First and foremost at American Travelers Club we aim to suggest the best eating, drinking and interacting in authentic places that have had time and history to build a heart and soul. All three cities have a very strong historic relationship, starting with the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th Century when Amsterdam’s East and West Indian Companies ruled the world (New York was New Amsterdam, Cape Town was Kaapstad and Djakarta was Batavia). When the growing British Empire took over the world’s trade routes from the Dutch (the Dutch culture leans more to trading posts than settlements), London became the center of the world and then during a couple of decades of Napoleanic rule, the French under Napoleon Bonaparte tried to redraw Europe’s borders in the late 18th and early 19th century.
Catch the interesting history that led to London and Paris growing into global Megalopoli in the past 200 years, while Amsterdam managed to hold on to its history and small scale capital status.
When we talk about authenticity at American Travelers Club, we’re talking about our passion to educate, relive the arts, the depth of the culture and enjoying culinary grandstanding. When we came back from a three months trip through the heart of Europe in 2016, we both concluded that:
• we both felt more safe anywhere in Europe than in the United States. We had a great comparison, since prior to the Europe trip we had criss-crossed the States north-south and east-west several times.
• The food in Europe is amazing and organic. European Union Laws strictly forbid additives and conservation. Food needs to be fresh…and it was.
• Most of Europe “Old Country” Grandeur is still visible and enjoyable, but you have to choose your timing carefully or else be overrun by visitors from around the world
• Pre-plan your day’s activities carefully and book your special interests early. We have marked our suggested tour preferences and companies at the bottom of this page.
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There is so much you can do and so much you can see, one lifetime would not be enough!
Forget the tulips and the clogs; Amsterdam has so much more to offer. Amsterdam allows you to taste the world. What’s your flavor?
On this Tri- City Tour you should fly into Schiphol, Amsterdam’s International Airport or Brussels – Zaventhem from where the European train system is the most reliable to take you to your destination.
Step into a different world dating back to Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Literally every Must-See spot in Amsterdam is in walking distance; from Central Station to the Dam, the Red Light District to the Rijks Museum, you’re surrounded by history. Another attraction is the picturesque “9 Streets Neighborhood” with its 13 restaurants, coffee shops and unique boutiques, offering a centuries’ old insight into the Canal Architecture of Amsterdam. This is what the American press said about this magnificent piece of Amsterdam:
• ‘For that true taste of A’dam. Nine little streets that are big on personality.’ (National Geographic)
• ‘It’s areas like this that really make you feel comfortable in Amsterdam.’ (Lonely Planet)
• ‘A must if you want to hang out where the locals do.’ (Thomas Cook Travel Magazine)
• ‘In the mood for some retail therapy? Visit De 9 Straatjes. It is charming and delightful.’ (Vanity Fairs)
• ‘Easily Amsterdam’s best shopping hub; a charming mixture of designer boutiques, art galleries, vintage clothing stores, gift shops and places to eat and drink.’ (The New York Times)
Amsterdam offers more than 50 museums and it can be quite a task to select a natural routing between the most famous ones. Most tours suggest van Gogh and Anne Frank Huis, but we recommend the Rijks Museum and the City Museum, especially if lines are long. Amsterdam is a sensation for your senses and the only way to appreciate that is to do what Amsterdammers do. Walk or bicycle or take the tram. The city is small for a nation’s capital with less than 800,000 residents and ideally laid out for walking.
A guided walking tour around the famous flower market, the Munt, Kalverstraat, Paleis op de Dam and up to the Rijks Museum and City Museum.
After lunch we suggest a special canal cruise to give you an even better feel of the city that has more canals than Venice. Towards Happy Hour experience the phenomenon of Amsterdam’s Bruine Kroegen and the atmosphere around the Albert Cuyp market.
For the evening we’ll let you loose to discover Amsterdam’s nightlife and theater experiences. Check out what is happening in Theatre Carré tonight.
Get ready for a full day of exploring and savoring Amsterdam on foot and bicycle. Unless you have moral inhibitions, we suggest a leisurely walk through the Red Light District past windows and famous coffee shops, followed by a stop to taste some Dutch poffertjes at the Dam, followed by a bicycle ride to Heineken’s World Headquarters for the Heineken Experience. After lunch you’ll get the chance to explore some more quarters like the Jordaan, Rembrandt Square markets and Leidsche Plein.
For dinner we suggest a culinary experience of a life time with an authentic Indonesian Rice Table. Indonesia was part of the Dutch Colonial Kingdom until 1948 and still today, a great deal of oriental influence is centered around Amsterdam.
This Dutch colonial feast, the rijsttafel, was created to provide a festive and official type of banquet that would represent the multi-ethnic nature of the Indonesian archipelago. Dishes were assembled from many of the far flung regions of Indonesia, where many different cuisines exist, often determined by ethnicity and culture of the particular island or island group — from Javanese favourite sateh, tempeh and seroendeng, to vegetarian cuisine gado-gado and lodeh with sambal lalab from Batavia and Preanger.
From spicy rendang and gulai curry from the Minangkabau region in Sumatra, to East Indies ubiquitous dishes nasi goreng, soto ayam and kroepoek crackers. Also Indonesian dishes from hybrid influences; such as Chinese babi ketjap, loempia and bamie to European beef smoor. And there are many others from the hundreds of inhabited islands, which contain more than 300 regional and ethnic language groups.