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Amsterdam , Netherlands | Dover , England | Belfast , Northern Ireland | Glasgow (Greenock) , Scotland | Holyhead , Wales | Cork (Cobh) , Ireland | Paris (Le Havre) , France | Amsterdam , Netherlands

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Calling all backroads ramblers and culture cruisers— your ship's come in. Whether you're catching a movie poolside or enjoying Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, you're in for the ultimate adventure in between shores.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Amsterdam, Netherlands

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

DISCOVER AMSTERDAM

Pick up syrupy stroopwafels from a street vendor for breakfast and then enjoy a peaceful walk through Dam Square, home to the Royal Palace. Trace the city’s unique history through artifacts and photos at the Amsterdam Museum. Or get hands-on with the kids at the NEMO Science Center.

The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful sunrise over Amsterdam, Netherlands, with flowers and bicycles on a bridge in spring
Aerial view of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pick up syrupy stroopwafels from a street vendor for breakfast and then enjoy a peaceful walk through Dam Square, home to the Royal Palace. Trace the city’s unique history through artifacts and photos at the Amsterdam Museum. Or get hands-on with the kids at the NEMO Science Center.

The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful sunrise over Amsterdam, Netherlands, with flowers and bicycles on a bridge in spring
Aerial view of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things To Do

in Amsterdan

Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

RIVER BOAT RIDE

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions— whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own rented pedal boat.

The Van Hogh museum

ART MUSEUMS

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.

A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.

Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes, and quintessential “Brown Bar” pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels, or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin)— or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.

Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among The Nine Streets— or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Dover, England

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

White Cliffs

Discover Dover's history in a day. Start at the National Trust's White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre. Then head west to Dover Castle and its historic Secret Wartime Tunnels. Continuing west will take you into Dover's town center, which is home to Pencester Gardens and Dover Museum. The day's final stop is Western Heights of Dover, a 1800s hilltop fortification.

View of the white cliffs of Dover
Exterior view of Dover Castle in Dover, England
St. Mary Castro church in Dover, England

Discover Dover's history in a day. Start at the National Trust's White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre. Then head west to Dover Castle and its historic Secret Wartime Tunnels. Continuing west will take you into Dover's town center, which is home to Pencester Gardens and Dover Museum. The day's final stop is Western Heights of Dover, a 1800s hilltop fortification.

View of the white cliffs of Dover
Exterior view of Dover Castle in Dover, England
St. Mary Castro church in Dover, England
Things To Do

in Dover

Aerial view of the white cliffs of Dover, England

Walk the White Cliffs

The chalk composition of the White Cliffs of Dover gives them their stunning natural appearance. Walk along the cliff top to soak in the views of the busy English Channel and French coast. Or carry a book in your back pocket and wander aimlessly through a field of green.

Aerial view of Dover Castle in Dover, England

Castle Crawl

Dover Castle dates back to the 11th century. Its Great Tower is fantastically furnished to resemble a medieval court — performers included. The castle is also home to the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Built during Napoleonic times, the tunnels were used until the end of WWII, where you can now find exhibits inside tracing their history.

An assortment of five different bronze age tools

Museum Medley

Dover Museum is free, with exhibitions on Dover's history from the Stone Age to the Saxons and the town's growth since medieval times. Then, there's the award-winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery, which is home to the world's oldest known seagoing boat. The Dover Museum Shop is also stocked with souvenirs such as postcards and figurines.

Grilled shrimp on a black board

Local Cuisine

Dover's dining options range from traditional, no-frills eateries to hip urban bistros. Naturally, seafood is a specialty — try shell-on local king prawns or whitebait, lightly battered and fried golden-brown. Cruise to Dover, England and head to a pub for English fish pie, with smoked cod, haddock or halibut in bechamel sauce with mashed potatoes, covered in flaky puff pastry.

