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There's no better way to see Amsterdam's top sights than from its famous canals. Whether you do a sightseeing cruise, a dining excursion, or a boat trip that offers a bit of everything, traversing the city's waterways is a truly Dutch experience. 

Highlights
  • Get a unique perspective of Amsterdam's top attractions on a comprehensive canal cruise. 
  • Cruise the capital city's historic waterways in a classic glass-enclosed canal boat. 
  • See famous sights including the Anne Frank House, Skinny Bridge (Magere Burg), Golden Bend (Gouden Bocht), and the old port. 
  • Enjoy views of the city's charming waterfront from the best vantage point—the water.
  • Learn about what you're seeing from a tour guide or recorded audio commentary.

Sightseeing Cruises
Admiring the architectural marvels of Amsterdam on a canal tour enables you to see many of the city's best-loved sights by boat—which is how they are meant to be seen. Many sightseeing cruises are led by a professional guide who will describe in detail the history, culture, and lore of the city and sights as you float by.

Canal Cruises with Food and Drinks
Couples looking for a little romance can take a moonlit turn around the canals while sampling a couple of cocktails or a multi-course dinner. Alternatively, a casual pizza cruise is a fun way for families with kids and groups of friends to enjoy a meal together while seeing Amsterdam from the water. 

Combo Tours 
Combine visits to multiple attractions by opting for a hop-on hop-off cruise, or a canal tour that includes entrance to a museum in addition to the boat ride.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Canal Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Canal Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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6215
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$22.84
From
$22.84
Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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* A traveler said: "A nice evening tour through the canals. They provided pillows and blankets which made it a comfy ride. Provided history and fun facts. All together a nice experience"


Blue Boat Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

Blue Boat Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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414
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$23.44
From
$23.44
Lap up Amsterdam’s beautiful canals by night on a candlelight cruise. Board a comfortable boat, settle into the all-glass cabin in the glow of candlelight and enjoy the scenery as you cruise the UNESCO World Heritage site canals. Pass by floodlit landmarks such as the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House, and savor the twinkling lights and silhouettes of the canal bridges, merchants’ houses and churches. As you cruise, hear about the city’s history from the onboard commentary.
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* A traveler said: "Its very cool, good moments, and learn i recommand this for learn history of Amsterdam and see Ă  beautiful vew."


Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise

Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise

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270
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$18.03
From
$18.03
Absorb the canal-front sights of Amsterdam on a leisurely 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Take a seat in a comfortable, glass-topped boat, and enjoy the views as you glide along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals and listen to the informative audio commentary. Drift by top Amsterdam attractions such as the Anne Frank House and City Hall, and drink in the gabled townhouses, bridges and leafy canalsides from the peaceful vantage point of the water. A relaxing way to get to know the pretty Dutch capital for first-time visitors.
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* A traveler said: "Seeing the city from a different perspective was worth the trip by itself. It also provided an audio description with the provided headphones."


Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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741
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$27.40
From
$27.40
The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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* A traveler said: "Super Guide. Very beautiful and chilled ride in Amsterdam. Perfect organized and excellent for JGA!!"


Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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70
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$15.63
From
$15.63
Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide.
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* A traveler said: "This was a nice relaxing trip around Amsterdam! The audio was very good and provided a lot of details. Highly recommended. Also I noticed a family take their lunch aboard another boat to enjoy, wished I had thought of that. Lastly, the boat Captain was extremely skilled in maneuvering the boat, it was remarkable at times."


Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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1428
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$34.86
From
$34.86
Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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* A traveler said: "Charlie, the skipper, and Tarsin, the tour guide, make one awesome team! You rock, ladies! Thanks for such an amazing tour, and hope to tour with you both again."


Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

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89
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$15.63
From
$15.63
Discover hidden corners in Amsterdam’s scenic waterways unreachable by many boats on this canal cruise. Aboard a solar-powered vessel, hear tales with your audio-guide while snapping photos of the historical waterfront sights. Pass highlights such as the Anne Frank House and the Golden Bend district with its grand manor houses. A variety of departure times makes this a convenient sightseeing activity.
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* A traveler said: "it was very good trip seen many attraction of Amsterdam, good value of money and time of the trip was great"


Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

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151
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$63.68
From
$63.68
Do you want to experience Amsterdam in a more authentic way? Step aboard on our beautiful large luxury sloop with enough space for everyone and discover the city like a real explorer. We’ll welcome you on our stylish, electric sloop with unlimited drinks and delicious Dutch snacks and we will also stop at one of Amsterdams best boat catering to pick up real Amsterdam 'bitterballen'. So lean back, relax en listen to our amazing stories about the secrets of Amsterdam. During our tour there is always a lot of interaction between the guests and our captain, because we always have a maximum of 12 guests aboard. This guarantees you a personal and amazing experience in the historical city of Amsterdam. You will cherish memories that you won't forget. Of course children are welcome! Did you know that in 2019 Amsterdam experience cruise became one of the most popular and best reviewed Airbnb experiences? We are currently number 3 in the world with the most positive reviews and bookings
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* A traveler said: "This tour was amazing. Don't book a table for dinner after the tour, was way longer than an hour and a half. Heaps of fun too much wine, lovely snacks. Thoroughly enjoyable. See you on the next trip. Shout out to Mark our captsin he was so much fun."


Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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350
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$38.67
From
$38.67
Head to Amsterdam Icebar Xtracold, where you’re treated to a welcome drink plus two Smirnoff cocktails or Heineken beers — your choice —while relaxing in a frosty bar where everything, even your drinking glass, is made of ice! Continue this totally ‘cool’ experience by taking a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped boat. It’s the best way to see Amsterdam’s top highlights.
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* A traveler said: "Was good craic and something a bit different, didn't last very long but wasn't too expensive. Get the large ice glass as you get more free drink!"


Amsterdam Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

Amsterdam Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

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493
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$22.84
From
$22.84
Come and join us on one of our legendary and Tripadvisor top 3 boat tours and get ready to cruise along the Amsterdam canals on our unique, electric boats. We have small open boats so you are able to enjoy the full experience! On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam. Our canal cruise is a great alternative compared to those old-school tourist canal boats that your grandma probably recommended.
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* A traveler said: "Really lovely cruise ! Extremely friendly and happy staff, super nice way to spend the evening ! :) Thank you !"


Private 1.5 hour Canal Tour in Amsterdam with your Loved One

Private 1.5 hour Canal Tour in Amsterdam with your Loved One

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85
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$81.73
Price varies by group size
From
$81.73
Price varies by group size
Relax after a busy day of sightseeing on an evening cruise of Amsterdam’s historic canals. Take in views of the historic waterways by night, travelling through areas including the UNESCO-listed Canal District and De Wallen, and benefit from a customizable itinerary according to the group’s interests. Gain insight into the landmarks and routes from you local skipper, and choose a tour time that suits your schedule.
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* A traveler said: "Mark and Cynthia were an absolute delight ! Not only did they make us feel very comfortable, but they also taught us a lot of interesting things about Amsterdam, the canals and ships. You can really feel the love and passion they have for this lifestyle. As far as the boat itself was also very cosy and nice. It was clean and had a functional setup with a table in the middle and the seats on the inner borders. This is the perfect activity for all types of groups i promise ! We are definitly coming back! Once again, Cynthia and Mark, THANK YOU WE HAD SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME !"


Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

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91
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$21.64
From
$21.64
Board a customized electric boat for a one-of-a-kind cruise on the canals of Amsterdam. Choose your sailing time and relax during a luxurious 1-hour ride on a small, open boat. The narrated tour begins and ends at a convenient location, in front of the Anne Frank House. Blankets and pillows are provided.
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* A traveler said: "Captain Tommy and the Swedish chick were great hosts! Great city insights...especially historic landmarks."


Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise with Live Guide

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise with Live Guide

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357
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
From
$18.03
From
$18.03
The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming, so experience Amsterdam in peace from the water. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point on this canal tour while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of this beautiful city. Get a great price when you book this cruise online.
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* A traveler said: "We managed to hit a very sunny and warm window right before a thunder storm only because the guide was so gracious to let us move our time of tour up by one hour! Great tour, mainly because both the captain and his assistant were so knowledgeable and so willing to talk to us and answer all of our questions during the tour!!"


Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

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224
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$81.73
Price varies by group size
From
$81.73
Price varies by group size
Explore the canals of Amsterdam on a boat cruise that takes you past the top landmarks in this beautiful city. Hear informative commentary from the captain during your tour, which can be customized to your interests. Soak in the sights and charms of the canals while learning about the Dutch capital’s history and modern-day attractions. This relaxing tour provides a perfect introduction to Amsterdam and gives you tips on places to visit later on your own, plus it is longer than most canal tours of the same nature.
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* A traveler said: "Our Tour Guide Pap was amazing, he was funny, knowledgeable, very kind and so very accommodating. We truly enjoyed out time."


