4-Day Itinerary in Amsterdam and Beyond

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  • Amsterdam

  • Netherlands

  • Luxury Travel

  • City Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Family Travel

  • Solo Travel

  • Sightseeing

  • Architecture

  • History

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Fora’s Take

The Netherlands is a top destination for travelers seeking beautiful landscapes, rich history and culture. With its charming canals, windmills and tulip fields, the Netherlands offers visitors an array of stunning natural scenery. From the world-renowned art museums to historic landmarks, including the Anne Frank House, the country's culture is rich and diverse. Moreover, the Netherlands has a vibrant culinary scene, with delicious cheese, beer and Dutch-style pancakes among its many gastronomic treats. The Dutch are also known for their welcoming and open-minded nature, making it an excellent destination for meeting new people and making memories. For anyone looking to experience a unique travel experience, the Netherlands is an absolute must-visit destination.

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Where to stay

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Kimpton De Witt

Polished hotel with a casual restaurant and coffee shop in the heart of Amsterdam's city center.

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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

Housed in what was once a public library, this luxury lifestyle hotel is a stylish choice in Amsterdam.

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Pulitzer Amsterdam

Overlooking the Prinsengracht and spanning 25 17th-century homes, this is a hotel lover’s hotel.

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Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam

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  • Arrive in Amsterdam and check into a luxury hotel such as the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam or the Pulitzer Amsterdam.

  • Take a private canal tour to see the city's stunning architecture and landmarks.

  • Visit the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum for a dose of Dutch art and culture. Rijksmuseum is a must visit to see the infamous Night Watch by Rembrandt and works from many famous Dutch painters, such as Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals.

  • Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant such as Ciel Bleu or De Librije.

Day 2: Amsterdam

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  • Go on a private bike tour to explore the city's charming neighborhoods and hidden gems.

  • Visit the Anne Frank House for a poignant history lesson.

  • Take a private cheese and wine tasting tour at Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room or De Kaaskamer.

  • Shop at the Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) where not only can you find restaurants, but also boutiques and vintage stores. For some some high-end labels, head to De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam's best known department stores located near Dam Square.

  • Be sure to grab some drinks like the local Dutchies at Bar Pif and Bar Parry (both located in Jordaan).

Day 3: Rotterdam and The Hague

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Day 4: Utrecht

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  • Take a train to Utrecht, a charming university town with stunning medieval architecture.

  • Visit the Dom Tower for panoramic views of the city.

  • Explore the Museum Catharijneconvent for a glimpse into the country's religious art and history.

  • End the trip with a farewell dinner at a top-rated restaurant such as Karel V or Restaurant Podium onder de Dom.

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