On the way to Amsterdam, we’ll stop in Belgium’s capital, Brussels, for a quick visit and time to eat lunch…or breakfast for lunch; Belgian Waffles! Then onto Holland and we’ll arrive Amsterdam and possible go through the canals, the Van Gogh and bask in the laid-back attitude.
Day 9 starts with a sightseeing tour directed by our EF director that will lead us to Amsterdam, walking though Dam Square and taking in the scenic views of Amstel River before finishing up in Rembrandtplein which is a bustling square packed with outdoor cafés, shops and clubs. Amsterdam draws lots of tourists and backpackers from all over the world, but it’s still quintessentially Dutch. We are expecting tall skinny houses, tulips in the window boxes, and people on bikes everywhere.
Sooo for our free night in the Red Light District…what would you do?
We go on our next optional excursion; Biking the Dutch Countryside where we will head outside the city for the afternoon and get a taste of the country life. After a short train ride to Zaanse Schans, we will get on our bikes for a leisurely 1 1/2-hour ride through the classic Dutch landscape—windmills, fields of flowers, rustic farmhouses, all that good stuff. In addition to the ridiculously charming scenery, the trip also includes a picnic lunch, a coffee break, and a visit to a classic Dutch clog maker.