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Amsterdam: Open Boat Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Open Boat Canal Cruise

Admire Amsterdam’s picturesque waterside landmarks on a 100% electric 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 as 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 neighborhood 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: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

2. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots 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.

Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

3. 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: City Canal Cruise

4. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

Discover the best of Amsterdam on a canal cruise. Admire old and new buildings, bridges, and much more in a city that’s rooted in history but continues to change. Hear about the city from your audio guide. Take in views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals, as well as 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. Add an optional snack box to your cruise for something to munch on as you see the sights. Listen to your personal audio guide while on board, with commentary in 20 languages and complimentary headphones. The little ones will love the special "freshwater pirate" kids audio commentary and their own goody bag to enjoy on the boat.

Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

Enjoy an evening canal cruise that introduces you to the unique vibe of Amsterdam by night. See the city in a different light as you glide along the canals to discover the old merchant houses, picturesque bridges, and bustling atmosphere of the city at night. Be welcomed onboard and order a nice cold or hot drink. Take your pick from one of the 19 available languages on a personal audio guide system. Learn about the fascinating history of the city and its vibrant contemporary character. Or just sit back and enjoy the views rolling by your window as night falls over Amsterdam. Cruise underneath the Skinny Bridge and around the Golden Bend as you discover where the local hotspots are. You can also add a snack box to your booking, consisting of chips, popcorn, stroopwafels, salted peanuts, and a drink of your choice.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience Ticket

6. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience Ticket

Purchase a combined ticket to the Heineken Experience and a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals to enjoy 2 of the city’s must-see attractions. You are free to decide which part of the ticket you would like to use first. 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, avoid the lines to enter the former Heineken brewery, which now hosts the Heineken Experience, an interactive exhibition where you will learn all about the brewing and bottling process during a fun, 90-minute, self-guided tour. The combined ticket will save you time and money on individual purchases.

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

7. 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. The 2-in-1 ticket will give you access to both the Van Gogh Museum and to a wonderful city canal cruise.

Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 Drinks

8. Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 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: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

9. Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

Visit famous sites of Amsterdam downtown and get an overview of the city on this 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.

Amsterdam: 1-Hour Canal Cruise with GPS Audio Guide

10. Amsterdam: 1-Hour Canal Cruise with GPS Audio Guide

Embark on a cruise takes you through the unique UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal district of Amsterdam. Enjoy the opportunity to take in many of the historic sights of the city center. Depart from Central Station and discover the historic buildings and canals of the city. Admire the elegant merchant houses that date back to the Dutch Golden Age. See stunning gables, beautiful churches, the iconic Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), and many other top attractions.  During the cruise, listen to the recorded audio commentary in your choice of 19 languages. See merchant buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries, Amsterdam’s Golden Age, when trade flourished and was reflected in elaborately decorated facades. Arrive back at Central Station to finish the tour.

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What people are saying about Grachtengordel

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 37,660 reviews

We had a great time on our tour last week. We located it to get our bearings for our scheduled time and they had room and allowed us to go then. It was very convenient, Paul was our driver guide and Louisa took very good care of everyone while explaining some stories of the canal. The wine choices were white, rose and red and very tasty. The cheeses and mustard were delicious but 1 other kind of cheese and a cracker or something crunchy would be good along with. Great hour all in all.

Excellent way to start learning about Amsterdam sights / history etc. Guide was also quite good and caring. (Bring a rain jacket to enjoy this Dutch experience)

The boat was clean and safe. Our tour guides were both wonderful. I enjoyed having the open boat, as it was better for sight seeing and picture taking.

Value for money tour! Wine was free flow with lots of cheese and snacks. Got to see many sights of Amsterdam touring in the canals.

Was fantastic even though it rained unexpectedly or expectedly (for Amsterdam) we had a great time :)