King's Day in Amsterdam8 Days • 1 Cities King's Day in Amsterdam
Party like royalty during a neighborhood block party…that takes place throughout the entire city of Amsterdam—canals included. King’s Day, or Konigsdag, is essentially the Netherlands’ version of St. Patrick’s day, mixed with the 4th of July, and the guest of honor is the birthday boy: The King. In addition to partying like it’s your birthday (but it’s really for the king’s) at this orange-tinted festival and bargain hunting for things you never knew you needed in the crazy, massive flea market that takes over the city, you get to spend some quality time with good ole’ Amsterdam. Feast on street food in between frolicking through tulip fields and exploring art museums, then wash it all down with beers you’ll dream about for years to come.
What are the top highlights?
- Party in the parks, streets, and canals of Amsterdam for King’s Day
- Pedal through the streets of Amsterdam amongst hundreds of thousands of bikes
- Talk politics as you visit Delft and The Hague
- Stuff yourself with savory street foods
- Wander through postcard-worthy gardens in the countryside
- Visit the Van Gogh museum, and get in touch with your artistic side
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- 6 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
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- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
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Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight, bound for Amsterdam, and dream of craft beer, stroopwafels, and wooden shoes…then wipe the drool off your neighbor’s shoulder, and let the adventure begin.
Day 2: Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam! There’s so much to love, from the canals to Van Gogh to the legendary, laid-back attitude. Home of the famous Red Light District and more bikes than people, over 12,000 of which are fished out of the canals each year (bikes, not people), Amsterdam is one-of-a-kind. Seriously, how many cities do you know of with floating houses and hot waffles with caramel served anytime of the day?
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Check in at your accommodations.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers and take a quick walk around the area with your Tour Director.
In the evening, it's time for our Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with your new friends and travelers. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!
Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Amsterdam + Optional Dutch Countryside Bike Tour
By now, you’ve probably realized Amsterdam is not your average city. It’s a multicultural, coffee-loving place, home to really friendly (and tall) people. Oh, and there’s an entire houseboat filled with stray cats called Poezenboot, because what city doesn’t have one? Answer: the rest of them. Get to know the unique character of the city during a guided walking tour to some of the city’s most iconic sites before stopping at a chocolate and spice workshop to indulge your sweet tooth. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own, or, join an optional bike tour of the nearby countryside.
- Meet your local guide for an in-depth tour of the city, and walk along a few of Amsterdam’s 165 canals while dodging bicyclists.
- Stroll through the Jordaan Neighborhood and feel super cultured being in this high-end spot, surrounded by art galleries, patio restaurants, cafes, and music.
- Tour Nieuwmarkt, a lively city square, market, and nightlife hotspot and pin this place in your maps, because you’ll definitely want to revisit once the sun goes down.
- Stop in the Red Light District, because no trip to Amsterdam would be complete without visiting this iconic area known for sex shops, coffee houses, and everything in between.
- Taste-test local flavors during a chocolate and spice tasting workshop and realize that life in Amsterdam is pretty sweet.
Dutch Countryside Bike Tour(extra cost)
Bike like a local through the streets and countryside of Amsterdam. You’ll start by pedaling through the city, then take a ferry across the North Holland Canal. On the other side, leave behind gleaming landmarks like the Amsterdam Tower and Eye Film Museum as you glide deeper into Holland. You’ll ride through rural landscapes (complete with cows-galore) and see the picturesque windmills and 17th century villages. Enjoy pancakes and a drink while soaking up the stunning Dutch countryside. Experience the quaint Waterland region by the sea before biking back to big city life.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 4: Enjoy a Free Day in Amsterdam + Optional Tulip Bike Ride
Spend the day exploring on your own and get a feel for the city’s history and culture. Kick back at a canal-side restaurant, wander across a couple dozen bridges, and wonder why this city is called “The Venice of the East” when Amsterdam actually has more canals than the Italian city. Does that make Venice “The Amsterdam of the West”? Make it happen. Spread the word. While you’re exploring, sample the famous Hollandse Nieuwe (which is essentially pickled fish). Pedal through gardens on an optional bike riding excursion in The Netherlands’ most iconic tulip fields.
- Make your way to Dam Square, the central public square of Amsterdam, and enjoy the happy, laid-back local attitude. We’re sure the coffee shops have nothing to do with that…
- Go green lounging in Museumplein, an urban green space where three of the city’s major museums are located. It’s also where you can fight for a spot on the the famous “I Amsterdam” sign.
- See how Amsterdam does nightlife with a visit to Leidseplein Square, an energetic area filled with cozy bars, famous clubs, and talented street performers.
