Live like a local: Captain your own vessel
One of the best ways to see Amsterdam is on its picturesque canals – plenty of tourists take to the water on canal cruises, but few know that you can also hire your own boat. Blueboat offers individual boat hire by the hour with the possibility of lunch too. Head to www.blueboat.nl for more information.
Stena Line operates a twice-daily ferry crossing from Harwich to Hoek van Holland, which is just an hour’s drive from Amsterdam.