I will be in Amsterdam for only one day on a cruise in September. I have already done some research and I am looking for critique of my itinerary, to see if it is possible. Here are some things I would like to see/do:
- Canal cruise or hop-on/hop-off canal cruise - 1 - 1.5 hours
- Van Gogh museum (specifically because I love Van Gogh and this era of art) - 2 hours
- Royal Palace (exterior)
- Jordaan neighborhood
- Portuguese Synagogue (exterior)
- Notable churches (exterior)?
- Floating flower market (possibly)
- Vondelpark (possibly)
We only have 8 hours in port, which probably means 6.5 or 7 hours maximum to see the city. It seems that everyone advises to take a canal cruise first as orientation to the city. However, our cruise ship does not dock until 13:00 and the Van Gogh museum closes at 17:00, so it would probably be necessary to go there first. If we did this, would it still make sense (and would we still have time) to take a canal cruise? I am not sure where the canal cruises typically begin and end.
Would I have to choose either the museum or the canal cruise? If so, which would be the better choice? I am interested in architecture and getting a feel for an area but I also love art, so I am torn.
Thank you for your help!