8th - 12th February 2018
Work is done for the week and now the real fun begins. Grab your bag, print your e-ticket and make sure you've got your passport on you because here we go! Make sure you get to the departure point (on your e-ticket) at least half an hour early and meet our expert staff who will check you and your group on to the coach before setting off. You’ll be travelling by bus from Nottingham to Newcastle Ferry Port, where you’ll travel by overnight ferry to Amsterdam. The cabins are for 4 people and have a shower and 4 bunk beds. The ferry has a bar, club, casino, restaurants, cinema, live entertainment, games area and a huge duty free selection. When you check in at the port you just show your passport and you will receive a key card for your cabin. So relax get settled and explore the ship.
Gooood morning! We have arrived; welcome to the Venice of the North, our flagship destination; the cultural mecca of Europe - Amsterdam! You will have woken up in your cabin refreshed after a full nights sleep and be smug that you haven’t sat on a coach for the past 12 hours. This is our home, our flagship spot and our reps will help you off the ship onto the coaches to take you to the Heineken Brewery drop off point. From there it is just a 5 minute walk to the Hans Brinker Hostel. They will give you a brief introduction to city, a breakdown of your specific itinerary and provide you with some hints and tips too. Check-in time is at 2pm so our staff will direct you to a safe-storage area within the accommodation, just to the left of the lift downstairs in the club. We advise you to grab a bite to eat for brunch; we recommend trying out La Place at the V&D food hall just off the Kalverstraat or the Stache does some amazing waffles and croissants and is just over the road.
14:00 is the standard check-in time so hopefully you will have grabbed some brunch and got your bearings around where we are staying. If you can't remember or don't know who you have allocated to room yourself with, then our staff will be on hand to help you identify who you are with whilst they are dispensing the keys out. After you have been checked-in, then you are free to explore the city! Go do some shopping, visit the museums, or simply prop up at the bar! If you are up for getting involved with any of the extras we offer, like the bike tours or canal cruises and you haven't booked online; then just ask any member of our in-resort team. Once the clock hits 5pm it's Happy Hour in Amsterdam; our bar in the accommodation offer 2-4-1 on all drinks so make sure you're back in time to get involved, our Reps love getting involved in a few rounds of Brinker Beer Pong!
If Happy Hour has given you an appetite, or perhaps it was from exploring this magnificent city all day? Either way; our staff sells Meal Vouchers for the accommodations restaurant at €8 each. These include a meal off the menu, plus a drink from the bar and a drink from the club. This is a bargain; especially when a meal in the restaurant starts at €6! ...and you'll need your energy... tonight we will be taking you out to some popular bars in Amsterdam for Outgoing's Big Night Out. We will get you in for free and the bar will greet you with a free shot on entry too. They have different themed nights each week so you may get lucky and be there at our favourite full moon party. We will be leaving the accommodation at 10:00pm so make sure you meet us in the bar from 9:00pm for some beer pong and to collect your free t shirt beforehand.
Rise 'n' shine; the Hans Brinker do some of the best pancakes in Amsterdam, but they go quickly. Breakfast is served from 8am - 10am and is included within your package, so make the most of it.
If you fancy a chilled out day, we suggest visiting one of the many parks in the city, like the Vondelpark or Westerpark; both have hidden gems and cafes within them to explore. If you're up for some site seeing though why don't you join us on our bike tour? It leaves from right outside of the Hans Brinker at 11pm and if you didn't purchase it online then our resort Reps will get you booked on. It's an hour and a half tour of all of the 'Dams famous landmarks, including the Old Church, Red Light District and the canal network. If you're still recovering from the night before and aren't up for bike tour, later on this afternoon we're doing our sightseeing canal cruise. It's a less intense way of seeing the sights, such as Anne Franks house and the Rijksmuseum; but without all the pedaling.
To cap off an incredible weekend in your new favourite city, we are offering two different types of bar crawls; a full-on party bar crawl within the popular Leidseplein clubbing district of Amsterdam or a more chilled out, bar tour of the Red Light District. Both offer a unique experience to the bars and clubs that Amsterdam offers. With free drink in each bar and both bar crawls culminating in a student super-club; this is the ultimate way to end your trip!
It's time to get checked-out! Make sure you have gathered all your belongings and have your passport in your hand-luggage as it will be checked at customs. You have to be checked out by 10am but we won’t be leaving until early afternoon. Give your key into the rep in the Hans Brinker bar and put your bags back downstairs like you did on the first day, then go out and grab those last minute Instagram photos or grab a coffee and a waffle.
Meet the rep back at the Hans Brinker where he will take you back to the Heineken Brewery to get you on the coaches. They will take you back to the overnight ferry where you can get a good night’s sleep, go to the cinema and rest in luxury whilst knowing you aren’t having to endure a long coach journey back.
You have arrived back in Newcastle refreshed from a good night’s sleep and the buses will take you back to Nottingham from just outside the Ferry port. Get those Instagram’s uploaded and make your friends jealous of the most incredible weekend you have just had!
Amsterdam is not just famous for its Red Light District and coffee shops; it’s a city overflowing with history, culture and fun. In among its amazing, historical architecture is a modern attitude and a friendly and relaxed environment, you can’t help but fall in love with. The intimacy of its meandering streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that you will find utterly compelling. Amsterdam has the highest density of museums in the world, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. Make sure you take a canal tour or hire a bike, both unforgettable ways to see the sites.
4-8 Per room
Situated on Kerkstraat round the corner from Leidseplein cafe-square the Hansbrinker Hotel is ideally located in the centre of Amsterdam and within walking distance to some of the city's best bars, cultural highlights and eclectic night spots. A great lively atmosphere with a very laid back typically Amsterdam style this fantastic hostel also features it's own large bar (with 2-4-1 drinks offers!) and late night basement nightclub where you can party with other residents!
All in all the Hansbrinker remains one of our all time favourite hostels in Europe!
See all of Amsterdam’s greatest hits and short-cut through some its smallest streets at your own pace. A great way to blow away some of the cobwebs from the night before. (£15pp)
Who knew there was so much science behind getting sauced-up? There’s plenty of chances to put all that theory into practice too - with loads of different brews ready for sampling. (£15pp)
Outgoing can provide insurance policies at 3 levels offering you comprehensive cover regardless of your budget. The policy provides a 24 hour telephone service with English speaking advisors.