This one is a fascinating exploration of Amsterdam, including dinner in the luxurious 1st Klass restaurant, a Q&A with a sex worker, and an opportunity to captain your own boat down the winding canals. Then, once you've had your fill of culture, it's time to finish on a high, with one of the world's most unique Pride parades - taking place upon the water. And the party doesn't stop there, as we've hooked you up with after party tickets, too.
Welcome to Amsterdam! Today we'll enjoy an orientation tour, before an included dinner at 1st klasse, a unique restaurant set within the historic station. Optionals today include skipping the queue at the A'Dam tower and swing, to get the best views of the sprawling canals below.<br/>
Rise and shine! Today is all about exploration - from Anne Frank's museum to the Heineken Factory. You'll also have the option to captain your own boat down the canals or visit the famous Foodhallen. As well as its gorgeous gable houses and eclectic nightlife, Amsterdam is also famous for something else: it's sex tourism. There are plenty of misconceptions about this industry, so we've prepared a Q+A with a sex worker so we can learn what it's like to work in this trade. Then, the night is our to explore this vibrant city and experience its legendary nightlife.<br/>
It's time for Amsterdam Pride parade! We've got Contiki reserved space so there will always be room to boogie. Amsterdam also has an ace up its sleeve - the parade here takes place on the waterways, making it one of the most unique pride celebrations in the world. Not done yet? Don't worry - we've sorted more tickets to the official afterparty. Let's end on a high!<br/>
We may be feeling slightly delicate this morning, which is why we've got an included breakfast for refuel before our trip ends. What an adventure it's been - make sure to swap social deets and start planning next year's festivities!<br/>
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