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

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

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 during a peaceful 1.5-hour canal cruise, 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
  • See thousands of celebrated Dutch artworks at the Rijksmuseum
  • Take a boat cruise along Amsterdam's picturesque UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals
  • Enjoy a light lunch on board as you pass typical Dutch bridges and gabled houses
  • 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 Canals Lunch Cruise

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.

Then, appreciate Amsterdam's outdoor beauty with a 1.5-hour boat tour along the city's UNESCO-listed canals. Enjoy a light lunch aboard 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

James D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Tina was GREAT. Don't miss this tour.

Thomas A. D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This trip was outstanding. The guide was so knowledgeable, passionate and just a wonderful personality...would strongly recommend the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very nice tour with a smart guide!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was a great tour. It condensed the museums and boat ride into just the one day that I was in Amsterdam. No museum lines and wasted time! Lunch in the Van Gogh museum was just enough. Our guide Pieter was very knowledgable and informative. A good guide!! Zoe Treaster, California


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very knowledgeable tour guide, lunch cruise was relaxing and bagged lunch was very good, highly recommend this tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour made efficient use of our time and the cruise and lunch on board were very enjoyable. Our guide, Steven, was knowledgeable and very entertaining. I would recommend taking this tour to anyone who has to cover Amsterdam in a short amount of time.

Paul O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent experience...took two more tours as a result.
Tour left on time, guide was informative, charming, organized. We did exactly as described....Van Gogh Museum no lines for us, canal tour, pleasant lunch, then Rijksmuseum. Schedule was reasonable and we kept to it. Highlights of museums seen and decribed.
Tour was exactly what we would have hoped for from all aspects.
Great surprise!!! Would definetely recommend.

Jonathon K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Being able to experience both of these museums plus a canal tour in such an efficient way was most enjoyable. We had an excellent guide who shared her knowledge of art and the city with us.

Cory D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour guide and tons of info that you would never get otherwise.

Andrew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent guide Very interesting tour

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