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Experience a full day in Amsterdam’s Museum District, with a break midday to enjoy a canal cruise. With your skip-the-line admission, sail past the long lines at the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum and gaze at masterpieces — by artists including Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals — while hearing informative commentary from an art historian–guide. Refuel with a light lunch at the Van Gogh Museum, and then explore the Diamond Museum Amsterdam on your own at a pace that suits you.


  • Amsterdam museum tour and canal cruise
  • Gain skip-the-line entry to both the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum for guided tours
  • Admire the largest collection of Van Gogh’s artwork in the world
  • Enjoy lunch at the Van Gogh Museum
  • See thousands of celebrated Dutch artworks at the Rijksmuseum
  • Take a boat cruise along Amsterdam's picturesque UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals
  • Group tour limited to 20 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

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

Learn about the Dutch Masters on two guided museum walking tours

Enjoy a full day of Amsterdam’s impressive art and culture with this museum tour and canal cruise combo. Meet your guide in Amsterdam’s Museum District and start your morning at the Van Gogh Museum. Enter the popular museum quickly with your skip-the-line ticket.

Inside, an art historian–guide takes your group, limited to 20 people, to select paintings by Van Gogh and provides fascinating background on the artist’s life. You’ll see the work of those who inspired Van Gogh throughout various displays of art by other 19th-century painters. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore more of the museum that houses the world’s largest collection of works by Van Gogh, with more than 200 paintings as well as numerous drawings and letters. Lunch will be at the Van Gogh Museum once you have had time to explore.

Then, appreciate Amsterdam's outdoor beauty with a 75 minute boat tour along the city's UNESCO-listed canals. Enjoy the view as you drift past picturesque canal houses, bridges, classic Dutch gables, churches, towers and other waterfront delights.

Disembark and continue to the Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum dedicated to the arts and history of the Netherlands. Enjoy skip-the-line privileges and head straight inside the recently renovated museum, with an collection of one million items, with 8,000 on display in 80 galleries. Admire and learn about masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Rembrandt’s Night Watch.

Your final stop is at Coster Diamonds, one of the oldest diamond polishing factories still operating today and where the guided portion of the tour ends. Your guide gives you an entrance ticket to the Diamond Museum, which you will explore independently.

Customer Reviews

Alice B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide was wonderful. Extremely well informed and with a wonderful sense of humor.

robert b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour was outstanding our guide Pieter was extremely knowledgeable, accessible, and entertaining the amount of time and each of the museums was about right and we saw and learned about the most important artworks would not of changed a thing we will use your services on future trips

Michelle K H W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

very knowledgeable guide

Tom S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was very enjoyable for our whole family. Our tour guide kept it moving and she was very flexible in the crowded galleries. We appreciated her knowledge and her sense of humor.

Lara R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

THE Amsterdam Skip the Line Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum tour including Amserdam Cruise was excellent. Our guide unfortunately can't remember her name was ver personable and had a passion for the art in the museums. The cruise was a perfect break between museums. Would recommend this tour highly.

stephen b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very informative,highly intelligent guide would recommend!

Paul K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent day . Tour guide Peter was excellent , certainly knew all there is to know about Van Gogh.

Marilyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Trina was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. While it was a long day, it went quickly and had perfectly timed rest stops. Trinka not Trina.

Kate United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was fantastic! Pieter was our guide and he was extremely knowledgable, personable and funny. We learned so much about art history on this tour. It was just perfect for our group of 6 active American women in our 50s. The Canal tour part is a nice way to have a seat for a short respite. The lunch from the cafe in the Van Gogh museum is ok, but you're there for the art. Your lucky if you get Pieter as your guide!

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The guide, Pieter, was fabulous. He truly had a passion for his subject. We thoroughly enjoyed his narrative. Great experience!!

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