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Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

Discover the unique beauty of Amsterdam at night on an evening cruise. Admire the lights, bridges, and canal houses and see a new side of the city. Board your cruise and begin your tour. Watch the stately 17th-century warehouses of the Dutch capital glide by. Admire the hundreds of bridges and iconic buildings alongside the canals as you cruise through the city and marvel at the illuminated Skinny Bridge. Enjoy the beautiful views and listen to an audio guide with information about the city. See the best Amsterdam has to offer and immerse yourself in the city at night while enjoying the charm of a cruise with a family-run business. Experience a different atmosphere in the city under the night sky. Add a snack box to your booking and enjoy some snacks and drinks as you cruise. Nibble on chips, popcorn, stroopwafels, and salted peanuts with a soft drink, beer, or glass of wine as you sail through Amsterdam's canals.

Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

2. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam with 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: Sighting Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks

3. Amsterdam: Sighting Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks

Enjoy the ultimate Amsterdam experience onboard one of the city's most exclusive boats. Relax with a drink, served by a hostess and take hear fun facts about the city in the past and in the present, as you cruise the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canal Belt.  Sit back and relax as you look at the merchant houses, abundant trees, and beautiful gardens of the city center. The planned urban sprawl served as an example around the world well into the 19th century, and the network of canals extends for 14 kilometers and boasts some 80 bridges. Pick from a wide choice of hot and cold drinks from the well-stocked bar, and stay cozy with the fleece blankets on both the open and closed boats. Sail along the River Amstel and pass the Hermitage Museum. See the Royal Theatre Carré and famous Skinny Bridge. Marvel at the contemporary architecture of the NEMO Science Museum, and cruise along the famous 7 Bridges section of the Reguliersgracht. Catch a glimpse of the Dancing Houses and the infamous Red Light district. Return to your starting point with your camera full of pictures. 

Amsterdam: Guided Evening Cruise with Bar on Board

4. Amsterdam: Guided Evening Cruise with Bar on Board

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 Canal Cruise and Maritime Museum Combined Ticket

5. Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Maritime Museum Combined Ticket

The Amsterdam City Canal Cruise offers you fantastic views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals and also shows off the growing 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. You will see Amsterdam the way it really is, from the Golden Bend to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter, and from the Music Building in the harbor to the VOC ship, the Amsterdam. Continue on to explore the National Maritime Museum and visit the East-Indian Ship located in front of the Museum. Take your time exploring the exhibits as you stroll through the museum at your own pace.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

6. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

Amsterdam: Old Town Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam: Old Town Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

The east side of old Amsterdam was once a centre of international trade and exploration, with parts of the city drawing a large Jewish community from the 1600s onwards. On this walking tour, I’ll tell you about this maritime history, and guide you through the old Jewish district, Jodenbuurt. As you roam the docklands, alleys and canals of the old east side, I’ll share the stories floating through its streets. You'll hear about the Dutch fleet, once the most powerful in the world, the eternal Anglo-Dutch wars, and how the old Navy Warehouse – now the National Maritime Museum – contributed to one of the worst defeats in the history of the British Navy. Speaking of museums, we’ll pass several that you may like to include in your Amsterdam explorations, including: • NEMO Science Museum, the green building shaped like a ship and built in what once was the arm of the sea that linked Amsterdam to the ocean • Hermitage Amsterdam, which houses a lot of Dutch artwork collected by the Russian Tsars • Rembrandt House Museum, modelled to look as it did in the 1600s • Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam (the Museum of WWII Resistance) where you can learn what life was like for locals during the war On this Amsterdam tour, you’ll also have the chance to: • Discover the rich traditions of Sephardic Jews while visiting the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam, the largest synagogue in the world for centuries • Learn how WWII and the Holocaust almost fully wiped out Amsterdam’s Jewish population • Take in the many memorials around the Jewish District including the National Holocaust Names Monument and the Memorial to Auschwitz Victims • Stroll along Waterlooplein Market, one of the largest and oldest flea markets in the city • See Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and ARTIS zoo, one of the oldest botanical gardens and zoos in the world • Hear about barges and traditional Dutch sailing ships including the magnificently refurbished East Indiaman Join me on this two-hour walk as we hop over a dozen artificial islands and past more than a dozen museums.

Amsterdam: Private Canal Cruise with Drinks and Snacks

8. Amsterdam: Private Canal Cruise with Drinks and Snacks

Join the best experience of Amsterdam with your group. Discover the famous canals of Amsterdam with this private boat tour. The Local skipper/guide will let you see the hotspots of Amsterdam. See the beautifull canals, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark, Leidseplein, Amstel River, skinny bridge, Hermitage and many more.. This canal cruise is private for 1,5 hours and to make the cruise complete, it is inclusive beer, wine, soda and typical Dutch bitterballen (vegan option). Don't miss the boat! The cruise is on a cozy boat and the local skipper will tell you the best stories.

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What people are saying about Het Scheepvaartmuseum

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4.4 / 5

based on 12,410 reviews

Amazing experience! We had the best morning! Rad, our tour guide, was great! We had a private tour as we were the only ones and it was fab! Very informative and lovely way to see Amsterdam!

Very good museum. Needed a guide of the exhibits in the museum shop, I tend to buy those so I can enjoy the exhibits at my comfort. Surprised that there was none.

We had Chris as our guide and he was excellent - brilliant knowledge about Amsterdam and we thoroughly enjoyed the bike tour - a must do activity!

nice cruise started off slow along the canals and then sped up on open water, very good way to see a large part of the city

Very relaxing and pleasant boat tour. Lots of nice sights.