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Please help for trip planning.

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Please help for trip planning.

We have booked our long awaited trip to Netherlands.

From April 19-24. Family of 6. Age group, 18-45 years from New York,

Please help with our itinerary for 4 days in and around Amsterdam. On the 5th day we head out to Hague.

Our tentative plans

Day 1 We land at Schipol around 6 AM. Planning to freshen up/eat at the airport, use the luggage lockers to store our luggage and head out to Keukenhof gardens in the bus outside the airport. Return back, pick up our luggage and head to our hotel in Central Amsterdam

Day 2 One or two museums

Day 3 Volendam, Markem and Zaanse through Lindbergh tours

Day 4 Open. Maybe another museum

Any more suggestions on what we can see in and around Amsterdam.

Please suggest transport options for 4 days in and around Amsterdam. Confused about the GVB card/ city card/multi-day card.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Please help for trip planning.

At the top of this page there is a Things To Do catagory and over at the top right (not with the app) there is Top Questions about Amsterdam, scroll down to Overview of Discount Cards which has a graph illustrating the features of most of the Transport -Attraction cards and should answer your questions about transport.

There is literally SO much to do it would be tough to point you in any direction without knowing your particular likes and dislikes. Some people come for the museums, some for the history & culture, some for the nightlife and coffeeshops, others for the Romance and flowers.

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Amsterdam is eminently walkable specially if you are staying in the inner canal zone. I would recommend a canal cruise in the day and at night to see the contrast. Maybe Anne Frank House for a visit in which case you need top try and book a slot Now. Otherwise I concur with Sunnyunlimited that you need to come up with your groups likes and dislikes. Maybe the 18 year old could do some research to maximize your visit to this wonderful city. Your library should have the Eyewitness guides along with others including walks in Amsterdam. GOOGLE Maps Street View will give you a great perspective. Enjoy the flowers.

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Oh, I forgot the obvious -- a 1/2 day trip to the world famous Keukenhof gardens since your visit coincides with (potential) peak blooming times. Easily combined with Zahn Schaans for the windmill village. This is a very popular easy bus trip - tour day trip.

Bikes are available to rent at both locations.

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I wouldn't recommend Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans as they're in opposite directions. When I went to Keukenhof it took up most of the day.

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Thanks Pala32,

since they are frequently combined on a bus tour I wasn't considering how the 2 locations are situated regarding each other.

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6. Re: Please help for trip planning.

Sunny, OP's already mentioned visiting Keukenhof on the first day en Zaanse Schans on the second day.

Usually Zaanse Schans combining with Volendam is not ideal because that's also in opposite directions, but since they want to make use of a tour operator i suppose that should be fine.

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Thanks for all your responses and inputs.

Our main interests are Canal and Dam area, red light area, couple main museums, Keukenhof, Zaanse, Volendam.

Looked up the travel cards, just so confusing. Needed help on which one to pick for this itinerary. Is it GVB or

I amsterdam card or Holland card?

Keukenhof will be on day 1, directly from airport to the gardens. Zaanse and volendam are thru a tour operator.

Rest of the travel is limited to Amsterdam. Whats the best option for discount cards?

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GVB tram, bus and metro cards - 24, 48, or 72 hour ones. You can use them in Amsterdam. It won't get you to Keukenhof though.

I think there is a combi ticket from airport for the specific bus (not GVB) and entry into the gardens.

Iamsterdam card is for entry to museums and comes with a travel card. If you're only visiting a couple of museums, it's not worth it. I think the Holland pass works in a similar way. I think the straight forward GVB tram cards for travel within Amsterdam, if you need it, are best. But if you have reasonable fitness - you can easily walk it, Amsterdam is fairly small.

FOAM and Huis Marseille are contemporary photography galleries/museums and are really impressive. The Dutch Resistance Museum is also very good and engaging. Other than that, walk the canals and streets and try to visit Vondelpark. And you couldn't leave without a trip to a coffeeshop!

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