Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Yoga Teachers College | Amsterdam
TOP RECOMMENDATIONS Amsterdam is a very easy and affordable city to visit. There are options for all styles of travel, budget to luxury. For most people, here are our top recommendations.
- Airport-to-City transfer: take the train (super fast, easy, cheap)
- Getting Around: rent a bike
- Accommodation: rent Airbnb.com in Oostpoort neighborhood (can post on Facebook Group to share with a classmate)
DATES (when to arrive/depart?) The published immersion dates include an arrival and departure day. This means you arrive on the first and depart on the last day of the course. Arrive and depart any time that fits your schedule.
If you’d like to arrive early or depart late, that’s completely up to you.
BOOKING TICKETS (sites and recommendations) As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam doesn’t fall short of amazing sites and explorations to experience. Known as Venice of the North, this thriving city is dripping in unique architecture and breathtaking beauty. There’s no doubting its extraordinary charm, which makes this an ideal location for self-discovery and growth.
These days, most of the big online travel sites are extremely competitive (meaning the prices are very similar), so we usually recommend you just pick a favorite booking site and find a flight that meets your needs.
Commonly Used Airfare Sites:
PHOTO: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL (AMS) Officially known by the name Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, this airport is of great importance in Europe. It is an international airport found in the Netherlands and is located twenty minutes from Amsterdam city and approximately nine miles south-west of the center of Amsterdam in Haarlemmermeer municipality. This is an international airport connecting to many notable European airports. It is the home base for many intercontinental airlines such as KLM, Arkefly, Transavia, Amsterdam Airlines and Martinir.
To get more information about Public Transport in Amsterdam click here.
PHOTO: Photo by Jace Grandinetti on Unsplash
WHAT TO DO Amsterdam has so much to do that, even after so many visits, you’ll still find new things to do and see. The city deserves more than just the few (and often smoke filled) days travelers give it, but if a few days is all you have and you want to make the most of it, this is the itinerary I would give to someone looking to get a good overview and feel for what makes Amsterdam so special:
Free walking tour: A great way to orient yourself to the city is with a walking tour. You’ll learn some history, find out where the major sites are, and explore all those winding canals. Free walking tours are a wonderful first activity in any city. It’s recommended the free New Europe walking tour. It covers a lot of ground and gives you a general overview of the city and landmarks. The tour meets in the main square and lasts about 2-3 hours.
Canal Tour: Amsterdam is a city tied to the water – it grew around its canals and the taming of the Amstel River. The canals of Amsterdam are incredibly beautiful, and there’s nothing like seeing the city from a boat. Skip the big canal boat tours you see around the city — they’re overpriced. You can often hire a private boat tour for about 20 Euros an hour (look for guides around the Red Light District). Moreover, you can also take the open-air Canal Hopper Small Boat. The boats are small, the tours more intimate, and your driver will give you a good personalized tour. The tours last about an hour.
Van Gogh Museum: This may be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, but don’t let the crowds deter you. The museum features many of Van Gogh’s best works of art alongside an excellent biography of his life and is laid out in chronological order, starting with his earliest works. Though not a huge museum, you can spend hours just staring at the paintings. The museums also has paintings by other famous artists of the period, like Monet, Manet, and Matisse. Try to come late in the late afternoon when the crowds subside.
Bike Tour: Bikes are to Amsterdam like wine is to Bordeaux. The city loves bikes, and there are supposedly more bikes than people in Amsterdam. In fact, forget about keeping a lookout for cars — it’s the bikes that will run you over. Seeing Amsterdam and its surroundings from a bike is something we definitely encourage you to do. Mike’s Bike Tours is the best company to use, whether for a tour or to rent a bike on your own.
The Mirror Centre
Ter Gouwstraat 3
1093 JX Amsterdam • Netherlands
HOTELS – We’ve compiled a list of resources to help make the process easier! From simple search engines to hotel partner discounts, you’ll find the perfect space to stay for your training period.
VOLKS HOTEL – Set in the De Pijp neighborhood, this trendy hotel is a 1-minute walk from Wibautstraat metro station and 2.7 km from the Van Gogh Museum. Stylish, modern rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms add bunk beds. Upgraded rooms are individually decorated, and add unique touches such as fruit crate beds, hammocks, Japanese baths and/or digital movie projectors.
There’s a restaurant and a club with a rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of Amsterdam, as well as a basement bar. Additional amenities include a hot tub, a sauna and activities such as yoga, massages and fitness classes.
Check it out here: www.volkshotel.nl/en
THE STUDENT HOTEL – The hotel is located on Wibautstraat, aka Knowledge Mile, the social, creative and entrepreneurial hub of the city.
We’re located in former printing press facilities of Het Parool and Trouw newspapers, in a space that has since been obsessively re-designed as a giant playground for travelers, mobile professionals, creative nomads, students and local change-makers.
Check it out here: www.thestudenthotel.com/amsterdam-city
AMIGO BUDGET HOSTEL – Next to a tram stop and an 8-minute walk from the nearest train station, this unpretentious hostel on a commercial street is 4 km from Dam Square.
Streamlined private rooms and dorms with bunk beds offer free Wi-Fi and in-room sinks, and have either shared or en suite bathrooms.
An unfussy common area provides tables and a minifridge. Towel and safe rentals can be arranged. Age restrictions may apply.
Check it out here: amigobudgethostel.com
STAYOKAY AMSTERDAM ZEEBURG – Set in a former technical school, this relaxed hostel is a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram stop, 2.3 km from the Natura Atris Magitra zoo and 4.3 km from Anne Frank House.
Bright, simple rooms and single-sex or mixed dorms offer shared bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Bed linen is included.
A free breakfast buffet is provided, and there’s an airy, colorful restaurant and a stylish bar with woodsy-chic furnishings. Other amenities include a guest lounge, a coin-operated laundry and bike rentals.
Check it out here: www.stayokay.com/en/hostel/amsterdam-zeeburg
AIRBNB – A very good resource with a variety of price ranges is Airbnb.
With Airbnb, you live in a home with a local family (or roommates). It’s a great way to meet people and also learn about the city.
There are reviews of the accommodation as well. It’s pretty credible. Check it out here: www.airbnb.com
TRIP ADVISOR – Has all the latest reviews on just about every hotel you could imagine in Barcelona. You can look at their map and search for hotels near our location.
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BOOKING.COM – Offers a pretty navigational accommodation search online. You can specify what you’re looking for and in what district.
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During the course, we’ll be moving, practicing, and practice teaching all day, so please wear loose, yoga clothing—and it’s a good idea to have two complete changes of clothes per day as you will get sweaty during classes.
Clothing / Gear to Consider:
- Check average temperatures here.
- Yoga clothes, at least 2-3 outfits (more if you can)
- Comfortable walking/hiking shoes (we’ll move around throughout the day and probably take a hike)
- Layered clothing
- Backpack / shoulder bag
- Notebook / Journal
First/Last Day Travel Planning:
- All course dates include a first and last “travel day,” meaning the publish start and end dates of every course are for arrival and departure
- On the first day, we always have an evening orientation in the evening, but if you miss it due to a late flight, no problem
- On the last day, there are not scheduled activities, just travel home