Assorted porcelain china cups and plates

Shopping

The Vintage Bubble, located inside The Wrong End of Town, is Dover's only handmade and personalized gift shop. It stocks gifts for everyone (including pets), with handmade home furnishings and an extensive collection of wooden toy boxes. Head to Pebbles Kiosk for Dover souvenirs or De Bradelei Wharf for an outlet shopping center during your England cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Remember to bring extra layers year-round if walking along the White Cliffs of Dover.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Belfast, Northern Ireland

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

Legendary City

Belfast is easy to explore on foot. If visiting on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, start your day at St. George's Market. Then walk along the waterfront towards the Titanic Quarter and Titanic Belfast, the city's major tourist attraction. Don't miss out on exploring the Cathedral Quarter — here, you'll find traditional Irish pubs, hip modernist restaurants, live music and a wealth of nightlife options.

The city hall building in Belfast, Northern Ireland
The exterior of the Palm House and exterior gardens in Belfast, Northern Ireland
A beautiful view of Queens University of Belfast

Belfast is easy to explore on foot. If visiting on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, start your day at St. George's Market. Then walk along the waterfront towards the Titanic Quarter and Titanic Belfast, the city's major tourist attraction. Don't miss out on exploring the Cathedral Quarter — here, you'll find traditional Irish pubs, hip modernist restaurants, live music and a wealth of nightlife options.

The city hall building in Belfast, Northern Ireland
The exterior of the Palm House and exterior gardens in Belfast, Northern Ireland
A beautiful view of Queens University of Belfast
Things To Do

in Belfast

A vintage ship propeller and rudder

A Titanic Legacy

Travel back in time to the Titanic Quarter. Titanic Belfast is a must-see — it was named the world's leading tourist attraction in 2016. Step aboard Titanic's little sister, the SS Nomadic, or the HMS Caroline. Finish your visit at McHugh's pub, located in one of Belfast's oldest buildings.

A man walking down the road at the famous dark hedges in Northern Ireland

Winter(fell) Is Coming

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Belfast's Titanic Studios is where the series is filmed. Take a tour to visit filming locations across Northern Ireland — you'll experience Winterfell, Dragonstone and the Wall like never before.

a street in the student quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Political Paths

If you're interested in learning more about Belfast's political history, strike out on Irish Tour Ticket's Belfast Political Walking Tour. Cruise to Ireland and walk the streets where the city's historic political events took place and learn more than any guidebook can tell you.

a tray of fish and chips

Local Cuisine

Belfast cuisine is about more than fish and chips (although there's plenty of that, too). It's also about fresh-caught seafood including oysters and small crabs — served alongside a proper pint of ale, of course. Upscale modernist fare more your thing? Head to one of the restaurants that overlook the River Lagan, where you'll find everything from forward-thinking updates on British cuisine to Italian small plates.

a replica souvenir bell from the titanic

Shopping

Check out the Titanic Store at Titanic Belfast with your Ireland cruise. Souvenirs include vintage posters, food products, collectibles and clothing. On weekends, St. George's Market has a variety of local vendors selling handicrafts. Danielle Morgan's Flax Fox brand specializes in gift ware and limited edition Irish-inspired prints.

INSIDER TIP

There's a free bus running every 20 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays, from the city center to St. George's Market.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

Old meets new

Start your day in the East End, where you can see imposing medieval structures like the Glasgow Cathedral and the adjacent Necropolis, a famous garden cemetery. Then head to the city center, where you can window-shop the Buchanan Street boutiques and take in the ornate Victorian architecture. Spend the afternoon at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum or the award-winning Riverside Museum on the River Clyde. Then, make like a local and pop into a music venue downtown to catch a show.

City view of Glasgow, Scotland
Exterior view of the Glasgow Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland
The historic cloisters at Glasgow University

Start your day in the East End, where you can see imposing medieval structures like the Glasgow Cathedral and the adjacent Necropolis, a famous garden cemetery. Then head to the city center, where you can window-shop the Buchanan Street boutiques and take in the ornate Victorian architecture. Spend the afternoon at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum or the award-winning Riverside Museum on the River Clyde. Then, make like a local and pop into a music venue downtown to catch a show.

