Newcastle to Amsterdam flights
The appeal of Amsterdam as a weekend city break destination isn't diminishing. Even if you manage to avoid the red light district and those strangely aromatic cafes, there's plenty of museums, parks and clubs to explore. Newcastle to Amsterdam flights take you direct from the north-east.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (klm.com) fly from Newcastle to Amsterdam Schiphol with a scheduled service. Return flights are readily available from £119 including taxes.
Start with a spot of relaxing culture in the sedate galleries of the Rijksmuseum (rijksmuseum.nl), easily reached by rattling tram from Central Station. Here you will find the Golden Age masterpieces of Franz Hals, Vermeer, Rembrandt and their contemporaries.
Avoid the tourist-packed central areas, where you are likely to get stuck behind crowds of middle-aged men sniggering at some of the window displays. Instead gravitate towards the relaxed, bohemian Jordaan quarter (jordaaninfo.com), where coffee-shops and flea markets cluster around the canals.
This is a great area for a quiet afternoon's wander, taking in some shopping. On Prinsengracht, you can find everything from designer handbags to antique teddy bears.
For sporting diversion hop the metro to the modern Amsterdam Arena to take in an Ajax Amsterdam game. The team is not as strong as in the heyday of the 1970s when they pioneered total football under the Dutch genius Johann Cruyff, but there is usually a great atmosphere at home games.
For details of what's going on in Amsterdam on the weekend you have booked your Newcastle to Amsterdam flights, check the dutchamsterdam.nl site.