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Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

Climb aboard a canal boat to experience Amsterdam at its most beautiful - when the sun goes down and the city lights are switched on. Enjoy bar service as you see thousands of lights highlight the hundreds of bridges and the iconic buildings alongside the canals. You will cruise along some of the most scenic waterways of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt, passing the illuminated buildings, bridges, and boats that give the city an almost fairytale appearance. Enjoy an open-air space in both winter and in summer.  A host will welcome you aboard and tell you many stories, legends, and historical facts about Amsterdam as you sail. Sit back to learn about the local hotspots, including notable restaurants and nightclubs.

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Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

2. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

Sit back and relax while you enjoy a 75-minute city cruise highlighting the city's famous landmarks and culture and listen to stories from its rich trading history. Seeing the city of Amsterdam aboard a covered and heated boat is the best way to discover one of Europe's most exciting cities.  During your cruise, your skipper will take you through to many of the city's highlights, as you relax and take in all the sights and sounds. This cruise is conducted in a group with a maximum of 24 people, and will provide you with both an immersive and interactive tour. There is also enough time during the tour for questions and recommendations you might require for the rest of your stay as you enjoy this beautiful city. Choose between a standard option where you can add unlimited drinks, or book right away with Dutch cheese, wine and other beverages all included.

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Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

3. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

Discover the best of Amsterdam on a canal cruise, where you’ll see some of the best of this historical city. Admire new buildings, bridges, and much more in a city that’s rooted in history but continues to change. Choose between two departure points and take in the views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals, and the cosmopolitan 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. See the many sides of the city from the Golden Bend to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter, and from the Music Building in the harbor to the VOC ship. You can also add an optional snackbox to your cruise for something to munch on as you see the sights.

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Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise

4. Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise

Enjoy freshly made pizza on board an enchanting canal boat in Amsterdam, and see the city’s sights during a 90-minute cruise of the famous canals. Combine casual dining with a leisurely sightseeing adventure of the UNESCO World Heritage canal district, and see the city’s sights from the water. Run in collaboration with the New York Pizza company, this is an original way to explore Amsterdam's historic ring of canals while you dine. Upon boarding the boat you will order the appetizer and pizza of your choice. Your pizza is then delivered straight from the oven to the boat, and is accompanied with wine, beer, and soft drinks (2 included) throughout the cruise.

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Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

This unique combo ticket saves you both time and money as you explore Amsterdam's scenery by canal and enter the world-famous Van Gogh Museum. Purchase a combined ticket to the Van Gogh Museum and a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals, and enjoy 2 of the city’s must-see attractions with 1 ticket. You are free to decide which part of the ticket you would like to use first. Relax and admire beautiful, traditional merchant houses, numerous bridges, and typical houseboats as you soak up the unique vibe of Amsterdam on a 75-minute canal cruise.   Then, explore the legendary Van Gogh Museum’s exhibits at your own pace. The ticket will save you time and money on individual purchases. Note that the queues at the Van Gogh museum could still be long due to the start of the season. This 2 in 1 ticket gives you access to both the Van Gogh Museum and to a wonderful city canal cruise. Please make sure you show up at the Van Gogh Museum on the date and time for which the ticket is purchased. The City Canal Cruise can be done at any day on the times written on your voucher. 

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Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

6. Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

Hop on board your private vessel for the evening and set off through the charming canals of Amsterdam. After the sun has set, the city illuminates with glistening lights, creating the perfect romantic setting for you and your lover. Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy a refreshing glass of bubbly accompanied by local cheese and waffles. Admire the 17th-century canal houses and impressive bridges as you cruise through the water. Along the way, listen to stories of the city’s impressive history, culture, and famous landmarks. Hear tales of legends and lovers, while creating an unforgettable memory of your own. By the end of the evening, you’ll have seen Amsterdam from a totally new perspective.

