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Canal cruises & boat trips in Amsterdam

The best offers for Grachtengordel Amsterdam - recommended by locals and tourists

City Tour Amsterdam - Highlights Tour

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City Tour Amsterdam - Highlights Tour

Discover the highlights of Amsterdam on a private guided tour and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the city.

Duration:
3.5 h
Language:
English + 2 more
294.50 $ price (private)

Boat tour Amsterdam: Dinner cruise with 4-course menu

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Boat tour Amsterdam: Dinner cruise with 4-course menu

Enjoy a lavish four-course dinner on board a cruise boat and admire the city while cruising along Amsterdam's canals.

  • FOUR-COURSE MENU included
Duration:
2 h
Languages:
English
from 99 $ per person

Guided Tour through the Old Town of Amsterdam

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Guided Tour through the Old Town of Amsterdam

A walk around the city as you wish, through historical places like Nieuwmarkt, the Jewish quarter, Dam, narrow streets and attractive courtyards.

Duration:
2 h
Language:
English + 2 more
from 194.50 $ price (private)

City tour Amsterdam Hop-on/ Hop-off City Tour - 24h ticket

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City tour Amsterdam Hop-on/ Hop-off City Tour - 24h ticket

Discover the highlights of Amsterdam on a city tour in the open double-decker bus of City Sightseeing. Visit the Anne Frank House among others.

  • IDEAL FOR the first overview
Duration:
1 day
Language:
English + 11 more
from 23.50 $ per person

City tour Amsterdam - Jordaan Quarter

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City tour Amsterdam - Jordaan Quarter

Since the 1970s the 'Jordaan' district has developed from a slum area to one of the most popular residential areas in Amsterdam.

Duration:
2 h
Language:
English + 2 more
194.50 $ price (private)

Amsterdam: One Hour Canal Cruise

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Amsterdam: One Hour Canal Cruise

Experience the canal belt of Amsterdam during a one-hour boat trip. See the highlights of the Dutch city from the water.

Duration:
1 h
Language:
English + 1 more
from 19 $ per person

Amsterdam: Canal trip with burger and beer

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Grachtenfahrt Amsterdam

See all the highlights of Amsterdam on this 90-minute canal cruise while enjoying a freshly prepared burger and delicious beer

Duration:
1.5 h
Languages:
English
from 47.50 $ per person

Amsterdam Candlelight Canal Tour

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Amsterdam Candlelight Canal Tour

Experience a special evening on a romantic boat trip through Amsterdam's canals with cheese platter and wine.

Duration:
1.5 h
Languages:
English
from 47.50 $ per person

Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket - 1, 2, 3 and 7 days incl. shipping

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Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket - 1, 2, 3 and 7 days incl. shipping

Enjoy free travel on Amsterdam public transport and discover what the city has to offer. We will send you the tickets before your takeoff.

  • SHIPPING BY mail within 2-3 days
  • INCL. BROCHURE
from 9 $ per person

Amsterdam Travel Ticket incl. Schiphol Airport - 1,2 and 3 days

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Amsterdam Travel Ticket incl. Schiphol Airport - 1,2 and 3 days

Enjoy unlimited use of public transport in Amsterdam and free travel from the airport with the Travel Ticket.

  • INCLUDING AIRPORT Express
  • DISPATCH BY post
from 19 $ per person

Amsterdam BLUE SIAT® Pass- 2, 3, 4 and 6 days

Amsterdam BLUE SIAT® Pass- 2, 3, 4 and 6 days

The sightseeing pass "Blue SIAT®", a product of rent-a-guide, gives you free entrance to the top sights, public transport tickets and many discounts.

  • INCLUDING ADMISSION to the Heineken Experience
  • INCLUDING PUBLIC transport tickets
from 134.50 $ per person

Amsterdam Welcome Package: public transport tickets & Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam Welcome Package: public transport tickets & Van Gogh Museum

The Welcome Package includes public transport tickets, skip-the-line at the Van Gogh Museum and restaurant recommendations from local tour guides.

  • INCL. PUBLIC transport tickets
  • INCL. TICKETS skip-the-line
from 40 $ per person

Canal tour in a half-open boat + audio guide

Canal tour in a half-open boat + audio guide

Discover Amsterdam's famous sights from a canal boat

from 14 $ per person

Pedalo Amsterdam

Pedalo Amsterdam

Go by pedal boat on the Amsterdam canals - the ultimate freedom

from 11.50 $ per person

Canal cruise Amsterdam + dinner

Canal cruise Amsterdam + dinner

Delicious food, great round trip

from 88 $ per person
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Tips for canal cruises in Amsterdam

The best view of Amsterdam

Amsterdam cannot score with any striking skyline. Rather than looking over the roofs, it is worthwhile to dive directly into the city and meet it at eye level. The canal cruises in Amsterdam are the ideal way to get closer to the city and its inhabitants. Even if you don't feel like a canal trip, you can sit down on one of the banks and simply experience Amsterdam.

