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Itinerary Review - any suggestions

My husband and I will be visiting The Netherlands for the first time this April! We'll be staying in Amsterdam in an apart-hotel as our home base for 10 nights. Would anyone be willing to review our itinerary and offer suggestions? Is there anything we should add to do in Amsterdam at night? We'll be solely using public transportation during our stay. Thank you for your advice!

Day 1 - Travel day
Day 2 - arrive at 9 a.m., walking tour of Amsterdam, apple pie at Winkel 43, shop for groceries, dinner near hotel
Day 3 - Albert Cuyp market, take lunch to Sarphati Park, Heineken Experience, Rijksmuseum, Dinner at Sampurna
Day 4 - Day trip to Keukenhof Gardens, Dinner at Food Hallen (may need to swap days depending on weather)
Day 5 - Day trip to Delft (Thurs. market), visit Stadsbakkerij de Diamanten Ring (oldest bakery in Delft), lunch at Kek
Dinner at De Raif (tapas)
Day 6 - Day trip to Alkmaar (cheese market) & Zaanse Schans
Day 7 - Day trip to Waterland - Edam, Volendam & Marken
Day 8 - Day trip to Arnhem & Utrecht - Kröller-Müller Museum, bike ride in De Hoge Velluwe National Park,

visit Castle de Haar, dinner at Blauw (rijsttafel)
Day 9 - Relaxing morning, visit Botanical gardens near hotel, lunch in gardens, red light district walk,

dinner at Pancake Bakery, Anne Frank House (7:30 p.m.), nighttime canal cruise
Day 10 - Day Trip to Hoorn/Medemblik/Enkhuizen - shop Grote Noord, lunch at Costas Portuguese restaurant,
bakery museum, Zuiderzee museum
Day 11 - Day trip to Harlem - Canal cruise, windmill museum, cathedral, dinner near hotel, pack to go home
Day 12 - travel home

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Consider a reservation at Martine's Table for one of your dinners while in Amsterdam.She is located on the edge of the Red light district and about a 5 minute walk from Centraal Station.
Blauw is also a good choice for the rijstaffel - reservations also recommended.
Sounds like you have done your homework!
Have fun!

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Thank you campbelldp; I booked a dinner for two with Martine! I would have never found this on my own and it looks like such a great experience. Much appreciated.

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hey hey karynees
how fun, you'll have a fun time in amsterdam. we did a private canal cruise, also a night time cruise to see the lights, walked albert cuypmarket place. blocks and block of anything and everything which was a fun day. bought an oil painting picture from a booth/shop along the way, sat at a cafe to have a drink, appetizers and people watch. sat at rembrandt plaza an experience. had an empanada at argentine steak house. walked the red light district which was a very pretty canal zone, sat in a bar and sang neil diamond's "sweet caroline" with the other bar patrons, so hilarious, be careful walking along canals, don't wanna fish you outta them! haha day trip to haarlem walked around square had potterjers, yummy yummy virtual reality ride over holland, an ultimate flight experience
are you having the rice table? ( indo-dutch rijstaffel-buffet)
so many bikes bikes bikes everywhere and anywhere, don't get run over.
you have lots of day trips, do find time to enjoy amsterdam itself. have fun and enjoy