Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
Depart by coach from the pier for a panoramic city tour of Amsterdam. You will drive past the Baroque-style Royal Palace. You will also pass the famous Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), originally built in the 15th century, as you make your way to the heart of the city, Dam Square. Towers and steeples are among Amsterdam's loveliest features. You will pass the Munttoren (Mint Tower) and the 15th century Schreierstoren Weepers' Tower. As many sights are only accessible from the water, a tour of Amsterdam would not be complete without a scenic cruise along the city's canals.
Your self-guided visit of the Van Gogh museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the nineteenth century in the collection. The museum is also home to an extensive number of exhibitions on various subjects including nineteenth-century art history and highlights of the Dutch Masters.
OVERVIEW: Designed for guests who want to make the most of their last day in Amsterdam before their flight back home, this tour includes a city drive through some of the most impressive landmarks as well as a cruise through the Amsterdam canals.
HIGHLIGHTS: During the city drive, you'll see the medieval Weigh House, the Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church. You'll also enjoy a cruise down the charming Amsterdam canals aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Drop off at Schiphol Airport is included.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 550 yards. This tour is for guests with flights departing after 3:00 pm on the last day of the cruise from the Schiphol Airport
Begin your tour with a short transfer to the Westerkerk, Western Church, and the small statue of Anne Frank. From here it is only a short walk to the Anne Frank House where you will visit the former hiding place, where Anne Frank wrote her diary. Due to the size of the Anne Frank House, the visit is not guided.Following the visit to the Anne Frank House, board a glass topped canal boat that will take you on a 1 hour tour through the Amsterdam canals. After this cruise you will enjoy a scenic drive around the centre of Amsterdam.
OVERVIEW: Make the most of your last day in Amsterdam before their flight back home, this tour includes a visit to the world renowned Anne Frank House and a city drive through some of the most impressive landmarks.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the Anne Frank House and see the former hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her diary. From the coach, you'll see the Baroque Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk or New Church, Mint Tower, and Weepers Tower. Drop off at Schiphol Airport is included.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 0.5 mile over uneven surfaces with many steep steps to negotiate at the Anne Frank House. This tour is for guests with flights departing after 3:00 pm from the Schiphol Airport.
Throughout the world, Amsterdam is known for its extensive network of canals crisscrossing the heart of the city in over 1000 locations. One of the best ways to explore Amsterdam is from a canal boat. You will board a glass-topped canal boat at the Cruise Terminal. Gliding through the 17th century historic city center, you will discover the elegant merchants mansions and rows of waterside warehouses, which once housed the riches brought from the Far East. Look for the 17th century Skinny Bridge and Amsterdam's narrowest house as you make your way past beautiful old churches to the Anne Frank House, one of the most visited sights in the city.
Please contact the Shore Excursion Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to review full details on this tour. Tour must be booked in advance of the cruise in order to secure equipment and departure time.
Leave Amsterdam for a drive south to the 17th century town of Delft that has retained the classic characteristics of an Old Dutch town. It is also famous for the many paintings by the Dutch master Vermeer and last but not least its most known for its Delft Blue pottery. You will visit the Royal Delft Bleu factory, The Porceleyne Fles. During your visit here, you can watch the process involved in creating the world famous Delft porcelain. While there, you will also have the opportunity to browse or purchase items from their shop. This is followed by a 3 course lunch at a restaurant in Delft. After lunch take a short guided walk through the narrow streets.
Depart Amsterdam for a scenic drive to Keukenhof, Holland's world famous spring garden to experience the overwhelming explosion of color from more than 7 million varieties of tulips and flowers. Keukenhof means "kitchen garden" and was originally a small noble's salad garden. Today, the garden has bloomed to include 80 acres of paved footpaths that traverse lawns, streams, lakes and pavilions featuring various exhibitions. The Keukenhof is Holland's best known bulb display garden and is inspirational to the avid gardener, photographer and anyone who would enjoy a day out in a beautiful park setting.
Driving out of Amsterdam you will pass scenic pastureland dotted with farmhouses and grazing animals. Zaanse Schans, a quaint Dutch windmill village has been fully recreated to resemble an 18th century Zaan community. As you stroll through the quaint streets watching the craftsmen practicing the trades of yesteryear, you'll get a glimpse of what Dutch life once was. Though there were once over 600 windmills in the Zaanstreek, only a handful have been preserved. You'll have an opportunity to witness the Old Dutch craft of clog making, or simply relax in an outdoor cafe. Visit the typical Dutch village of Edam. Strolling the town's cobblestone streets, you will notice a unique bell tower.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.