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Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

1. 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: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

2. 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: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

3. Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Learn the story of one of the world's most famous breweries with an entrance ticket to the Heineken Experience and enjoy an interactive, self-guided tour of the original factory, where all of the brand’s beer was made until 1988. Get a behind-the-scenes look at facilities including the gigantic copper tanks where the lager was brewed. Take part in a tasting session and test your skills at drafting a perfect beer. Then, see the 17th-century architecture of the city center on a 1-hour canal cruise. Avail of a GPS guide in several languages to get interesting information about iconic landmarks such as the Westerkerk, "Skinny Bridge" and charming Negen Straatjes neighborhood. The time slot you choose is for the Heineken Experience. The canal cruise time slot must be reserved upon arrival in Amsterdam (instructions provided after booking).

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

4. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

Combine a trip to the world-famous Van Gogh Museum with a spectacular 1-hour cruise through the historic canal district. The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands and has been visited by millions of people. There is no better way to complete a fun day trip to the Van Gogh Museum than with an exciting boat cruise. One half of the package includes a visit the Van Gogh Museum which has the world’s largest collection of paintings, drawings, sketches, and letters by the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. With almost two million visitors a year, it is the second most-visited museum in the Netherlands and definitely a must see. The Van Gogh Museum has over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by the artist. Some of the most famous pieces in the collection include The Potato Eaters (1885), Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette (1886), Sunflowers (1889), and Almond Blossoms (1890). The other half of the package includes an Amsterdam canal cruise. Amsterdam’s beautiful city center is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and there is no better way to explore it than with an Amsterdam canal cruise. The fun, 1-hour cruise will take you through the city’s most important canals, past magnificent 17th-century churches, mansions, boat houses, and bridges. You can see all of the best sights including the Westerkerk church, the Negen Straatjes district, and the Magere Brug on the Amstel river. The cruise features a GPS guide with information in several different languages and the boats are fitted with panoramic windows to ensure you enjoy a fantastic view of the city.

Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

5. 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: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

6. 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: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

7. Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

Hop on board your private vessel for the evening and set off through the charming canals of Amsterdam. After the sun has set, the city illuminates with glistening lights, creating the perfect romantic setting for you and your lover. Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy a refreshing glass of bubbly accompanied by local cheese and waffles. Admire the 17th-century canal houses and impressive bridges as you cruise through the water. Along the way, listen to stories of the city’s impressive history, culture, and famous landmarks. Hear tales of legends and lovers, while creating an unforgettable memory of your own. By the end of the evening, you’ll have seen Amsterdam from a totally new perspective.

Amsterdam: Haunted Stories City Exploration Game

8. Amsterdam: Haunted Stories City Exploration Game

Play a game while touring Amsterdam at your own pace. Enjoy a story about the dark forces that wish to turn back the clock in this liberal and progressive city. Imagine you return to your hotel after drinking, but your friends have gone missing. Discover that this goes beyond anything you have ever experienced, even beyond the grave. As the story unfolds the exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location Start at Hotel Prins Hendrik and immerse yourself in 2 to 2.5 hours of gameplay. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Save your data by playing offline. Finish triumphantly at Westerkerk. Compete with groups or play on your own, as one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group, so the group can download and play the city game on their phone.

Amsterdam's Jordaan District Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam's Jordaan District Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in this area will start from the convenient meeting point at Westermarkt 1 near the West Church. Set off at a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this district. The Jordaan district of Amsterdam is definitely known as one of the real hotspots of Amsterdam. The origins of the area can be traced back to the 17th century where it is believed to have been erected for the city's laborers and immigrants. Many of these immigrants originated from France or near, then being the agricultural part of town, was subsequently named Jardin which is French for garden. This word eventually changed into Jordaan, the name of the district today. As a working class neighborhood this area ceased to exist in the 1980s. Due to urban renewal the rent price rose and many of the original inhabitants moved to satelite towns such as Purmerend and Almere. After their departure the area became the trendy place to be, attracting students, artists and young entrepeneurs. During the walk your guide will enlighten you with many stories and anecdotes about these contrasting periods in the Jordaan. We will also visit a typical Dutch "Hofje" (innercourt or patio garden) and show you the famous Westchurch and many small streets and idyllic canals. On Mondays and Saturdays we will also visit a vibrant local market. In addition to all the sights, your personal Jordaan guide will reveal the district’s unique character, teach you local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities, public transport and more.

Amsterdam: Culinary Cultural Tour

10. Amsterdam: Culinary Cultural Tour

Munch on some classic Dutch snacks and take in the charm of the Grachtengordel and the Jordaan District on this culinary cultural tour of Amsterdam. Start your tour checking out the Royal Palace, National Monument, and Nieuwe Park. Stroll Admire the charming Grachtengordel and the Jordaan District. Learn about the landmarks and the local history over some herring or a stroopwafel and coffee.

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What people are saying about Westerkerk

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Amazing way to see the city!! Our tour guide Claudette was great. Some points of the loop were a bit chaotic due to the sheer amount of bikers in the city, but I guess that's as authentic of an experience as you can get! Highly recommend for those that may only have one free afternoon to tour Amsterdam.

Claudette was a fantastic guide. A bike tour is always a good way to see a new city. Yes, you will look like a tourist. Who cares? This was fun and relaxed and the history of the city was presented in a great way! We enjoyed it!

Laura was our guide and presented us Amsterdam from an unique perspective. She knows a lot about the culture and history and explained everything in a very enjoyable way. Thank you and all the best!

Bike tour was really enjoyable!Rad was very friendly and informative!!a lovely way to see the city and learn some facts!sunny morning too so was really great!!

The guide was very nice and knew a lot of history and fun facts regarding Amsterdam. I highly recommend doing this tour at the beginning of you Amsterdam trip.