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Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

1. 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: Canal Cruise with a Native German Guide

2. Amsterdam: Canal Cruise with a Native German Guide

After gathering at the meeting point and meeting your guide, you will begin your journey on a comfortable small boat That will take you through the beautiful canals of Amsterdam. You can listen to the anecdotes and stories about the sights as you enjoy a true voyage of discovery on the water. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will pass 17th-century canal houses, numerous picturesque bridges, the Wester Church, and the Anne Frank House. In addition to the captain, a German-speaking city guide will be on board to narrate the canal trip live in a personal and passionate manner, without the use of headphones, while you enjoy unlimited drinks on board. Lean back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and let the city impress you from the modern canal boat. The tour will take place under any weather condition, as the boat can be adapted to the weather. In addition, the boat is equipped with an electric motor, which allows for a quiet and environmentally friendly journey. Sailing through the canals of the city is the Amsterdam way of living. Come and experience this authentic Dutch experience!

Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

3. 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: 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: Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise Combo Tour

5. 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: Self-Guided Escape Game and Sightseeing

6. Amsterdam: Self-Guided Escape Game and Sightseeing

An occult group has challenged you to uncover the identity of one of their most famous members. During this self guided experience, you will follow a treasure map and a series of clues left in an ancient book in order to unlock the lock box and discover his real name. You will pass by the major historical sites of the city on the 2.5km trail, solve puzzles, and learn about Golden Age Amsterdam. Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery? You'll have to play to find out! Other things to note All bookings are private. You will play with your own group - if there are other people they will play separately. We don't recommend playing alone. Part of the game goes through the Red Light District. Great for groups, great for teams and great for team-building! Large groups will be split into teams of 5 players who will then compete against each other.

Amsterdam's Jordaan District Walking Tour

7. 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 walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

8. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Zaanse Schans + 1 Free Attraction

9. Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Zaanse Schans + 1 Free Attraction

Explore blooming tulips, windmills, wooden clogs, and Dutch cheese on a guided day trip from Amsterdam. Visit the world’s largest flower garden, Keukenhof, and wander among the windmills at Zaanse Schans.  Back in the city, choose from a canal cruise and a 5D flight simulation over Holland’s famous sights. Begin your day with a transfer from the meeting point in central Amsterdam. Get comfortable in your seat aboard a single-decker bus as you gaze out at the Dutch countryside, awash with colorful crocuses, tulips, and daffodils. Listen to your guide to learn more about the history of this region. Upon arrival at Keukenhof Gardens, step off the bus and go on a guided tour of the grounds. Covering an area of more than 79 acres (32 hectares), these magnificent gardens are home to innumerable blooming bulbs, all meticulously landscaped into aesthetically pleasing patterns. Next, continue to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Step into the most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In the village, follow your guide on an orientation tour of the town. Visit the clog museum, annex a wooden shoemaker shop, and get to taste Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore the village on your own. Finally, finish your day with a choice of 2 attractions. Enjoy the Amsterdam 100 Highlights Cruise, passing by canal houses, the Westerkerk, and Anne Frank's house.  Alternatively, embark on a 5D flight experience with special effects projected on a domed screen and feel like you’re soaring over the sights of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam: The Golden Tulip City Exploration Game

10. Amsterdam: The Golden Tulip City Exploration Game

Play as a young detective on your first case tracking down the stolen golden tulip. As you find clues and solve challenges, the story will unfold with exact directions on your phone, guiding you to the next location. Are you ready to solve the case? The city game starts in one of Amsterdam’s most popular squares, Westermarkt. From there, start solving the case and discover Amsterdam simultaneously. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from where you paused it. Finish your game at Karthuizerhofje. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. Explore Amsterdam in a fun and exciting way as you try to solve the case of the golden tulip.

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What people are saying about Westerkerk

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,088 reviews

Planned a one day trip to Amsterdam for a birthday. Although we had to book the canal cruise upon arrival, the planning and explanation on the booking was very practical. We had no surprises and still had plenty of time leftover in our day to visit the city. The cruise was great and the museum, even as crowded as it was, ended being just what any Van Gogh enthusiast would hope the experience to be.

Our guide Jonny was excellent, great fun to walk around with, he made the tour so interesting. Lunch was incredible. Really good value for money, I would highly recommend, a great way to start your trip to Amsterdam, it gives you an idea of what there is to see and do .

I had a great time on this tour. Our guide was very informative and knew all about the history of Amsterdam. We were able to see many sights in just a few hours and I enjoyed a delicious pancake lunch afterwards!

Very interesting guides we’re happy to answer any questions. Value for money a must see for anyone coming to stay in Amsterdam

Absolutely a must. Very nice boat and driver and nice tour of Amsterdam