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Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

1. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Rijksmuseum

Admire Amsterdam from the water on a 75-minute canal cruise and beat the queues at the Rijksmuseum with skip-the-line entry. Listen to audio commentary on the cruise and marvel at the works of artists, such as Vermeer. Upgrade your package with a snack box lunch. Present your voucher at the ticket office and pick up your sweet or savory snack box (if option selected) before boarding your boat at the docks of either the Heineken Experience or Hard Rock Cafe. Soak up the city views as you sail along the UNESCO-listed canals. Learn about the sites along the way with audio commentary on board. Visit the Rijksmuseum at your booked timeslot and avoid the queues with your fast-track ticket. Marvel at the renowned collections, including historic art by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and perhaps most notably, Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch."  

Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

2. Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Learn the vibrant history of Amsterdam from its historic waterways on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes in more than 100 highlights! Board the boat by the Stromma Central Station or the Rijksmuseum in the city center, and set sail from the IJ waterfront. The on board commentary will explain the city’s emergence in the 13th century, to the merchants of the Dutch East India Company that led to the so-called “Golden Age.” See some of today’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.

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

3. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

Combine 2 of Amsterdam’s must-do experiences with this tour of the Canal Belt by boat and entry to the legendary Rijksmuseum. Admire the beautiful canal boats and merchant houses from the water on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes you along some of the historic waterways. Dug in the Dutch Golden Age spanning the 17th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Feast your eyes on the decorative façades of the canalside buildings, and marvel at all the different styles of gables, such as clock, spout and neck gables. Pass iconic architecture, including the Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, the legendary home of the World War 2 diarist Anne Frank, the imposing Westerkerk, and the old Port of Amsterdam. Then, disembark to enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Rijksmuseum. See masterpieces by the Dutch masters of the 17th century, including Rembrandt’s “The Nighwatch” and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaiden.”

Amsterdam: Professional Private City Photoshoot

4. Amsterdam: Professional Private City Photoshoot

Capture memories for a lifetime with a private photoshoot in Amsterdam. Strike a pose in front of iconic city landmarks including the Dutch Royal ARTIS Zoo and the Rijksmuseum. Your photographer will guide you and knows all the best places and angles to take snapshots. Meet your photographer just outside the Dutch Royal ARTIS Zoo and go on a short walking tour of Amsterdam where your professional photographer will take some lovely pictures of you at iconic sights such as the Canals or in front of Rijksmuseum, for example Bring your smile and follow the instructions of your professional photographer to get some great shots and enjoy the thrill of taking a private photo shoot in the heart of Amsterdam. Get your picture taken alone or with the special people in your life. Be sent a personal link to your pictures within 24 hours. View and download the high-resolution images on your own device.

Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

5. Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

The best way to explore Amsterdam is like the locals do, on a bike. You will meet your guide in the bike shop and be given a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour you will stop at a number of interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of the city. Discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. Cycle along the famous canals and Dam Square. Cycle through the various different neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass the Rijksmuseum, home to a rich collection of Dutch art and history. Discover other gems such as the Museumplein, Stedelijk Museum, and Concertgebouw.

Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

6. Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour and see all the main sights of the historic center, including the enchanting bridges, barges, houseboats and mercantile houses of the Canal Belt. Get well-acquainted with Amsterdam’s cobblestoned streets, walking over the many beautiful bridges overlooking the iconic canals on the Canal Belt. Be guided along the waterways, seeing the recognizable tall and slim buildings, numerous houseboats, and, of course, some of the most famous sights in the city. Learn how the city evolved from a muddy town on the Amstel River in the 12th century to the modern day metropolis. Get a local’s perspective and discover some little-known secrets of the city, including tree-lined squares and private courtyards. Get priceless tips on how to make the most of your time in Amsterdam.

Rijksmuseum: Tour

7. Rijksmuseum: Tour

Meet your guide who will give you your entrance ticket. Once inside the museum, begin to explore the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age. Discover the art and objects that defined the new Dutch Republic. Be amazed by the illusionism of the still-life paintings and be inspired by the scale of Rembrandt’s "The Nightwatch". Learn about some of the most famous features and works in the museum, including Rembrandt’s portraits, Ferdinand Bol’s self-portrait, Jan Steen’s family interiors, and Vermeer’s "The Milkmaid". You will also see a collection of 17th-century doll houses. Along the way, your professional guide will explain the social and historical context that gave rise to one of the biggest middle-class art markets the world had ever seen. After the tour, you are welcome to continue to explore the rest of the art works on display, or relax in the cafe or museum shop. Your entrance ticket is valid all day.

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What people are saying about Rijksmuseum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 469 reviews

It was really well planned out and we picked 8pm which was lovely because in the time taken on the cruise it went from dusk to night time. Beautiful sights and also very informative

Very nice experience. Huge queue, of course, so make sure to get there early and save a good spot. Bring your drinks and snacks, it's allowed.

It was enjoyable! The guide gave a lot of information about canals and buildings, it had humorous, comfortable energy to it. :)

Captain introduced the history of the canals and the buildings/ architectures nearby in very detail.

Definitely worth doing , especially at night, seen buildings we wouldn’t have seen .