One of the biggest challenges of organising a stag do is fitting in all of the fantastic activities you want to complete, whilst leaving enough time for everyone to get home for work the following Monday. This guide will take you through an itinerary for a weekend in Amsterdam.
According to the Huffington Post, planning a stag weekend when you have a wide range of people attending can be one of the hardest jobs a best man can face. When catering to people with different budgets, age ranges and tastes, it can almost seem like an impossible task.
Saturday Morning – Touchdown
After your arrival at Schiphol airport, it’s a fairly short train ride to the city centre of Amsterdam, with frequent services usually running. Whilst the pre-flight and in-flight beers may be good for the stag weekend atmosphere, remember that it’s definitely a marathon and not a sprint, so stopping for a hearty brunch should be pretty high on the agenda. Once you’ve checked into the hotel, why not stop at Bagels & Beans, which Time Out calls an “Amsterdam success story”, not only will the bagels provide a great energy boost for your day’s activities, this caff is kind to the pocket as well!
Saturday Afternoon Take in a match
One of the things most associated with Amsterdam is the legendary team Ajax, which play at the Amsterdam Arena. If your weekend coincides with the football season, why not watch the Dutch masters take on Eredivision opposition in one of the best attended stadiums in the country.
If football is a must, but no game is scheduled for your stag weekend, it is possible to pre-book a five a side court in the city for the afternoon. Shirts vs. skins with beer forfeits which almost sounds better than watching the pros play.
Saturday Evening Hit the town
After a post-match wash and brush up, the boys are likely to want to paint the town red. Depending on the sort of group you are taking, there are many options available to you. For a varied age range, it may be best starting with a meal in a restaurant before hitting the bars, letting older members drift off back to the hotel as time calls them.
Amsterdam contains many night clubs with a range of themes, which can be pre-booked to get the best deals, or visited on the night.
Sunday Morning Recovery time
After a Saturday night of excess, it’s probably best not to plan too much for your Sunday morning. A stroll along the canals to get a breath of fresh air, or a trip to a coffee shop for a nice strong coffee is all some groups will manage here!
Rob Jewell has written many articles about travel for a number of websites. What happened on his stag do most certainly stayed there!