Okay, listen, if you’re going to Amsterdam, I have a good idea why. Don’t worry. We won’t tell anyone, let alone your boss or your spouse. And frankly, we live in an age now where you shouldn’t have to hide something you really, really like.
I mean, tulips are just flowers, and I don’t see why visiting Amsterdam to see tulips would bother anyone.
Assuming you are going to Amsterdam for the tulips, you can book a pretty little tour to the tulip fields at Keukenhof Gardens. It’s a good way to fill up your camera’s memory cards with pictures of pleasant, Dutch scenery and millions of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. The Keukenhof Gardens tours are either half-day or full-day, and there’s plenty of picnicking areas, as well as several restaurants should you want a bite to eat.
Now, if you aren’t going for the tulips, don’t worry. There are several other Amsterdam tours you might like. Amsterdam is famous for several things; among them its museums. If you get an I AMsterdam city pass (about $60), you get free entrance to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum and twenty others–plus it affords you unlimited public transport and a discount at Madame Tussauds and the Amsterdam Dungeon.
After you’ve experienced the Northern Renaissance in the muted serenity of world famous museums, take an Amsterdam Canals Dinner cruise. For a little over $80 a person, you get a four-course meal, including beer and wine, served in a luxurious, climate-controlled launch that winds it way through the romantic canals of Amsterdam.
Another great way to see the city is on a bicycle, and you can get a guided, English-speaking bike tour for about $25. These are great because your guide will run you by the highlights, as well as lesser-known must-sees.