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Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

7. Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Learn the vibrant history of Amsterdam from its historic waterways on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes in more than 100 highlights! Board the boat by the Stromma Central Station or the Rijksmuseum in the city center, and set sail from the IJ waterfront. The on board commentary will explain the city’s emergence in the 13th century, to the merchants of the Dutch East India Company that led to the so-called “Golden Age.” See some of today’s modern architecture as you cruise around the southernmost part of fashionable Amsterdam-Noord. Sail past old warehouses, dockyards, and boatyards. Cruise under enchanting bridges from the past and present. Watch the centuries merge as you experience Amsterdam in its purest form - as a seaport. Along the way, you will pass many of Amsterdam’s most famous monuments, and discover why UNESCO declared the city’s canals a World Heritage Site.

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Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof Gardens with Spring Cruise

8. Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof Gardens with Spring Cruise

Be inspired by the sights and smells of more than seven million bulbs in bloom at Keukenhof! Benefit from flexible and direct travel by bus to Keukenhof from Amsterdam. Upon arrival, avoid the long queues and enjoy fast-track entry to this wonderful floral garden. Prior to your leisurely visit to Keukenhof Gardens, enjoy a relaxing and comfortable boat tour with spectacular views of the passing scenery, including colorful bulb fields, traditional windmills and authentic villages. The tour departs from the 'Ringvaart' Canal and takes you to the Amsterdam Kager lakes, which include ten unique islands. While travelling through narrower passages between the islands, marvel at amazing historical mansions. This 60-minute tour offers a unique experience right in the heart of the bulb fields. After your boat tour, a shuttle bus will take you to Keukenhof Gardens within 5 minutes. You can then explore the gardens at your own leisure.

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Amsterdam: Canal Cruise with a Native German Guide

9. Amsterdam: Canal Cruise with a Native German Guide

After gathering at the meeting point and meeting your guide, you will begin your journey on a comfortable small boat That will take you through the beautiful canals of Amsterdam. You can listen to the anecdotes and stories about the sights as you enjoy a true voyage of discovery on the water. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will pass 17th-century canal houses, numerous picturesque bridges, the Wester Church, and the Anne Frank House. In addition to the captain, a German-speaking city guide will be on board to narrate the canal trip live in a personal and passionate manner, without the use of headphones. Lean back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and let the city impress you from the half-open boat. The tour will take place under any weather condition, as the boat can be adapted to the weather. In addition, the boat is equipped with an electric motor, which allows for a quiet and environmentally friendly journey. Sailing through the canals of the city is the Amsterdam way of living. Come and experience this authentic Dutch experience!

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Amsterdam: Private Canal Booze Cruise

10. Amsterdam: Private Canal Booze Cruise

You can drink in a bar in any city in the world, but for a true Amsterdam experience, you can’t do better than a boozy canal cruise along the world-famous waterways, taking in the sights with a cold beer in hand. Your booze cruise will take off near Central Station, from where you will cruise into the heart of the city where the main canals are. You will then pass through the Amstel River, passing the 7 bridges and some more hidden gems that only a local skipper and host will know how to find. Your cruise will eventually result in the same spot in which you started, right next to the Red-Light District and a 5-minute walk from the famous Dam Square. This is exactly where you will want to be after 1.5 hours of an open bar.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 27,843 reviews

Was a good option to select a covered boat with the provision of wine and cheese. Enjoyable cruise along the canals of Amsterdam with live commentary in a light hearted manner. Generally. Groups were offered a cheese platter per 2 pax while if you are an individual traveller, you will get a single platter. This is good to minimise sharing of food in view of COVID. However, seatings are not exactly socially distanced but because the boat is not fully occupied, not sure if it is by design, there are still gaps between groups. Maybe better if spacings amongst groups are enforced. Our cups are regularly topped up so you will definitely have your fill. Would definitely recommend for a lazy afternoon along the picturesque canals.

Great activity! It does. 2 times I take Blue boat and always just as good or better! Over 20 language choices and the captain is very friendly. Thanks for this tour! I recommend +++

I really enjoyed the tour and the history around the canal. The Driver was very helpful and friendly.

We enjoyed our time. They did a great job. Wod recommend the experience to others.

A particular and fascinating prospect of visiting the city, full of information