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Amsterdam: Luxury Open Boat City Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Luxury Open Boat City Canal Cruise

Admire Amsterdam’s picturesque waterside landmarks on a 100% electric, luxury 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 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 neighbourhood 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: 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: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

3. Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

Enjoy a 70-minute cruise on one of the most relaxing lounge boats in Amsterdam. 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. The boat can accommodate up to 24 people. Whatever the weather, the boat is set up so passengers will have an enjoyable time. All windows can be opened, ensuring full visibility of Amsterdam’s iconic landmarks and monuments. Sip on your favorite drink (2 free drinks are included) and you can even bring your own music on a USB stick or on your phone to add to the party atmosphere. Feel at home with no parental controls, rules, or any form of stress on a 420-friendly boat tour. A hookah/shisha is also available onboard to smoke at an additional cost.

Amsterdam: Bulldog Boat Canal Cruise with Drinks

4. Amsterdam: Bulldog Boat Canal Cruise with 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 smokes 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: Luxury Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

5. Amsterdam: Luxury Sightseeing Cruise with 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: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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

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 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: Private Canal Booze Cruise

7. Amsterdam: Private 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. Your booze cruise will take off near Central Station, from where you will cruise into the heart of the city where the main canals are. You will then pass through the Amstel River, passing the 7 bridges and some more hidden gems that only a local skipper and host will know how to find. Your cruise will eventually result in the same spot in which you started, right next to the Red-Light District and a 5-minute walk from the famous Dam Square. This is exactly where you will want to be after 1.5 hours of an open bar.

Amsterdam: Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Countryside E-Bike Tour

8. Amsterdam: Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Countryside E-Bike Tour

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam by taking a ferry to the countryside and embarking on an e-bike tour just outside the city. Cycle through Broek in Waterland past canals, bridges, and historical farms with a guide. Then, visit an authentic cheese farm to see how cheese and clogs are made. Start your bike tour by taking the ferry to the north side of Amsterdam. See the Amsterdam Tower and the Eye Film Museum, a unique introduction to Amsterdam's Old Holland area. Afterward, cycle through the natural area of Waterland. This flat landscape offers views of moments that feel lost in time, as you encounter expansive fields and traditional Dutch farmers going about their daily lives. Cycle through the ancient villages of Broek, where time seems to have completely stopped. The land is protected by kilometers of dikes and pumping stations, allowing picturesque villages to blossom, and the region to become a hot spot for outdoor activities on land and on water. Finally, visit a windmill, and a local farm that produces cheese that is exported around the world.

Amsterdam: Party Booze Cruise with Night Club Entrance

9. Amsterdam: Party Booze Cruise with Night Club Entrance

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. Your open bar cruise will take off near Central Station, from where you will cruise into the heart of the city where the main canals are. You will then pass through the Amstel River, passing the 7 bridges and some more hidden gems that only a local skipper and host will know how to find. Your cruise will eventually end at Jungle Club, one of the best dance clubs in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

10. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

Cruise along the canals in Amsterdam's historic center to experience the city from the best viewpoint, then discover 800 years of art and history at the Rijksmuseum with this combo ticket. During the cruise, admire Amsterdam's iconic bridges and 17th-century buildings lining the canals. As you enjoy the views, learn all about the city with an included audio guide. Plan on bringing the kids? Great, let them be a "freshwater pirate" as they enjoy the special kids' audio commentary and free goodie bag. Snacks and drinks are also available in the ticket office prior to boarding. Once you're back on dry land, visit the Rijksmuseum to explore 8,000 objects in 80 galleries. Marvel at world-famous masterpieces by Dutch masters like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen in the Gallery of Honour Admire the Rijksmuseum’s expansive, evocative collection that also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artifacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history, and many other culturally significant objects that combine to retell Dutch history within a global context.

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What people are saying about The Amstel

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,825 reviews

A nice history lesson of Amsterdam as we sailed through the canals of the city. A great way of getting to see all of Amsterdam, as well as hearing some unusual facts about the city.

This was for me the best every canal/river cruise. The commentary was first class being both informative and comedic in equal measure.

Chill vibes, people on our tour, whether it was your first time or not learned something and left with some valuable information

Informative & friendly guide, knowledgeable captain, good wine & cheese.

Loved this bike tour. Would definitely recommend to others.