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How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam

How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam

Fit more into your three days in the Dutch capital than just the main sights. From home-cooked meals to historical tours, here are our top tips for getting the most out of your visit to Amsterdam, including options for day trips outside the city.

Day 1: A Taste of Amsterdam

Begin your visit orienting yourself in the city and exploring its top landmarks. Consider a city pass for inclusive access to a number of top attractions, and avoid the crowds on a morning skip-the-line visit to Museumplein. You’ll also want to widen your perspective on a sightseeing tour, whether by hop-on hop-off bus, bike, or canal boat. Round your day off sampling typical Dutch cuisine, opting to explore the city’s many restaurants or enjoying a traditional experience with a private meal in the home of a local chef.

Day 2: Delve into Dutch Heritage

Dedicate a day to discovering Amsterdam’s cultural heritage. Explore Jewish history, or if you’re interested in the city's artistic past, opt for a Rembrandt art walking tour that includes entrance to Rijksmuseum. You can also head to nearby villages such as Volendam and Zaanse Schans on a half-day tour for a glimpse of traditional Dutch life. Alternatively, discover Amsterdam’s liberal customs by exploring its many coffeeshops and gaining insight into the laws and legislation that allow the famously tolerant policies on sex work and cannabis.

Day 3: Amsterdam, Holland, Europe

Thanks to superior transport links, Amsterdam is conveniently connected to the rest of the Netherlands and beyond. Take advantage of the many day-trip destinations to discover the region on a full-day tour to nearby Giethoorn to the northeast, modern Rotterdam to the southwest, or farther spots such as Bruges or Brussels in neighboring Belgium. If time permits, unwind on your last night with a canal cruise along the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam waterways. Some cruises offer onboard dinner and provide a relaxing and memorable way to absorb your final views of Amsterdam.

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Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Visit the picturesque town of Giethoorn on a full-day tour from Amsterdam. Take a boat ride through ‘Dutch Venice’, where you'll have free time to  explore, then climb a dike for views of lakes and polders, or reclaimed land. See, too, Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) which is a 20-mile (32-km) long dike connecting the provinces of North Holland and Friesland.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour

Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour

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Discover the truth behind the famous Amsterdam Red Light District on a private 2-hour tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the Netherlands’ capital. As you stroll along the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring, you’ll pass Oude Kerk (Old Church) and explore Chinatown. Plus, stop to sample three Dutch specialities, including cheese, kroket (croquette), and stroopwafel (thin waffles).
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  • 2 hours
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$96.17
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Amsterdam City Bike Tour

Amsterdam City Bike Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on an exciting bike tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. Follow a professional guide through the quaint waterways and winding cobbled streets of the city and discover an eclectic selection of sights off the conventional tourist trail. Delve into the rich history and 'coffee shop' culture of the city with your knowledgeable guide and get local recommendations from your local guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$41.47
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

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Relish the rich artistic heritage of Amsterdam on a private walking tour of sites associated with painting pioneer, Rembrandt van Rijn. With your guide, delve into the life and works of the influential artist. Discover the exhibits within the Rembrandt House Museum, the former residence in which many of his masterpieces were painted, and tour the iconic Rijksmuseum to see some of Rembrandt’s most celebrated paintings. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour, with an itinerary adapted to suit your interests.
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  • 4 hours
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$188.39
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Jewish History Morning or Afternoon Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Jewish History Morning or Afternoon Walking Tour in Amsterdam

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Follow a path through Amsterdam’s Jewish history and heritage on a walking tour of the city with a local guide. Visit the Portuguese synagogue then explore an atmospheric neighborhood where 16th-century Jewish residents created a thriving community. Hear stories of the tragic period when German fences made the area into a closed ghetto and learn about the families who struggled to survive the holocaust, and about modern-day Jewish people in Amsterdam.
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  • 2 hours
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$154.92
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