16th - 19th February 2017
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. To make the journey fly-by we recommend bringing along some of your favourite DVDs, your comfiest pillow and maybe a blanket too. Stops will be made along the way; but whilst you're travelling you might as well make the most of it!
Gooood morning! We have arrived; welcome to the Venice of the North, our flagship destination; the cultural mecca of Europe - Amsterdam! This is our home, our flagship spot and our friendly staff will greet you upon arrival and take you to your accommodation. They will also 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 can vary but like most places, it tends not to be until the early afternoon so our staff will direct you to a safe-storage area within the accommodation; then 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.
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! 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 sell Meal Vouchers for the accommodations restaurant at €7 each. These include any meal off the menu, plus two drinks from the bar. This is a bargain; especially when a meal in the restaurant start at €6! ...and you'll need your energy... tonight we will be taking you to the most popular student nightclub in Amsterdam. We will get you in for free and the bar will greet you with a free shot on entry too; then show your wristband at the bar to take advantage of the great drinks deals on offer. We will be leaving the accommodation at 10:30pm so make sure you meet us in the Reception!
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 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 renowned 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. Did we mention that there is also a free bar on the canal cruise?! Help yourself to some Heinekens or wine as you meander through the canals.
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 the same 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. Hand your keys into the Outgoing rep that will be downstairs in the reception area and then make your way to the pick-up point.
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.