Our Amsterdam trips have been so successful for the last 2 years that I've decided to run another this year. This time we'll stop overnight in the city centre (single rooms), allowing us to explore Amsterdam by night with an additional full second day sightseeing, arriving back in Southend 10pm (Friday).
There's so much to see and do. On the first day we'll have lunch in a canal-side cafe/restaurant, see the sights, ride a tram and the highlight, (once again) our own private 1.5hrs canal cruise (optional) £26.
We'll visit the old city & red light area with its famous coffee shops and 13th-century church. This is one of the most exciting and entertaining neighbourhoods in Europe.
With 2 full days and some careful planning we'll be able to pack in an awful lot and have some memorable times together. The weather should be on our side too in mid August. As usual, you can join in with the group, do your own thing or a bit of both, no problem.
✪ OUR AMSTERDAM CANAL CRUISE ✪
This cruise along the canals will be a great way for us to relax and see some of the city and its attractions. We'll glide down the waterways on our own traditional salon-boat for 1.5 hours complete with on-board commentary.
Amsterdam’s canals are of course the postcard star of the Dutch capital. Along the way, sip a cup of tea or coffee (included), or purchase a beer, soft drink or wine from the on-board bar, and enjoy unbeatable views of Amsterdam from the water.
It's £26 and I'll ask for payment for those interested.
✪ WHO CAN JOIN US ✪
It's more comfortable when we know others. Therefore, only members who have attended at least 3 events in the last 6 months will be able to join us. No guests, couples or friends. But if you are a newer member, there is still plenty of time to get to know us first.
✪ EASYJET FLIGHTS (£65 as at 15/Feb) ✪
Once I have confirmed you have a room, go-ahead and book your own flights, let me know when done and how much you paid then pay me for the room.
Southend - Amsterdam EZY7401 - dep 0710, arr 0920
Amsterdam - Southend EZY7406 - dep 2155, arr 2155
✪ ROUGH PLAN - DAY 1 - THURSDAY ✪
Note: There will be a lot of walking but we'll stop approx every hour for a well deserved 20 minute break at a cafe/bar for a quick drink & the loos.
6am: Go through passport control and meet on the other side in the big bar by the departure gates for drinks & breakfast.
7:10am flying 1 hour 10 mins landing 9:20am local time
10am: Board airport train to city after collecting tickets
10:30am: Arrive in the city centre for sightseeing and an optional light snack + drink stops.
1pm: Canal-side lunch. We'll be right by lots of good eating places not far from our boat departure point.
2:15pm: Walk to boat. Departs 2:30pm, finishes 4pm.
4pm: Walk to our hotel district checking in around 4:30pm. I'll call people up in groups per Hotel for check-in.
...and so the day continues...
Read about the 2nd day and the accomodation here: https://www.meetup.com/southend-over-40s-nights-out/events/258988005