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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 the view as you see thousands of lights highlight the hundreds of bridges and the iconic buildings alongside the canals. 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 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. Complete your experience during the canal cruise by buying some drinks and snacks in the ticketing office prior to boarding.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

2. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

Discover the best of Amsterdam on a canal cruise. Admire old and new buildings, bridges, and much more in a city that’s rooted in history but continues to change. Hear about the city from your audio guide. Take in views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals, as well as 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. Add an optional snack box to your cruise for something to munch on as you see the sights. Listen to your personal audio guide while on board, with commentary in 20 languages and complimentary headphones. The little ones will love the special "freshwater pirate" kids audio commentary and their own goody bag to enjoy on the boat.

Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

3. Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

Sit back and relax on a smoke-friendly canal cruise through the heart of Amsterdam aboard a sightseeing cruise. Gain facinating insights into the attractions that you pass and enjoy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks as you sail through the canals. Hop on board and get cozy for a romantic cruise down the canal. Feel free to bring your own food and smokes to enjoy on board. First, travel through the Redlight District that surrounds the Old Church. Take in views of the waterfront and the Eastern Dock. Follow the Old City Wall onto the Amstel River and see the Bridge of Monet which was made famous by the artist's painting of this spot. Smile at the wacky Deconstructivism of the Dancing Houses and snap a picture of the Blue Bridge. Enter the Canal Belt from the Herengracht along the Mayor's House and take the Golden Bend to the Seven Bridges. Take the Reguliersgracht canal to cross the Keizersgracht canal onto the Prinsengracht canal. Spot many houseboats including the oldest houseboat in Amsterdam and take in the fantastic designs of some of the typical hippie houseboats from the ’60s and ’70s. Return to the Amstel river and see the Skinny Bridge, the oldest and most picturesque bridge in Amsterdam. Along the Hermitage and the Stopera, get up-close views of the “View on the Groenburgwal” painted by Monet in 1884 before returning to Redlight District again.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

4. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

Cruise along the canals in Amsterdam's historic center to experience the city from the best viewpoint, then discover 800 years of art and history at the Rijksmuseum with this combo ticket. During the cruise, admire Amsterdam's iconic bridges and 17th-century buildings lining the canals. As you enjoy the views, learn all about the city with an included audio guide. Plan on bringing the kids? Great, let them be a "freshwater pirate" as they enjoy the special kids' audio commentary and free goodie bag. Snacks and drinks are also available in the ticket office prior to boarding. Once you're back on dry land, visit the Rijksmuseum to explore 8,000 objects in 80 galleries. Marvel at world-famous masterpieces by Dutch masters like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen in the Gallery of Honour Admire the Rijksmuseum’s expansive, evocative collection that also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artifacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history, and many other culturally significant objects that combine to retell Dutch history within a global context.

Amsterdam: Classic Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Classic Canal Cruise

Travel along the enchanting canals of Amsterdam on board an authentic classic salon boat. Enjoy the ambiance of the city along with spectacular views as you cruise in comfort, with refreshments available.  Your captain will be your guide and give you a personalized tour of the canals including the monuments of the Golden Era, the Anne Frank House and many other beautiful sights along the way.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small Group Day Tour

6. Amsterdam: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small Group Day Tour

Your experience begins as your guide meets you near Amsterdam's Central Station, from where you travel to the typical Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum complete with a cheese farm, clog factory, diamond museum, bakery museum, and Kuiperij, where barrels were made to transport goods, green timber houses, traditional crafts, and windmills. Following noon, be transferred to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to nice stories including the history and significant elements in the region of Giethoorn throughout the roughly 2-hour bus ride, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons, and contains a simple beauty which hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town, be accompanied by a local guide who also doubles as your captain. Get to know everything about Giethoorn throughout your boat trip, with extra time included to walk along a narrow footpath by foot or by bike, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back to Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

