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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: Bulldog Boat Canal Cruise with Drinks

3. 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: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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

5. 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: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

6. 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.

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

7. 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 1-Hour Canal Cruise and Ripley’s Believe it or Not

8. Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise and Ripley’s Believe it or Not

Climb aboard a glass-topped boat and see the sights of Amsterdam from a different perspective on a 1-hour canal cruise. Admire the centuries-old merchant houses and UNESCO World Heritage monuments of the 17th-century Golden Age from the historic waterways. Admire the decorative façades and iconic landmarks of the city center, such as Anne Frank's House, the imposing Westerkerk and the Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River. Enter an amazing museum that showcases the world’s most remarkable collection of natural, scientific, artistic and human oddities with a fast track entry ticket to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Go on a journey into the bizarre as you explore ancient civilizations and see unusual contemporary art. Some say that it is one of the weirdest spots in the city, but a must-see if you’re interested in odd facts!

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

9. 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: Private Canal Tour

10. Amsterdam: Private Canal Tour

Hop on board for this exciting 90-minute tour that takes you through the beautiful canals of Amsterdam and past the best landmarks. See the top attractions of the city and receive tips from the skipper on which spots to revisit once you’re back on land. Soak in the sights and sounds of the city throughout this calming tour. Hear fascinating commentary from the captain about the Dutch capital’s history as well as its modern attractions. Customize the tour to your group’s interests, making it the perfect way to get acquainted with the city while ensuring everyone is comfortable, safe, and engaged. Bring your own snacks and drinks on board to picnic on the water, or avail of the drinks available on board.

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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.

Loved this tour! Great value for money and the captain and tour Guides made it so fun!

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

Loved this bike tour. Would definitely recommend to others.