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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 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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent guide Very interesting tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was wonderful. Our tourist guide was so knowledgeable. She made us see the maximum in the little time we had in Amsterdam.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about both museums. The canal cruise was very enjoyable as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely wonderful! Our guide was Steven who was very knowledgeable about art, the city, and the painters' lives. He had lots of interesting and little known facts to share. The lunch on the canal boat was really a nice treat as well certainly not small like some reviewers said. The small group and not waiting in the long lines made it perfect for people like us who only had a day to visit these sites. As a side note, our Viking River cruise host wrote down your company's address because she had not heard of you and was impressed with the tour too. I told her I always book tours with you when I go places. The last time was when I went to New Orleans and had exceptional tours there as well. Your local guides are always top notch and your prices more than fair for the quality of the tours. Will definitely use you again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a wonderful experience on our day long tour with Viator! Our guide, Steven, was exceptional. He was informative, fun and a pleasure to spend a day with. He knew his facts and the history and he was very easy to understand. His English was great! We would recommend Viator again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I was amazed how much we saw in one day. We could never have done it on our own, yet it wasn't rushed, . Tina was a fantastic guide- enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining. .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was great!!! He really knew the history of Amsterdam and all of the museums and the contents. The price for the experience was a little bit pricey, but overall it was worth it to skip the line and literally save hours on line.

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