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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The capital of the Netherlands is famed for its 17th-century canal network, gabled houses, museums and coffee shop culture.

Known as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is a city based on a network of semi-circular canals, with hundreds of bridges. Amsterdam’s famous museums and trademark coffee shops are popular daytime haunts, while the crowds flock to the bars and clubs around the squares at night. Amsterdammers love speaking English and are known for their liberalism. This multicultural capital welcomes everyone!

Narrow, cobbled streets, limited parking and crisscrossing trams make sightseeing by car too complex. Instead, explore the compact city center by foot, rent a bike or take public transport. Book a canal cruise to see the old city center in just an hour. You’ll learn about Amsterdam’s remarkable history and see fine examples of its iconic gabled houses.

Amsterdam has its roots in the 13th century, but its famous canal district was developed in the 17th century. The Canal Ring is now a world heritage site. One of the many monuments here is the Anne Frank House.

On central Dam Square, tour the old Royal Palace and admire the wax statues in Madame Tussauds. Nearby is the Red Light District. Its narrow streets full of adult entertainment venues lead to the more family-friendly Nieuwmarkt, a square surrounded by eateries.

Just outside the Canal Ring is the Museum Quarter. Don’t miss the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum; both have collections of paintings by world-famous Dutch masters. Relax on the grass of nearby Vondelpark. From here, it’s an easy stroll to the Leidseplein, a hub for music and nightlife.

Since the 1970s, coffee shops have allowed visitors to enjoy the city in a more relaxed state of mind. If you’d rather drink than smoke, visit a pub to order the local beer. A typical Dutch lager tastes even better after visiting the old brewery for the Heineken Experience.

Travel Tips

We can arrange a variety of transportation options throughout Europe to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. Whether you simply need transportation between the airport and hotel, or you want to charter a private yacht or jet, we offer you choice and will manage the important details.

While traveling in the Netherlands we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.


The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Tipping Etiquette

  • Restaurants: 5 - 10%
  • Porters: $1 per bag
  • Taxi's: round up

Time Difference

  • The Netherlands is GMT + 2 hours

Europe spans three time zones:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Entry Requirements

  • A passport is required when traveling outside of your country. If any passenger carries anything other than a Passport supplied by your home country, please contact the Consulate of the country(s) you are visiting to verify document requirements. If you do not have appropriate documentation, you will be denied entry. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return trip for international travel.