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Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith 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: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

2. 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: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

3. 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: 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. The time slot you choose is for the Heineken Experience. The canal cruise time slot must be reserved upon arrival in Amsterdam (instructions provided after booking).

Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Learn the vibrant history of Amsterdam from its historic waterways on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes in more than 100 highlights! Board the boat by the Stromma Central Station or the Rijksmuseum in the city center, and set sail from the IJ waterfront. The on board commentary will explain the city’s emergence in the 13th century, to the merchants of the Dutch East India Company that led to the so-called “Golden Age.” See some of today’s modern architecture as you cruise around the southernmost part of fashionable Amsterdam-Noord. Sail past old warehouses, dockyards, and boatyards. Cruise under enchanting bridges from the past and present. Watch the centuries merge as you experience Amsterdam in its purest form - as a seaport. Along the way, you will pass many of Amsterdam’s most famous monuments, and discover why UNESCO declared the city’s canals a World Heritage Site.

Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

6. Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

Hop on board your private vessel for the evening and set off through the charming canals of Amsterdam. After the sun has set, the city illuminates with glistening lights, creating the perfect romantic setting for you and your lover. Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy a refreshing glass of bubbly accompanied by local cheese and waffles. Admire the 17th-century canal houses and impressive bridges as you cruise through the water. Along the way, listen to stories of the city’s impressive history, culture, and famous landmarks. Hear tales of legends and lovers, while creating an unforgettable memory of your own. By the end of the evening, you’ll have seen Amsterdam from a totally new perspective.

Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

7. Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

Take an evening cruise through Amsterdam. See canal-side views of the city from an open boat. Don't miss out on a quintessential Amsterdam experience and the opportunity to learn about the city's history and culture. Let your skipper and hostess regale you with tales of old Amsterdam as well as stories about modern life in the Dutch capital. Get yourself a drink at the bar and enjoy it as you drift along, passing famous landmarks and quaint canal houses. Drift under brightly lit low-arching bridges and feel like you're sailing through a fairytale. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere with a small group of people. Ask questions and get recommendations for what to do during the rest of your stay in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

8. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

Combine 2 of Amsterdam’s must-do experiences with this tour of the Canal Belt by boat and entry to the legendary Rijksmuseum. Admire the beautiful canal boats and merchant houses from the water on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes you along some of the historic waterways. Dug in the Dutch Golden Age spanning the 17th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Feast your eyes on the decorative façades of the canalside buildings, and marvel at all the different styles of gables, such as clock, spout and neck gables. Pass iconic architecture, including the Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, the legendary home of the World War 2 diarist Anne Frank, the imposing Westerkerk, and the old Port of Amsterdam. Then, disembark to enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Rijksmuseum. See masterpieces by the Dutch masters of the 17th century, including Rembrandt’s “The Nighwatch” and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaiden.”

Amsterdam: City Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: City Walking Tour

Explore Amsterdam with a local guide who knows all the city’s secrets. During this walking tour, learn about the city’s heritage as you visit popular sites, as well as some local gems along the way. Learn about the history of the city, from its beginnings as a muddy village on the River Amstel to how it became the most important trading city in Europe.  Topics covered range from the history of sex work and drug decriminalization in the Netherlands, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and the Nazi occupation. The aim of this unique tour is to give you the perfect introduction to the city. Whether you go on to visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay.

Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

10. Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

The best way to explore Amsterdam is like the locals do, on a bike. You will meet your guide in the bike shop and be given a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour you will stop at a number of interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of the city. Discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. Cycle along the famous canals and Dam Square. Cycle through the various different neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass the Rijksmuseum, home to a rich collection of Dutch art and history. Discover other gems such as the Museumplein, Stedelijk Museum, and Concertgebouw.

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What people are saying about Westerkerk

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4.5 / 5

based on 19,832 reviews

This Wine & Cheese Canal Cruise was worth every bit of money! The crew, Franc, Els, & Diedrich, were very friendly & informative. Our main guide, Franc, was funny & quite knowledgeable, especially for the length of time he's been in Amsterdam (approx 8 months). Our trip was the perfect amount of time for the tour. It was long enough to feel like you received a good amount of information about the area as well as saw some beautiful scenery, but short enough that you didn't feel like you were trapped on a boat, doing circles for hours on end. The weather was perfect for this 10:00a.m. canal cruise! The wine & cheese selection was nice. If I had one suggestion, it would be to add at least one sweet wine to the wine list. Some type of Moscato or Riesling would be the perfect "add" to the choices. Other than that, I'd give this excursion a 10/10... HIGHLY recommend!!

What a fantastic way to see beautiful Amsterdam! Our crew, Paul, Morgan and Joanna were absolutely spectacular! The information was presented in such a fun and interesting way and our glasses remained full! The cheese was delicious as well. I would definitely recommend this experience to all.

Ben was a great host - the game was challenging enough to require some thought but not too difficult for us to give up. Most importantly, we saw lots of Amsterdam as we were doing it! Recommended.

There was just us and 1 other person on the tour so it felt personalised. super fun guide and a nice ride through Amsterdam!

Had the best time! The tour guide was very good and we had plenty re fills of cheese and wine. Definitely recommended!