Free Time Suggestions
The Anne Frank House: Now that your Tuk Tuk tour gave you a peek into Anne Frank’s life , take a little time on your own to see the very same house and annex, now a museum, that sheltered her and her brave family during the Holocaust. Heads up, tickets for this must be purchased a couple of months in advance, so plan ahead!
Dutch Bros: Learn about the history of the city you’ve fallen in love with at the Rijksmuseum – a Dutch national museum dedicated to all things Amsterdam.
Bike Ride Through Tulip Fields(extra cost)
Get ready to frolic through vibrant tulip fields before exploring the quintessential Keukenhof, a place as fun to explore as it is to pronounce, and a must-see when visiting the Netherlands. Known as “The Garden of Europe”, Keukenhof Park is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, complete with rustic windmills, the Keukenhof Castle, and endless flowers, so prepare to fill your phone’s camera roll. As if this day couldn’t get any better, you’ll get there in the most Dutch way possible—by bike. Top this excursion off with a pancake lunch, Dutch-style. Pannekoek’s are thinner than American pancakes, thicker than French crepes, and straight up addicting. Enjoy this local treat, complete with drool-worthy toppings. before heading back to Amsterdam smellin’ like flowers.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 5: Day Trip to The Hague & Delft
Head to The Hague, a seaside city in the South Holland province that’s important enough to have “The” in it’s name. Next, it’s off to Delft. Even though it isn’t “The” Delft, it’s still great and definitely worth the visit due to the city’s long-time ties with the currently reigning House of Orange-Nassau, a dynasty that has shaped the politics and government of the Netherlands. With King’s Day just around the corner, this is a pretty big deal.
- Board a private motorcoach, bound for The Hague.
- Keep your hands to yourself as you see the crowning jewels of this well-known governing city during a walking tour of the city.
- Trip out during a guided tour of the Escher Museum, home to the mind-bending artwork and optical illusions of graphic artist M.C. Escher.
- Stop in Delft, the nearby city known for technology, and some famous blue and white pottery that would look great in your mom’s china cabinet. Now’s your chance to be the favorite child.
- Hit the town and get a jump start on the party along with the rest of the city.
Day 6: Celebrate King’s Day in Amsterdam
Not wearing orange on King’s Day is the equivalent to not wearing green on St. Paddy’s Day: it’s just wrong. (The House of Orange-Nassau rules over the Netherlands, so the color theme was sort of a given.) Dress up in orange, throw on some orange face paint, and sip on an Oranjebitter, a traditional, orange Dutch drink. Let’s get this party started.
- Paint the town orange as you flock to the streets, parks, and canals of Amsterdam to celebrate with locals and tourists alike.
- Listen to a mix of DJs and live music as you dance your way down the energetic city streets.
- Hop aboard one of the many boats in the canals for a change of scenery (and do your best not to fall into the water).
- Jam out to larger concerts and dance events outside the city center.
- Check out Vrijmarkt, a one-of-a-kind flea market that puts your neighborhood garage sales to shame. People take over the entire city on King’s Day to bargain off their old possessions, from clothes to toys to musical instruments and everything in between.
Day 7: Free Day in Amsterdam + Farewell Dinner
Good news! You have the whole day in Amsterdam to spend anyway you please. Recover from King’s Day and check any last-minute Amsterdam experiences off your bucket list before meeting up for a Farewell Dinner with your group.
- Hit the shops on De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets), the quaint cobblestone streets with everything from vintage, to boutique, to designer. If you’ve slacked on souvenirs, today is the day.
- Stuff yourself with art, fashion, crafts, and food from every corner of the globe in De Hallen. Time spent in this industrial building turned cultural center is time well spent, especially when you have a snack (or two) in hand.
- Chill out in one of the city’s lush green spaces. Rembrandtpark and Vondelpark are two of our favorite parks, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
- Stroll through one of the city’s best-know markets, Albert Cuyp Markt, and try not to get lost among the 300 stalls of treats and crafts. Or do get lost, and have more time to nibble on frites with mayo and fresh stroopwafels.
- Get together for one last group dinner, and raise a glass to an epic trip.
Free Time Suggestions
Beer Me a Beer: Amstel and Heineken are rooted here in Amsterdam. Check out the Heineken Experience for a magical, behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's largest beer companies.
Say Cheese: Get a taste for Dutch culture at the Amsterdam Cheese Museum. Yes. A museum entirely dedicated to the history of cheese making, complete with samples of local specialties. And did we mention you get to dress up like a traditional Dutch cheese farmer? We won’t blame you if you spend the entire day here.
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
Day 8: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
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