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Opinion on Arrival Day

We will arrive at Schiphol at 6am. Our hotel is in Haarlem, but we are taking a foodie tour in Amsterdam at 11:30am. Should we bus to the B&B, check in and leave our luggage and return to Amsterdam; or store our luggage at the airport, begin exploring, and pick it up later? Ideally, our B&B wants us to check in between 1pm and 5pm, but they say we can leave luggage after 8am. We join our 21 Europe RS tour the next day. What would you do?

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Where does the tour start from? If it starts in a central Amsterdam location, take the train from the airport to Centraal Station, store your luggage there, and meet the tour. (Have coffee with your food to stay awake!) After the tour, go back to the station, get your stuff, and take the quick train to Haarlem.

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I agree with everything the other person said. Don't waste your time going to Haarlam and doubling back. It is sooo easy to get from Schiphol to the train station and there are plenty of lockers for your bags. Enjoy!!

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Jana
May I ask the name of your foodie tour. We are spending a couple of days in Amsterdam before our Rick Steves tour starts. Your tour sounds like something we would like to do.
Thank you,
JoAnn

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2297 posts

Definitely stay in Amsterdam for the morning and don't loose time and energy by making a trip to Haarlem.

I'd spend the morning hours getting a cup of coffee first and then stay outdoors as much as possible. This helps adjusting to the time change. If you can find a canal cruise that sails at 9 am (they are usually less than 2 hrs) that might be a nice way to kill your wait time for the food tour, get a good overview of the city and a bit of sunlight.

http://www.amsterdam.info/tours/canalcruise/

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Jana
Thanks for sharing the foodie tour website. It looks wonderful. Have an amazing time.
JoAnn

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I agree. Store your bags at the train station. Will you be staying in the same hotel in Haarlem for the beginning of your tour, or will you be changing hotels?