City view of Glasgow, Scotland
Exterior view of the Glasgow Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland
The historic cloisters at Glasgow University
Things To Do

in Glasgow (Greenock)

View of Kelvingrove Museum and Glasgow University in Glasgow, Scotland

Get Artsy

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Glasgow's (and Scotland's) finest museum, with over 8,000 pieces from artists like Monet, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art is known for its contemporary collection. There's also the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Burrell Collection and Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.

A vintage ship docked next to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland

Hang by the Riverside

Late architect Zaha Hadid designed the Riverside Museum, which won European Museum of the Year Award in 2013. It houses the former — and beloved — Museum of Transport's collection, which includes trams, rockets, locomotives, prams and more. There's also The Tall Ship, a restored 19th-century sailing ship with maritime-themed exhibitions.

Two musicians performing an acoustic show

Vibe in the Live Music

Glasgow is Scotland's home for live music. Check out Stereo, a local favorite with good food and almost daily performances. On the Southside, head to the the Glad Cafe, an eatery, music venue and arts space. Or head to the popular venue/pub Blackfriars.

A white plate with haggis and gravy

Local Cuisine

Glasgow's cuisine is inspired by the traditions of Scottish fare. Try haggis — a savory pudding of meat, offal, oats and spices — with its traditional accompaniment, neeps and tatties (local parlance for turnips and potatoes). Cruise to Glasgow, Scotland and head to the districts north of the River Clyde to explore the city's budding gastronomic scene. Farm-to-table spots serve up inspired takes on Scottish flavors, like rabbit terrine flavored with prunes and Laphroaig or confit duck leg with barley risotto.

A pocket watch on a chain

Shopping

Buchanan Street is Glasgow's shopping hub. Head to the Buchanan Galleries for designer fashions and Princes Square for stylish boutiques during your cruise. Explore Glasgow's Style Mile in the city center, which has everything from independent boutiques to flagship stores. Janet and John in Glasgow's West End neighborhood stocks art, stationery, Celtic jewelry and home wares from many Scottish designers.

INSIDER TIP

Depending on your time, itinerary and preferences, Glasgow is less than one hour by bus from Edinburgh.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Holyhead, Wales

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

History and Adventure

Looking to pack in adventure? Immerse yourself in this ancient Welsh city. Walk the Anglesey Coastal Path, taking in jaw-dropping views of the seaside cliffs and brackish waters as you make your way to the lighthouse on South Stack island. Or stroll through the city center, tour Saint Cybi's Church and walk among the remants of Roman ramparts.

Coastal cliffs at South Stack in Wales
The St. Cybi church in Holyhead, Wales
A path surrounded by rocky landscape in Wales

Looking to pack in adventure? Immerse yourself in this ancient Welsh city. Walk the Anglesey Coastal Path, taking in jaw-dropping views of the seaside cliffs and brackish waters as you make your way to the lighthouse on South Stack island. Or stroll through the city center, tour Saint Cybi's Church and walk among the remants of Roman ramparts.

Coastal cliffs at South Stack in Wales
The St. Cybi church in Holyhead, Wales
A path surrounded by rocky landscape in Wales
Things To Do

in Holyhead

A stone hut at Breakwater Park in Holyhead, Wales

Throw It (Way, Way) Back

Immerse yourself in all things historic and prehistoric in Holyhead. After you've seen the Roman-era fort walls and the church dating back to 550 AD, head to even more ancient sites — there's a neolithic burial chamber at Trefignath, a mile and half outside town, and a group of Bronze-Age huts on the south slope of Holyhead Mountain.

The view of Holyhead and the harbor from the top of Holyhead mountain

Park It

Holyhead Breakwater Country Park has something for everyone. Check out the wildlife and industrial exhibitions, then explore the Rocky Coast and the lake Llyn Llwynog. The park offers access to both South Stack island and Holyhead Mountain, and walks here are perfect for families.

The South Stack Lighthouse in Wales

Get On Island Time

South Stack is an island located off the Holy Island coast. It's famous for its lighthouse, which you can visit by crossing a footbridge. South Stack's cliffs support large colonies of seabirds — catch a glimpse of the puffins from Ellin's Tower with your Irish Sea cruise.

