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amsterdam
 
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For the love of

VAN GOGH & REMBRANDT

SMELLING THE TULIPS

CANALS AND CAFE CULTURE

LIFE ON BIKES

SIGNATURE STROOPWAFELS

 PROGRESSIVE SOCIETY

COLORFUL NIGHTLIFE

 VINTAGE MARKETS

amsterdam

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WHAT TO EXPECT

When it comes to Amsterdam, the Red Light District and legalized substances may get the lion’s share of the headlines, but the city’s way more than that. It’s a masterwork of urban planning and architecture, a hive of culture and cuisine, a center of art and history, and a global leader in progressive thought.

The summer months bring perfect weather, so kick things off outdoors with your new friends on a luxury boat cruise through the canals before you cycle through the bike capital of the world. Spend your days diving into Dutch cheeses or sweet stroopwafels and your nights hitting up world-famous bars and clubs. Get lost in flea markets overflowing with antique goods, marvel at timeless architecture, and explore museums, quiet backstreets, and buzzing central squares with a group of brand-new friends.

If you’re after a quick summer escape to one of the most atmospheric cities on the planet or even a warm-up to a longer FTLO adventure, Amsterdam’s the culture trip for you.

4 Days/3 Nights

starting at $1,799 USD

Limited single room upgrades starting from $459 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.

 

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

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Included

  • 3 nights of accommodations in Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • Canal cruise and welcome drinks 

  • Locally guided city bike tour

  • Rum distilling workshop and tasting

  • Traditional Dutch cheese-tasting

  • FTLO Trip Leader

*Activities are weather-dependent on all Amsterdam tours; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights to & from Amsterdam

  • Mandatory trip insurance 

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)

  • Incidental expenses

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day by day

*Itinerary is subject to change

Day by day
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Day 1 - Amsterdam
Cruising through Town

Getting into Amsterdam feels a bit like stepping back in time. Skinny canal houses line cobblestone streets, and a never-ending stream of bicycles pop out from every bend.

 

You’ll spend your first day in town on a luxury canal cruise with your new crew, sipping wine,  tasting Dutch cheese, and getting a glimpse of it all—no better way to say hello to the capital. Welcome to Amsterdam!

 

That night, we’ll all sit down to a welcome dinner and dine like the Dutch Dukes. Then, head out for a drink; even if beer’s not your go-to, a Heineken’s in the cards tonight.

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Day 2 - Amsterdam
Bike then Booze

With more bicycles than people, Amsterdam is a clean, smog-free city ripe for riding, and today's all about navigating like a local. 

 

With our expert guide leading the pack, wind through the hip and trendy Jordaan neighborhood. Snake through peaceful cobblestone streets and over centuries-old bridges. Discover cafe culture, laid-back vibes, arts, and a society famous for tolerance and acceptance. And then head off on your own: consider a picnic in leafy green Vondelpark or sniff out the sweet scents of the famous flower market.

 

Later on, we'll get together at a local rum distillery where you’ll craft your very own botanical blend. And then as the sun (and rum) go down, we’ll keep the good times rolling and head out to hit the bars and clubs—local nightlife is famous for a reason, and in the summer, the excitement spills out onto terraces and outdoor patios. 

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Day 3 - Amsterdam
A Gouda Time

If that night on the town went a little late, take the morning for some R&R before you meet up with the rest of the crew around midday. 

 

From Gouda to Edam (both are named after nearby towns), in the Netherlands, dairy plays an outsized role in culture and age-old traditions. Today, we’ll taste our way across the country with a cross-sample of delicious local bites—from the creamy to the smooth, the buttery, even the smoky; we’ll try them all. The afternoon is free for everyone to explore one (or two) of Amsterdam’s impressive museums: fall in love with Van Gogh’s sunflowers or learn a powerful, moving story in the famous Anne Frank House.

 

That evening, we’ll all get together to cap off our Amsterdam escape over a farewell dinner and perhaps a Heineken or Amstel to celebrate in local style.

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Day 4 - Amsterdam
DAM that was fast

Well, that went by a bit too fast. But that’s not so surprising; after all, when you’re having fun, time flies. And Amsterdam’s just about as fun as they come.

 

In four short days, you’ve cruised through miles of UNESCO waterways and cycled the city. You’ve tried Dutch specialties in trendy tree-lined neighborhoods with a whole crew of amazing new friends and soaked up local life all along the way.

 

If you’ve got more time to travel, Europe’s got a lot to show you. Consider three more capitals in three different nations on FTLO’s Scandinavia trip, or head south for epic natural beauty in Slovenia. 

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Fast facts

“I think Amsterdam is to Holland what New York is to America in a sense. It’s a metropolis, so it’s representative of Holland, but only a part of it – you know, it’s more extreme, there’s more happening, it’s more liberal and more daring than the countryside in Holland is.”

– Anton Corbijn

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FAST FACTS

Just for fun

Amsterdam’s canalside homes lean forward. They were built this way on purpose so heavy furniture wouldn’t crash into the facades when being winched up.

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Amsterdam has more museums per capita than any other city on earth.

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Heineken (1864) is six years older than its cross-town rival, Amstel (1870). 

Trip notes

  • There are limited single rooms available on our Amsterdam trips. Book early if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • The museums in Amsterdam are incredible, which make them incredibly popular. If you’d like to visit any of them, it’s best to book tickets at least a few weeks in advance.

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions on the Amsterdam trip can be found here.

about amsterdam

Amsterdam’s origins trace back to the 13th century when it emerged as a fishing village along the Amstel River, before growing into a global trade hub by the 1600s. The city is renowned for its artistic legacy, and is home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. With a diverse culinary scene, from traditional Dutch dishes to global flavors, and eclectic nightlife, spanning Leidseplein's bustling clubs, Jordaan's intimate bars, and the historic ambiance of the Red Light District, the city today is as dynamic as it is timeless and beautiful. 

Good to Know

  • Dutch is the predominant language in Amsterdam.

  • The Euro is the official currency of the Netherlands.

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Flights

Fly into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

You’ll need to arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol by 1:00pm on day one of your trip to reach the hotel by 2:30pm. The cab ride is approximately 15 minutes.

Fly out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

 Fly out at any time on the last day. We recommend a later flight so you can enjoy a bit more exploring before heading back home or to your next adventure.

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