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Historical secrets & urban charms in Amsterdam

Explore the history of the Red Light District, canoe the canals and cycle through the picturesque Dutch landscape on this four-day trip

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Historical secrets & urban charms in Amsterdam

4 Days | From £1739

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About your trip

Four days, one unique experience: this long weekend in Amsterdam is the ideal European mini-escape.

You’ll glide down the canals on a canoe adventure, uncover a side to the Red Light District that most tourists don’t get to see, cycle into a landscape of 17th-century windmills and unearth the culinary secrets of trendy Jordaan.

From its historical secrets to modern spirit, explore this charming Dutch capital exactly as it should be done. The perfect city-break? We think so.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Private airport transfers

Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.


Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Uncover the history of the Red Light District

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    Welcome to Amsterdam. An airport transfer will drive you into the city, where you’ll check into your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and guide over a welcome drink, before heading out to explore the city streets. Your walking tour will begin in the famed Red Light District (one of Amsterdam’s oldest quarters) where you’ll learn about the neighbourhood’s shadowy history, uncovering a fascinating backstory unbeknown to many tourists. Continuing in this historical vein, you’ll then dine in a nearby restaurant in the 17th-century canal district.

  • Day 02 Canal adventures & trendy city sights

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    Having explored Amsterdam’s streets by foot, you’ll now adopt a new perspective: from your canal as you glide down its canals. Spend your morning cruising beneath picturesque bridges and charming streets, before hopping back onto dry land to explore Jordaan – a district known for its working-class roots, radical politics and stylish bars. Weave your way through trendy Jordaan on a walking food tour (local cheeses and sugar-dusted pastries are to be expected). Then, as evening falls, board a canal boat for a leisurely sunset cruise, with pizza and beer to see your group into the night.

  • Day 03 Country cycling & historical windmills

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    Take advantage of a free morning to do as you please (perhaps needed after exploring Amsterdam’s famed nightlife). Then, gather with your group at midday for an e-bike adventure through the Dutch countryside. With its 17th-century windmills, wooden villages and winding rivers, experience the scenic beauty that the Netherlands is famed for. Your biking foray will take you to a nearby microbrewery, located in a converted 19th-century warehouse. Your introduction to the processes of craft beer will be followed by an exclusive tasting, before returning to Amsterdam for a final dinner.

  • Day 04 Amsterdam, at your own pace

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    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and make your own way to the airport. If you’re looking to extend your European escape, take a look at our France itinerary, which will see you travel from Paris to Nice in 8 days.

Our Favourite Hotels

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.

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Hotel De Hallen, Amsterdam West

A stylish, converted tram depot located near the Jordaan neighbourhood

This unique hotel is housed in a former industrial building, combining urban grit and modern sophistication.

Why we stay here

Brutalist interiors, elegant dining options and a fantastic location – this is a great place to unwind after a day of sightseeing.

Important Notes

  • Fly in and out of Amsterdam Schipol Airport (AMS). Please try to arrive before 1pm on day 1, although we will arrange an airport transfer for you at whichever time you arrive.

  • Depart at your own leisure any time on day 4.

  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures- read more here.


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