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Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

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

Relax on a canal cruise through the UNESCO Heritage listed Golden Age Canals of Amsterdam. View city highlights like the Skinny Bridge, the Red Light District, and the Old Harbor. Have the option to choose standard tour or a tour with unlimited delicious Dutch cheese, wine, and other drinks. Board the ship and let your local skipper tell you about local history as you sail past sights in the Jordaan district and the Skinny Bridge on the the Amstel River. Admire views of parts of the Red Light District, the former city locks, and Old Harbor. Capture pictures of the stately architecture of the Maritime Museum and the prestigious Gold Bend neighborhood. See pieces of history as you sail by places like the Anne Frank House. Ask your guide questions about the city and get recommendations for things to do and places to eat.

Amsterdam: Canal Booze Cruise

2. Amsterdam: 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. Choose from a private or shared cruise. Depart from the city center and cruise through some of the city's main canals. Make your way onto the Amstel River, under the 7 bridges, and discover hidden gems that only a local skipper and host will know how to find. Your cruise will eventually return to the same spot in which you started, right in the city center, exactly where you will want to be after a cruise with an open bar.

Amsterdam: Smoke and Lounge 70-Minute Boat Cruise

3. Amsterdam: Smoke and Lounge 70-Minute Boat Cruise

Enjoy one of the most relaxing smoke-friendly lounge boat tours in Amsterdam. Sip on your favorite drink, smoke, or enjoy one of the hookah/shisha's onboard for an extra cost.   Start out in the heart of the Red Light District, one of the most popular locations in the city, and sail through the central area, the Herengracht and Prinsengracht canals, the Seven Bridges, the river Amstel, the Skinny Bridge, and the Dancing Houses before returning to where you started. Enjoy Amsterdam's stunning Light Festival from December 1st 2022 until January 2023 Mix the city highlights boat route with the light tour route, so you have the best of both worlds. The boat can accommodate up to 22 people. Whatever the weather, the boat is set up so passengers will have an enjoyable time. In summertime all windows can be opened, ensuring full visibility of Amsterdam’s iconic landmarks and monuments. In winter all windows can be closed, and we have heated seats to keep you warm. 

Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

4. Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Book your combo ticket to a classic canal cruise and Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. Learn the art of brewing, sip 2 beers or soft drinks, and enjoy cutting-edge multimedia. Visit the Heineken Experience at the time you’ve booked; take your cruise at a pre-booked time slot of your choice. Learn the story of one of the world's most famous breweries with an entrance ticket to the Heineken Experience and enjoy an interactive, self-guided tour of the original factory, where all of the brand’s beer was made until 1988. Get a behind-the-scenes look at facilities including the gigantic copper tanks where the lager was brewed. Take part in a tasting session and test your skills at drafting a perfect beer. Then, see the 17th-century architecture of the city center on a 1-hour canal cruise. Avail of a GPS guide in several languages to get interesting information about iconic landmarks such as the Westerkerk, "Skinny Bridge" and the charming Negen Straatjes neighborhood.

Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Entrance to Xtracold Icebar

5. Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Entrance to Xtracold Icebar

Explore the beauty of Amsterdam on a canal cruise to see the main highlights like the old buildings, markets, ports, and more before making a skip-the-line entrance to the ice-cold Xtracold Icebar.  You can take the tour in one go, or choose to enjoy each option on alternate days for maximum flexibility. As a self-guided tour, explore the city in your own time and see the sights of Amsterdam at a leisurely pace. From the water, enjoy the best views of the canal houses and houseboats. Admire merchant buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries, Amsterdam’s Golden Age, when trade flourished and was reflected in the elaborately decorated façades. Learn more about the Dutch capital while listening to the onboard audio guide, available in 19 languages. Sail through the old port to see yet another side of Amsterdam. Then, back on land, enjoy 3 free drinks at the Xtracold Icebar where even the glasses are made of ice.

Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 Drinks

6. Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 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 weed 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: Pizza Cruise with Drinks

7. Amsterdam: Pizza Cruise with Drinks

When you board the Amsterdam Pizza Cruise, cruise for 30 minutes then dock shortly to enjoy the fresh, hot homemade pizza you pre-ordered when you booked, served straight from the chef’s kitchen to you at your table. A delicious homemade brownie slice compliments your meal including drinks. Pizza Choices Pizza Margherita: Tomato sauce, mozzarella and garlic oil on the edge of the pizza Pizza Pepperoni: Tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni and garlic oil on the edge of the pizza Pizza Hawaii: Tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham (turkey), pineapple and extra mozzarella and garlic oil on the edge of the pizza Pizza Chilli Chicken: Tomato sauce, 100% mozzarella, hot chicken, iceberg lettuce, sweet chili sauce and garlic oil on the edge of the pizza Pizza Californian Veggie (vegetarian): Tomato sauce, mozzarella, red onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, olives and extra mozzarella. With garlic oil on the edge Vegan Pizza Margherita (vegan cheese): Tomato sauce, vegan cheese and garlic oil on the edge of the pizza Pizza Margherita 20 cm (for children): Tomato sauce, mozzarella and garlic oil on the edge of the pizza

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

8. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

Combine a trip to the world-famous Van Gogh Museum with a spectacular 1-hour cruise through the historic canal district. The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands and has been visited by millions of people. There is no better way to complete a fun day trip to the Van Gogh Museum than with an exciting boat cruise. One half of the package includes a visit the Van Gogh Museum which has the world’s largest collection of paintings, drawings, sketches, and letters by the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. With almost two million visitors a year, it is the second most-visited museum in the Netherlands and definitely a must see. The Van Gogh Museum has over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by the artist. Some of the most famous pieces in the collection include The Potato Eaters (1885), Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette (1886), Sunflowers (1889), and Almond Blossoms (1890). The other half of the package includes an Amsterdam canal cruise. Amsterdam’s beautiful city center is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and there is no better way to explore it than with an Amsterdam canal cruise. The fun, 1-hour cruise will take you through the city’s most important canals, past magnificent 17th-century churches, mansions, boat houses, and bridges. You can see all of the best sights including the Westerkerk church, the Negen Straatjes district, and the Magere Brug on the Amstel river. The cruise features a GPS guide with information in several different languages and the boats are fitted with panoramic windows to ensure you enjoy a fantastic view of the city.

Amsterdam: Classic Boat Canal Cruise

9. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Canal Cruise

Admire Amsterdam’s picturesque waterside landmarks on a 100% electric cruise. Take in incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks from an open boat and experience a relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic. Learn informative and entertaining insights about the sites along the route. See the 17th-century buildings lining the famous canals, as well as new stylish buildings showcasing the influential 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. Sail by the Hermitage Museum, then glide past the Skinny Bridge, the posh Amstel Hotel, and the charming neighborhood of Grachtengordel. Enjoy an open-air boat experience on a sunny day or stay warm with a protective covering on cooler days. In the winter months, relax on an enclosed boat to keep you warm. Benefit from the flexibility of a one-use ticket that can be used on any one of the cruises departing within the hour you booked.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

10. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

Drift through Amsterdam's canals on a boat suitable for all weather conditions. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand and discover some of the city's most iconic monuments and memorials. Cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Golden Age canals of Amsterdam, traversing the narrow canals of the trendy Jordaan, an area flanked by indie boutiques, hip eateries, and cozy pubs. Learn about the city and get insider tips on hidden gems and the best bars in town from your knowledgeable skipper and hostesses. Explore some of the most popular areas of Amsterdam as you travel down the famous Prinsengracht before sailing towards to most romantic bridge in the city, the Margere Brug. Learn about the Amstel River which this bridge crosses and find out about its connection to the Dutch beer trade. Cruise past the Golden Bend, a stretch of the Herengracht famous for its grand manor houses built during the Dutch Golden Age. Continue from here past the Nine Streets and to the Anne Frank House.

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What people are saying about The Amstel

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4.5 / 5

based on 16,285 reviews

We booked as a group of 5 we really enjoyed the smoke boat, staff very welcoming, the boat was nice and warm, had everything we needed, good vibes and some nice fun facts about Amsterdam, we had a really lovely time! Thank you ☺️

Dan and Anthony were great hosts. Very fun and chill vibe. Would definitely recommend to friends. It was the highlight of our trip to Amsterdam.

The hosts were excellent and full of interesting knowledge. Would definitely recommend

very good, bring ur own smoke, wide range of drinks but also very cold so wrap up

It went very well, the friendly captain, good wave