Heineken Experience Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Heineken Experience Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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62
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$41.83
From
$41.83
Combine two of Amsterdam’s top-selling experiences and save money with a Super Saver Heineken Experience and canal cruise package—a convenient and budget-friendly choice that’s ideal for first-time visitors. Guarantee your entry to the often sold-out Heineken Experience by booking in advance and get unobstructed views of Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed waterways, without the crowds on land, during a canal cruise—a quintessential Amsterdam experience.
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* A traveler said: "A great way to spend a few hours. The Heineken experience was great learning about the history of the brewery. Samples were a bonus as well. The canal cruise was a little more than an hour and was a great way to see the city and relax."


Sebi Boat Tours

Sebi Boat Tours

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60
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.48
From
$58.48
We are Sebi Boat Tours, two true Amsterdammers who want to share their love for this beautiful city. With our 100% electric boat which is open on sunny days and closed on rainy and windy days and has a toilet, we will provide a 2 hour intimate canal tour. We will pass all the highlights Amsterdam has to offer including the world famous canal belt, The Jordaan, The red light district, the river Amstel, the maritime area and places, where big tour boats cannot go. On the way we will make a stop at Amsterdam's best boat caterer, childhood friends of ours, to pick up some traditional Dutch snacks while you enjoy a wide variety of complementary drinks. All this while Captain Sebi will pass on his years of knowledge of the city and canals, on current events and Amsterdam people in Dutch, English and German!
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* A traveler said: "Our tour with Sebi was fantastic!! He had a wonderful setup of snacks and drinks for us on the boat and shared lots of great information about the city. We were so glad we booked a tour with him and would definitely recommend others visiting Amsterdam to do the tour as well."


Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 1 hr with Audioguide

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 1 hr with Audioguide

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322
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$21.03
From
$21.03
From the peaceful atmosphere of a luxury, glass-enclosed boat, enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam along its UNESCO-listed canals during this cruise. Hear narrated commentary on the sites along the way, including the Anne Frank House, the Golden Bend, the National Maritime Museum, and the Skinny Bridge. With a variety of departure times available, this picturesque and comprehensive overview by water is easy to fit into your day of sightseeing.
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* A traveler said: "The tour guide was very knowledge guy and some times very funny. He went into details about places along the canal.|overall it was an good experience.We didn't have enough time for full visit to all the lovely places.|Will come again. Thanks viator"


The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat

The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat

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259
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$66.11
From
$66.11
Cruise Amsterdam’s scenic canals in a fully electric boat, while your hosts give you a glimpse into modern Dutch life. Enjoy an open bar with local goodies like craft beer, wines, and nonalcoholic beverages. A snack platter with fruit, cheese, cookies, and sausages is also provided. This peaceful, scenic cruise is a great choice for first-time visitors and those who want to escape the crowds on land.
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* A traveler said: "Loved the small group aspect. We had an issue and looked as if we couldn't make the night scheduled and they were very attentive to our situation."


Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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5
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$15.63
From
$15.63
Cruising around Amsterdam’s canals is a quintessential experience for visitors to the city. With this tour, see the city at its most magical as you set sail on an evening cruise. Glide past the lively waterfront bars and cafĂ©s, spot illuminated landmarks such as Amsterdam Centraal Station and the Anne Frank House, and admire the glittering city skyline from the water.
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Amsterdam Burgers and Dogs Cruise

Amsterdam Burgers and Dogs Cruise

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113
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$51.08
From
$51.08
There is no better way to experience Amsterdam then from the water. Well maybe... if you add a really good burger, a hotdog and a cold drink! Create your own Burger & Hotdog during this cruise You are the boss on this Burgers & Dogs Cruise. Our chef will serve you a juicy hot burger & Hotdog - and YOU can dress it up any way you like. Are you a classic burger type that goes for a lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise & ketchup combo? Or are you going to spice up that Hot Dog with a hand full of jalapenos & some cheese? But of course you can enjoy more than just your food on this 90 minute night time cruise. All the cities highlights will pass by your window and if you plug into our Personal Audio System, we will tell you all about them in one of the available 21 languages. Feel free to order another drink: Heineken beer, house wines & soft drinks are all included in this cruise.
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* A traveler said: "The cruise was a great way to see the sights of a beautiful city! Myself and my wife loved the tour it gave us an insight of what to expect on our trip & the staff were very warm and welcoming."


