If you’re thinking of holidaying in Europe, we recommend the beautiful city of Amsterdam. It makes for a great city to explore on a short stay, and offers rich architectural history set in an excitingly modern atmosphere. There’s no shortage of things to do – explore the tranquil streets, gorge on food, discover the city’s museums, galleries, shops and cafes, the art, uncover the underground music and culture scene, all of which Amsterdam is famous for. The city’s trams let you hop on and off, and make discovering Amsterdam’s many hidden treasures a real pleasure.

Things to do
1. Amsterdam’s food culture is an important piece of the travel experience. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes that serve traditional Dutch fare such as Bitterballen, Spekdik and Frikandel.

2. For lovers of art, architecture and history, there are marvels at every street corner, and museums and galleries dedicated exclusively to the works of Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

3. Music lovers are in for a treat. Music of all genres are accessible in this city, and you can book yourself tickers to all the best acts on tour at the Heineken Music Hall or an evening of traditional jazz at Bimhuis, or soak in the spectacular acoustics at Concertgebouw where classical music concerts are scheduled most days of the week.

4. The theatre is a much-loved experience with tourists and locals alike. Catch a performance of kleinkunst, a cabaret that combines storytelling with music, theatre and humour.

The best part of visiting Amsterdam is that you don’t need to break the bank for a vacation. Here are a few holiday packages that make planning your trip as easy as pie.

1. Holland Explorer
Visit Amsterdam on a 4-day 3-night trip through storybook canals and laid-back coffee houses, the famed flower markets and much more. As a living, breathing museum for art, this jewel of Europe that is surrounded by 17th century canals is perfect for all-day cruising and shopping. Book this package with Thomas Cooke.

2. Amsterdam Escape
With 4 nights in Amsterdam, you can experience the coolest capital city in Europe, its history, nightlife and charm while staying at a heritage hotel that offers an authentic experience of Dutch life. Get this package with Go-Today.

3. Amsterdam & Venice
Celebrate Amsterdam’s fascinating culture with visits to the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Follow that with a trip to Venice where you can see the San Marco Basilica and the Gallerie dell’Accademia. Book a 6-night all-inclusive trip with Go-Today.

4. Fusion Europe
If Amsterdam alone doesn’t get you your Europe fix, sign up for the Fusion Europe tour, with 10 days to explore the continent at leisure. From the Lido Show and Disney Studios in Paris, onto scenic Switzerland where Lucerne and Mt. Titlis lie in wait, to the famous Ferrari museum in Italy, explore the basilicas of Rome and the canals of Venice, before visiting amazing Amsterdam where you can end your holiday on a high note. Book this package with Cox & Kings.

If you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to Amsterdam, consider paying for it with a personal loan. A travel loan or a vacation loan is basically a personal loan for travel. Banks grant these loans to fund up to 80% of your travel expenses. You can pay for the tickets, insurance, accommodation, etc. with the loan. Lenders such as Bajaj Finserv will also give you a loan for travel.

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