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Family had two days in Amsterdam before our cruise of the Baltic and Northern Europe. Also met friends who were doing a river cruise from Amsterdam.
The capital of the Netherlands and home to one of the best airports I have visited.
I took the train from the airport to Centraal Station. 3.70 euro from the machine. The train went straight central station in about 20 minutes.
Family members came earlier and because of lots of baggage they caught a taxi. It took them longer than 1/2 an hour.
We took Blue Boat as it was close to our hotel. This is a mainstream event but the family was jet lagged and this was a good relaxed event for an hour to see the beautiful city. Some of the older and younger ones fell asleep. The recorded messages were like a relaxation tape.
Simple but good Dutch fare close to Blue Boat canal cruise.
These people were very extremely helpful in giving advice on our plans once we booked a tour. The office staff answered all of our questions before we arrived in Amsterdam. We did four events with this group.
City Centre Tour. Great bespoke tour of the historic center. They asked us what our interests were and due to the size of our family they came and picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off as well. They combined main sites and places off the beaten track. They took us to the famous Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Rooms on the tour for a quick taste and purchase of Dutch Cheese. They managed to interact professionally and knowledgeably with three generations of my family. Very informative. Sites included, Flower Market, Dam Square, Beursplein, Jewish Quarter, Rembrandt's Square, Hidden Courtyards, Art, Dutch Design, New Church, Western Church, Canals and bike history. We requested a local place for lunch and they found us a great Dutch diner after the tour.
Eco-Bike Tour - Sister having an interest in green politics half of our family went on their tour. Very interesting to see a city introduce carbon reduction measures when many parts of the city are at or below sea level.
Dinner with an Amsterdammer: This was the best part of our two days. We were invited into an Amsterdammer's house for dinner. He was a chef who taught cooking skills at the technical college. With our guide from the day and his family my family relaxed away from restaurants and hotels rooms. Great Dutch food. Tip: this is by request and availability only.
Red light district tour - Us adults took the evening to stroll through the red light district. history, the adult and drug industry was addressed in a balanced way. We also visited a 17th century distillery that to taste liquors and local spirits.
A moving experience for all even the teenage boys. We booked well in advance and skipped a long line.
Impressive to see the masterpieces. We took the tram and the young got a treasure hunt quiz which was free and they got a small gift at the end which was nice. I think they got more out of it than the adults
Close to the Cruise terminal and the youngsters loved the interactive science center. very useful while some checked in all the bags to the Cruise Terminal.
Close to tram 4 which is great to getting into town. Conceirge ok not great but our guide helped us with most of our questions about money, transport and shopping for small things. Hotel was chosen because of business contacts in North America.
We each got a 48 hour GVB pass for the trams, buses and metro. This we bought at our hotel. We used this all the time to get to our attractions. Our guide also got us from and to a few locations on the tram. Very easy to use and a great network. Hotel was at the end of the line, which helped.