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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: Evening Canal Cruise

2. Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

Experience Amsterdam from a different perspective with a boat cruise along the city's canals at night. Discover picturesque canal houses, colorful neighborhoods, and historic monuments as you cruise through the city center. Sit back and relax as you tour through the historic canal district and admire the beauty of Amsterdam. Learn about the city with an onboard audio commentary available in 19 different languages. Enjoy advantageous views from inside the boat with sliding windows and panoramic rooftops so you don’t miss a single thing. Have your camera ready as you travel through the famous canals, which are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. Watch as the streets are lit up and lively, the buildings illuminated by warm, bright lights and the little terraces packed with people unwinding after a day’s work. The cruise lasts around 1 hour and takes you past some of the city’s most fascinating sites.

Amsterdam: 3-Course Dinner Cruise

3. Amsterdam: 3-Course Dinner Cruise

Eating while cruising through the canals, there is no dinner experience more fitting to a visit to Amsterdam than this one. This Canal Cruise departing from Centraal Station is a feast for both your eyes and your tastebuds. The cruise glides gently past many of the city’s most famous landmarks in all their nighttime glory, including the elegant merchant houses and former warehouses of the Canal Belt, and the beautiful Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge). As you cruise, you will be served a 3-course dinner of freshly made dishes, served with a selection of wines and soft drinks. Multilingual commentary will explain the highlights you encounter during the cruise, such as the old port area, Anne Frank House, and more. Choose between several menu options, including a meat, fish, and vegetarian menu. Each menu starts with freshly baked bread with butter and oil and a creamy pomodoro soup to whet your appetite. All menu options conclude with homemade tiramisu for dessert. Meat Menu: Roasted guinea fowl with mushroom jus and seasonal vegetables. Fish Menu: Salmon and seasonal vegetables with sauerkraut cream. Vegetarian Menu: Vegetarian lasagna with seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, and pesto.

Amsterdam: Wine and Cheese Evening Cruise

4. Amsterdam: Wine and Cheese Evening Cruise

Experience a unique cruise at night through the atmospheric canals of Amsterdam. Admire the beautiful canal-side houses, illuminated bridges, and cozy houseboat interiors. Enjoy a selection of local Dutch cheeses, with a choice of wines onboard. Enjoy the perfect views of many of Amsterdam’s iconic sites by night. Sip on your choice of wine as you meander through the charming waterways of the Dutch capital. Taste a variety of local Dutch cheeses, a culinary staple of the Netherlands. Cruise underneath the famous illuminated bridges along the canals as you enjoy a relaxing start to the evening.

Amsterdam: Cheese and Wine Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Cheese and Wine Canal Cruise

Discover the old canals of Amsterdam while you enjoy a lovely Dutch cheese platter combined with a choice of selected wines, beer, or soft drinks. This is the perfect experience for a memorable date night with your companion. Prepare for an unforgettable evening in Amsterdam as you set sail along all the famous city highlights of the city. Simply sit back, relax, and sip on a glass of wine or other drink of your choice. Pass the historic Canal Belt with its typical canal houses, sail underneath the romantic Magere Brug, and cruise by typical water houses.

Amsterdam: Private Cruise with Drinks & Optional Snacks

6. Amsterdam: Private Cruise with Drinks & Optional Snacks

Take in the beauty of the city center while exploring the famous canals of Amsterdam. Lay back and relax on this comfortable boat that can either be open or covered, depending on the weather.  Let the local skipper guide navigate through the canals while you benefit from unlimited beer, wine, or soft drinks. Choose between a 90-minute and 2-hour boat tour and add an optional snack platter or Prosecco during the booking process, if you like. The optional snack platter includes: 2 types of cheese (approx. 400 grams) 2 types of sausage (approx. 350 grams) 2 trays with freshly roasted nuts 2 trays of provencal olives 4 homemade dips: 2 tapenades, egg/truffle salad, hummus Breadsticks French bread

Amsterdam: 1.25-Hour Canal Cruise to Jordaan

7. Amsterdam: 1.25-Hour Canal Cruise to Jordaan

Admire Amsterdam’s famous canals from a unique perspective aboard a 75-minute cruise sailing through the Jordaan neighborhood, which features an audio commentary and a snack bar. Start from the most famous canal in Amsterdam, the Prinsengracht, and glide past important landmarks like the Anne Frank House. Enjoy a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Amsterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion.  Cruise through Jordaan and admire the 3 islands that form the Mokum Archipel. Here, discover a different side of the city, full of warehouses and shipyards, and photo opportunities around every corner. Throughout your cruise, enjoy an audio commentary from a native Amsterdammer and discover secret stories and local history. Your commentary guide is Harry Slinger, a famous Dutch singer and actor. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.

Amsterdam: Romantic Canal Tour with Bubbly

8. Amsterdam: Romantic Canal Tour with Bubbly

You and your partner will be snuggled together to the sound of water lapping softly against the sides of the boat as you drift beneath Amsterdam’s iconic bridges and past its magnificent 17th-century canal houses on this tour. Against this picturesque backdrop, your guide will show you the intimate side of the city. Sharing stories that speak to the heart: tales of love, and details of the art and architecture that make Amsterdam such an open-air museum. Along the way, the guide's stories will be brought to life with a carefully chosen selection of music. Go on a journey through the more private canals in a quiet, solar-powered boat. During daytime or with the setting sun, your journey will draw to a graceful end, leaving you and your partner set for a cozy time together. This is one of the most romantic things to do in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

9. Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

Indulge in a delicious 3-course meal for lunch or dinner inside the former first class waiting rooms which have been renovated to their elegant and glamorous interior of the late 19th Century. Feel the historic atmosphere inside this hidden gem as you sit down to dine on your choice of dishes from an enticing menu. Grand Café Museum Restaurant 1e Klas, dating from 1885, is located on platform 2B and occupies the space which formerly housed the first-class passengers' waiting rooms. The restaurant space was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, whose work includes the iconic Rijksmuseum as well as the entire Amsterdam Central Station.  Admire the architecture inside the restaurant which has been thoughtfully and elegantly renovated to give you the glamorous ambiance of yesteryear as you savor some of the restaurant's delicious offerings. 

Amsterdam: Private Canal Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about North Holland

Yes, this is a bus tour but the bus ride is not too long and you are given good information as you travel out of Amsterdam. All of the various stops are interesting and the demonstrations are excellent. The presenters are knowledgeable and personable. Our tour guides, Mattea and Augustine, managed the group very capably, keeping us on schedule without making us feel rushed. This was a very enjoyable tour to see a few windmills and a little Dutch culture.

The preparations were very complicated, also due to Corona. It took several contacts to charter a boat for the group. In the end, the result - the canal boat trip - was a complete success for our participants.

Amazing and friendly guide, told us some anecdotes about the city, willing to have a laugh with us amd put us at our ease. More than enough to drink. Totally recommended!

Very pleasant we discover Amsterdam quite differently we take advantage of this beautiful architecture

Well organised and enjoyable evening. Enabled us to organise the rest of our holiday very efficiently.