This was a very good deal. The cost of admission to the Van Gogh Museum and a 1 hour canal cruise. We had to pre-book a specific time to enter the Museum, but the canal cruise was flexible on when we wanted to go. We chose a 9:30am museum entry time. At this point, the museum wasn't at full capacity. We paid an extra 5 Euros for Audio head sets. After enjoying the Van Gogh artwork, we had lunch at the museum cafeteria/coffee shop. Because we were early, the hot meals were not available, but I had a nice crab sandwich. After lunch we made our way by Tram #12 to Centraal Station. This was close to where we boarded the Canal Cruise (Lovers Canal Cruises). Even though we had tickets, we still had to line up for about 20 mins. The boats were steadily coming in, one after the other, and the line was moving. The cruise was very enjoyable. The weather was sunny but quite cool, and the boat was enclosed with ample glass windows for viewing. They provided ear phones for the audio tour and I was very satisfied with the overall experience.
Vincent Gallery was excellent. I learned alot and it was well worth using the audio guide which helped you compare the pictures and to get behind what he was trying to achieve. 2 hours was just enough time. We went with our 13 year old who also enjoyed the experience. We did, however, have problems with the tickets. They were not happy to accept our print out ticket which had 3 adults on it (and a barcode), The instructions did state that we should go straight to the entrance and not the ticket office, The staff were very good though and in the end let us in any way.
Cannal cruise was wonderful. We did this on a different day. What was not clear from the information given was which cruise company it was with and were you get on the cruise. We had an additional trip on the second day were we had to redeem the vouchers for tickets. I asked there and was given tickets for the cruise which started that the starting point was near the central train station. This is easy to get to but is about 15 min away by tram (number 2) from the Van Gogh Museum. Once at the Station Tram stop the Lovers site is obvious as there is a large illuminated sign. There was a queue when we arrived but all the staff were very helpful and informed we that a boat left every 10 -15 min so in fact we were on the next boat with only around 10 min in the queue. There is a toilet on board but no drinks. Our captain spoke fluent English and pointed out additional sites to the commentry. you are supplied with earphoned for the commentry which you may keep at the end. We obviously enjoyed it so much that we went on the cruise a second time on another day. At present they are open 0900 to 2200, no time booking needed. There no longer seems to be any restrictions on when you use the voucher - Day, night, sunset. As we had tickets as part of 2 packages we just used them at different times of day.
Early morning tickets to Van Gogh and excellent tour. Buy the audio for $5 E, in order to learn so much and to drown out the noise. Busy and noisy in afternoon. Had breakfast at cafe at bottom level; continued tour. Spent 3 hours at museum; walked over to Hop on Hop Off station to select the time and location for our river cruise. Got tickets printed for cruise and had time to grab lunch before cruise.Great audio tour on boat ; excellent price package. Cruise helped us narrow down what we wanted to see. Flower market crowded and easy mark for pick pockets. Our travel agent ways recommends Viator and to stay away from other online sites. Used them in 4 countries and always pleased.