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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

Enjoy a full day of Amsterdam’s outstanding art, culture and scenery with this museum tour and canal cruise combo. Avoid the lines and gain skip-the-line entry to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, where you’ll take narrated tours with an art historian guide to see and learn about masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and others. Outdoors, soak up Amsterdam’s lovely waterfront sights on a 1.5-hour canal cruise, with a light lunch served on board. A complimentary ticket to the Diamond Museum Amsterdam is also included.

Numbers are limited to 20 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.


  • 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
  • Small-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

Your full-day tour starts in Amsterdam’s Museum District in the morning. Your guide will first take you to the Van Gogh Museum. Bypass the entrance queue with your skip-the-line ticket and head directly inside to see the museum’s magnificent artwork.

The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world's largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh, with more than 200 paintings as well as many letters and drawings. You can also see the work of those who inspired Van Gogh throughout various displays of art by other 19th-century painters. Your art historian guide will teach you about select paintings and about Van Gogh’s life, plus answer any questions you have.

After the tour, you have free time to browse the museum shop and can enjoy a cup of coffee at the museum café.

Next it's time to admire Amsterdam's outdoor beauty with a 1.5-hour boat tour along the city's picturesque canals. Relax as you cruise along the elaborate ring of UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals, passing charming bridges, canal houses, classic Dutch gables, churches, towers and other wonderful waterfront highlights. On board, you’ll be served a light lunch to enjoy with your fellow travelers.

Following the canal cruise, your guide will take you to the Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum dedicated to the arts and history of the Netherlands. Enjoy skip-the-line entry and head straight inside for a small-group tour.

This recently renovated museum has a magnificent collection of artwork, crafts and historical pieces dating back from the year 1200 to today. Admire and learn about masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The entire collection of the Rijksmuseum is an incredible one million items, with 8,000 on display in 80 galleries.

After your Rijksmuseum tour, your guide will take you to Coster Diamonds -- one of the oldest still-operating diamond polishing factories -- where you will receive an entrance ticket to the Diamond Museum. The guided portion of your tour ends here, and you're free to continue exploring independently.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

What a lovely day! Even if there had not been any lines, getting this tour for the guide and the canal cruise alone would have been totally worth it. Our guide Marta, an art student, was able to give us otherwise unknown insights into the paintings, the artists' lives, and the ways to read a painting. We had a wonderful time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely a must!!! Tina our guide was exceptional.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The very friendly and knowledgeable guide made this a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Steve was a fantastic tour guide. Our entire family from 14 to 45 totally enjoyed the day and he had our 3 boys laughing and really taking in the entire experience. I would highly recommend this tour. Great history and exposure to art. It gave us a great little mini tour on the boat so we could plan out our next days adventure and Steve was a great help in pointing things out.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide, Steven, was very knowledgeable and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tour guide was awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour director, Steve, was very knowledgable and he did a terrific job.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide, Elsa, was wonderful - great knowledge about the two museums including the art, but also a life long resident of Amsterdam who gave us a perspective that was invaluable. She also took the time to walk us to the Canal Cruise and stood waiting with us until the boat arrived. A great day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Canal cruise was fun. Museums were wonderful. Tour guide very knowledgeable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The guide was great and we thoroughly enjoyed his explanations at the 2 museums and found that part of the tour really worthwhile. The cruise was disappointing. The boat was crowded and the box lunch could have been better. However, the disappointing part was that if you wanted to stand on the outside deck of the boat in order to see much better, you couldn't hear the taped narration so you didn't know what you were looking at. I still highly recommend the tour because the museum part was excellent-very interesting and informative.

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