Windmills, Cheese & Clogs: 3-Hour Countryside E-Bike Tour

7. Windmills, Cheese & Clogs: 3-Hour Countryside E-Bike Tour

Start your bike tour by taking the ferry to the north side of Amsterdam. See the Amsterdam Tower and the Eye Film Museum, a unique introduction to Amsterdam's Old Holland area. Afterwards, cycle through the natural area of Waterland. This flat landscape offers views of moments that feel lost in time, as you encounter expansive fields and traditional Dutch farmers going about their daily lives. Cycle through the ancient villages of Broek, where time seems to have completely stopped. The land is protected by kilometers of dikes and pumping stations, allowing picturesque villages to blossom, and the region to become a hot spot for outdoor activities on land and on water. Finally, you will visit a windmill, and a local farm that produces cheese that is exported around the world.

Zaanse Schans Windmills 3.5-Hour Tour in Italian

8. Zaanse Schans Windmills 3.5-Hour Tour in Italian

Depart Amsterdam from Centraal Station and journey by train to the town of Zaanse Schans, famous for its collection of historic windmills. Discover the typical green wooden houses used by the locals, along with small bridges that link the streets of the village. Escape the hustle and bustle of city living and experience a gentle pace of life in the Dutch lowlands. Learn more about the windmills that made the area of the Zaan River famous and rich in the 1700s. Visit a factory where the traditional wooden clogs are still made, and learn how the famous Dutch cheese is produced.

Amsterdam: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25 Attractions

9. Amsterdam: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25 Attractions

Enjoy unlimited access to over 25 of Amsterdam's hottest attractions with a city pass for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days. Go on guided tours of Rotterdam and The Hague, discover world-famous collections of historic art, and admire the city from the canals on a cruise. Easily display your pass on your phone and use the digital guide to help you plan your itinerary and make reservations when necessary. There is something for everyone to see with over 25 attractions including the Heineken Experience and Keukenhof. Attractions: Heineken Experience (reservations required)RijksmuseumThis Is HollandMoco MuseumA'DAM LookoutKeukenhof with boat cruise (reservations required)100 Highlights CruiseRotterdam, Delft, and The Hague guided tourTour de BonTonRoyal Experience - Royal Coster DiamondsKeukenhof tourJohan Cruijff Stadium tourZaanse Schans tour (reservations required)Keukenhof bus tour (reservations required)1-Hour pedal boatMacBike bike rentalHouseboat MuseumMuiderslot CastleDiamond Museum AmsterdamPancakes AmsterdamJewish Cultural QuarterAmsterdam Pipe MuseumHouse of Bols cocktail experienceAmsterdam Tulip MuseumVolendam, Edam, and windmills bus excursion (reservations required)Tony Chocolonely Superstore

From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

10. From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

Explore Giethoorn, called the “Little Venice of the Netherlands”, on this 7-hour private sightseeing tour. Begin with a convenient pickup at your hotel in Amsterdam and head to Giethoorn, a village in the north of the country.  This town is full of thatched-roof farms that are connected by more than 170 wooden bridges. Explore this unique townscape either by sailing a boat yourself or joining a canal cruise. On the water, your guide will share information about the history and culture of Giethoorn. After taking in the sights, you can take a seat in one of the town’s many restaurants for lunch.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12,428 reviews

It was a great cruise; the boat had large windows and a glass roof. There was a small outdoor area that you can go out either for a view or the toilet. The boat driver spoke on the microphone about his experiences of Amsterdam and it was nice to hear some personal opinions instead of just listening to the audio guide. Try to pick a time nearer to sunset so you can see the sun going down and the sky going pink.

Very cool experience ! The only thing is that if you arrive after everyone, you won’t have a seat next to the windows. And btw windows are dirty… but very cool experience anyway ! I recommend it

Claudette was really switched on. She is an excellent guide. We highly recommend this tour.

This was our first holiday adventure & such a wonderful way to see Amsterdam

It was great however I say there should be no children after 9