The best starting point

Most canal trips start right at the main station in the heart of the city or at the Leidsplein. But the organizers are hardly less prominent than the canals themselves. Information is literally at every corner. What a boat tour costs is as different as the offer. Tickets for a few hours are available for less than 10 Euros, depending on the provider. Complete round trips through the canal belt are available for about 18 euros.

Free canal trip

Boat trips are one of the most popular activities in Amsterdam. No less popular are the museums in Amsterdam - Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum or Rembrandthuis are all popular. If you are planning a complete tour of Amsterdam's sights and attractions, the I amsterdam City Card. It combines public transport & free entrance to many highlights in Amsterdam. With the City Card the canal trip across the canals is also free of charge.

Canals in Amsterdam are UNESCO World Heritage

Amsterdam without canals would not be Amsterdam. Few other things characterize the cityscape as much as the narrow water canals that run in a semicircle through the old town of Amsterdam. No holiday photo is perfect without a canal and the many small boats that rock in the water. Originally, the artificially created moats were used for defence purposes, later on, goods were transported on the waterways. Today, Amsterdam's canals are not only outstanding postcard beauties, but have also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2010. Like the visit of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the boat tours in Amsterdam are an absolute must!

Amsterdam is Venice of the North

The branched canal system has given Amsterdam the nickname Venice of the North. In most places, the water here does not reach as close to the houses as in Italy, but visually the Dutch capital has no need to fear any comparison. Almost 1,300 bridges span the famous canal belt. In Venice there are only 435 bridges, how many will you pass during your canal cruise?

Spend the night in the canals: Houseboats in Amsterdam

Many Amsterdamers actually live on the water. Even more have at least as a holiday domicile a houseboat that is anchored in the canals. For tourists the floating accommodations serve as a hotel alternative. Some of the local houseboat owners even offer to visit their floating apartment and with a little luck invite to a following round trip over the canals.

6 things you should have experienced in Amsterdam by the water

One of the highlights in Amsterdam are the canal trips and boat trips along the canals and the most beautiful sights of the city. Discover the most popular activities you can experience on a city tour on Amstel and Co:

1. Boat tours including burgers or pizza

Of course you can simply visit the canals - but you can also do it extravagantly. So there is a wide range of menus on the channels: From the Canal tour including burger meal and the Pizza Cruise tours up to the city tour with four-star candlelight dinner. Practical: The danger of getting seasick during a canal cruise is rather low. Since most of the boats are covered, the view of the illuminated canals can even be enjoyed on one of the boat trips in winter.

2. City tour by boat

You can expect to see the sights of the canal belt on a boat trip through Amsterdam. However, you can discover much more from the water. To the Hop on Hop off city tours you can board and disembark at various stops throughout the day. This way, a round trip can be perfectly integrated into a varied daily schedule and many sights of Amsterdam can be explored.

3. Sights by the water

Atmospherically there is no better way to discover Amsterdam anyway than on one of the boat trips. Some of the city's most important sights are located in the immediate vicinity of the canals - and last but not least, the branching canal system must be seen. Prinsengracht, Oude Schans and Singel still formed the city limits in the 16th century. Due to the growing number of inhabitants, city planners extended the canal belt in the 17th century to include Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. By the way, you can see Amsterdam highlights such as the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk or the Homomonument on almost every tour.

4. Party boat trips on the water

There is hardly a more atmospheric way to start an exciting night in the party metropolis of Amsterdam than with a canal trip in the evening. Party people have the free choice. Relaxed boat trips with fruity cocktails, the canal cruise as a floating private pub or boat trips followed by a visit to the Heineken Experience - it's all about what you feel like.

5. Become a captain yourself

The most impressive experiences can be collected when you take the wheel on your booster tours yourself. The rule of thumb: no longer than 15 metres, no faster than 20 kilometres. Boats that do not exceed these limits may be put into the canal without prior knowledge or a boating license. If you don't dare to take the wheel right away, you can also hire a captain who will take you on an individual boat tour. Of course, you can also go down a size. Whether canoe, paddleboat or pedal boat - you can also explore the Amsterdam canals with your own muscle power. For less than 100 euros you can already sail for several hours through the channels.

6. Tour through the NEMO Science Center

If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam with children, the NEMO Science Center is the perfect place to spend an exciting day, even in bad weather. After the canal cruise you can try yourself out not far from the Amsterdam harbour. Together with your family, try out scientific connections in a playful way at many stations and find out how exciting everyday things can be.

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