Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this combination of two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Take a morning tour from Amsterdam to see the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam. Then, continue your day trip from Amsterdam with visits to two don't-miss Dutch cities: Delft and The Hague. If time is tight and you'd like to travel beyond Amsterdam, this action-packed, full-day tour shows you the best of the Netherlands. Even better, you'll enjoy about a 10% discount when you buy these tours in this way.
Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Don’t miss out on the Rijksmuseum (also known as the National Museum); the most popular art museum in the Netherlands and one of the many reasons visitors come to the Dutch capital.
For over ten years, this building has been closed for a huge transformation and since April 2013 the largest museum in the Netherlands is open again to tell the story of the Dutch past with its thousands of paintings from Dutch and Flemish masters from the 15th to the 19th century. Among the most famous ones are Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals. With more than 800 years of history and more than 80 galleries, in which you can experience a sort of chronological sweep through history, you can easily get lost, dazed and confused. Our tip: Make a choice from the rich collections in the museum, because you can’t do it all at once…
Explore the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Some of the highlights that you really shouldn’t miss are the masterpieces from the 17th century, the Dutch “Golden Age”. In the Gallery of Honour, Rembrandt’s “The Nightwatch” is the most dominant piece of all – this must be the most talked about work of art in the entire building. But there’s much more than just paintings to admire in this extraordinary museum – such as doll’s houses, Delftware pottery, beautiful furniture and objects made out of exotic materials and the finest silver.
Did you know that the Rijksmuseum has been created by Pierre Cuypers, the same architect who was responsible for the impressive Central Station building in Amsterdam? Both buildings were created at the end of the 19th century. Here’a another fun fact – the museum is characterized by a unique feature: a bicycle tunnel through the museum! It doesn’t get a lot more Dutch than that… The original plans were to close the tunnel, but this caused a mass revolt under the bike-loving citizens of Amsterdam who didn’t accept such a thing, and even though this meant a big delay, the tunnel stayed!
If you’re planning to visit a lot of attractions and museums in Amsterdam, then it could be a good idea to purchase the I Amsterdam Card or Holland Pass, 2 prepaid passes that include many top attractions and tours in and around Amsterdam – and could save you both money and time, not to mention they would help you to explore more of the city. They include the two most popular museums in Amsterdam, Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum, which are certainly not cheap, plus many more top sites and tours, for example the Red Light District or a canal cruise (highly recommended!).
Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes criss-crossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses and old-fashioned cheese-making in Volendam. Watch a shoemaker make clogs in Marken, and capture photos of the windmills the Netherlands is famous for in the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. Throughout this half-day trip, listen to commentary about the history, culture and sights of the Netherlands.
Discover Bruges – one of the most captivating cities in Belgium – on this day trip from Amsterdam. After traveling to Bruges by coach, you will receive a brief overview of city sights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, enjoy 5 full hours exploring the churches, canals and lace shops of Bruges on your own. See the Begijnhof, the city gates and the eye-catching windmills. And indulge in some delicious Belgian chocolates on your ride back to Amsterdam!
Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain free entry to 38 museums including the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandthuis Museum and Hermitage Amsterdam. Enjoy unlimited free public transport, a free canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. This pass is the perfect way for independent travelers to make the most of their time in Amsterdam and save money too!
Experience the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens on this hassle-free tour from Amsterdam. Travel by comfortable coach through the Netherlands’ countryside filled with blooming flower fields, and then enjoy three hours walking through the Keukenhof Gardens at your leisure. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vibrant display of millions of spring tulips!