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Amsterdam: Luxury Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

1. 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: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

2. 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: Canal Cruise with a Native German Guide

3. Amsterdam: Canal Cruise with a Native German Guide

After gathering at the meeting point and meeting your guide, you will begin your journey on a comfortable small boat That will take you through the beautiful canals of Amsterdam. You can listen to the anecdotes and stories about the sights as you enjoy a true voyage of discovery on the water. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will pass 17th-century canal houses, numerous picturesque bridges, the Wester Church, and the Anne Frank House. In addition to the captain, a German-speaking city guide will be on board to narrate the canal trip live in a personal and passionate manner, without the use of headphones, while you enjoy unlimited drinks on board. Lean back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and let the city impress you from the modern canal boat. The tour will take place under any weather condition, as the boat can be adapted to the weather. In addition, the boat is equipped with an electric motor, which allows for a quiet and environmentally friendly journey. Sailing through the canals of the city is the Amsterdam way of living. Come and experience this authentic Dutch experience!

Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

4. Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing 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: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

Take an evening cruise through Amsterdam. See canal-side views of the city from an open boat. Don't miss out on a quintessential Amsterdam experience and the opportunity to learn about the city's history and culture. Let your skipper and hostess regale you with tales of old Amsterdam as well as stories about modern life in the Dutch capital. Get yourself a drink at the bar and enjoy it as you drift along, passing famous landmarks and quaint canal houses. Drift under brightly lit low-arching bridges and feel like you're sailing through a fairytale. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere with a small group of people. Ask questions and get recommendations for what to do during the rest of your stay in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour all inclusive Family Friendly Cruise

6. Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour all inclusive Family Friendly Cruise

We are going to start the cruise on the outher ring of the old city of Amsterdam, right in front of the largest museum of Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum) We will be welcoming you on a personal level. (we always call you if you are late), and there is a large luxurious set-up with snacks, sweets, cookies and drinks including beer, wines and sodas. When the group (max 20) is settled, we will start the cruise. And the very knowladgeble guide will tell you about the amazing parts of the city. We will be on the water for 90 minutes, which is a nice time to really get introduced to the city. All the guides have been selected and trained to be able to tell you about history and facts. And that they will in a funny and wity way. They are amazing with children and are able to set an incredible atmosphere. Nothing is impossible. And please ket them advice you of tips and tricks of what to do during your stay in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Draft Your Own Beer Cruise

7. Amsterdam: Draft Your Own Beer Cruise

At Amsterdam's Central Station, climb aboard The Starboard, one of the newest boats in Amsterdam. Onboard, meet your professional skipper and enjoy a Heineken beer tap, complimentary WiFi, warm blankets and heated pillows for your comfort as well as a bathroom. The boat is covered in case of rain. The Draft-Your-Own-Beer is a private cruise for you and your friends, where you can relax with drinks, amazing views, and comfortable seating. The Starboard sails along the main canals of the Amstel river. See some of Amsterdam's iconic bridges and archways on this fun-filled booze cruise.

Amsterdam: Architectural Highlights Walking Tour

8. Amsterdam: Architectural Highlights Walking Tour

Enjoy your guide’s expertise as you begin with the roots of this unique maritime metropolis, Amsterdam’s medieval harbor. Find the most interesting architecture in the Dutch capital along its waterfronts, from the historical canal area to artificial archipelagos. See the neighborhood’s most striking monuments, markets, street-art hot spots, and little-known local haunts that characterize this beautiful and lively area. Learn how and from where the Dutch began to sail the seas of the world. See Amsterdam’s unique housing boats and classic wooden sailing crafts along the wharf. See the picturesque and costly homes which in the past were warehouses used for storing the goods that came from Amsterdam’s port and learn about their famous owners. Continue into the Jordaan, which is Amsterdam’s most famous neighborhood. Watch how the gentrification of decades has worked to attract more galleries, restaurants, specialty shops, and upwardly-mobile residents to its "higgledy-piggledy" picturesque streets. Gain a deeper knowledge of how Amsterdam has evolved from a merchant stronghold to a predominant European cultural capital as you walk around its streets. Walk the "Nine Streets" on Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal ring area, and enjoy one of the marvels of this world’s architecture. Learn as your guide documents the history of this unique urban development, and find out just why this area has been designated by UNESCO as world heritage. Get an overview of the architectural style of Amsterdam’s rich past. See its very lively artisanal businesses, hidden cafés, restaurants, and galleries with specialized and authentic shops.

Amsterdam: Private Luxury Cruise with Prosecco

9. Amsterdam: Private Luxury Cruise with Prosecco

Treat yourself aboard a luxury cruise as you discover Amsterdam from a unique perspective. Relax in the comfort of a romantic open boat as you discover the hidden jewels of the city. Float by key attractions in the Dutch capital like the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. Clink glasses as you enjoy an inclusive Prosecco each on this private tour from Oosterdokskade. Listen to the fascinating history of Amsterdam as you sail around its iconic UNESCO-listed canals. Marvel at its narrow houses as you get insider recommendations on the best places to go from the skipper. Wow at the historic neighborhood of Jordaan and snap photos at the impressive Golden Bend. Tick Amsterdam's seven famous bridges off your list while you sit back in luxury and absorb its distinctive waterways.

Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

10. Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

From the meeting point at Beursplein square, start the walking tour of the main central attractions with your expert guide. Hear stories you’d never hear otherwise and experience the history of this city. From its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to Amsterdam. Your guide will then take you to the cruise boat to continue the tour of the city’s iconic canal routes. On board, relax and take in the memorable sights that surround you. You can’t truly experience the city without getting to know its waterways, and on this cruise you will see the most principal canals as well as the Amstel River and the famous seven bridges.

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What people are saying about Herengracht

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 694 reviews

It was a fantastic spring day, and great for a boat ride. The Captain and First Mate were entertaining and informative. The drinks were not particularly well stocked up, and you needed to serve yourself. We suggest you get your drink as soon as you get on the boat.

The staff was great and answered my questions… I think I was one of the few that was paying attention to the scenery as a canal cruise was high on my list of things to do. Being a 420 cruise was the icing on the cake. “Highly” recommend the Buddha Lounge.

This was a super fun boat ride. The hosts were knowledgeable and made the trip really enjoyable with fun tips and facts about Amsterdam.

Nice boat, very pleasant guide/skipper (Bert) and well looked after. Definitely recommended!!

Very nice tour with lovely people on board to assist you,really relaxing recommend to all