Water activity

Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Activity provider: Stromma Netherlands
Water activity

Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Activity provider: Stromma Netherlands
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Enjoy the sights of Amsterdam on a canal cruise with an audio guide. See the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House. Compare contemporary architecture with the warehouses and boatyards of the Golden Age.

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Duration 1 hour - 75 minutes
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Dutch, English
Audio guide included
English, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Thai, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Korean


  • Learn about the vibrant history of Amsterdam from its historic waterways
  • Admire the old boatyards and warehouses from the city's so-called Golden Age
  • Cruise the Canal Belt and see monuments such as the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House
  • Compare the modern architecture of the IJ lake with the old houses of the city center
  • Sail around the Amsterdam-Noord district and discover its fashionable elements
Full description

Learn about Amsterdam’s vibrant history on its historic waterways on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes in more than 100 highlights. Listen to the on-board commentary about the city’s emergence in the 13th century and the merchants of the Dutch East India Company that led to the so-called Golden Age.

Experience Amsterdam and board the boat by Stromma Central Station or Stromma Rijksmuseum in the city center, and set sail from the IJ waterfront. See the city’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.

  • 1-hour Amsterdam canal cruise with departure from the central station or 75-minute Amsterdam canal cruise with departure from Rijksmuseum
  • Audio guide over the speakers
  • Headphones
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headphones

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Canal Cruise from Rijksmuseum takes 75 minutes
  • Canal Cruise from Damrak takes 60 minutes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 633 reviews

Review summary

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Very enjoyable

We liked the whole experience. The audio guide what spot on on the details. We would've liked the audio time to be better timed with the attractions, meaning it always started a little too early and by the time we arrived to each attraction, you had already forgot some details the audio guide mentioned. But, otherwise, the ride was very nice. Recommended!

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August 28, 2017

Good way to get an idea of the city

Canal cruises are popular in Amsterdam but honestly, nothing super special for me. I think this is because the bridges are very low in Amsterdam and so the boats are quite low to be able to go under the bridges. This also means the view you are offered is from a very low point. Because of the unreliable weather, cruises boats are all covered. There is no deck. Everyone sits in the cafe style boat, 4 people around each table. It's a good first experience but I would not repeat it. Compared to cruise experiences in Berlin, Paris and Prague this was nothing special at all.

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August 27, 2013

Il giro è bello e interessante. La guida è automatica con delle cuffiette auricolari con filo. Ho cambiato posto 3 volte prima di trovare un posto che funzionasse. Questo lo ritengo un disagio non trascurabile perché mi ha fatto perdere del tempo e non mi ha permesso di seguire da subito le prime informazioni.

June 19, 2022


Product ID: 54538