Buddha Lounge Boat Amsterdam, Smoke and Cruise in Style 75 min tour

Buddha Lounge Boat Amsterdam, Smoke and Cruise in Style 75 min tour

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18
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$36.06
From
$36.06
Hello Guests from all over world! Let's Get Together as likeminded people with the same attitude towards life and celebrate the moment. Make peace & enjoy life now, rather then later (like our dads and moms did). Note: WE ARE CORONA FREE ZONE Cozy up on our comfy lounge boat, enjoy some drinks & smokes during this 70 minutes social, relax & fun boat ride! Our tolerance and hospitality are granted, you will feel at home. No parental control, rules or any form of stress. Just Relax This is a 420 Friendly Boat Tour. We have a real Hookah/Shisha onboard which you can smoke (additional costs) We are no mainstream guided tour but will tell stories about the city, history and lighthearted fun & facts. We like to listen to what you like to hear, before we tell. Bachelor groups warning: This is a chill boat tour, and do not provide drink parties for bachelor tours. We do not tolerate drunk people or drunk behavior. Only book if you come to smoke & chill or contact us for a private tour.
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* A traveler said: "Great hosts, comfy boat, never had an empty glass. It was a lovely tour seeing different areas of Amsterdam, we went on a very cold day and the boat was no where near as cold as outside. Would say next time would love to hear some of the stories."


Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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4
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$63.10
From
$63.10
This fun, multifaceted tour touches on everything the Dutch are best known for. Visit a windmill village, a clog museum (where you can watch traditional craftsmen work), a cheese farm (samples included), and take a canal cruise. The “100 Highlights” cruise passes many sites and landmarks, including the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk, and more.
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* A traveler said: "Easy to find meeting place. Just on the other side of Centraal Station via free ferry. Rep was very courteous and helpful. Short bus ride to Windmill Village. Awesome demo of making wooden shoes. The lady was very knowledgeable about Gouda cheese.and the cheese shop was awesome. We only went inside the free spice Windmill with the wheels for stone grinding. Nice gift shops on property and we had adequate free time to walk around. Our guide was very informative. Good value."


Private Guided Historic Amsterdam Canal Cruise in a Salon Boat

Private Guided Historic Amsterdam Canal Cruise in a Salon Boat

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6
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$519.78
per group
From
$519.78
per group
Delight in the architectural splendor of Amsterdam on a private 2-hour canal cruise. On a spacious boat, you’ll sail on Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways through historical districts such as Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengrach. Pass important structures like the Maritime Museum and the Dutch East Indiaman, and admire ancient churches and Amsterdam’s impressive Central Station from the water. While learning about the culture and history of the Dutch capital, you’ll receive the complete attention of your private guide.
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* A traveler said: "At 3 PM on a crisp September afternoon Rederij De Jordaan eased his immaculately maintained, sleek salon boat alongside the dock and welcomed us aboard with a gracious smile, chocolate covered strawberries, cheese and wine. What was billed as a 1.5 hour tour became a fascinating & informative cruise of more than 2 hours around Amsterdam Harbor during which he generously shared an obvious love for his city and its rich history. We could not have been more pleased with his service. If you consider a tour of this type you MUST book him!"


Private Champagne Cruise in Amsterdam

Private Champagne Cruise in Amsterdam

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12
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$118.57
From
$118.57
Sip Champagne as you glide along Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals on a private, 1.5-hour salon boat cruise. Board a classic, electric 1920s salon boat with a private captain at the helm, and enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere as you explore the delightful De Jordaan neighborhood. Cruise the flower-lined waterways past 17th-century merchants’ houses, bridges and churches; and hear about the area’s history and landmarks. Along the way, celebrate the occasion with a complimentary glass of Champagne and unlimited free drinks from the open bar. Choose from different departure times during the day.
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* A traveler said: "We enjoyed a elegant voyage on this magical little ship. Captain Reinhard was a friendly and knowledgeable skipper. The bubbly never stopped flowing start to finish. There are less expense ways to cruise the canals, but none are luxurious and unique. Highly recommended for a special occasion."


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