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Escorted Rail Tours to Amsterdam

The historic Dutch capital

Amsterdam is a city like Venice: founded on and still focussed today around water and waterways. However, unlike Venice, Holland's largest city is no mere museum piece. Amsterdam is a real, living and breathing metropolis; far more than just an oasis for tourists. The Dutch capital has clearly come a long way since it was founded, as legend has it, by two fishermen and a seasick dog. The story goes that the dog jumped ship to deposit the contents of his stomach, and the two fishermen became the founders of Amsterdam. The reality might have been slightly more prosaic, with the River Amstel being dammed in the 13th century and spawning the settlement of Aemstelledamme.

The lifeblood of Amsterdam has long been its aquatic locale, close as it is to the North Sea and built on myriad canals, which neatly divide the city into easily navigable districts and imbue it with a small town ambience. There seems to be a canal around every corner in Amsterdam - not too surprising, considering that the city is home to a staggering 165 of them. The best way to see the city's fantastic architecture is by boat from the canals - canal tours are available beginning at the Central Station or from outside the Rijksmuseum. Alternatively, you can board the Canal Bus, which stops close to as many as 20 of the city's main tourist attractions and shopping areas. A day ticket for the Canal Bus allows you to hop on and hop off as often as you like.

More about Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum
Holland's largest museum boasts as many as a million objects, the most famous of which is Rembrandt's 'Night Watch'.

Anne Frank's House
The place where Anne Frank and her family spent two years hiding is now a poignant museum.

Gassan Diamonds
The Dutch have a long history of involvement in the diamond industry, and at Gassan Diamonds you can see rough diamonds being cut and polished, transforming them into dazzling jewels.

Begijnhof
Amsterdam's secret garden offers a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Royal Palace
Open to the public only when it is not being used by the Dutch Royal Family, the Royal Palace on Dam Square is certainly worth visiting.

Van Gogh Museum
The museum dedicated to the life of the Dutch painter contains more of his work than any other collection.

There are 4 tours matching Amsterdam

5-Star Rhine Cruise

From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

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2018MayJunOct

8 days from £1,885 pp

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Steam Trains & Tulips of Holland

From our base in beautiful Delft, we visit the popular Keukenhof Gardens, the superb Royal Delft Porcelain factory and vibrant Amsterdam. We also make a wonderful journey across the countryside by vintage steam train.

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2018MarAprMay

6 days from £865 pp

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Rhine Cruise

Step aboard the wonderful A-Rosa Aqua and enjoy an enthralling and relaxing cruise. From Cologne to Basel, cruise the length of Germany along the romantic River Rhine, explore fine medieval towns, admire castles perched dramatically above the river, and relax on board.

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2018MayJunSepOct

8 days from £1,095 pp

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5-Star Tulips Cruise

Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways from our elegant 4-star Superior cruise ship, visit the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens during their colourful tulip season, and medieval gems like Antwerp and Ghent.

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2018Apr
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