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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) Tours

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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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.
Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Admission: Free
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Amsterdam Combo: XtraCold Icebar & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: XtraCold Icebar & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Head to Amsterdam Icebar Xtracold, where you’re treated to a welcome drink plus two Smirnoff cocktails or Heineken beers — your choice —while relaxing in a frosty bar where everything, even your drinking glass, is made of ice! Continue this totally ‘cool’ experience by taking a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped boat. It’s the best way to see Amsterdam’s top highlights.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.80
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US$40.80
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$15.69
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Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

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Explore the canals of Amsterdam on a boat cruise that takes you past the top landmarks in this beautiful city. Hear informative commentary from the captain during your tour, which can be customized to your interests. Soak in the sights and charms of the canals while learning about the Dutch capital’s history and modern-day attractions. This relaxing tour provides a perfect introduction to Amsterdam and gives you tips on places to visit later on your own, plus it is longer than most canal tours of the same nature.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$72.43
Price varies by group size
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

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From the peaceful atmosphere of a luxury, glass-enclosed boat, enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam along its UNESCO-listed canals during this cruise. Hear narrated commentary on the sites along the way, including the Anne Frank House, the Golden Bend, the National Maritime Museum, and the Skinny Bridge. With a variety of departure times available, this picturesque and comprehensive overview by water is easy to fit into your day of sightseeing.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$18.11
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4-Day Highlights of Amsterdam and Paris

4-Day Highlights of Amsterdam and Paris

Catch a glimpse of Central Europe's two most fascinating and vibrant cities. Your journey starts with a stroll around the Dutch countryside and windmills town, Zaanse Schans. And between 21 March till 10 May 2020, we will visit the beautiful garden of Europe, Keukenhof. Then you will continue to the bustling streets and canals in Amsterdam. After Amsterdam we are heading towards South to Brussels and arrive finally in the City of Lights, Paris with all its main attractions, Louvre museum, Galerie Lafayette, Eiffel tower and more, This tour will leave you a grandeur and historic feeling after those vibrant cities. You will end your tour in Paris with an unforgettable experience!
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  • 4 days
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US$376.61
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Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

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Do you want to experience Amsterdam in a more authentic way? Step aboard on our beautiful large luxury sloop with enough space for everyone and discover the city like a real explorer. We’ll welcome you on our stylish, electric sloop with unlimited drinks and delicious Dutch snacks and we will also stop at one of Amsterdams best boat catering to pick up real Amsterdam 'bitterballen'. So lean back, relax en listen to our amazing stories about the secrets of Amsterdam. During our tour there is always a lot of interaction between the guests and our captain, because we always have a maximum of 12 guests aboard. This guarantees you a personal and amazing experience in the historical city of Amsterdam. You will cherish memories that you won't forget. Of course children are welcome! Did you know that in 2019 Amsterdam experience cruise became one of the most popular and best reviewed Airbnb experiences? We are currently number 3 in the world with the most positive reviews and bookings
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$63.95
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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Cruising around Amsterdam’s canals is a quintessential experience for visitors to the city. With this tour, see the city at its most magical as you set sail on an evening cruise. Glide past the lively waterfront bars and cafés, spot illuminated landmarks such as Amsterdam Centraal Station and the Anne Frank House, and admire the glittering city skyline from the water.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$15.69
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Canal Ring Architecture Walk

Canal Ring Architecture Walk

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Walk along the UNESCO world heritage listed Amsterdam canal ring with a private guide. Why build a ring of canals? Why all these trees? Who used to life here and who lives here now? Have a deeper insight on the architecture and historical context of this unique urban landscape.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$163.13
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US$163.13
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Amsterdam Combo: Red Light Secrets Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Red Light Secrets Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Save yourself any travel hassle, and purchase tickets to two popular Amsterdam attractions before you arrive. By booking both simultaneously, you’ll save nearly a quarter on admission costs. First, explore Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways on a canal cruise, which will whisk you past many of the city’s key landmarks and historical merchant houses. Then, learn the stories behind the city’s notorious Red Light District when you visit Red Light Secrets, a one-of-a-kind local museum.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$27.76
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1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour

1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this private 1-hour rickshaw tour showcases more of Amsterdam’s highlights in less time. With your driver-guide leading the way, you’ll travel along Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals, explore the grandiose Museumplein, and admire the dynamic architecture of Concertgebouw. See, too, the picturesque Jordaan district, home to the Anne Frank House, and reflect on Amsterdam’s history at the National Holocaust Memorial. This private tour is limited to two travelers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.64
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Amsterdam Combo: Madame Tussauds & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Madame Tussauds & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Maximize your time in the heart of Amsterdam with a trip to Madame Tussauds followed by a one-hour cruise through some of Amsterdam’s many canals. First, explore Madame Tussauds’ collection of life-like celebrities and historical figures. Then enjoy the city's 17th-century houses, bridges, churches and cobblestone streets from the unique perspective of a canal boat. Save time and money by booking these experiences together.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.44
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Amsterdam Combo: Ripley's Believe It or Not & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Ripley's Believe It or Not & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Secure advance tickets to two of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, and save more than a quarter on admission costs when you book simultaneously. Hop aboard a canal boat and cruise along the city’s UNESCO-listed waterways. See landmarks like the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk, and learn more about the sights from your audio guide. Then, discover the kooky attractions at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Amsterdam, where you’ll have priority access, plus free time to explore at your leisure.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.62
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Amsterdam Combo: Moco Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Moco Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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If you’re a culture vulture visiting Amsterdam for the first time then don’t miss out on this time- and money-saving package. As well as saving up to one hour waiting in line with a skip-the-line admission ticket for the Moco Museum, this SuperSaver includes a 1-hour canal cruise—an easy way to orient yourself among the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring.
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  • 1 day
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US$35.73
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Walking Tour Amsterdam Center and Canal Belt

