Amsterdam Canal Ring Tours

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Amsterdam’s Canal Ring (Grachtengordel), the city’s charming 17th-century district and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is probably best known for the picturesque canals cutting through it. The area is comprised of three rings of semicircular waterways that are bisected by smaller canals radiating from the middle—like spokes on a very Dutch bicycle wheel. Hundreds of bridges cross the Canal Ring’s channels, connecting the 90 islands that were created during the Dutch Golden Age.

The Basics
The district’s major canals are the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. From east to west, the major radial canals are the Brouwersgracht, Leidsegracht, and Reguliersgracht. The Canal Ring can be navigated by foot, bicycle, and, of course, boat. A canal cruise is an excellent introduction to the UNESCO-listed canals, as glass-topped boats provide the best views of the city’s main sights. Options include hop-on hop-off boat tours and themed canal cruises that serve food and wine.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A number of cruise departure points are set along the famous canals, and tours are available in several languages.
  • The Canal Ring circles some of Amsterdam’s most important sites, including the Red Light District, the Museumplein, the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt Square, the Jewish Quarter, and the Museum Quarter.
  • Barges, powerboats, Frisian skutsjes (sailboats), and rowboats ply the canals at all times of day and night.
 
How to Get There
The Canal Ring is located right in the center of Amsterdam. Lined with beautiful historic buildings (“canal houses”), the canals can serve as helpful visual guideposts and a fun option for getting around the city. Amsterdam's winding, cobblestoned city center can easily throw off your sense of direction, and the canals will always orient you back in the proper direction.

When to Get There
Because it’s part of the Dutch capital city’s landscape, as well as a mode of transportation and commerce, the Canal Ring is always open. The best times of year to enjoy a canal cruise are during the fine-weather summer months, and in the Christmas and New Year holiday season, when you can take an evening cruise during the Festival of Lights.
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Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise Including Drinks

Pair pizza with an evening cruise along Amsterdam’s canals and you have this 90-minute dream of a dinner, perfect for the family. After boarding, order the pizza of your choice, which is delivered straight from the oven to your boat. Admire Amsterdam’s top attractions from the water as you dig into delicious pizza. Onboard commentary and the city’s twinkling lights illuminate your Amsterdam canal cruise.
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Amsterdam Canals Cruise Including Dinner and Onboard Commentary

As the sun goes down over Amsterdam, enjoy its illuminated waterfront and history on a 2-hour evening canal cruise. Kick back with a welcome cocktail of Kir Royale before settling in for a 4-course gourmet dinner with bottomless drinks. Drift slowly past historical attractions including the Anne Frank House and the Bloemenmarkt, while listening to informative onboard commentary. A perfect romantic night — or with children’s meals available, a great activity for the family too.
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Amsterdam Dutch Wine and Cheese Candlelight Cruise

Unwind from busy sightseeing or set the mood for a romantic night with this 2-hour candlelight cruise along Amsterdam’s fabled canals. Aboard a glass-enclosed boat, admire beautiful waterfront views of the UNESCO-listed canals as you sip wine and enjoy delicious snacks. It’s the perfect way to wrap up a day and cozy up with that special someone.
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Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience and Canals Pizza Cruise

Save money with this Amsterdam Super Saver that gives you two best-selling tours in one day at a discounted price: the Heineken Experience and a canal pizza cruise. Start off with the Heineken Experience, and discover the tradition behind one of the world's most famous breweries at a site that is part beer museum and part amusement park. Then, dig into oven-made pizza during an evening cruise along UNESCO-listed canals. Admire the city’s top attractions amid twinkling lights, while onboard commentary further illuminates your Amsterdam canal cruise.
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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Canal Boat

With the hop-on hop-off Boat Day Pass, enjoy an easy overview of Amsterdam at a pace that suits you. Step aboard boats that operate along Amsterdam's canals and track the tour routes of the Green Line and Orange Line. While on board, listen to engaging commentary on the city and sights you see along the way. Choose between a 24- or 48-hour pass, and get on and off at 7 to 9 stops (depending on the season) as often as you like.
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Amsterdam Evening Burger and Beer Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

Burger, potato chips and brownie as well as beer or soft drinks — all on board an Amsterdam cruise. The fun evening tour takes place on Amsterdam’s iconic canals, meaning you get to see the city’s famous waterways and nearby sights by night. Aboard a comfortable canal boat, you’ll enjoy a freshly made burger, chips and a brownie, along with unlimited drinks including beer or soft drinks, and listen to fun commentary as you cruise.
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Amsterdam Canal Cocktail Cruise

Find the perfect gin tonic to a bustling day of sightseeing in Amsterdam with this 2-hour nighttime cocktail cruise. Take in picturesque views as you glide along the UNESCO-listed canals, while savoring cocktails and tasty snacks. Hear light commentary along the way, listen to music and enjoy the lit-up waterfront views of Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam Light Festival Water Colors Cruise by Electric Boat

Sail past the ‘Water Colors’ light sculptures of the Amsterdam Light Festival on a 75-minute cruise. Settle aboard a whisper-quiet, electric boat and listen to the crystal-clear onboard commentary as you admire the sparkling illuminated artworks on the canals, bridges, and monuments. Hear the story behind the installations, sip hot chocolate or ‘glühwein,’ and use the provided pillow and blankets if you need extra warmth on the open and semi-indoor decks.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour with Rijksmuseum Ticket

Known as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is home to UNESCO-listed canals stretching 62 miles. This combo hop-on hop-off boat tour pass allows you to explore Amsterdam’s scenic waterways and gives you entry to the divine Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national museum. During a 24-or 48-hour period, make use of the many canal stops to explore top city attractions including the Anne Frank House. At the Rijksmuseum, stare in awe at masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch.’
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

Discover hidden corners in Amsterdam’s scenic waterways unreachable by many boats on this 1-hour canal cruise. Aboard a solar-powered vessel, hear tales with your audio-guide while snapping photos of the historical waterfront sights. Pass highlights such as the Anne Frank House and the Golden Bend district with its grand manor houses. A variety of departure times makes this a convenient sightseeing activity.
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