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Experience a full day in Amsterdam’s Museum District, with a break midday to enjoy a canal cruise. With your skip-the-line admission, sail past the long lines at the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum and gaze at masterpieces — by artists including Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals — while hearing informative commentary from an art historian–guide. Refuel with a light lunch at the Van Gogh Museum, and then explore the Diamond Museum Amsterdam on your own at a pace that suits you.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Enjoy lunch at the Van Gogh Museum
  • See thousands of celebrated Dutch artworks at the Rijksmuseum
  • Take a boat cruise along Amsterdam's picturesque UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals
  • 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 Canal Cruise and Lunch

Learn about the Dutch Masters on two guided museum walking tours

Enjoy a full day of Amsterdam’s impressive art and culture with this museum tour and canal cruise combo. Meet your guide in Amsterdam’s Museum District and start your morning at the Van Gogh Museum. Enter the popular museum quickly with your skip-the-line ticket.

Inside, an art historian–guide takes your group, limited to 20 people, to select paintings by Van Gogh and provides fascinating background on the artist’s life. You’ll see the work of those who inspired Van Gogh throughout various displays of art by other 19th-century painters. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore more of the museum that houses the world’s largest collection of works by Van Gogh, with more than 200 paintings as well as numerous drawings and letters. Lunch will be at the Van Gogh Museum once you have had time to explore.

Then, appreciate Amsterdam's outdoor beauty with a 75 minute boat tour along the city's UNESCO-listed canals. Enjoy the view as you drift past picturesque canal houses, bridges, classic Dutch gables, churches, towers and other waterfront delights.

Disembark and continue to the Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum dedicated to the arts and history of the Netherlands. Enjoy skip-the-line privileges and head straight inside the recently renovated museum, with an collection of one million items, with 8,000 on display in 80 galleries. Admire and learn about masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Rembrandt’s Night Watch.

Your final stop is at Coster Diamonds, one of the oldest diamond polishing factories still operating today and where the guided portion of the tour ends. Your guide gives you an entrance ticket to the Diamond Museum, which you will explore independently.

Customer Reviews

linda.rezak

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

If you or your traveling partner do not have the patience to spend hours in a museum this tour is for you. We were able to see all the museum highlights with our knowledgeable guide Steven, enjoy a very nice lunch at the Van Gogh Museum and take a relaxing canal cruise all in one day. The best part was that there were no lines. We took this tour in August, at the height of the tourist season, and the lines to get into the museums were more than 2 hours. You can always go back on your own if you want to see more. This tour was well worth the cost. I would highly recommend this tour.

Colleen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide, Pieter, was wonderful, and this was the best day of my entire trip. He knows so much about art! After spending time listening to him talking about the magic in the paintings, I got it and wanted to climb inside them and live there. Pieter is smart, knowledgeable, interesting, and kind. Everything went like clockwork and the group was fantastic. So many awesome people from all over the world! I loved this and highly recommend this tour, especially if Pieter is your guide. A great price for a well-planned, well-executed, informative, and fun tour.

Joseph B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour was one of our trip's highlights. Pieter our guide was fabulous. Knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time. Really made it fun. Canal cruise was a nice bonus.

RAJESH V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was wonderful as the Pieter did a great job.

Dave

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Pieter did an outstanding job of providing commentary on the museum tours. He has a deep understanding of painting and provided much insight and interpretation. Pieter also provided the relevant historical perspective. He was very willing to answer questions and to cater to individual needs. An excellent choice if you have only one full day to spend in Amsterdam. The inclusion of the canal tour and lunch between the two museum tours provided the necessary change of pace in such a full day of activities. This tour was well worth the price.

raycheung49

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide is professional and great!

Rick M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was the best tour by far we have ever taken. Our guide Pieter was passionate about the art of Rembrandt and Van Gogh and shared that with our group. I wish I had an art teacher in college that made art come alive as well as he did. The Canal Cruise was great and a good break between the museums. We had lunch in the Van Gogh museum which was simple but ample and delicious. Although the Van Gogh museum only has about 35 of his works they do have Sunflowers and Potato Eaters which are two of the greatest. this is not to be missed and gives very high value for the price.

pbook2010

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was conducted by an art historian who was very knowledgable! He was able to maximise our time yet do so with depth that greatly enhanced our experience! We would highly recommend this tour. Well organised and on schedule!

raychen168

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour guide very knowledgeable, take this tour only if you love art....cause this is what this all about...

Ronda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was amazing and provided so much insight at both museums. She was extremely knowledgeable but also provided very accessible commentary. It was a wonderful way to make the most of our time and be sure to see all the highlights. We especially enjoyed her chronological approach to the Van Gogh museum. We would highly recommend this tour!

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