Your Questions About What To See In Amsterdam In March

What To See In Amsterdam In March Singles Holidays Over 50s


April 26 – May 6, 2012 – Tulip Time

What To See In Amsterdam In March Singles Holidays Over 50s

What To See In Amsterdam In March Singles Holidays Over 50s


Betty asks…

What is the best way to get a good deal with P & O ferries?

I want to go to Amsterdam in March and always see offers for this with P & O but if i book it now its not very cheap. If i leave until nearer the time am i likely to get a better price? There are always deals on and i dont wanna book early and pay too much. Does anyone know?

Yaz answers:

Getting last minute deals are pretty much something of the past these days. Advance bookings are usually the way to go, and to keep an eye on the special offers page on the homesite of P&O

e.g. They have a 2 for the price of 1 offer on minicruises for A’dam now, so you might try this as a possibility

Good luck

Thomas asks…

What is March like in Amsterdam?

We will be arriving in Amsterdam on the 13th of March which I suppose is just leading into Spring. What do you think the weather will be like and is it worth travelling to Keukenhof to see the flowers or will the season not have started (will the flowers not have bloomed)

We have very limited time with space for one day trip away from the city. At this time is visiting Keukenhof worthwhile?

Yaz answers:

I assume you’re talking about next year, since 13th of march is already in the past? Right now, the weather is not very warm. It is still very rainy and it’s 10 degrees Celsius (50 fahrenheit). So take a jacket and some sweaters, because march can be cold. In Dutch we have a saying ‘maart roert z’n staart’ which means something like ‘with march you never know’. It’s too early for the Keukenhof, right now it’s not even open yet. So, I assume it won’t be open this time of year in 2011.
Try to see something like “Zaanse schans” or go to “Volendam” if you want to see some touristic places.

If you want something different, go visit other Dutch cities like Rotterdam or The Hague.
Rotterdam is called “Manhattan at the Maas” (The Maas is a river), this city has some skyscrapers and is totally different from the old city of Amsterdam. This has something to do with the German bombings in 1940 at the beginning of WOII.
The Hague is a world reknowed city, with it’s international court of justice. Here is where for example Milosevic went to trial. The parliament of The Netherlands is also in The Hague and is definitely worth a visit. Both are within one hour distance from Amsterdam and have a very good train connection.

Lisa asks…

What is a cheaper place to travel to, Belgium or Netherlands?

I intend on traveling to England in March of 2012, but I would like to see mainland Europe. What would be the cheapest to travel to with consideration of food, drink, etc? What would be the best way to travel to said places(whether it’s Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent, Utrecht etc) from England?

Yaz answers:

On average, they are the same. So much will depend on how you plan to travel.

If you plan to buy your own groceries and prepare your own food, then the Netherlands will turn out to be about 10% cheaper than Belgium.
If you plan on eating out a lot, price/quality wise, you’ll be much better off in Belgium. The difference being that while in the Netherlands, one should get recommendations on where to eat well, in Belgium, this process is much easier: When in doubt, simply avoid empty places and the Rue de Boucher in Brussels. Everywhere else, you can pretty much expect a decent if not great meal. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

For lodging, prices will on average be about the same in both countries. It will be more dependent on the size of the city, Brussels probably being generally more expensive and especially during the week thanks to all the EU institutions there.

The easiest and hassle free way to travel is by Eurostar from London to Brussels, Antwerp or Amsterdam. Just make sure to book early to get the best deals. The cheapest way however is to fly low-cost from Stansted to Eindhoven in the Netherlands (At least if you only take carry-on with you).

The easiest way to travel between cities in the low countries is by train. If you plan on visiting several cities during your stay, Belgium may turn out to be a lot cheaper as they offer several reduction formulas. The most popular being the go-pass for -26 year olds and rail-pass for 26+ year olds.
With the go-pass, you can make ten trips between any two Belgian stations of your choosing for a total of 50 euros. You can travel with several people on the same card and if you have any trips left, they are easy to sell for 5 euros per remaining trip, as they remain valid for a year. The rail-pass is the same, but costs 74 euros for a total of ten trips. But at 7.4 euros per trip, it may not always turn out to be the cheapest option available.

With the exception of Brussels, the cities in the low countries can all be easily explored on foot. If weather permits, the quickest and easiest way however is to rent a bicycle.

As for going out, there is always something going and it doesn’t have to cost much if anything, other than your drinks. Especially in the bigger cities. Just ask the locals about free live concerts in bars or any other activities that may be going on.

Carol asks…

Going on a European road trip – need some tip, tricks and things to see?

Since we are from Australia, we have no idea what to see, what the roads are like, how much diesel costs (we are leasing a diesel car) etc so we are reaching out to anyone else who either lives there or has done this before for some tips, tricks and places to see. If its of any relevance we will be going from 24 March – 24 April.

Our plan is to start from Charles De Gaulle airport (France), drive down through Bourdeaux, across to Monaco, up the side and top of Italy, over the alps to Austria, then to Germany, go up and spend a night in Amsterdam, cut through Belgium, back to France to Calais and into England, up to Scotland, down to Wales and back again into Charles De Gaulle airport where we make our way back home.

I know part of the adventure is having an element of the unknown… but I have a budget and a small window of time so I need help! Its only 4 months away!

Yaz answers:

I can speak for the UK.
When in England you such definitely go to London, Bath and the Stonehenge
Scotland the classics, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Wales Cardiff and the seas side, the Glan y Mor area is beautiful since you are driving.

Chris asks…

Where would you recommend for a great european city break in March?

I have a birthday coming up so my boyfriend and I are going to head away for 3 nights in March.

My ideal weekend away involves lots of walking around, just stumbling across things that tourists don’t usually see, I do like the sightseeing, but I like to eat where the locals eat and do what the locals do also, as well as a bit of shopping, and maybe a night of live music in a pub or somthing…

I have already been to Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin, and I’m going to Dublin in October, so I’m looking for somewhere other than this.

So far my top 2 are Stockholm and Reykjavik I love the idea of going somewhere slightly off the beaten track, but I’m worried about the weather in March.

I really need some recommendations – help!

Yaz answers:

1. Prague is the best place : every building is unique, every street is a museum of its own, you can walk for hours, local food and beer are cheaper than anywhere else in Europe, good shopping and entertainment. Weather….that is a question.
2. Athens for so many reasons: ancient sights, weather, excellent food, hospitality, good weather…..more expensive.

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What To See In Amsterdam In March Singles Holidays Over 50s


April 26 – May 6, 2012 – Tulip Time

What To See In Amsterdam In March Singles Holidays Over 50s

What To See In Amsterdam In March Singles Holidays Over 50s