If Amsterdam, Netherlands, isn’t on your travel bucket list, it should be! The energy of this city is like no other, and it’s one of today’s most luxurious European cities. The best way to describe it would be, “hurry up to slow down and chill.” The pulse imitates the movement of the water in the canals, yet the poise of the colourful buildings and the abundant sight and aroma of tulips reminds you to stop and admire the beauty.
Welcome to Amsterdam!
It is known for its canals, architecture, “coffee” (code for marijuana) shops, and Red Light District, but there is so much more to explore. Not only is it a historically significant city with 165 manmade waterways dating back to the 17th century and home to the beloved Anne Frank, it is also known for its luxury hotels, fine dining, entertainment, and shopping.
A Dutch Day
Though you cannot see all Amsterdam has to offer in a day, here is a snapshot of what awaits on your journey.
After you wake up in your suite at the Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam, take a private canal cruise—drinks and bites included—on a deluxe saloon boat to capture the allure of Amsterdam’s historic splendour.
In the afternoon, stroll along one of the many high-end streets—P.C. Hooftstraat, De Bijenkorf, Van Baerlestraat, and more—for an exclusive shopping experience of designer fashion houses and lavish boutiques.
In the evening, choose one of 21 Michelin-rated restaurants to excite your palate.
Your day isn’t complete without experiencing the exquisite acoustics of the Royal Concertgebouw, the classical concert venue.
Fly Direct with WestJet
Amsterdam is the perfect starting point for your European cruise, and now you can fly direct from Calgary with WestJet!
This means less time in airports, less chance of lost luggage, and less chance of missing connecting flights. WestJet is a very reputable and customer-driven, Canadian airline. And you can get to your cruise with ease!
Rhine & Moselle Fairytales
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Basel, Switzerland
Relax on a river cruise from the city on water to a mountain escape, and all the European wonder in between. This 11-day cruise travels the Rhine and Moselle rivers through 4 countries: Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. Explore historic towns and cities through various excursions to tantalize your senses: biking, hiking, and walking tours; beer and wine tastings; canal cruise; and discover history through museum and castle tours.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – British Isles – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Begin and end your tour of the British Isles with Celebrity Cruises in Amsterdam. Spend 13 days exploring the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. Aboard this smaller cruise ship, there isn’t a bad view on board.