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Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

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: National Maritime Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Amsterdam: National Maritime Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Book a skip-the-line ticket to the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam to discover how Amsterdam became the greatest harbor in mainland Europe. Learn how the system of canals was conceived and built. Do you know how the Netherlands became such a powerful nation in the 17th century? Excitement, thirst for adventure, and the courage of sailors made it all possible. Become one of them during your trip to the National Maritime Museum. Step back in time on a replica 1749 VOC East Indiaman ship called Amsterdam, docked right beside the National Maritime Museum. Experience the real sailor’s life and start your own adventure. Discover the so-called Dutch golden age as you explore life-like displays about sea travel, squeeze into the captain’s quarters, fire a cannon, or hang in a sailor’s hammock. Venture into the ship’s bow and take an exciting VR voyage over central Amsterdam. As you ake your way around the museum, get familiar with one of the world’s biggest maritime collections.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Maritime Museum Combined Ticket

3. 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

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 435 reviews

Gorgeous !

Beautiful building restored with taste and sobriety, alone the glass roof of the courtyard is worth the detour. The boat model collection is superb, and the Navigation Room features a remarkably staged sextant collection. The life-size replica of the boat adds a lot to the visit, the session of virtual reality although too short is very well done, fun, and provides insight into the activity of the port in the 17th century.

Fantastic museum, well worth a visit

Plenty of things to see but also a great feeling of space in the main building. Really enjoyed going on the replica ship. Great part of Amsterdam to take the time to visit.

The entire history of the Dutch navy, and the Dutch east India company all under one roof, and some fun and games for the kids also, well worth a visit.

Well laid out and informative. Especially liked the replica ship. Good insight into the past.

It was amazing. Beautiful way to see the city, had lovely weather which was great