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Exploring Amsterdam’s Canals

By Viator, October 2014

4.5 2511 Reviews | Add your review

There’s no better way to get a grip on the architectural marvels of Amsterdam than by taking a canal tour; you’ll get to see many of the city’s best-loved sights, including the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), the majestic 17th-century townhouses around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Canal Ring and the neo-Gothic façade of Centraal Station. A sneak preview of the Amsterdam of the future also comes as you sail past the redeveloped IJ waterfront, today home to the spectacularly contemporary EYE Film Institute, IJ Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and the Science Center NEMO.

Rightly so for a city so dependent on its waterways, Amsterdam has many different options for exploring the canals. Family-oriented choices include cruises in a glass-topped boat to keep out the elements or the chance to keep hunger at bay by taking a cruise and munching on pizza and ice cream as you float down the canals.

For couples looking for a little romance, what could be better than taking a moonlit turn around the canals while sampling a couple of cocktails or enjoying the chance to relax à deux as a three-course dinner is prepared for you? Party animals might prefer a canal jaunt that includes entry into one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, the Heineken Experience, where a few pints of ice-cold lager can be downed. Another option for youngsters is a canal trip incorporating entrance into the Xtracold Icebar for the opportunity to knock back some fruity vodka amid temperatures well below freezing point.

To see the sleek modern architecture of the IJ waterway at close quarters, choose a canal tour combined with a harbor cruise. Another ideal way to see all the sights of Amsterdam is to board a hop-on, hop-off Canal Bus; with four routes covering the city’s waterways, you can access all the major sights, including the trio of museums on Museumplein.

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Amsterdam Canals Cruise with Dinner Cooked On Board

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 351 Reviews

Cruise around Amsterdam’s canals in the evening, and pair a decadent 4-course dinner – cooked on board – with sights of the city. As one of the few Amsterdam ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.25

Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 313 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 $47.62

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Including Amsterdam's Xtracold Icebar

4 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Combine two of Amsterdam’s top highlights: a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped canal boat, and entrance to Amsterdam’s Xtracold Icebar, where ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.95

Amsterdam Canals Cruise Including Dinner and Onboard Commentary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 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 $92.07

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 401 Reviews

Combine fast-track admission to the Van Gogh Museum with a 24- or 48-hour Canal Bus hop-on hop-off pass, and you've got the best of Amsterdam covered. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Valid for 24 or 48 hours

From USD $48.26

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

4 star rating: Recommended 330 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 $30.48

Amsterdam Canals Candlelight Cruise Including Wine and Cheese

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 455 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 $47.62

Amsterdam Super Saver: Heineken Experience and Canals Pizza Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

Spend a day dedicated to two of Amsterdam’s quintessential highlights – canals and Heineken – with this Super Saver that combines a visit to the Heineken ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $65.40
$69.85 Save $4.45

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 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 $50.80

Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 208 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 $19.68

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