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Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

1. 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: Luxury Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

2. 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 Dungeon Entrance Ticket

3. 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: Evening Canal Cruise

4. Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

Experience Amsterdam from a different perspective with a boat cruise along the city's canals at night. Discover picturesque canal houses, colorful neighborhoods, and historic monuments as you cruise through the city center. Sit back and relax as you tour through the historic canal district and admire the beauty of Amsterdam. Learn about the city with an onboard audio commentary available in 19 different languages. Enjoy advantageous views from inside the boat with sliding windows and panoramic rooftops so you don’t miss a single thing. Have your camera ready as you travel through the famous canals, which are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. Watch as the streets are lit up and lively, the buildings illuminated by warm, bright lights and the little terraces packed with people unwinding after a day’s work. The cruise lasts around 1 hour and takes you past some of the city’s most fascinating sites.

Amsterdam: River Cruise With All-You-Can-Eat Dutch Pancakes

5. Amsterdam: River Cruise With All-You-Can-Eat Dutch Pancakes

Cruise for 1 hour on the IJ river and notice how Amsterdam changes. Pass awe-inspiring modern buildings, sense old buildings disappear, and see new jewels like the EYE Film Museum arise. In summer, maybe even encounter impressive cruise ships at the shipyard. In a relaxed atmosphere, tuck into the all-you-can-eat pancake buffet. The buffet includes freshly baked natural, apple, and bacon pancakes, and all sorts of delights to garnish your pancakes, like cheese, ham, fruits, jams, and eggs. Gluten-free and lactose-free options are also available. Especially for young guests, there is a large playroom filled with balls in the hold of the boat so they don't get bored. The departure destination is easily accessible by taking the free ferry from Central Station.

Amsterdam: 3-Course Dinner Cruise

6. Amsterdam: 3-Course Dinner Cruise

Eating while cruising through the canals, there is no dinner experience more fitting to a visit to Amsterdam than this one. This Canal Cruise departing from Centraal Station is a feast for both your eyes and your tastebuds. The cruise glides gently past many of the city’s most famous landmarks in all their nighttime glory, including the elegant merchant houses and former warehouses of the Canal Belt, and the beautiful Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge). As you cruise, you will be served a 3-course dinner of freshly made dishes, served with a selection of wines and soft drinks. Multilingual commentary will explain the highlights you encounter during the cruise, such as the old port area, Anne Frank House, and more. Choose between several menu options, including a meat, fish, and vegetarian menu. Each menu starts with freshly baked bread with butter and oil and a creamy pomodoro soup to whet your appetite. All menu options conclude with homemade tiramisu for dessert. Meat Menu: Roasted guinea fowl with mushroom jus and seasonal vegetables. Fish Menu: Salmon and seasonal vegetables with sauerkraut cream. Vegetarian Menu: Vegetarian lasagna with seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, and pesto.

Amsterdam: Wine and Cheese Evening Cruise

7. Amsterdam: Wine and Cheese Evening Cruise

Experience a unique cruise at night through the atmospheric canals of Amsterdam. Admire the beautiful canal-side houses, illuminated bridges, and cozy houseboat interiors. Enjoy a selection of local Dutch cheeses, with a choice of wines onboard. Enjoy the perfect views of many of Amsterdam’s iconic sites by night. Sip on your choice of wine as you meander through the charming waterways of the Dutch capital. Taste a variety of local Dutch cheeses, a culinary staple of the Netherlands. Cruise underneath the famous illuminated bridges along the canals as you enjoy a relaxing start to the evening.

Amsterdam: Cheese and Wine Canal Cruise

8. Amsterdam: Cheese and Wine Canal Cruise

Discover the old canals of Amsterdam while you enjoy a lovely Dutch cheese platter combined with a choice of selected wines, beer, or soft drinks. This is the perfect experience for a memorable date night with your companion. Prepare for an unforgettable evening in Amsterdam as you set sail along all the famous city highlights of the city. Simply sit back, relax, and sip on a glass of wine or other drink of your choice. Pass the historic Canal Belt with its typical canal houses, sail underneath the romantic Magere Brug, and cruise by typical water houses.

Amsterdam: Private Cruise with Drinks & Optional Snacks

9. Amsterdam: Private Cruise with Drinks & Optional Snacks

Take in the beauty of the city center while exploring the famous canals of Amsterdam. Lay back and relax on this comfortable boat that can either be open or covered, depending on the weather.  Let the local skipper guide navigate through the canals while you benefit from unlimited beer, wine, or soft drinks. Choose between a 90-minute and 2-hour boat tour and add an optional snack platter or Prosecco during the booking process, if you like. The optional snack platter includes: 2 types of cheese (approx. 400 grams) 2 types of sausage (approx. 350 grams) 2 trays with freshly roasted nuts 2 trays of provencal olives 4 homemade dips: 2 tapenades, egg/truffle salad, hummus Breadsticks French bread

Amsterdam: 1.25-Hour Canal Cruise to Jordaan

10. Amsterdam: 1.25-Hour Canal Cruise to Jordaan

Admire Amsterdam’s famous canals from a unique perspective aboard a 75-minute cruise sailing through the Jordaan neighborhood, which features an audio commentary and a snack bar. Start from the most famous canal in Amsterdam, the Prinsengracht, and glide past important landmarks like the Anne Frank House. Enjoy a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Amsterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion.  Cruise through Jordaan and admire the 3 islands that form the Mokum Archipel. Here, discover a different side of the city, full of warehouses and shipyards, and photo opportunities around every corner. Throughout your cruise, enjoy an audio commentary from a native Amsterdammer and discover secret stories and local history. Your commentary guide is Harry Slinger, a famous Dutch singer and actor. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 287 reviews

Great cruise through the canals of Amsterdam! Drinks were plentiful, the skipper was super relaxed and the tour through the sunset was really nice. There were even blankets, since it was a bit chilly in the evenings. Even toilet breaks were not a problem. The "emergency pee break" for a colleague 5 minutes before the end is a new runnin gag.

An amazing experience not to be missed while you are in Amsterdam! Those places are MUST! Mind blowing attractions & above the host & the guide Mr. Abdul Baqi is the key success factor (Thanks a lot)

Very cool experience ! The only thing is that if you arrive after everyone, you won’t have a seat next to the windows. And btw windows are dirty… but very cool experience anyway ! I recommend it

Best zoo I’ve been to. Amazing range of animals and really cool enclosures. We had a great time.

Food hot, good choices, staff are efficient, quick, helpful,