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Raffle: Amsterdam


Amsterdam boasts numerous charms, from its beautiful canals flanked by elegant 17th century merchant houses, to its collection of fascinating and world-famous museums, and the hundreds of festivals that mark space on the calendars of locals and visitors alike. But you'll find so much more to love about the Netherland's capital on this trip with two skip-the-line experiences: a visit to the interactive Heineken brewery, as well as the Van Gogh Museum. Along Amsterdam's illuminated canals you'll see major landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House as you cruise the scenic waterways with your hop-on hop-off canal boat tour.

Enjoy contemporary luxury on an excellent location, just off vibrant Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam, where behind its historical facade of 19th century buildings stands the 4-star Swissotel. Amsterdam offers all the features of a major metropolis, though modest in scale, and you can easily see most of the city by just roaming through the labyrinth of alleys and waterways. Swissôtel Amsterdam provides a calm and comfortable oasis of tranquility contrasting sharply with the hum of the busy city. The 350-year-old Royal Palace, numerous shopping areas and theaters are just around the corner. Traveling to all corners of the city as well as the rest of the beautiful Dutch countryside could not be easier, with Amsterdam Central Station located at a stone’s throw and all major tramlines stopping right in front and at the back of the hotel.

All major sights and attractions are within walking distance. Some of the world's finest art collections reside in Amsterdam, alongside trend-setting design shops. The residents of Amsterdam, a big attraction in the historic city, are generally known as laid-back and friendly. 'Amsterdammers' are more than willing to give you directions, most likely in your mother tongue. And with its myriad festivals each year, including the Tangomagia festival, HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show, Imagine Fantastic Film Festival, and the Holland Festival (just to name a few!), Amsterdam's reputation as a City of Festivals is justly deserved.

Spend some time dedicated to one of Amsterdam's quintessential highlights – Heineken beer – with a visit to the Heineken Experience. Discover the fascinating world of Heineken and learn about the brewing process as you explore the history and traditions of Holland's iconic beer on this self-guided tour. The original Heineken brewery from 1867 until 1988, the Heineken Experience today is more than a museum – it's an interactive venue where you'll learn the extraordinary story behind this remarkable, world-famous brand. Experience what it's like to be a beer bottle in the 'Brew You Ride' and create a personalized beer bottle with your name on it! End your tour with two beers - proost!

Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on your Footsteps of Van Gogh walking tour with a visit to Nuenen, where he lived from 1883-1885, and the Van Gogh Museum. This excursion to a range of locations in Nuenen that inspired the artist will give you insight into Vincent's life, as he was very productive in this village, completing more than 500 paintings and drawings within a period of just two years. One of these was The Potato Eaters, now one of his most famous works. During your time in Nuenen you'll visit the Vincentre Museum, explore some of the 23 'Van Gogh locations' by bike or on foot and soak up the renowned Brabant hospitality at the numerous shops and cafes. Then explore the world's largest collection of his works at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, including such famed works as The Bedroom and several self-portraits. As you study his masterpieces, drawings and and letters, you'll discover the love, anxiety, hope and suffering behind his art, and track the creative development and continuous search of an artist who was constantly trying to improve himself.

Getting around Amsterdam is a breeze with a hop-on hop-off Boat Day Pass along UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals. The boats operate a regular service along Amsterdam's canals, following tour routes: the Green Line and the Orange Line. While you cruise, admire gorgeous city views while listening to on-board commentary providing interesting information about the Netherlands' capital. Hop on and off as often as you like at up to nine stops located near Amsterdam's major museums, attractions and shopping centers, such as the Rijksmuseum, the museum of the Netherlands that features Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day; Leidesplein in the popular Vondelpark; the Anne Frank House and the Albert Cuyp Market.

Your trip for two includes:


  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations at the Swissôtel Amsterdam
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes (including VAT)
  • Footsteps of Van Gogh Walking Tour, including skip the line entrance to the Van Gogh Museum
  • Skip the line admission to the Heineken Experience
  • 1-day hop-on hop-off canal boat passes






TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Amsterdam): Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.


CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation prior to arrival will be subject to forfeiture of reservations and funds.


DRAWING DATE: Drawing will be on October 19, 2019. Winner does not need to be present to win