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Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

Discover the best of Amsterdam on a canal cruise, where you’ll see some of the best of this historical city. Admire new buildings, bridges, and much more in a city that’s rooted in history but continues to change. Choose between two departure points and take in the views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals, and the cosmopolitan 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. See the many sides of the city from the Golden Bend to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter, and from the Music Building in the harbor to the VOC ship. You can also add an optional snackbox to your cruise for something to munch on as you see the sights.

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Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

2. 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: Life of Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Life of Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

Find out more about Anne Frank on a small-group or private guided walking tour of Amsterdam, led by an expert guide. Discover the city’s centuries-old Jewish Quarter in a small group setting while your guide weaves in anecdotes about Anne Frank's life and World War II. You will hear all about Anne Frank’s family dynamics, their move from Germany, their time in hiding and her father’s life after the war. Start the tour outside the Portuguese Synagogue, a 17th-century Sephardic construction that still functions as a synagogue today. Find out about the background of the original Jewish neighborhood and how it developed over the centuries. Your guide will share stories of Anne Frank’s love of writing, the conditions she lived through in 1930s and 1940s Amsterdam, and how her diary became so famous. You will also hear about the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War and see where secret hiding places were located. Over the course of the tour, you will walk by the Jewish Historical Museum, stop at the Auschwitz Monument and see the outside of the Anne Frank House façade. Finish the tour with a small surprise at a local Dutch cafe.

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Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

4. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

Sit back and relax while you enjoy a 75-minute city cruise highlighting the city's famous landmarks and culture and listen to stories from its rich trading history. Seeing the city of Amsterdam aboard a covered and heated boat is the best way to discover one of Europe's most exciting cities.  During your cruise, your skipper will take you through to many of the city's highlights, as you relax and take in all the sights and sounds. This cruise is conducted in a group with a maximum of 24 people, and will provide you with both an immersive and interactive tour. There is also enough time during the tour for questions and recommendations you might require for the rest of your stay as you enjoy this beautiful city. Choose between a standard option where you can add unlimited drinks, or book right away with Dutch cheese, wine and other beverages all included.

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Amsterdam: Luxury Canal City Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Luxury Canal City Cruise

Admire Amsterdam’s picturesque waterside landmarks on a 100% electric, luxury cruise. Take in incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks and experience the most 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 and the posh Amstel Hotel.  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.

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Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

6. Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

Visit famous sites of Amsterdam downtown and get an overview of the city on this 2.5-hour walking tour dedicated to culture and history. Profit from tips every adventurous traveler needs to know and make the best of your trip. Find out which food you should taste and which districts can be discovered independently by bike. Listen to your guide telling you which architectural designs were popular in the past and get an idea of the people of Amsterdam. Hear stories about how merchants, salesmen and the poor used to live in the Middle Ages, why the world of art blossomed in the Golden Era, how World War II has changed the people of the city and what it feels like to live in the tolerant, multicultural city today. Start your tour in the heart of the city at Dam Square, where Amsterdam was founded. The tour leads you past the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the New Church Nieuwe Kerk and past the former main post office, to Torensluis Bridge. See one of the tiniest houses of the city and learn more about the colonial times at the statue of Multatuli on Torensluis Bridge.  Stroll past romantic canal-side houses and cross Spui Square to get to the pearl of Amsterdam — Begijnhof. With its entrance hidden in a narrow side street, this very special hofje is waiting for you to be discovered. On the way back to Dam Square you will see the river that the city owes its name to: the Amstel. The city tour ends at the national monument that was originally built to remember the victims of World War II, but is now a memorial to all victims who lost their lives in any war worldwide.

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Amsterdam Light Festival 1.5-Hour Cruise

7. Amsterdam Light Festival 1.5-Hour Cruise

Climb aboard a boat and see the annual Amsterdam Light Festival from a unique perspective. Marvel at the light installations and projections from the comfort of a heated boat or enjoy the illuminated artworks from the outer deck. Experience the Amsterdam Light Festival as it celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. During this special edition, reflect on ten years of light art with the most popular artworks of the past nine editions making a come back on the canals of Amsterdam. About twenty light artworks can be seen along the route and you can learn all about them through your audio guide on board. Edition #10 is certainly not to be missed!

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Amsterdam: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

8. Amsterdam: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam on a 3-hour bike tour. With an expert guide riding by your side, you’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspot 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.

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Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

Discover the secrets of Amsterdam's Red Light District on this guided walking tour. Learn about the women working in the district, the Dutch coffee shops, and the history of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood. See the Old Church, Amsterdam's oldest building, and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. Be surprised by the open-mindedness displayed in the Red Light District, and wander around the city's narrowest alleys. Explore everything the Red Light District has to offer, from the famous 'Condomerie' shop to the Prostitution Information Center. Along the way, walk past sex and coffee shops while your tour guide explains everything about them. Be surprised as you witness how the neighborhood is an important part of Amsterdam and crucial to the city's history and development. See how the Red Light District continues to shock, yet charm to this day.

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Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks

10. Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks

Experience ten years' worth of highlights from the Amsterdam Light Festival. From December 2, 2021 to January 23, 2022, the most special, inspiring, and popular light artworks from the past nine editions will return to the Amsterdam waters. This anniversary edition is all about the theme "Celebrate Light", which offers a look back on ten years of light art that strengthens the bond with the city, residents, and visitors. A total of twenty light artworks will be placed along the route, so this tenth edition is not to be missed. While cruising through the eastern part of Amsterdam, enjoy unlimited drinks and a taste of Dutch Christmas bread. See various artwork as you glide down the Heritage Canals of Amsterdam, sail along Amstel River, and pass by the Maritime Museum and Amsterdam Zoo. Enjoy the company of your local skipper and hostess as you explore the city from the perspective of the water. 

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 14,160 reviews

Was a good option to select a covered boat with the provision of wine and cheese. Enjoyable cruise along the canals of Amsterdam with live commentary in a light hearted manner. Generally. Groups were offered a cheese platter per 2 pax while if you are an individual traveller, you will get a single platter. This is good to minimise sharing of food in view of COVID. However, seatings are not exactly socially distanced but because the boat is not fully occupied, not sure if it is by design, there are still gaps between groups. Maybe better if spacings amongst groups are enforced. Our cups are regularly topped up so you will definitely have your fill. Would definitely recommend for a lazy afternoon along the picturesque canals.

We had an amazing tour with Thijs, he was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a great time :)

We enjoyed our time. They did a great job. Wod recommend the experience to others.

A particular and fascinating prospect of visiting the city, full of information

Great experience with a really great tour and interesting stories.