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Amsterdam: 100 Highlights 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Product ID: 54538
See the sights of Amsterdam’s famous seaport on a 1-hour canal cruise. Discover why the canals of Amsterdam have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and compare contemporary architecture with the boatyards and warehouses of the Golden Age.
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Duration: 1 hour
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  • Learn the vibrant history of Amsterdam from its historic waterways
  • See old boatyards and warehouses of the "Golden Age"
  • Cruise the Canal Belt, and see monuments such as the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House
  • Compare the modern architecture of the IJ lake with the old houses of the city center
  • Sail around the fashionable Amsterdam-Noord district
Full description
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 at Stromma Central Station 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 it purest form - as a seaport.

Along the way, you will past many of Amsterdam’s most famous monuments, and discover why UNESCO declared the city’s canals a World Heritage Site.
  • 1 hour and 10 minutes canal cruise
  • Onboard commentary
  • Free Wi-Fi at the tour operator's mooring and shops
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Stromma Central Station opposite Central Station, Prinshendrikkade 37, or Stromma Damrak, Pier 5

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Important information
Know before you go
• Tours departing from Stromma Central Station operate from 9 AM-10 PM (in winter from 9 AM-9 PM)
• Tours departing from Stromma Damrak operate from 10 AM-6:30 PM (in winter 10 AM-6 PM)
• Please note, during the Amsterdam Light Festival (November 28, 2019 to January 19, 2020) both tours operate until 4 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 206 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Very enjoyable

We liked the whole experience. The audio guide what spot on on the details. We would've liked the audio time to be better timed with the attractions, meaning it always started a little too early and by the time we arrived to each attraction, you had already forgot some details the audio guide mentioned. But, otherwise, the ride was very nice. Recommended!

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August 28, 2017

Good way to get an idea of the city

Canal cruises are popular in Amsterdam but honestly, nothing super special for me. I think this is because the bridges are very low in Amsterdam and so the boats are quite low to be able to go under the bridges. This also means the view you are offered is from a very low point. Because of the unreliable weather, cruises boats are all covered. There is no deck. Everyone sits in the cafe style boat, 4 people around each table. It's a good first experience but I would not repeat it. Compared to cruise experiences in Berlin, Paris and Prague this was nothing special at all.

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August 27, 2013

This Tour was very informative and on a nice covered Canal Barge. I will say though that it's cheaper to buy directly when you are there!

December 9, 2019

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Stromma Netherlands

Product ID: 54538