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Itinerary - Pls comment !!!!

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Itinerary - Pls comment !!!!

Planning for June 2014 and staying at Niewmarket !!!

Day I - Arriving from Dubai at 1.30 PM.

Evening - Dam Square, RLD, Niewmarket

Day 2 - Morning - Self Drive Boat on the Amstel.

Evening - Canal Walk - Full length of Prinsengracht and Kaisergracht + Prinseneiland

Day 3 - Morning : Anne Frank + Jordaan Area

Afternoon - Rijksmuseum + Leidseplein

Day 4 : Morning : Haarlem.

Afternoon - Ferry to Eye Institute, Public Library etc. If time permits, Nine Streets

Day 5 : Den Haag + Delft

Day 6 : Boating in Broek Waterland + Edam

Day 7 : Morning : Gouda. Evening : Utrecht

Is the above workable ? Another question is : If we are visiting Edam, is Gouda similar ?? Can we substitute this with any other city? Is Alkmaar a better alternative to Gouda ??

Thanks a Lot for any Suggestions !!

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1. Re: Itinerary - Pls comment !!!!

About right - not too aggressive. Just be prepared to allow changes to happen.

I think you are equating Edam and Gouda as cheese towns when you ask if they are similar. They are different and they are both beautiful but I don't necessarily think you want to visit Gouda. As for Alkmaar, I don't know if you want to visit unless it is for the Friday morning cheese market. If you do visit, try to take in Bergen and/or Hoorn.

If you want a suggestion for a visit instead of Gouda, you might consider Leiden.

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i wouldnt do the self drive boat myself,, the canals can get crazy, and if you dont knwo what your doing it can be dangerous and you really cant sight see you have to watch what your doing,, and if your thinking of the paddle boats , well there are jjustt target imo lol, enjoy your trip

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Self drive boat: only if you are really, really experienced.

Can get very busy on Amstel-river and the canals with touristsboats, but more important also commercial larger boats.

In general: Amsterdam is a busy real-life city, not only a tourists-fairytale like Bruges!

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Be sure not to skip Rotterdam given that you will travel to the Netherlands in June 2014. You might plan a day trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, it's easy to reach Rotterdam by train (by fast train only 40m). It has been declared one of the "2014 places to go to" by both the New York Times, due to its interesting cuisine, modern architecture and building projects that are nearing completion this year (like the Markthal and De Rotterdam by famous architect Rem Koolhaas) and the huge harbour (which you can visit with a Spido Harbor Tour, the biggest harbour of Europe and one of the biggest harbours of the world):

nytimes.com/interactive/…

As well as the Rough Guides:

http://www.roughguides.com/best-places/2014/

Rotterdam really adds to your experience of travelling to the Netherlands because it is unlike any other city in Holland. It has wonderful modern architecture, a very dynamic cuisine (don't miss the Witte de With street, Westelijk Handelsterrein etc.) and sites with beautiful contrasts between old historic spots (like the Veerhaven, Delfshaven or Westerkade) and brand new spots with modern skyscrapers alongside the river and the Erasmus Bridge, like on the Wilhelminapier. Kinderdijk (with its windmills) is also easily reachable from Rotterdam by boat (it's a wonderful boat trip in itself).

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5. Re: Itinerary - Pls comment !!!!

NYT link:

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About Gouda: I would also personally prefer a trip to Leiden.

Edited: 15 January 2014, 17:35
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6. Re: Itinerary - Pls comment !!!!

Yay a new fight: Gouda vs. Leiden.

I'm calling up all my friends in both cities to come here and throw wet blankets at each other.

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7. Re: Itinerary - Pls comment !!!!

Looks very doable, a bit busy (especially two cities per daytrip), but doable if you want to see a lot.

Perhaps it's better to just do a standard canal tour in Amsterdam. It's fun to ride a private little boat but navigating the narrow bridges can be difficult with lots of other traffic, especially if one of the oncoming boats is a commercial canal cruise ship, they DO NOT stop for other boats.

Renting a boat in Broek in Waterland can make up for it. :-)

I don't remember what Gouda and Alkmaar are like so I can't comment on those... Edam is super cute! Monnickendam is also very pretty, and close to Broek in Waterland. I don't know if you can make it all the way to Edam by boat (time-wise). It may be possible but I don't know how much time that would cost. Also ask the rental company if the boat is safe enough for riding on Gouwzee, or only the smaller ditches and lakes. I also really like the tiny village of Holysloot, which is in the other direction. Its one single cafe (Het Schoolhuis) is pleasant and you'll probably be the only foreigner there.

Get tickets in advance for Anne Frank House, that way you can skip the long queue.

You can take in a bit of Nine Streets on your Jordaan day. Time needed depends on how much shopping you want to do. :-)

On Day 5 you may also want to include Scheveningen beach; perhaps start in the morning in Delft, then Den Haag, then Scheveningen beach and have dinner in one of the beach cafes and watch the sun set in the sea.

Have fun planning!

Edited: 15 January 2014, 17:43
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8. Re: Itinerary - Pls comment !!!!

Thanks for all the suggestions !

Coming from Dubai with all its skyscrapers , Rotterdam does not seem to hold much of a novelty for us ! We are looking for an authentic Dutch experience - hence more keen on the older cities.

Some help needed on choosing between Gouda / Leiden / Alkmaar ?

Thanks Again

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When I mention Alkmaar, please understand that is my wife's hometown. I love it and it is great on a Friday morning but I don't know if have are there on a Friday.

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Let me make it more difficult still. Why not include one of the medieval Hanze cities, for example Deventer, and combine that with your Utrecht day?

Or 2000 year old Nijmegen? A very mellow, friendly place with a beautiful center and lots of history and hardly any tourists.

When I need to choose between destinations I use Google Images and Google Streetview.

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