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Amsterdam By Luxury Coach

Amsterdam is always a great short break destination. Our special tours to Amsterdam are typically - big, organised parties. Staying in the heart of the city we have organised the tour with stacks to do for those who want to stick together. Yet being so central it is ideal if you want to do your own thing.Bustling trams and busy night life: restaurants, discos - the red light district!


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A 9 Day Coach Tour From London to Paris & Amsterdam


Day 1 - Arrive London

Check in to your hotel after 2:00pm and head out into the humming capital of Britain for a sneak peek at what's to come. At 6:00pm meet up with your Tour Manager and get to know your fellow travellers over dinner.

Tonight, get a feel for this thriving cultural melting pot on a walking tour around some of London's landmark spots with your Tour Manager. Check out the cool and happening hub of Soho, the bright lights of the famous West End and the street performers in Convent Garden.

Hotel Dinner
* Walking tour to see Soho, Covent Garden and some of London's West End

Days 2 and 3 - London

With two days in London, there's plenty of time to get a real feel for this buzzing cosmopolitan capital, where iconic black taxis and red double-decker buses flash past historic buildings.

Anything goes in London, so choose how you want to experience it.

During your time here, jump on the coach for a look at London's iconic buildings and UNESCO World Heritage sites in our included tour. Learn about Big Ben, the Royal Family's place of residence (Buckingham Palace), the horror tales of the Tower of London, and the magnificent Westminster Abbey, where Princess Diana's funeral service was held.

There's also an optional excursion to see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge. Choose to get up close to the famous ring of stones and learn more about the legends surrounding them.

A trip to Bath means a look into a gorgeous city, complete with terraces, promenades and heritage buildings. Get the background on the city's name and Roman past in an optional excursion to the stunning Roman Baths.

With an included day pass for the London Underground take advantage of the tube system. Use it like a local and move around the city at your own pace. Some ideas for your free time include a ride on the London Eye for awesome views over the city, or a visit to the Tate Modern to check out some of the world's most famous
contemporary art.

You can rub shoulders with the stars by walking through world-famous Madame Tussauds waxwork museum. Otherwise shop in the colourful Camden Markets or hit Oxford Street.

If you're keen for something a bit more off the beaten track, ask your Tour Manager for some tips.

On your last night in London experience a bit of London culture with a trip to a famous West End musical - it's on us! Afterward, round up some friends and hit the town. London has it all; jazz bars, traditional pubs, pumping clubs and loads of live music - take your pick and dive into the action.

Hotel Breakfast, Breakfast
* Sightseeing tour of London
* See Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the House of Parliament, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace
* Experience a traditional English Pub
* See the mystical boulders of Stonehenge
* Visit the old Roman town, Bath
* 1 day pass on the London Underground
* Ticket to a West End musical
* Visit to Stonehenge Monument GB -L-7.80
* Roman Baths

Day 4 - London to Paris

We hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. We travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, to Paris.

Tonight, the group kick-starts Paris with the `Tour of Illuminations', which shows off the French capital's transformation into the "City of Lights". Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafes give us a real taste of Paris' romance. Your Tour Manager will fill you in on the world's most-recognised monuments, like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

Then get a stunning view of the entire city with included entry to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Oui, oui, Paris!

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* See the White Cliffs of Dover
* Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
* See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral
* Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Days 5 and 6 - Paris

This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods).

Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank, step into the Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre and get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris' many green spaces.

Give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Paris' side streets with our Local Guide.

There's a visit to Fragonard. This perfumery has an elegant interior and is a unique setting for a look into the history of perfume. It's also a chance to pick up some French perfume at great prices.

Time in Paris includes a trip out to France's most well-known chateau: Versailles, once home to `the Sun King' Louis XIV, and hot spot of the French Revolution. Check out the impressive exterior of this extravagant palace. Then there's an opportunity to explore the former Royal Family's luxurious living quarters.

Treat yourself to the full Parisian experience with a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. But don't stop there - afterwards hit the clubs and finish up your travels with a big Parisian night out.

Hotel Breakfast, Breakfast
* Entrance & tour of the Palace of Versailles
* Visit a French perfumery
* Souvenir group photo at the Eiffel Tower Euro 11.00
* Fat Tire Bike tour Euro 23.50
* Moulin Rouge Euro 144.00

Days 7 and 8 - Paris to Amsterdam

We cut across 3 countries in one day and travel up to 300km/h on a high speed train to Amsterdam.

With an included tram pass for this free-wheeling city, you can easily explore more of Amsterdam. Experience Amsterdam's coffee shops, museums and cool, quirky boutiques. Wander along shady canals and pass gabled houses or hop on two wheels like the laid-back locals and bike through the centre of town.

Make the most of Amsterdam's multi-ethnic cuisine. This cultural melting pot dishes up loads of affordable food.

Other ideas for your time here include an evening canal cruise. It's a great way to unwind and get another angle on Amsterdam from the water.

Check out Amsterdam's eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.

Please note: You'll travel independently by train & will be met by a Contiki Representative in Amsterdam & transferred to your hotel. Your stay in Amsterdam is unescorted.

Hotel Breakfast, Breakfast
* Transfer to station and train to Amsterdam
* 300km/h trip on a high-speed train
* Transfer to Amsterdam hotel
* 2 day city tram pass

Day 9 - Depart Amsterdam

The tour ends after breakfast and it's time to say farewell to your new friends.


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If you were to stumble upon/into one of Amsterdam's many 'smoking coffeeshops' some unwritten rules apply

Don't buy on the street!
Only buy stuff from coffeeshops. Hard drugs are illegal (not to mention extremely dangerous) in Holland and the "oh I'm a dumb tourist" routine just won't cut it with the local gendarmerie - you may end up spending your holiday in a Dutch police cell.

Check the menu
The cannabis menu will be sitting on your table, at the bar, or in a separate cubicle (with a little man in it). Browse it at your leisure and don't be afraid to ask questions about strength.

Ask to see the merchandise
It's acceptable to ask for a look at what you're buying. Some of the nederwiet (Dutch weed) looks terrifying.

Buy something
If you're just looking for somewhere to skin up, it is customary and less rude to at least buy a drink or a cake or something.

Be careful
Dutch cannabis is waaay stronger than stuff you find elsewhere. The industry has proudly spent decades refining and breeding plants to maximum strength. Go easy and wait until effects kick in before smoking more. No one likes to see a naïve tourist go grey and pass out into their hot chocolate.

Don't buy too much
There is probably a very happy man who gets his gear from the bins around Central Station and Schipoll Airport. Bag upon bag of cannabis dumped by weekenders who bought too much. A 1gram bag of grass or hash may be enough for two or three days.

Watch out for the space cake
If you don't smoke you may think an easy alternative is just to nosh some hash-filled space cakes. Think again, soldier. Eaten cannabis is slower-acting but three times more powerful than smoked. You could end up in a dimension not of your choosing.












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