Ask Harriet: Advance tickets for Anne Frank’s House

I love reading the Traveler Reviews on Grand Circle Cruise Line’s website because it gives us an idea of areas we need to focus on—and things we are doing quite well! I liked this post from a traveler on our Great Rivers of Europe cruise.

We truly loved our river cruise down these great rivers and through 66 locks and feel these memories were priceless gifts we were able to enjoy.

From wiener schnitzel to apfelstrudel, from beer gardens to castles, from towers to tulips, this trip is for you.

Thank you GCT and the staff and crew of the M/S River Rhapsody.

—Barbara Lobachewski, 2-time traveler, Bellerose, New York

Thanks for your comments, Barbara. I agree—the warm, attentive service provided by staff of the Rhapsody helps make Europe even more enjoyable! To read more of Barbara’s review, or comment on your own Great Rivers of Europe vacation, click here. Our Traveler Reviews section is a great way to share your perspective on trips you’ve taken—or learn about vacations you’d like to take.

Do you have feedback about this trip or any others you’d like to share? Please email me at—and your submission could be featured in the next Harriet’s Corner update. I look forward to sharing what you have to say!

Ask Harriet

There’s a reason The Great Rivers of Europe has been our most popular River Cruise for ten years running. There’s so much to see and do on three rivers in three countries that it’s a good idea to plan your free time in advance. This month’s question comes to us from a solo traveler who wants to visit one of Amsterdam’s top tourist destinations.

Q: I am traveling solo on The Great Rivers of Europe River Cruise. I plan on going to the Anne Frank House before any other sight. Can I do this on my own or will my Program Director help with arrangements? I am told to buy a ticket online before I leave home. Thanks.

—Sandi Piller, first-time traveler from New City, New York

A:  Hi, Sandi. Glad you’ll be joining us, and for raising a question a lot of our travelers ask!

The Anne Frank House, hiding place of World War II’s most famous diarist, is one of Amsterdam’s most famous and popular landmarks, and is a common destination for Grand Circle Cruise Line travelers, according to regional Operations Manager Martin Kratoczky. Good news: The museum is open seven days a week so you don’t need to worry about which day your itinerary puts you in the city. Martin offered advice for other travelers who may be interested in visiting this landmark independently.

“I would strongly recommend booking a ticket online and printing it at home in advance – you don’t have to line up because there is a separate museum entrance for visitors with online tickets,” he said. The cost is 9.50 euros, or about $12.

He suggests you visit in the afternoon after the morning cruise of Amsterdam’s canals, which passes by the Frank house. After lunch on board, you should have several hours to explore the many delights of Holland’s capital—the flower markets, the quaint architecture, and the Van Gogh Museum, to name a few. We look forward to welcoming you on our Great Rivers of Europe River Cruise, and remember—if you have more questions, our Program Directors are always available on board to help you maximize your free-time discoveries.

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