours

City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

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See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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Amsterdam 4-Course Luxury Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam 4-Course Luxury Dinner Cruise

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As the sun goes down over Amsterdam, enjoy its illuminated waterfront and history on an evening canal cruise. Kick back with a glass of refreshingly Prosecco before settling in for a 4-course gourmet dinner with bottomless drinks. Drift slowly past historical attractions including the Anne Frank House and the Bloemenmarkt, while listening to informative onboard commentary. A perfect romantic night—or with children’s meals available, a great activity for the family too.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour: Brussels Day Trip from AmsterdamDay Trips

Private Tour: Brussels Day Trip from Amsterdam

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Enjoy a day in Brussels during your stay in Amsterdam with this private tour. Discover the architectural and historical highlights of Belgium’s capital city — including the Royal Palace, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and European Union — and savor Belgian beer, waffles and chocolate. Hear informative commentary from your chauffeur-guide, and wander Brussels at your leisure during free time after the panoramic tour. This private tour can accommodate a group of up to eight people.
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  • 10 hours
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Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from AmsterdamDay Trips

Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Visit the picturesque town of Giethoorn on a full-day tour from Amsterdam. Take a boat ride through ‘Dutch Venice’, where you'll have free time to  explore, then climb a dike for views of lakes and polders, or reclaimed land. See, too, Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) which is a 20-mile (32-km) long dike connecting the provinces of North Holland and Friesland.
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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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food TourCity Packages

Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour

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Discover the truth behind the famous Amsterdam Red Light District on a private 2-hour tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the Netherlands’ capital. As you stroll along the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring, you’ll pass Oude Kerk (Old Church) and explore Chinatown. Plus, stop to sample three Dutch specialities, including cheese, kroket (croquette), and stroopwafel (thin waffles).
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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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Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including RijksmuseumHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

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Relish the rich artistic heritage of Amsterdam on a private walking tour of sites associated with painting pioneer, Rembrandt van Rijn. With your guide, delve into the life and works of the influential artist. Discover the exhibits within the Rembrandt House Museum, the former residence in which many of his masterpieces were painted, and tour the iconic Rijksmuseum to see some of Rembrandt’s most celebrated paintings. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour, with an itinerary adapted to suit your interests.
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  • 4 hours
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Jewish History Morning or Afternoon Walking Tour in AmsterdamCity Packages

Jewish History Morning or Afternoon Walking Tour in Amsterdam

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Follow a path through Amsterdam’s Jewish history and heritage on a walking tour of the city with a local guide. Visit the Portuguese synagogue then explore an atmospheric neighborhood where 16th-century Jewish residents created a thriving community. Hear stories of the tragic period when German fences made the area into a closed ghetto and learn about the families who struggled to survive the holocaust, and about modern-day Jewish people in Amsterdam.
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  • 2 hours
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