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Amsterdam Canal Ring

The first image one conjures up when thinking of Amsterdam is its tranquil canals. Three rings of canals, lined by elaborately decorated merchants' residences and warehouses built in the 17th century, the Dutch "Golden Age", give the city its iconic and easygoing image. In fact, 90 islands were created when the canals were built, and they’re all connected by hundreds of charming bridges.

The best-known canals form the central Grachtengordel (Canal Belt). To the wandering visitor, they’re like lifelines because the subtle turns in the center can throw your inner compass out of whack. The semicircular canals form a huge ring, cut by canals radiating from the middle like spokes on a wheel. Starting from the core, the major semicircular canals are the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. From east to west, the major radial canals are Brouwersgracht, Leidsegracht, and Reguliersgracht.

Barges, powerboats, Frisian skûtsjes, and rowboats glide through the canals throughout the day. The glass-topped canal boats, with their view of Amsterdam from the finest vantage point of all, is the best ride - you just sit back and let the city flow around you.

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Go for a stroll next to the waterways and check out some of Amsterdam’s 3,300 houseboats. The Prinsengracht is lined with a particularly great mix. Or just linger over a late-afternoon beer in a canal-side café and watch the boats drift by.

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Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 242 Reviews

Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and enjoy a delicious pizza as you cruise. This evening tour is the perfect introduction to Amsterdam, and ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.59

Amsterdam Canals Cruise Including Dinner and Onboard Commentary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Learn about Amsterdam and its top attractions on a 2-hour evening canal cruise with onboard commentary plus a 4-course dinner! After a welcome drink of Kir ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.19

Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 168 Reviews

Want an introduction to Amsterdam in just 60 minutes? Take this one-hour sightseeing cruise and you'll discover the highlights of the beautiful Dutch capital ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.74

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum Tour Including Amsterdam Canals Lunch Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a full day of Amsterdam’s outstanding art, culture and scenery with this museum tour and canal cruise combo. Avoid the lines and gain skip-the-line ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.82

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

4 star rating: Recommended 281 Reviews

Getting around Amsterdam is a breeze with a hop-on hop-off Canal Bus Day Pass. The boats operate a regular service along Amsterdam's canals, following tfour ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hour pass

From USD $30.86

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop On Hop Off Day Pass and Heineken Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

Go for the combo: a 24 or 48-hour Amsterdam Canal Bus Pass and admission to the Heineken Experience. You'll find getting around Amsterdam's a breeze with your ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $51.89
$53.30 Save $1.41

Amsterdam Canal Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Rijksmuseum Ticket

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

Combine a hop-on hop-off canal boat tour of Amsterdam with a visit to Rijksmuseum – the Netherlands’ national museum that houses a collection of Dutch Golden ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $50.49

Amsterdam Dinner Canal Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Spend an evening on a relaxing dinner cruise of Amsterdam’s famous canals. This unique dining opportunity provides you with a scenic backdrop unlike any other ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.67

Holiday Canal Cruise: Amsterdam Light Festival from a Glass-Topped Canal Barge

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 15 Reviews

Admire the dazzling creations of the second annual Amsterdam Light Festival on this evening cruise. As you travel the city’s famous canals, listen to audio ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.54

Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise from a Glass-Topped Canal Barge Including Dutch Signature Dish

Admire the spectacular Amsterdam Light Festival while savoring a hearty meal on this holiday canal cruise. Listen to illuminating commentary about the 30 light ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 75 minutes

From USD $31.56

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