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Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

1. 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: Private Canal Tour

2. Amsterdam: Private Canal Tour

Hop on board for this exciting 90-minute tour that takes you through the beautiful canals of Amsterdam and past the best landmarks. See the top attractions of the city and receive tips from the skipper on which spots to revisit once you’re back on land. Soak in the sights and sounds of the city throughout this calming tour. Hear fascinating commentary from the captain about the Dutch capital’s history as well as its modern attractions. Customize the tour to your group’s interests, making it the perfect way to get acquainted with the city while ensuring everyone is comfortable, safe, and engaged. Bring your own snacks and drinks on board to picnic on the water, or avail of the drinks available on board.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Financial History Tour

3. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Financial History Tour

Meet your expert guide at the iconic Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam’s most important financial address. In a small group or private tour, walk through five centuries of Amsterdam’s financial history; literally following the money through the streets of Amsterdam. Enjoy a historical angle of the financial sector as your expert guide walks with you along all of the financial hot spots in the old center, and see the rich legacy of economic inventions in Amsterdam. Head into the medieval alleyways to discover the Flemish link to the sudden success of Amsterdam in the early 1600s. Listen to your guide's culminated story about the foundation of the world’s first limited company, first central exchange bank, and first stock exchange. Learn about these three innovations that ushered the golden age for both Amsterdam and the young Dutch Republic. Visit the street where the first stock in the world was issued, which is still the location of the municipal exchange bank. Admire the most prestigious merchant houses on the canal ring, which are dated from the 17th century. Explore the Golden Bend, which was once the financial center of Europe, where you will find out how trading companies evolved into banking houses and insurance companies in the 18th century. Discover the streets of Amsterdam to find the first National Central Bank and the monumental Dutch Trade Company, which evolved into a bank. Explore the city’s archives and dive into its spectacular vault in the basement, seeing how for years the elite of Amsterdam stored its fortune there. Find out more about the bankers’ involvement in the Dutch slave trade. Follow your guide back to Dam Square, passing several reminders of more recent financial events like the financing of the resistance in World War II and the Holocaust. Finish the tour close to the location you began from, overlooking the current position of Amsterdam in the financial market.

Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Jewish Cultural Quarter Tickets

4. Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Jewish Cultural Quarter Tickets

This combination offer saves you both time and money as you explore Amsterdam's scenery by a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals and discover the Jewish Cultural Quarter with a ticket giving access to different locations in the neighborhood, valid for one month. It’s up to you to decide which activity to do first.  Be amazed by the 17th-century merchant houses of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt, and colorful barge boats that intrepid residents have converted into homes on a 75-minute canal cruise. Travel from the Golden Bend to the city’s newest quarter at Overhoeks. Admire the new Music Building in the harbor, and the historic VOC ship in the docks. Then, you’ll enter old Amsterdam's Jewish neighborhood with its beautiful synagogues, striking buildings, and impressive monuments. At the heart of this historic neighborhood, which is less than 1 square kilometer in area, you’ll find the Jewish Cultural Quarter. Travel back in the days of Amsterdam’s Golden Age in the Portuguese Synagogue with it's 17th-century interior that is still fully intact. Visit the Jewish Museum with its engaging Jewish Museum Junior, where you can discover all about the Jewish history and culture of The Netherlands.

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Unfortunately the meeting information on the ticket was not correct and we had to walk around to different canal boat operators before we found one that would honor the ticket. The bar code did not work and finally we found a second location of the first cruise company who honored the ticket although the barcode did not work. Please note that you will need to get to the Jewish Cultural Quarter on your own. It is not very near where the canal boat lets you off. We had to hire an Uber. The museums in the Jewish Cultural Quarter are excellent, however, once again the bar code on our ticket did not work. They just decided to honor our ticket. So although we got everything we paid for, it want exactly as advertised and I would not recommend booking it this way.