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

Best Guided Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise Including Wine and Cheese

Enjoy a 2-hour evening canal cruise through Amsterdam's famous canal district. Savor wine, Dutch cheese and nuts from the comfort of a table on board the boat. Then, take in Amsterdam’s historical architecture and listen to the onboard guide's insightful commentary about sights such as the Golden Bend and the Red Light District.


  • 2-hour guided Amsterdam evening canal cruise
  • Sip wine and nibble on a platter of Dutch cheese and nuts
  • Glide along the city's canals and admire the famous Golden Bend
  • Cruise through the Red Light District and see its infamous red-lit windows as well as the Oude Kerk and Grand Hotel
  • Learn about Amsterdam's highlights from an onboard guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A must-see for every visitor in Amsterdam is the city canals. This cruise benefits from an onboard guide, so you'll gain insight into the city's sights, twinkling in the evening light, as you savor wine and cheese.

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What You Can Expect

Best Guided Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise Including Wine and Cheese

View Magere Brug lit up at night!

Hop aboard your boat near Amsterdam Central Station for a cruise along the canals. Take in the sights and soak up the evening atmosphere as you glide through the city center and through the Red Light District, arguably the city’s liveliest neighborhood, where historical bridges and red-lit windows illuminate the water.

Your host will serve red and white wine, so sit back, relax and sip as you cruise. A platter of Dutch cheese and nuts is also on your table. Drift along the Herengracht, Amstel and Oudezijds canals, and admire the sight of Amsterdam’s 5-star Grand Hotel, lit up against the sky. The Golden Bend, a stretch of elaborate mansions, is a key sight on your route, so listen to the live commentary about the area as you pass.

Learn about Oosterdok, the city’s eastern docks, and then finish your cruise back at the start point.

Customer Reviews

Deanna G
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very nice evening cruise. Guide and staff were very nice and they keep the wine coming.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The canal tour no longer provides the 1/2 hour red light district walking tour so we stayed on the boat ride the full two hours which was actually better. Great wine, snacks and commentary. It was very romantic and one guy actually proposed to his girlfriend just as it turned dark and the lights were coming on. Make the cruise even more special. Would really suggest this tour. Very relaxing after a long day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This ended up being a candlelight canal and harbor cruise as we never did get off the boat to go see the Red Light District. However, my husband and I had a great time and would book this again if ever in Amsterdam. The larger groups were loaded first so they were in the back of the boat. Us and another couple got the two front booths all to ourselves so we could easily hear the captain and tour guide. They were both informative and funny and we learned a great deal about the history of the area. The meat/cheese/snack platter was quite nice and our wine glasses were never empty for very long. Seeing the sun set over the canals and the lights sparkle on the harbor was a highlight of our trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Ive recently come back from Amsterdam and I have to say that the red light district cruise and walking tour was by far the best thing we done whilst we were there. Our tour guide and captain were the nicest guys, very friendly and made us giggle. There were two bottles of wine on our table one red and one white and a cheese/ham/nuts plateau which were very yummy. The views were amazing. So pretty at night. On the way back we asked if we were able to have another bottle of wine and they were happy to give to us free of charge. Such a lovely cruise and I would definitely recommend to anyone going to Amsterdam!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was great !! We really enjoyed it ! Lovely ambiance ,romantic and the wine and cheese is very generous...this was one of my favorite moments from our trip !

Tracey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was really great! Our guide was fun and made it interesting. Great service and good way to see and experience Amsterdam.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Well organised,good local information given. Went on this tour mid November so small group only on the tour. Excellent captain and Tour guide both with good sense of humour. Enjoyed trip from start to finish

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

what an introduction to this great city.the cruise is a must the food and wines was good.the host MARK was also the walk guide.brillant person

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Fantastic tour!!!!

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