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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 bar service as you see thousands of lights highlight the hundreds of bridges and the iconic buildings alongside the canals. You will 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 in 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.

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Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise

2. Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise

Enjoy freshly made pizza on board an enchanting canal boat in Amsterdam, and see the city’s sights during a 90-minute cruise of the famous canals. Combine casual dining with a leisurely sightseeing adventure of the UNESCO World Heritage canal district, and see the city’s sights from the water. Run in collaboration with the New York Pizza company, this is an original way to explore Amsterdam's historic ring of canals while you dine. Upon boarding the boat you will order the appetizer and pizza of your choice. Your pizza is then delivered straight from the oven to the boat, and is accompanied with wine, beer, and soft drinks (2 included) throughout the cruise.

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Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

3. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

This unique combo ticket saves you both time and money as you explore Amsterdam's scenery by canal and enter the world-famous Van Gogh Museum. Purchase a combined ticket to the Van Gogh Museum and a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals, and enjoy 2 of the city’s must-see attractions with 1 ticket. You are free to decide which part of the ticket you would like to use first. Relax and admire beautiful, traditional merchant houses, numerous bridges, and typical houseboats as you soak up the unique vibe of Amsterdam on a 75-minute canal cruise.   Then, explore the legendary Van Gogh Museum’s exhibits at your own pace. The ticket will save you time and money on individual purchases. Note that the queues at the Van Gogh museum could still be long due to the start of the season. This 2 in 1 ticket gives you access to both the Van Gogh Museum and to a wonderful city canal cruise. Please make sure you show up at the Van Gogh Museum on the date and time for which the ticket is purchased. The City Canal Cruise can be done at any day on the times written on your voucher. 

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Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

4. 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.

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Amsterdam: Private Cruise with Drinks & Optional Snacks

5. 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

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Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

6. 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.

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Amsterdam: Old Town Exploration Game

7. Amsterdam: Old Town Exploration Game

Discover Amsterdam's most interesting places by solving clues around town that will unlock amazing stories. Along the way, find fascinating tales of the people who used to live, work or create art around the city center. Uncover hidden secrets about the places you visit, and try to find the famous lost diamonds of the Medusa ship. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions so you won't need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve the clue and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked.  The tour will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so you can finish it at your own pace. After you buy the quest, an access code will be delivered to you by mail, which will be used in the downloadable app. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. To play as a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group, or each person can purchase their own ticket. All group members will receive access on their smartphones to play the city game. The person who makes the purchase will receive an email from the local partner with all the details. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

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Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour

8. Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour

Start your Amsterdam tour by jumping on board a bicycle and traveling like the locals do. On this quirky Amsterdam bike tour you will use the city’s most beloved form of transportation and hear stories and tales from the city’s past and present. You’ll feel like a true Amsterdammer in no time. Weave your way through Amsterdam’s history by starting downtown. See all the major highlights as you learn about Amsterdam's rich history. Cycle over bridges, along idyllic canals, and into hidden courtyards. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the picturesque city. At each stop your guide will tell you about the history of the sites that you’re visiting and also about Amsterdam's culture.

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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.

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Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour

Explore Amsterdam's Jewish quarter with a guide. Walk past monuments and buildings still bearing scars from WWII. Your guide will bring history to life, giving you a sense of how the city’s citizens coped during the occupation. Travel back in time to the dark days of WWII, learning what life was like during the occupation by the Germans from 1940-1945 and how Anne Frank became an iconic symbol of the brutality of suppression. Hear the story about her diary and how it came to be published by her father Otto Frank. Learn why the Dutch tried to co-exist with the occupying army and hear about several events, such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger. Visit the Jewish Cultural Quarter, and listen to the history of the Portuguese synagogue and the Auswitz monument. Discover locations the Dutch resistance offered as secret hiding places to families like the Franks.

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What people are saying about Grachtengordel

It was very nice and romantic with the lighted houses and bridges. It would just be nice if fellow travelers didn't do FaceTime while they were doing it. However, the organizer cannot for that. Otherwise we enjoyed it, including the youngsters.

Wendy is an awesome guide! I 100% recommend this tour for anyone that wants to get to know Amsterdam from a local's perspective!

Veronica was a wonderful guide with lots of knowledge. Great fun. She even arranged a rainbow halfway the tour. Amazing!

We recommend. Drinks all you can drink. Pizza is okay - just a New York pizza

Lets see all the beauty of Amsterdam. To do absolutely