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Monday, 2 December 2013

Mia Newton in Amsterdam


Getting up at 3am on a Sunday morning for a day trip to Amsterdam, I must be crazy or a travel agent – I’m both! Quick shower & I’m out the door, passport and Euros at the ready. A big plus on a day trip is no suitcase to worry about just the huge handbag carrying all the “just in case” items. Parking at the airport was quick and simple, a short walk to Bristol airport terminal to be greeted by 3 Servisair check-in staff. All could have definitely done with an extra few hours in bed, not being able to summon up a smile between them. Security was surprisingly busy but only took about 5 minutes to filter through. The new Servisair Lounge was easy to locate, much larger than its predecessor with a quiet area, choice of seating and zoned areas.

The flight was comfortable with adequate legroom in a 3-3 configuration, tea/coffee and a light snack were served en route by the very pleasant KLM staff. The flight was punctual and arrived to a bright, clear Amsterdam day. We were met by Michael Rainford, KLM Account Manager together with another 4 Kanoo staff who flew from Birmingham & Manchester. Off we all went like the seven dwarfs for our “days work” in Amsterdam airport and the city itself. What an airport Schipol is, like a complete village it has everything you could possibly think of…. shops, cafes, restaurants, casino, spa, library, meditation centre, relaxation area, kids area complete with cots for sleepy babies, even a small version of the Rijks Museum. You can completely understand why the Dutch come to the airport for a day out it’s like a huge Mall – very impressive. The signage for terminals and gates are clearly displayed with walking times to help passengers, as well as banks of self service ticket machines throughout the airport should your flights be delayed. The KLM system will have already protected passengers on an alternative connecting flight allowing them to print new boarding passes and therefore avoiding long queues at ticket counters. The rail station is directly under the airport allowing a seamless journey in to Amsterdam.

Directly opposite Amsterdam city rail station we step straight on to a tourist sightseeing boat for our one hour canal cruise around the waterways of the city. Fascinating architecture, quaint little streets, thousands of bikes, houseboats galore and a laid back atmosphere – a wonderful start to our visit, watching the city float by. A short walk from the rail station took us to our lunch venue the Koepelcafe in the Renaissance Hotel. The food and location were spot on – our Dutch Bitterballen group starter was particularly delicious and enjoyed by all. It was agreed a good walk would do us all the world of good after lunch, so off to the seedier side of the city we went to view a few aspects that make Amsterdam famous. A good hour and half later and feeling wide-eyed we found ourselves in Dam Square amidst the throngs of tourists and locals taking advantage of the fabulous weather. An outdoor bar/café was located where we enjoyed a fabulous afternoon people watching in the true style of European café culture before ambling back to the rail station to catch our flights back to the UK.

In summary KLM offers a slick professional on board service with an absolutely seamless user friendly product in Schipol airport. The airport itself has literally thought of everything to ensure passengers are totally catered for. Amsterdam city is great for a day trip, very easy to get around with activities for all tastes!

Mia Newton

Travel Consultant at Kanoo Travel


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