Four welsh griddle cakes on a blue and white plate

Local Cuisine

Holyhead's dining scene is impressively eclectic. Head to Wavecrest Cafe for traditional Welsh griddle cakes, and hit up the Harbourfront Bistro for modern British cuisine, with lots of local seafood and slow-cooked lamb and beef. Interested in Indian cuisine? Locals love Nuha Tandoori.

Miniature traditional homes souvenirs

Shopping

Head to the streets lining the Old Harbour or take the drive to nearby Anglesey to find independent boutiques stocked with unique souvenirs and giftware. Seek out distinctive finds at vintage furniture stores. Pick up locally made decorations for your home or kitchen as many cruise ship visitors do. There's even a traditional watch and clock shop if you're looking to upgrade your timepiece.

INSIDER TIP

Driving is the best way to reach South Stack and Holyhead Golf Club.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Cultural Capital

Spend a few hours in Cobh visiting the Titanic Experience and taking the walking tour of the city, the Titanic Trail. Then, catch the next train — you'll be in Cork in less than 30 minutes. Check out the 360-degree views from St. Anne's Church. Then, indulge your senses at the English Market; crack the crust on a loaf of fresh bread, and sample distinctive artisanal cheeses.

Holy Trinity Church in Cork, Ireland
The Castle of Blarney in Cork, Ireland
Colorful waterfront buildings in Cork, Ireland

Spend a few hours in Cobh visiting the Titanic Experience and taking the walking tour of the city, the Titanic Trail. Then, catch the next train — you'll be in Cork in less than 30 minutes. Check out the 360-degree views from St. Anne's Church. Then, indulge your senses at the English Market; crack the crust on a loaf of fresh bread, and sample distinctive artisanal cheeses.

Holy Trinity Church in Cork, Ireland
The Castle of Blarney in Cork, Ireland
Colorful waterfront buildings in Cork, Ireland
Things To Do

in Cork (Cobh)

The Blarney house in Cork, Ireland

Kiss the Blarney Stone

Don't leave the region without getting up close and personal with the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, located eight kilometers northwest of Cork. Legend has it, if you literally bend over backwards to kiss the stone, you'll gain the gift of eloquence.

The gaol in Cork's old city

Go to Gaol

Going to prison is usually a bad thing, but Cork City Gaol (the Celtic spelling for "jail") is the exception. The castle-like building once housed 19th century prisoners. It closed in 1923 to become a broadcasting station and reopened as a museum in 1993. Today, you can tour the cells and see the artifacts of early radio broadcasting.

A building at Fort Mitchel on Spike Island in Ireland

Fortify Yourself

Take the short, scenic ferry ride from Cobh to Spike Island — named the top European tourist attraction at the 2017 World Travel Awards — and explore Fort Mitchel. Over 200 years old, the star-shaped fortress previously held 2,300 prisoners. For brave souls, the island even offers After Dark tours.

A serving of traditional stew with a pint of beer on the side

Local Cuisine

Visit the local artisans selling their fresh produce at English Market in Cork, where trading has been happening since 1788. You'll find artisan cheese and bread, locally raised meats, fresh produce and seafood. Then, head to a traditional restaurant on Oliver Plunkett street for a classic dinner of fish and chips or lamb stew with potatoes and vegetables.

Various souvenir Irish magnets

Shopping

St. Patrick's Street in the city center is Cork's main shopping district to see with your Ireland cruise. You'll find modern pop-ups like Wild Design, which offers ethically made handicrafts and jewelry. Traditional Irish stores like Kilkenny Shop specialize in everything from pottery to home decor. The common theme here is high-quality, Irish-made goods.

