Traveling to a new international destination can be incredibly exciting, but it can be daunting to figure out an itinerary — especially if you aren’t too familiar with local festivals and events. Once you arrive, you’ll of course want to partake in shopping, sightseeing, and fine dining (which are in the top five leisure activities for overseas visitors). But you’ll probably also want to experience the unique offerings you can’t find anywhere else. If you’re planning to fly first class to Amsterdam this winter, this guide will help you to become real travel experts by ensuring you see the best the city has to show you.

Catching flights to Amsterdam this December? Be sure to soak up the holiday season
Those who fly first class to Amsterdam this holiday season are in for a real treat (or several!). You can start out this season with some maximum savings on first class airfare — which will offset all you’ve spent on presents for your friends and family — and then enjoy all of the holiday magic this city has to offer. The Amsterdam Lights Festival is a time-honored tradition that covers the waterways and streets throughout the city with festive illuminations created by local artists. Ice Village Amsterdam transforms Museumplein into a wintery Christmas village complete with entertainment, ice skating, games, and vendors. Don’t forget about all the incredible Christmas markets throughout Amsterdam! And of course, New Year’s Eve is a literal blast, with fireworks and other lavish celebrations throughout the city.

Headed to Amsterdam in January? Enjoy tulips and some laughs
When you fly first class to Amsterdam in the first part of 2018, you should plan to experience National Tulip Day. On January 20, Dutch tulip growers will create a huge temporary garden, filled with 200,000 tulips, in Dam Square for visitors to enjoy. Each year, more than 10,000 people will pick a free tulip of their own. The theme for 2018 is “Romantic,” so be sure to bring your sweetie along for a taste of spring. But if you prefer comedy over romance, be sure to get tickets for IMPRO (the international improvisation theatre festival) for January 22-24. It’s the only international improv festival in all the Netherlands and features main stage performances, late-night shows, workshops, panel talks, and even a wild afterparty.

Amsterdam-bound in February? Get romantic, fall down the rabbit hole, or celebrate with a dragon
Amsterdam is actually one of the most romantic cities in the entire world, so it makes sense that couples would want to spend their Valentine’s Day exploring the wonders of the city. You can take a romantic cruise down the canal, attend a Valentine’s magic show, watch an old romantic film in a historic movie theater, or take a horse and carriage ride to dinner. If you’re more into dancing the night away, get tickets for the Wonderland Festival, an event that’s catered towards those with a love for electronic house music. Or if you want to celebrate Lunar New Year in the Netherlands, head to Dam Square for the big event, a Buddhist temple for a smaller celebration, or to Sea Palace, the first floating Chinese restaurant in all of Europe, for a delicious meal.

No matter your interests, there’s so much to see and do when you travel to Amsterdam this winter. For more information on booking a first class flight to get you there in style, contact us today.