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Amsterdam: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Small-Group 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: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Day Trip

2. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Day Trip

Leave Amsterdam for half a day on this guided tour of the rolling Dutch countryside. Sit back and travel comfortably in a coach to the rural village of Edam. Take a walk through the quaint streets of Edam. En-route to Volendam, stop to visit an old cheese farm to see how authentic Dutch cheese is made. Indulge in trying some of these huge spheres of delicious cheese. Upon arrival in Volendam, follow your guide on a journey through the fishing village’s winding streets. Hear about how this bustling place was once the harbor for neighboring village Edam. Enjoy some free time to eat lunch. Next, move on to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Once used to ground spices, dyes, lumber, oil, cocoa powder, and many other items, the mills are still in use today. Some are now living museums where you can learn about the ins and outs of milling. Visit a wooden shoe factory and behold how traditional clogs are created using antique machines. Afterward, go inside a windmill and take a look at all the mechanisms and go out onto the platform for a remarkable view over the surrounding area.  Filled with newfound knowledge and a taste of the traditional Dutch ways of life, relax and reminisce about your trip while on the journey back to Amsterdam.

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: Heineken Experience Ticket

4. Amsterdam: Heineken Experience Ticket

1867 was a good year for beer. It was the year Gerard Adriaan Heineken built a new brewery in the heart of Amsterdam. In the pumping heart of the old brewery, you can dive into the world of Heineken beer.   On a 1.5-hour self-guided tour you’ll learn about the company’s heritage, the beer brewing process, Heineken’s innovations, and about what it takes to serve a world-famous beer. There will be a short presentation in English provided inside the factory.   Find out the 4 natural ingredients that make this beer, and discover the brand’s sponsorship activities with Formula 1, the UEFA Champions League and the Rugby World Cup. And sure enough, at the end of the tour you can raise your glass with new friends.

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

5. 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 the view as you see thousands of lights highlight the hundreds of bridges and the iconic buildings alongside the canals. 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 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. Complete your experience during the canal cruise by buying some drinks and snacks in the ticketing office prior to boarding.

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: Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

7. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

The Amsterdam Dungeon is an uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back into the Netherlands’ most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth? Whichever way, it’s not looking good for your underwear. Multiple different shows and a team of ten professional actors will give an unforgettable performance which will be terrifying and hilarious at the same time, depending on your tolerance for fear. Some of the attractions include figuring your way out of a dark labyrinth, witnessing a witch burn, encountering the ghost of a tortured woman and being tried by a Spanish Inquisitor. Discover the newest show 'The Flying Dutchman' in which a cursed legend comes to life. Will you survive his revenge? In 1651, you find yourself in a rough bar in the Amsterdam of old. 10 years after the legendary ship The Flying Dutchman disappeared, a sinister bar owner awaits the return of the cursed captain who is out for revenge.

Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

8. 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.

Cocktails at Amsterdam’s Icebar

9. Cocktails at Amsterdam’s Icebar

Enjoy a refreshing beverage at a temperate minus 10 degrees Celsius at Amsterdam's Icebar, quite literally the city’s coolest drinks venue! Once you’ve exchanged your voucher for a designated time slot, marvel at a watering hole constructed almost entirely from ice. Everything from the walls and furniture to the very glass you sip your beverage out of is made of natural ice. Upon entering the bar, you will first see the lounge space, where you can have a welcome cocktail or a beer if you wish. This first part of the Amsterdam Icebar is nice and warm. After that, snuggle into the provided winter wear and savor the ambient light and ice sculptures of the Icebar. Choose from 2 different flavors of vodka, regular vodka, sambuca, rum, Heineken beer, or orange juice. Inside the Icebar you can stay up to 20 minutes. You may hang out in the lounge as long as you like, and try a selection of delicious cocktails. The “cool” factor goes even further than the general climate; mood lighting and toe-tapping party tunes complete the scene.

Amsterdam: Luxury Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

10. 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.

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What people are saying about North Holland

Loved this quick overview of the culture of Amsterdam. Our guide was really great - can't remember her name, but she was from Croatia. Knowledgable about the history of Amsterdam and gave us some good recommendations for food during our visit.

This was for me the best every canal/river cruise. The commentary was first class being both informative and comedic in equal measure.

This is an awesome experience! Would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam.

Informative & friendly guide, knowledgeable captain, good wine & cheese.

Great guide who knew so much She was friendly and interesting.