Amsterdam creates winter package

AMSTERDAM -- In an effort to boost off-season travel here, the Amsterdam Tourist Office is offering a winter package that combines hotel stays with free admission to cultural institutions and assorted discounts.

The Amsterdam Culture and Leisure Pass grants free admission to the Rijksmuseum. Called Winter, the Amsterdam Way, the package includes two nights' accommodations with breakfast at one of 26 hotels in the capital.

Prices for the package are from approximately $65 to $173 per person, double. Taxes and service charges are included. Extra nights may be booked at discounted rates. The package is available through March 15. Commission is 10%.

Participating hotels include the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre, the Radisson SAS Hotel Amsterdam, the Best Western Eden and the Rembrandt Residence Hotel.

A major component of the package is the Amsterdam Culture and Leisure Pass, which has 34 coupons offering free or discounted admission to museums, sightseeing tours and restaurants in the capital.

The pass grants free admission at the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and the Amsterdam Historic Museum.

Clients will be able to use the pass to gain free admission to the Rijksmuseum's "Amsterdam Gold and Silver" exhibition. The exhibit showcases more than 500 silver and gold objects representing the Netherlands' finest work in this field from the 16th century to today.

The tourist office here said the pass offers a savings of approximately $90. The package can be booked by calling the Amsterdam Tourist Office at (011) 31-77 700-0888. The office is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information, call the Netherlands Board of Tourism in New York at (888) GO HOLLAND.

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