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Amsterdam Itinerary recommendations

My wife and I (60’s) are visiting Amsterdam on 5/29-6/2 for the first time and after extensive RS and TA reading I developed this itinerary. I’m planning to buy the OV Chipkaart and Museumkaart. Any suggestions?

Wed 5/29 - transit,check in, Free walking tour @ 1:30pm, canal tour, Doubletree sky view lounge, dinner
Thu 5/30 - (Ascension Day), Rijks, City Walk 3hrs, Jordaan Walk, Anne Frank @ 5:30pm, Red light District walk 2hrs
Fri 5/31 - Aalsmeer Flower Market, Alkmaar Friday cheese market, Martine @6:30pm
Sat 6/1 - Day Trip- Edam/Volendam/Marken
Sun 6/2 - Delft, Harlem Grote Kirk (Church pipe organs-free
Mon 6/3 - Checkout, Embarkation

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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This is doable; I noted Thursday you have three walks scheduled.
you will be on your feet all day; plan for a stop at a sidewalk cafe (or two)
Consider a rice table for dinner (Blauw or Saba Sebo)
You will enjoy Martine's. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
Have fun and wear good shoes!

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Thursday seems like way too much to me particularly if you are coming off jet lag. I spent a few hours at the Rijksmuseum yesterday and returned today to see more things. I was fatigued after 3.5 hours of doing the “museum shuffle”. Step,step, look. Step, step, look.

There is a special exhibit called All the Rembrandts that LITERALLY includes all the Rembrandts the Rijksmuseum owns except The Night Watch which is still hanging in it’s special gallery. While it is free to enter you need a timed ticket for this which you get on the website when you purchase your regular entrance admission. Get this now. I think I’m the only one on my RS Belgium and Holland tour that got in to see it as it is totally booked. I booked about 6 weeks ago.

I’d go ahead and download the Rijksmuseum free app, it’s excellent. Make sure you have your earbuds with you. It also will locate you on the museum map which is really handy if you get turned around!

I’m not an expert on the Museumkaart but you’ve only got 2 museums and no time for any more. You’ll have to see if it pays.

When I went to the Rijks yesterday with my RS tour group, admission was covered. For today I just bought online, had the ticket on my phone and zip, zip, in I went. The ticket lines today and yesterday were huge. Not sure why those folks didn’t use the museum free wifi and purchase online!!

After doing the Rijks you’ll need to save some energy for stair climbing at the Anne Frank house so I’d not try to do 2 walking tours in between unless you are stitching together a route from Rijks to Anne Frank House. I’m not sure you’ll have energy left for the Red Light District tour. That topic is not one that I agree with Rick on but you decide for yourself what you want to do.

I’d actually suggest you cut one of your day trips unless they are “must do items” for you. There is a ton to see in Amsterdam.

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Thanks. Campbelldp, good point about the 3 walks and we’re planning on a dinner at a Rasatafal restaurant. Are,there any experiences outside Amsterdam that we shouldn’t miss? Thanks!

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Might substitute one of the walks to visit the Church in the Attic.
Your day trips look good.
Of course there are other places to see and go, but you pick and choose what appeals to you.
We enjoyed Zaans Shans, but only had three days before leaving on a river cruise and wanted to look at windmills, eat cheese and see the wooden shoes demonstration.
We also took the general guided tour at the Rijks; learned more in the hour than three hours of wandering around.

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hey ken
you will have a fabulous time in amsterdam, so much to see and do. been there twice, be careful bikes bikes bikes everywhere!
since you are having dinner at martine's, did you see that her husband does walking tours? (, (flying experience over holland) i did something like this in vancouver canada
albertcuypmarket. a pedestian only street with everything and anything. stopped for appetizers and vino at one of many cafes, people watch, ate fresh stroopwafels from food truck, bought a small oil painting. (open mon to sat 9:30-5 closed sundays)
red light district hidden church museum, it's a beautiful canal with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and houses, interesting history. lots of opinions to go or not to go. do a guided tour to learn about the area (, go with an open mind. had different things going on
any canal boat ride is good and relaxing, we did a private saloon boat tour ($$$), night time canal cruise with which was really nice.
train to haarlem and ate yummy poffertjes made fresh at a street food booth in the square, walked the area and into the gorgeous church and lit a candle for my family.
don't know if you've booked all your tours but this is more info for you check out. enjoy

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Pam & Princess, thanks for your suggestions! Based on your feedback and others, it sounds like there’s a lot to see and experience in Amsterdam. Thanks!