Getting on and off canal boats. Walking about 2 miles, approximately 4 hours, and standing; city sidewalks, some unavoidable cobblestones, stairs.
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as breakfast meats, hot egg dishes, cheese, yogurt, fruit, croissants, bread, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We will meet in the lobby and walk together to the canal for a narrated cruise through Amsterdam. We’ll see a distinctive aspect of the city as we learn about the long history of Amsterdam’s canal boats and houses. We’ll return to the hotel for a comfort break, then set out with a local expert on a walking field trip and scavenger hunt. How many famous sites and building types can you spot while we learn about Amsterdam’s unique architecture?
At a local restaurant.
We’ll have some time for independent exploration. You might like to see the Bloemenmarkt — the only floating flower market in the world — on a series of connected barges that sell an incredible variety of flowers all year round. It’s been an Amsterdam standard since 1862. Next, we’ll walk to Madame Tussaud’s and take selfies with the (wax) Dutch royal family as we learn about King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. There was a real Madame Tussaud (1761-1850) who made wax models of notable people. She barely escaped execution during the French Revolution and later settled in London. Her original wax museum opened in 1835. The wax museum in Amsterdam was the first in Europe. The life-size wax statues portray famous people from royals to rock stars. Returning to the hotel, we’ll have some time before dinner for a swim in the pool. Or, just relax.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have what we like from a traditional “rijsttafel”— rice table. Centuries ago, Dutch explorers established colonies around the world including what is now Indonesia. They developed a fondness for the local food and brought it back home. The rijsttafel includes many dishes of meats, vegetables, and condiments eaten with steamed rice.