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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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 Rijksmuseum, and then explore the Diamond Museum Amsterdam on your own at a pace that suits you.
  • 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 Rijskmuseum
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

As well as standard skip-the-line privileges to top museums, this tour also includes a canal cruise and lunch.
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 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. Lunch will be at the Rijksmuseum 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 Van Gogh Museum. 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. 

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.

Reviews

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r
, Oct 2018

Got quite a lot of information from our guide who is an Art Major. I would’ve preferred a little time to export on our own. Lunch was very nice. Would’ve preferred the canal ride AFTER the museums to allow more museum time.

M
, Sep 2018

Although there was more walking than I expected, the overall experience was wonderful. Monique was the best - very informative, quick witted and entertaining in a such a way to keep you interested. Her enthusiasm for art in general and the museums drew you into the history of these artist, especially Van Gogh.

R
, Sep 2018

I was very disappointed by this tour. My booking confirmation stated this tour was in English only. Unfortunately it was bilingual . The need for repetitive translation dragged out the tour and limited the time we had to view the marvelous works of art. My next complaint may sound unfair, but the guide had a sore throat that made it more difficult to understand her in the noisy surroundings. The point is that she shared that this raspiness had been going on for weeks. You’d think in that period of time they could have found a replacement. I’ve used Viator many times with generally good success but this really bothered me especially since the tour that was promised wasn’t delivered.

N
, Sep 2018

Elsa was so knowledgeable about both museums. I learned so much from her many insights. Everyone on my tour enjoyed this immensely.

M
, Sep 2018

We were lucky to have Michael Doggen guide us through the Rykes and Van Gogh museum. His breadth of knowledge about art history in general, and the Dutch masters in particular made our museum experience all the more meaningful and interesting. Michael provided historical context for the artwork, explained various painting techniques and styles and really helped us to understand the significance of pieces such as Rembrandt's Night Watch. I don't know whether all of the guides are as know and talented as Michael but I can tell you that touring the museums with Michael was one of the highlights of time in Amsterdam. Don't book this tour for the canal tour or the museum lunch - both were underwhelming at best. The museum piece, however, was totally worthwhile based upon our experience with Michael Doggen.

e
, Sep 2018

If you have only one full day in Amsterdam, as we did, we highly recommend taking this tour, especially for the Rijksmusem and Van Gogh segments. Tour guide Pieter is incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the artists and the styles of their times. He has a sense of humor that makes a long day more enjoyable. The canal cruise went by the Anne Frank House, and Pieter provided information about the life of her and her family. Lunch at the Rijksmuseum was a tasty soup and sandwich, perfect for the day as it was not too heavy and did not take much time away from the museum tours. The lunch also accommodates those who need a gluten free meal. Following the end of the tour, we walked from the Van Gogh back to Centraal Station, an enjoyable way to end the afternoon.

D
, Sep 2018

Michael was our guide and it was if he was an art instructor. He did a fantastic job. The canal tour was an added plus. The lunch at the Rijksmuseum was very good.

E
, Sep 2018

Beautiful walking tour on August 17, 2018 lead by tour guide, Michael. He was a very knowledgeable guide and was extremely personable as well. We really enjoyed it!

M
, Aug 2018

guide was good and funny and knowledgeable. the captain of the canal boat should make the customers more comfortable ( it was hot and humid in the covered boat while he enjoyed a fan right at him !) food in the museum was so so ...

L
, Aug 2018

Great full day tour. Our guide, Monic, was extremely knowledgeable. We learnt a lot about Rembrandt and Van Gogh and other painters. The canal tour was interesting and you see Amsterdam form a different prospective. An exhausting day but well worth it.


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