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Program #19401RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Noemi Kraut Mar 20, 2015 at 04:46 PM

Hello, I'm signed up for the trip starting May 29th.I am arriving in Amsterdam on the morning of the 28th. I have signed up for a couple of tours. On Friday evening, and Saturday morning a guide is taking me to some places of interest. If anyone would like to join us, please contact me.

Premium Email Subscriber Mar 09, 2015 at 07:54 AM

Hi! I'm signed up for the September 19401 program. The Hague visit does not include the Mauritshuis Museum (most Vermeers are there)so I've written Road Scholar about a way to go while the tour group is on a bus.If anyone else wants to go to the museum, you might want to contact them, too.

Luis and Myn Gloria Feb 19, 2015 at 03:57 PM

My wife and I will be going on Program #19401RJ starting on May 8. This will be our first trip with RS. We are interested to exchange ideas in preparation for the trip and get to know our future co-travelers.

Peggy DeMarsh Jul 25, 2014 at 06:06 PM

Hi Karen Schulte and Sylvia Forbes
I got my ticket for the Anne Frank House for 6 pm. After we go to the Rijksmuseum, I plan to grab a very quick lunch and then visit the Van Gogh Museum which is fairly near the Rijks. It closes at 5 and then I plan to get to the Frank House in time for the 6 pm entry. My main goal in this trip is to visit as many museums as I can manage. On the Anne Frasnk House web site there is a very informative series of videos. I spent some time looking at it yesterday. I'm guessing the 30 minute video at 4 pm is similar, so that helped me decide to not go until 6. Sorry we have different times for that, but we'll have other opportunities to visit I hope.
Karen Schulte Jul 25, 2014 at 06:44 PM

I'm sure it will all come together. Looking forward to meeting both of you!
Sylvia Forbes Jul 27, 2014 at 03:49 PM

Hi Peggy & Karen,
Sylvia Forbes Jul 27, 2014 at 03:55 PM

Unfortunately, I did not have phone or internet service for 2 days. I just purchased my ticket for 4 PM on Sept. 8. That was the only available slot with the 30 minute intro. I had no idea that the tickets sell so fast. I am looking forward to meeting you both and the tour.
Peggy DeMarsh Jul 27, 2014 at 04:04 PM

Well at least we will all see the Anne Frank House, just at three different times. sorry for all the mix ups.

Karen Schulte Jul 24, 2014 at 04:56 PM

Hi Peggy and Sylvia: I have already gotten my ticket for 2:20 pm on our free day. I thought that would give me enough time..At any rate, it is good to know others are making it there as well. I would also like to know who else is taking the flight from NY's Kennedy Airport . Looking forward to meeting you.
Karen Schulte Jul 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Just to add: Tickets are about 20.00, they take your credit card. Go directly to the Anne Frank House Website
Sylvia Forbes Jul 24, 2014 at 05:51 PM

Karen, How often are the tours? What time is your tour and is it for Sept. 8? Please let me know, and I will purchase one also. Thank you. I am looking forward to meeting you also. I was born in NY.
Karen Schulte Jul 24, 2014 at 06:25 PM

Hi Sylvia: Tours seem to be every 20 minutes, mine is for 2:20 Mon pm.
Karen Schulte Jul 24, 2014 at 06:27 PM

The web site is easy to use. They will take your credit card.

Peggy DeMarsh Jun 11, 2014 at 06:35 PM

I'm taking the 9/5-9/18 trip, leaving from Houston. I've been advised to get a ticket for the Anne Frank House before leaving home.
Karen Schulte Jun 11, 2014 at 07:20 PM

Hi Peggy: I too have been advised to get tickets in advance and will go online to get a sense of how soon to get the tickets. Will you fly straight from Houston to Amsterdam? So glad to know someone else is going to the Frank house! Karen Schulte
Sylvia Forbes Jul 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Hi Peggy, I too am leaving from Houston on 9/5-9/18. I have been advised to purchase the ticket for the Anne Frank House. I have been trying to obtain info on how much free time we will have, so we can visit the Anne Frank House. So far, I haven't been successful.
Peggy DeMarsh Jul 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Karen and Sylvia, I have been replying in the wrong way so you, Karen, haven't seen some of my replies. Here is my latest comment on the Anne Frank ticket issue. I've met with some friends who did this trip in April and they had a wonderful time. They recommend getting a ticket, before traveling, for the Anne Frank House because some of their tour mates were unable to go due to sellouts on the only day they could go. I'm interesting in buying my ticket for the 4pm slot that includes a 30 minute introduction on Monday Sept 8. Are you able to find that on the website? I'm going to purchase my ticket in the next day or two. Let me know what you think.
Peggy DeMarsh Jul 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Sylvia, I received a bound booket with all sorts of information about the tour. Perhaps you can find it on the web site and print it out. It shows all our scheduled tours and free time. That's how I know that the day to go to the Anne a Frank House is that first Monday. I'm flying over on KLM and back on Air France. You?
Sylvia Forbes Jul 24, 2014 at 04:30 PM

Peggy & Karen, Monday, Sept. 8 we have free time for lunch and dinner. It would give us ample time to see the Anne Frank House, if it it open that day. Do you know how long the tour takes? i am taking a Delta flight from Houston to Atlanta and then on to Amsterdam. My return flight is on Air France. How much are the tickets and how often are the tours given. I am not very good looking up websites on my pc.

Meg Magida Jun 03, 2014 at 02:20 PM

I am leaving from NYC on the July 11-24 trip. Anyone else leaving on the 11th?
Looking forward to our trip!

Karen Schulte May 30, 2014 at 06:50 PM

I will be taking the "Cities of Inspiration" tour 9/5 -9/18. I will be leaving from NYC Kennedy Airport. Anyone else leaving at the same time? Also for those of you who have taken this trip,
can you give feedback...and should I get tickets in advance to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam or wait until I arrive?

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