Walking Tour Amsterdam Center and Canal Belt

Walking Tour with historical callbacks, curiosities, local facts and architecture, along the 17th century canal belt, the Beguinage ending up in the iconical Dam square. All the must see spots concentrated in a pleasant and insightful while fun walk
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.49
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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$27.52
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Small-Group Classic Canal Cruise on Salonboat in Amsterdam

Small-Group Classic Canal Cruise on Salonboat in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals are the postcard star of the Dutch capital, and a canal cruise is the quintessential experience for first-time visitors. Glide down the waterways on a traditional salonboat on this small-group cruise, and admire landmarks like the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Opera House.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.18
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The Pizzaboat Amsterdam Min. 8 pax

The Pizzaboat Amsterdam Min. 8 pax

Group? Min. numbers for a group is 8 pax. Stag & Hen Parties, yes! we do that ! Bachelor party's Min. number is 8 pax to cruise away ...or you can pay for that amount You have a great stay in Amsterdam because its a private cruise! .. Eat Pizza and cruise away! Discover our precious Amsterdam while you enjoy freshly prepared pizzas of your choice and unlimited drinks as beer, prosecco and wine. During the 90 minutes boattour you will cruise down the beautiful canal belts with a local skipper! He can tell you many fascinating stories about this lovely city. Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements and we will take this into account. its a private tour so no worries , ask the skipper to show you around red light and Anna frank and maybe the Zoo Artis? Have a great stay
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$72.43
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Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

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Gain an intimate glimpse of Amsterdam on this small-group walking tour, led by an experienced guide. Discover city highlights and hidden gems such as the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Oude Kerk, as well as plenty of locally loved cafes and learn more about the city’s history and culture as you explore its picturesque streets on foot.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.56
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US$112.56
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The best boat trip through the Amsterdam canals

The best boat trip through the Amsterdam canals

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Enjoy the historic canals of the capital. On a beautiful open electric boat. Enough space and equipped with all comforts. With an experienced captain as your guide. He really knows how to tell you everything about this beautiful city. This boat trip is one of the most popular in Amsterdam. Sail along and experience why. - open canal boat with comfortable cushions - small groups and an intimate setting - sail past places where the large tour boats do not come - unique experience from the water
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$22.93
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Sunday Special Amsterdam Experience Breakfast Cruise

Sunday Special Amsterdam Experience Breakfast Cruise

At 10AM in the morning we offer you a fantastic breakfast while we tour through the canals of Amsterdam. Experience how the city wakes up and visit the famous highlights and secret places of Amsterdam while you enjoy a sparkling glass of Prosecco and fresh orange juice. During our trip we will serve crunchy croissants, the real Dutch ‘krentenbollen’ (current buns), chocolate buns, cheese from the cheese farmer, several kinds of fruit, boiled eggs, tea and coffee.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$57.42
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Amsterdam History Walking Tour

Amsterdam History Walking Tour

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During the Amsterdam History Tour you will discover some of Amsterdam’s most iconic squares, buildings, canals and old streets, while learning about the city’s history, liberal culture and Dutch people. Our knowledgeable local guides will take you on a great walking tour straight through Amsterdam’s historic center. During this 1:45 hour tour our licensed experts explain how freedom and tolerance were born in the Netherlands and how they impacted Amsterdam’s financial development; turning a scanty fishing village into the centre of world trade. We describe how these same values from the 16th century still shape the attitudes of today’s Amsterdammers. This Amsterdam City Tour is a feast for the eyes; so don’t forget to charge your camera!
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$28.86
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Amsterdam Private Photoshoot

Amsterdam Private Photoshoot

Amsterdam, The Netherlands The streets of Amsterdam are like a smorgasbord for those looking for history, architecture of depravity. Step through doorways or look from outside – every block presents opportunities for exploration, study or escape. But it’s between the streets, in the canals that divide them, that the true wonder of the city flows. Enjoy the magnificence of this wonderful city and experience both its mainstream and lesser-known beautiful sights by opting for a Photo-shoot Experience. During the Experience you visit the World famous The most famous canals the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht (UNESCO World Heritage canal district). You will be able to admire the elegant merchants’ houses that have lined the canals since the Golden Age, the majestic facades and gables, beautiful churches, the iconic bridges and many more highlights. You can also personalize this Photo-Shoot. You will get your copies in drive, Also the RAW files in case if you need.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$120.71
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US$120.71

Private Tour: Highlights of Amsterdam + Zaanse Schans village + Cheese Farm

Private Tour: Highlights of Amsterdam + Zaanse Schans village + Cheese Farm

During the tour, you will travel to the village of Zaanse Schans, past the Dutch landscapes of polders and canals, where you will visit a windmill, a workshop for making wooden shoes, a cheese farm with a tasting of Dutch cheese. Then you will return to Amsterdam, where you take a panoramic tour. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District, etc. The tour ends with a return transfer to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$761.00
Price varies by group size
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US$761.00
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Full-Day Tour to Zaanse Schans village and Amsterdam with Cheese Tasting

Full-Day Tour to Zaanse Schans village and Amsterdam with Cheese Tasting

During the tour, you will travel to the village of Zaanse Schans, past the Dutch landscapes of polders and canals, where you will visit a windmill, a cheese farm with a tasting of Dutch cheese. Then you will return to Amsterdam, where you take a panoramic tour. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District, etc.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,274.00
Price varies by group size
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