Option 3: Amsterdam
Day 1: Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam, the “Venice of the North” and capital city of The Netherlands. Built on a series on interconnecting islands separated by almost 50 miles of canals and 1000 bridges, Amsterdam boast a rich history firmly rooted in the concept of freedom from oppression. Enjoy a guided walking tour including Dam Square, Royal Palace, New Church and Waterloo Square. Pass by Rembrandt’s House, the restored 17th Century house where the greatest of the Dutch Masters lived and worked for 20 years. Nearby is the Dutch Resistance Museum, a fascinating museum detailing the WW2 Dutch Resistance where visitors are confronted with the terrible choices Dutch citizens had to face under Nazi occupation. The Van Gogh Museum is one of Holland’s premiere art galleries celebrating the famous Impressionist who was born in Holland in 1853.
Sites Visited: Walking tour of historic city centre, Dutch Resistance Museum, Van Gogh Museum
Day 2: Amsterdam
One of Amsterdam’s most famous residents was Anne Frank. This morning, climb the hidden staircase behind the bookcase at the Anne Frank House & Museum and experience what life was like for Anne and her family and friends during the two years they hid from the Nazis. Since Amsterdam is built on water, one of the best ways to experience the city is on a canal boat tour. Embark on a river boat for a fascinating journey along the canals and soak up Amsterdam’s unique architecture and culture. After disembarking visit the Rijksmuseum, the National Museum of the Netherlands. The collection contains over 2,000 paintings form the Dutch Golden Age including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Sites visited: Anne Frank House, canal tour, Rijksmuseum
Day 3: Depart Amsterdam
Depart Amsterdam for Canada or Ypres in Belgium.