Amsterdam Explorer

Start: Amsterdam Finish: Amsterdam

Visiting: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Katwoude, Keukenhof

Duration: 5 Nights

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Trafalgar with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code: AMEXA16

Tour operator: Trafalgar

Tour operated in: English

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Tour Overview

Explore the photogenic Dutch capital and iconic sights beyond its canals on this in-depth Amsterdam trip. You'll feast with the locals, see how they carve their sturdy clogs and experience first-hand the enduring symbols of Holland, from windmills to cheese. This shows the 2021 itinerary of the Amsterdam Explorer. To see the 2022 itinerary, click on AVAILABLE DATES and select a 2022 departure date.


  • iconDiscover Amsterdam
  • iconScenic Cruise of Amsterdam's canals
  • iconConnect with Locals Enjoy a home-cooked Dutch dinner with the Pauw family during an exclusive Be My Guest dinner. (Day 3)
  • iconTickets for Keukenhof Tulip Bulb fields are included during the flowering season as an alternative to Gouda (end of March until mid-May)
  • iconVisit a Dutch windmill and a cheese farm in Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Gouda
  • iconExplore the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Corrie ten Boom House in Haarlem with a Local Specialist
  • iconDive into Culture Visit the Rijksmuseum, the national art gallery of the Netherlands, where you’ll enjoy its exceptional collection of works by the Dutch masters. (Day 2) Visit a working Dutch windmill and see the inner workings of the machinery responsible for helping to reclaim the Netherlands from the sea. (Day 3) Visit the historical cheese market of Gouda and witness the proud tradition which has made it a cheese trading town since the middle ages. (Day 5)

Places You'll See

Cities & Attractions:


icon Day 1: Welcome to Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Eden

Meals: Welcome Reception

Welcome to the picture-perfect city of Amsterdam, buzzing with bicycles and boats. Every alley leads to another cosy bruin café and the canals are more plentiful than in Venice. Delve into the gezelligheid of Amsterdam during a city orientation - to see its beautifully preserved medieval buildings and tree-lined canals. Then, enjoy a Welcome Reception and laid-back city cruise along the winding canals, soaking up the alluring setting as you enjoy a light meal.

icon Day 2: Rijksmuseum and More in Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, we Dive Into Culture and enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum, home to masterpieces of Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city your way. Visit the floating flower market or stroll along the gabled façades that line Amsterdam's ring of canals. End your day with delicious local flavours at one of the city's many cosy restaurants. However you choose to spend your day, you're in for a gezellig time in one of Europe's cutest capitals.

icon Day 3: A Day Exploring Dutch Culture and History

Location: Haarlem, Katwoude, Amsterdam

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Take a trip back in time to discover the centuries-old traditions of Holland stopping in the pretty town of Haarlem. We join a Local Specialist this morning for a visit to the Corrie ten Boom House and Museum. Learn how this watchmaker helped countless Jews escape Nazi prosecution during World War II, which ultimately led to her arrest. Dive Into Culture and visit Zaanse Schans to sample delicious Dutch cheeses and investigate the inner-workings of one of the country's many windmills. Along the way, you'll learn about the Zuiderzee, and its incredible story of land reclamation and battle against the encroaching sea. We travel to the fishing village of Volendam on the shores of the IJsselmeer, our gateway into a Holland of yesteryear. This evening, we Connect With Locals to enjoy a home-cooked dinner with the Pauw family during an exclusive Be My Guest experience.

icon Day 4: Amsterdam Your Way

Location: Amsterdam

Meals: Breakfast

You'll get to explore Amsterdam your way today. Don your most comfortable shoes, this is a city for walking. Spend the day tracing Amsterdam's elaborate canal system and admire the centuries-old gabled homes that jostle for their spot overlooking the water. Sit back in a leafy plein and enjoy a crisp pils as you watch the busy Amsterdammers go about their day. You could choose to brave the city streets like the locals by bike. Pedal along the tree-lined canals and over bridges bound for some of the city's great highlights like the Westerkerk, tranquil Jordaan and Vondelpark.

icon Day 5: Discover Gouda (or Keukenhof During Tulip Season)

Location: Amsterdam, Keukenhof

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

The powerful aroma of delicious Dutch cheese will infuse our senses today. Seemingly frozen in time with its beautiful 15th-century town hall and medieval cheese weighing station, Gouda's status as a cheese trading town dates back to the Middle Ages. Dive Into Culture and witness this proud tradition first-hand in the town's beautiful market square, before spending the rest of the day at leisure (Please note, during the opening of Keukenhof, an excursion to see the tulip fields will be included instead of the visit to Gouda). Returning to Amsterdam this evening, you'll be treated to a superb Farewell Dinner in the heart of the city.

icon Day 6: Farewell Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Meals: Breakfast

The time has come to bid tot ziens to the magnificent city and your fellow travellers after an enjoyable encounter with Amsterdam and the surrounding Dutch countryside. Find out more about your free airport transfer at

What's Included

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    3 dinners (inlcuding Be My Guest)

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    5 breakfasts

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    Low Deposit

    Trafalgar requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

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