Published on February 2nd, 2017 | by Alyssa Daniells0
Fare of the Month – KLM to Amsterdam and Rome
Get a taste of two very different European cities in one journey. Our featured Fare of the Month gives your travel dollar (and Euro) the most mileage.
This month’s fare allows you to stop and smell the roses, er tulips, in Amsterdam, then set your sights on the wonders of Rome for one great price, onboard the flag-carrier of the Netherlands, KLM.
Europe is astonishingly diverse. Its geographic, historic and cultural variety never ceases to amaze, especially to the North American traveller. Given the close proximity of its nations, you can experience so much, in so little time.
To give perspective, it takes less time to fly Amsterdam to Rome than it would to get from one side of Ontario to the other. With this exciting two-stop airfare, you could go from having herring from a food stall, accompanied by Edam cheese and mouthwatering fries for lunch, to authentic fresh gelato in Rome for dessert. It’s worth double-dipping!
Fly non-stop from your Canadian gateway aboard KLM, to its hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). During the peak summer months, KLM operates daily service to AMS from the following Canadian gateways: Vancouver (YVR), Calgary (YYC) and Montreal (YUL).
KLM also operates service 4 times per week from Edmonton (YEG). The airline runs up to 12 flights weekly from Toronto (YYZ) during this busy time. If KLM does not service your city directly, WestJet will provide convenient connections to a KLM gateway for you.
As of summer 2016, KLM offers service to 145 worldwide destinations. 68 of these are long haul destinations and 77 medium haul. This expansive network means efficient and seamless travel for KLM clients. Alitalia, Delta and Air France are its codeshare partners.
A proud member of the SkyTeam Alliance, frequent KLM flyers are eligible to earn Flying Blue points on all its flights. You don’t have to be a frequent flyer to get the royal Dutch treatment; after you book your airline ticket, there’s the option to upgrade to Economy Comfort. An extra charge applies it, but if you’re seeking more comfort on a long-haul flight, it’s worthwhile. You’ll enjoy extra legroom and greater seat recline in a separate zone located at the front of the economy cabin. All KLM aircraft offer Economy Comfort and most have individual power sockets to charge smartphones and laptops. KLM offers Business Class on both international long haul and European domestic flights, for those travellers looking for extra amenities, comfort and baggage allowance.
Transferring at Amsterdam airport is seamless and easy, with standard transfer time for a flight within Europe being 40 minutes, and an intercontinental flight being 50 minutes.
Double Dutch in Amsterdam with Two-Stop Flights!
Much of its characteristic architecture dates back to the Dutch Golden Age, when Amsterdam reigned as the world’s richest city in the 17th century. Today, stately Amsterdam remains beautifully preserved and still exudes an air of good living.
Whether your preferred mode of travel is by foot, bike or boat, Amsterdam is easy to get around. English is also widely-spoken, which also facilitates ease of travel.
As renowned for its canals and museums as it is for its openness towards sexuality and “smokeables”, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts and colourful attitudes. Should you wish to explore Amsterdam’s more salacious side—even just to say you’ve been there–you can absolve your sins in Rome after!
Wander cobblestone streets that lead to culinary delights, or vibrant nightlife. The city is covered in charming coffee shops where you can kick back and go over your itinerary for the day. Perhaps it will lead to sipping something stronger, at the famous Heineken brewery. Take a boat tour of Amsterdam’s centuries-old canal system, which is something to behold, peppered with houseboats and earning its title as the “Venice of the North.”
Amsterdam is said to have the most museums per capita than anywhere else in the world. Among the most notable are Anne Frank Museum, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Rijksmuseum. Learn about Dutch naval history at the Maritime Museum. For something more offbeat, the Amsterdam Sex Museum is a quirky draw. Culture vultures also flock to The Royal Concertgebouw, considered to be one of the world’s finest concert halls.
The best time to visit Amsterdam is during the spring, when the city is in full bloom—literally. Flower markets are spectacular, teeming with tulips as well as a rainbow of daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and more. 70 per cent of the world’s flowers are produced in the Netherlands—wow! In April, it’s the Kingdom of the Netherland’s biggest party. The nation celebrates King’s Day, where the Dutch beer overflows and the jubilant crowds spill out into the streets. Hotels book up quickly, so contact us to find the lodging you want.
Roam Around Remarkable Rome
It’s hard to think of a destination that satisfies the wildest dreams of the bon vivant, the historian, the art lover (or lover, period), better than Rome.
Breathtakingly beautiful, Rome could be the most important trip you take in your life, as you tour significant sites and the scenic sights of a mighty civilization and world influencer.
Known as the Eternal City, Rome and the Vatican City really do feel timeless. You don’t have to be Catholic pilgrim to appreciate the latter. The Vatican’s priceless art collection, Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and Papal treasures are like nothing you’ll see anywhere else.
Meandering through Rome is as close as it gets to time-travelling. Archaic artifacts aren’t only guarded behind museum displays, but are an integral part of this living city. Ancient architecture and monuments, the Pantheon and Colossuem of course deserving individual mention, rise up harmoniously amongst, mouthwatering Italian restaurants that would make a foodie drool, to famous shopping that would have a similar effect on a fashionista.
Like Amsterdam, the best time to visit Rome is in the spring. April and May enjoy sunshine and comfortable warmth, ideal for touring. You don’t need the determination of a Gladiator to make your way through Rome. As one of the globe’s most popular and established travel destinations, there are guided tours that suit all physical abilities. Contact a Flight Centre Europe expert to plan your perfect Roman holiday.
As if this Fare of the Month wasn’t enough to tempt you, you could also be the first aboard KLM’s latest aircraft, the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner. Service begins from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto this year.
Take advantage of this dream destination duo. This two-stop airfare is packed with value, so pack those suitcases and book this Flight Centre exclusive offer!
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