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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 and 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 are all connected by hundreds of charming bridges.

The best-known canals form the central Grachtengordel (Canal Belt). To the wandering visitor, these are 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 at 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 (sailboats), 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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Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise, Amsterdam, null
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Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 267 Reviews

Get a comprehensive overview of Amsterdam's top sights on this 1-hour canal cruise. See the Golden Bend, the Anne Frank House, the Skinny Bridge, ...  Read more

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

From USD $18.08
Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Explore Amsterdam’s narrowest waterways on this 75-minute canal cruise. Thanks to your boat’s small size, discover hidden corners that other cruises can’t ...  Read more

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

From USD $20.34
Amsterdam Saloon Boat Sightseeing Cruise, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Amsterdam Saloon Boat Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Skip the lines and enjoy a 75-minute luxury saloon boat cruise around Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals. Avoid the main lines for your boat, relax into the ...  Read more

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

From USD $24.86
Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

4 star rating: Recommended 415 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 tour ...  Read more

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

From USD $27.12
Amsterdam Super Saver: Canal Cruise plus Harbor Cruise, Amsterdam, Day Cruises
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Canal Cruise plus Harbor Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Admire Amsterdam’s sights from the water with this Amsterdam Super Saver, combining two best-selling cruises at a discounted price. Start with a 1-hour ...  Read more

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

From USD $28.25
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Amsterdam Canals Candlelight Cruise Including Wine and Cheese, Amsterdam, Super Savers
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Amsterdam Canals Candlelight Cruise Including Wine and Cheese

4.5 star rating: Recommended 528 Reviews

Sit back and relax on a 2-hour candlelight cruise along Amsterdam's famous canals, the perfect way to unwind from a day of sightseeing or set the mood for a ...  Read more

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

From USD $42.37
Amsterdam Canal Cocktail Cruise, Amsterdam, Night Cruises
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Amsterdam Canal Cocktail Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

When the sun goes down, Amsterdam’s nightlife begins, especially along the canals. Enjoy a relaxing evening along the twinkling canals of the Dutch capital ...  Read more

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

From USD $42.37
Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise, Amsterdam, Night Cruises
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Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 516 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 $44.07
Amsterdam Evening Burger and Beer Cruise, Amsterdam, Dinner Cruises
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Amsterdam Evening Burger and Beer Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Combine beer and a burger with the sights of Amsterdam on a 1.5-hour evening canal cruise. Join the tour in the evening, and then jump aboard a sightseeing ...  Read more

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

From USD $44.07
Amsterdam Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Saloon Boat Cruise, Amsterdam, Beer & Brewery ... 
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Amsterdam Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Saloon Boat Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Team a city tour by coach with a cruise along UNESCO listed–canals on this must-do Amsterdam Super Saver. Both activities include onboard guides and pass ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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