Amsterdam has many colourful faces and places. You probably know about the 165 romantic canals with nearly 1300 bridges, the 600.000 (!) bikes, its famous nightlife and the beautiful flower markets. However, Amsterdam offers more. It has fascinating places of interest; historic monuments, arts and antiques in quaint quarters and fashionable, upscale products on chic shopping streets. Famous museums like the Rijksmuseum (with e.g. the Night watch by Rembrandt), the Van Gogh museum or the Anne Frank Museum take you back to the early days of the Netherlands.The canals are one of the most famous attractions of Amsterdam. Elegant mansions stand along the Herengracht, Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht canals. Most of them built during the Golden Era and all of them are built on wooden pools. In the course of the centuries these houses have been renovated to meet changing tastes and while taking a walk along these canals you will see beautiful examples.Friendship concerts bring a guest choir with 2-3 foreign choirs together and arrange international contacts and atmosphere for all participants. During the common concert, all participating choirs present themselves with a song to their choice in a concert hall in the centre of Amsterdam; the last common song is of course “Tulips from Amsterdam” in Dutch language.The common concert is followed by a gala-dinner with music and an extraordinary buffet. This candlelight evening will be in the mind of the participants for a long time! If you extend your stay for one night, you have to opportunity to sing during mass in one of the nice churches in Amsterdam or you have the opportunity for several tours.
Each choir will get an individual itinerary - here you see an example:
Itinerary 3 days:
Day 1: (Friday): Arrival in Amsterdam in the early afternoon. Meeting with the local guide and friendship-concert in Amsterdam or surrounding. Return to the hotel late evening.Day 2: (Saturday): Canal cruise in the morning followed by a guided tour. In the afternoon common concert with all participating choirs, ending with the common song “Tulips from Amsterdam”€¯.In the evening optional festive gala-dinner with an extraordinary buffet.Day 3: (Sunday): Extension with guided tours and e.g. concert in a elder people home. Departure.
By private coach:The coach must be available for all necessary transfers at the event.By train or intercity coach:Possible. For some of the transfers a local coach rental is necessary. The rental can be arranged by music&friends.By plane:The next airports are Amsterdam (AMS), Eindhoven (EIN) or Weeze (NRN). Local transport for all transfers can be arranged by music&friends. At the page “service” you can find some remarks regarding flight bookings and some links to airlines; please note that they might change flight destinations during the year.
Short stay:The minimum stay is with2 nights from Friday to Sunday to participate at all concerts and at the farewell dinner. Extensions:Choirs with a longer stay (e.g. from Overseas) may choose several extensions, offered by music&friends: Extensions with accommodation, guided tours and concerts in Brussels, Düsseldorf or Brugge.