Our car was ushered off of the ferry at around 10am and we drove straight to our hotel. We stayed in ibis Amsterdam City West which is approximately a 30 minute drive from where the ferry docks. As it was Jordan’s first time driving on the opposite side of the road, it’s fair to say it was quite daunting. In the end, he made no mistakes and I’m so proud of how well he picked it up.
The hotel was modern and the staff were very welcoming; I would recommend reading my TripAdvisor review if you’re thinking about staying there in the future. We spent the rest of the day exploring the city centre, eating our way through the hundreds of cheese shops and trying to find our way through the infamous Red Light District.
Just before we headed back to the hotel, we decided to take a last minute boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals. The tickets were definitely worth the price of €9 each as we had the opportunity to see so much of the city that we otherwise would have missed. The tour was an hour long and the sun set half way through so we were able to see the city in the daylight and at night. There were art installations throughout the canals that lit up in the dark and made everything look even more beautiful.
When we got off of the boat, we noticed that the cost for a ticket had doubled in price due to the sun setting so we were very lucky to get on when we did. If you’re in Amsterdam on a budget but you really want to take a canal tour (which I highly recommend), I’d suggest taking the daytime tour as it is still amazingly beautiful and you save some money along the way. Even better, if possible, take the one just before sunset so that you get the best of both worlds!
Once we eventually got back to the hotel, we spent our last night with my parents enjoying a takeaway and some Dutch TV.
Amsterdam was beautiful and I will definitely go back for a longer stay some time soon. The weather was dull and grey on the day we spent there so I’d definitely love to go back in the spring or summer to see it on a sunny day!