INSIDER TIP

In Cobh, walk up West View — one of Ireland's steepest hills — to photograph St. Colman's Cathedral backdropping the rainbow houses.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food

Things to Do

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Paris (Le Havre), France

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
11:59 PM

French Exploration

Just over a two-hour drive from the port, Paris is called the City of Light for a reason — old lamps adorn every avenue and boulevard, illuminating the city's most celebrated sites. Saunter the romantic streets — from almost every corner you can spot the Eiffel Tower. Discover famous avenues like fashionable Champ Elysees and secret lanes like the colorful Rue Cremieux. Walk up the steps to the Basilica de Sacre Coeur, the highest point in Paris, and get a panoramic view of the city from above.

View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
View of the front of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris, France
The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Just over a two-hour drive from the port, Paris is called the City of Light for a reason — old lamps adorn every avenue and boulevard, illuminating the city's most celebrated sites. Saunter the romantic streets — from almost every corner you can spot the Eiffel Tower. Discover famous avenues like fashionable Champ Elysees and secret lanes like the colorful Rue Cremieux. Walk up the steps to the Basilica de Sacre Coeur, the highest point in Paris, and get a panoramic view of the city from above.

View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
View of the front of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris, France
The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
Things To Do

in Paris (Le Havre)

Famous gargoyles overlooking the city of the Paris, France

Astounding Architecture

Climb the steps of the heaven-scratching Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of Paris. Then, head to the gargoyle-clad Notre Dame, perhaps the most famous cathedral in the world. And don't miss the Romano-Byzantine influences of the unique Sacre Coeur Basilica.

View of The Louvre museum in Paris, France

Home of the Arts

Paris is home to perhaps the most famous museum on Earth, the Louvre. It houses the equally well-known "Mona Lisa." But Paris is also home to Musee d'Orsay, an impressionist art hub, as well as the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, focused on the decorative arts.

View of a typical Parisian cafe in Paris, France

Hang With the Locals

Escape the beaten paths and discover a side of Paris few tourists get to see. Cruise to Paris and head to Canal St. Martin to find hip boutiques and cafes with verandas overlooking the water. Then, head to the less-crowded top decks of Montparnasse Tower or the Arc de Triomphe for Paris vistas.

Escargots on a white plate with a side of sliced bread

Local Cuisine

You'll find Paris' Michelin-starred restaurants in the neighborhoods lining either side of the Seine. Head there at the noon hour for lower-priced lunch menus. Feeling adventurous? Try French classics like escargot and bone marrow on toast. If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss le Paris-Brest, a circular cake filled with praline cream during your Paris cruise.

A typical designer storefront in Paris, France displaying shoes and handbags

Shopping

The Champ Elysees may be the most famous shopping avenue in Paris, with designer boutiques and global chain stores But it's in lesser-known neighborhoods — like North Marais and Rue du Chateau d'Eau — where you can find one-of-a-kind and handcrafted jewelry and goods, as well as the city's funkier fashion options.

INSIDER TIP

Take the time to stroll the streets of Paris and find restaurants, boutiques and bars hidden inside little nooks.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Things to Do

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 11 - Arrival Day

Amsterdam, Netherlands

ARRIVES:
6:00 AM

DOUBLE DUTCH ADVENTURE

Spend the afternoon in Amsterdam exploring the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring area, either by bicycle or boat. Stop by the Anne Frank House and see her wartime diaries. Check out Holland’s legendary windmills while learning about its reclaimed land. Or view mind-bending modern art at Stedelijk Museum. Top off the day with cocktails in a Red Light District watering hole.

Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunset shot of bridges over canals during Autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spend the afternoon in Amsterdam exploring the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring area, either by bicycle or boat. Stop by the Anne Frank House and see her wartime diaries. Check out Holland’s legendary windmills while learning about its reclaimed land. Or view mind-bending modern art at Stedelijk Museum. Top off the day with cocktails in a Red Light District watering hole.

Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunset shot of bridges over canals during Autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things To Do

in Amsterdan

Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

RIVER BOAT RIDE

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions— whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own rented pedal boat.

The Van Hogh museum

ART MUSEUMS

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.

A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.

Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes, and quintessential “Brown Bar” pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels, or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin)— or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.

Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among The Nine Streets— or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

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