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About Amsterdam (from IJmuiden)

The beautiful city of Amsterdam, accessible via free transfer from IJmuiden, with its fine gabled houses, leafy canal walks, unusual boutiques and offbeat pavement cafés, is the last word in laid-back relaxation. Capture its true spirit by exploring the narrow winding streets, bustling bars and eclectic shops of Joordan, its fascinating old district.

 

Other must-sees include the house of determined World War II diarist Anne Frank and the multi-level Vincent van Gogh Museum - where you progress, floor by floor, from the artist's initial sketches to view the full glory of his completed works.

 

Art lovers will also love the Stedelijk Museum - home to major works by Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse and Monet. And, if gardening is your interest, stroll around the daily Bloemenmarkt. This is the city's only remaining floating market and its riotously colourful plant and flower-laden boats are a fragrant delight.

 

Shore excursions in Amsterdam (from IJmuiden)

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Calling all flower lovers. Experience the thrill of an online auction at the world’s largest flower trading centre.

The early bird catches the worm, or in this case witnesses first-hand the ‘buzz of the blooms’, as beautiful plants and flowers are bought and sold.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you head out of Ijmuiden to Aalsmeer and the 518000 metre squared auction house. Join the hustle and bustle as 19 million flowers and 2 million plants are bought and sold every day through 13 time zones clocks. Enjoy a birds-eye view from your gallery vantage point where you can watch the online auction screens. Thousands of flowers are displayed and then dispatched to more than 10 countries. For those of you who aren’t such flora followers, the sheer logistics and size of the operation is an education and work of art in itself. As forklift trucks pivot and perform, ferrying flowers in and redistributing them out and onwards by land, sea and air.

Make sure you bring your camera to capture the colours and creative blooms, whilst you soak up the amazing aromatic scents that fill the air.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that this tour requires an early start to ensure passengers have the opportunity to experience all the auction activities. Early booking of this tour is recommended as space is limited to 40 passengers.

Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Canal Cruise

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Experience the sights of Amsterdam from the comfort of a canal boat.

Setting off from the pier, you’ll drive to Amsterdam to join your canal cruise.

Amsterdam has always had strong ties to the water. Spread out over 70 islands, this cosmopolitan city boasts 60 miles of canals and 1000 bridges. From the 13th century, tiny ships sailed from this port into the challenging Zuider Sea.

Board a glass-topped canal boat and journey through the Amsterdam canals passing major monuments such as the Maritime Museum, Town Hall, and the Anne Frank House. Sit back and relax onboard, as you glide past the narrow, gabled houses that line the canals that Amsterdam is famous for.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by canal boat and on foot. The journey to Amsterdam is around 1 hour each way. This tour requires minimal walking; however there is a walk of around 5 minutes to reach the canal boat. Passengers are also required to negotiate 3 to 4 steep steps to embark and disembark the canal boat. Limited toilet facilities are available on the canal cruise. The seating on the canal boats can be quite narrow.

Canal Cruise

City Walk and Cheese and Wine Tasting

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

Take a guided walk through the city and experience an exclusive Dutch cheese and wine sampling.

Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age. It was also during this age that their delicious cheeses received worldwide fame.

From IJmuiden, you’ll take a drive to Amsterdam city centre to embark on a guided walk. Pass by the floating flower market, the quiet and serene beguinage, and Dam Square, home to the classical style Royal Palace. A stop will be made at one of Amsterdam's most famous cookie stores, Van Stapele Koekmakerij, where you’ll enjoy a tasty cookie.

Next, you’ll continue on to The Old Amsterdam Cheese Store, for your exclusive cheese sampling experience. Over the course of 1 hour, 5 delicious cheeses and accompanying wines will tempt your taste buds. You’ll also discover the history and process of cheese making.

After your tasty cheese and wine consumption, you’ll take the return drive to IJmuiden port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Amsterdam is around 1 hour each way. There is limited space on this tour and early booking is recommended. Participants on this tour must be 18 years and over. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking over varying terrain including cobblestones. At the Old Amsterdam Cheese Store, there are numerous steps to negotiate. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

City Walk and Cheese and Wine Tasting

Discover Haarlem

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Explore Haarlem, a dynamic city full of vibrancy and charm.

Haarlem is the capital of the province of north Holland and the second largest city in the province after Amsterdam.

Upon arrival, you’ll commence on a guided walking tour, passing by crow stepped gable houses with idyllic gardens. The charm of the houses will be reinforced by the small canals running through the city. Along the way your guide will explain the history of Haarlem and the Netherlands. At the market square, the hub of the city with its town hall, enjoy an independent visit of the UNESCO St Bavo Church. Admire the magnificent stained glass windows and the organ, one of the world’s largest and where many famous musicians have played such as Mozart, Händel and Mendelssohn.

To round off, enjoy some free time in the centre of Haarlem before boarding the coach back to IJmuiden.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Haarlem is around 45 minutes each way. There is around 1 hour of guided walking. Walking during free time is at guest’s discretion. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

Discover Haarlem

Evening City Walk and Tipple

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore Amsterdam on foot and enjoy a tipple or two along the way.

Hop aboard your coach for a journey to the city centre of Amsterdam. A guided walking tour is the best way to experience the sights of the city, and on this option you’ll have a chance to visit some of the best bars in town to sample a tasty tipple or two.

You’ll walk in the footsteps of the innovators, sailors, merchants and heroes who defined the history of their generation. Admire sights such as the Portuguese synagogue, the Hermitage Museum, Rembrandt Square and the Opera Theatre. Discover the interesting history of the Skinny Bridge and the Blue Bridge and learn how Amsterdam’s dazzling Canal Ring came to be.

At the end of the tour, your guide will lead you back to the coach for the return drive to the IJmuiden.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Amsterdam is around 1 hour each way. This tour has limited places and early booking is advised. Participants must be 18 years of age or over. The tour includes 2 beers per person. The tour includes approximately 1¾ hours of walking, over cobbles and some uneven terrain.

Evening City Walk and Tipple
 

A selection of cruises to Amsterdam (from IJmuiden)

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