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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: Life of Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: Life of Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

Find out more about Anne Frank on a small-group or private guided walking tour of Amsterdam, led by an expert guide. Discover the city’s centuries-old Jewish Quarter in a small group setting while your guide weaves in anecdotes about Anne Frank's life and World War II. You will hear all about Anne Frank’s family dynamics, their move from Germany, their time in hiding, and her father’s life after the war. Start the tour outside the Portuguese Synagogue, a 17th-century Sephardic construction that still functions as a synagogue today. Find out about the background of the original Jewish neighborhood and how it developed over the centuries. Your guide will share stories of Anne Frank’s love of writing, the conditions she lived through in 1930s and 1940s Amsterdam, and how her diary became so famous. You will also hear about the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War and see where secret hiding places were located. Over the course of the tour, you will walk by the Jewish Historical Museum, stop at the Auschwitz Monument and see the outside of the Anne Frank House façade. Finish the tour with a small surprise at a local Dutch cafe.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

3. 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.

Amsterdam: Classic Boat Canal Cruise

4. 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: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

5. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam with an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists' studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

6. Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

Discover the highlights of beautiful Amsterdam on an exciting hop-on and hop-off open-top bus and canal boat tour. Marvel at Van Gogh's famed paintings, contemplate the history of the Jewish community at the Ane Frank House, or walk the famous alleys of the Red Light District. The bus operates from Wednesday to Sunday between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The last round starts at Stop 1 at 5:00 PM. Red Line (Some stops only operate during the summer season): Stop 1 - Central Station (in front of LOVERS Canal Cruises)Stop 2 - Amsterdam River Cruises/De Ruyterkade (summer only)Stop 3 - Passenger Terminal AmsterdamStop 4 - Gassan DiamondsStop 5 - Jewish Historical QuarterStop 6 - Royal Theatre CarréStop 7 - Heineken ExperienceStop 8 - Museum SquareStop 9 - Leidse SquareStop 10 - JordaanStop 11 - Westerdok

Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

7. Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

Enjoy a guided walk through the unique cultural and historical sites of the Jordaan neighborhood on this guided tour. Dig into enough samples to comprise a substantial meal as you stop in for foodie-delighting samples at 6 tasty eateries along the way. Meet your guide at a family-owned cafe on the canals bridge and begin your mouth-watering adventure. Learn how Jordaan went from a working-class neighborhood to a sought-after area to live. Stroll through streets that are lined with specialty shops and charming restaurants. Admire the picturesque network of canals and buildings. Discover local haunts, and meet the families that are keeping Dutch food traditions alive. See historical sites that few tourists ever experience. Be enthralled with stories and insights into Amsterdam’s culture and history from an experienced local guide. End your tour full of good food and just a stone throw away from the Anne Frank House. 

Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems

8. Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems

Experience Amsterdam like a local with a bike tour on the city's well-maintained bike paths. Ride through the Jordaan area, Vondelpark, and reach the stunning Museum Square (Museumplein). Meet your guide to collect your bikes, and head off to find some of the city’s hidden gems. Start with the popular Jordaan area, riding the safe backstreets to cross over canals. Go to courtyards and churches that are often missed by tourists. Listen as your guide shares with you the origin and history of each site along the way. End your tour of the Jordaan area at Anne Frank’s House and learn about one of Amsterdam’s most famous and heroic former residents. Enjoy a relaxing break at a charming café where you can purchase something to eat and drink. Cycle to Vondelpark and cruise through Amsterdam’s favorite urban oasis. Head to Museum Square (Museumplein) to learn about the city’s most popular cultural attractions, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Concertgebouw. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Amsterdam: Sight Seeing Bike Tour with Guide

9. Amsterdam: Sight Seeing Bike Tour with Guide

After gathering at the small headquarters next to Central Station where you will get your bikes, you'll go on a 2 hours and a half tour with a friendly and experienced guide. You will discover the canals of Amsterdam, the secrets of the Dutch architecture, one of a kind locations, the wealth of the Dutch Golden Age, and some other very well kept secrets. The guide will stop throughout the visit to give you more information about the key locations and historical buildings of Amsterdam. This will give you plenty of time to capture these amazing sights with your cameras! You will also have the opportunity to cycle through the Jordaan, or along Anne Frank's house, Vondelpark, historical buildings, and other less famous places that will make you feel like an Amsterdammer in only 2 hours and a half! You will ride on top Dutch bikes from the brand Batavus. These bikes are reknowned for their comfort so you can focus only on sightseeing and on the guide.

Amsterdam: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

10. Amsterdam: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

Amsterdam is the perfect bike city and there is no better way to discover it than on this guided bike tour. The best way to see and experience this city is like the locals on a bike. Meet your guide in the bike shop and they will provide you with a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour there will be time for a number of stops at interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of these locations. You will discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. You will visit the famous canals, the Dutch Protestant Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht. Then cycle through the various neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass Rembrandt's house and the Rijksmuseum, with its rich collection of Dutch art and history. Next, you will discover and cycle through the Museumplein and the Vondelpark before heading back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about The Jordaan

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4.6 / 5

based on 13,993 reviews

We had a great time on this cruise! Our skipper and host (Stein and Ri) were so fun and nice. They took the time to make the tour informative while also keeping it fun and cracking a plenty of jokes! Lovely people, boat and cruise. Would highly recommend! Plus, unlimited wine and cheese :)

Beautiful and intense experience, made so by the guide Giovanni, who was able to convey to the whole group with simplicity, the true story that happened to Anne Frank and the Jews who lived in Holland during the Second World War. Well done.

The boat was clean good viewing windows and roof. The captain very good. He allowed us to get drinks from cafe opposite and take on board. Good value €16 for 75 minutes

Our guide Janet was very knowledgeable and possesses a charming personality. She explained very well and answered our questions patiently.

The tour is well organized, rational, essential and at the same time exhaustive. Petra, our guide, very knowledgeable and courteous.