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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

Teresa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Steve was a fabulous tour guide he has a real passion for art which he shared with us. He made the whole experience really fun and interesting. Highly recommended. Teresa and adrian

Joy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The art was amazing! The tour guide, Eric was wonderful. Knowledgeable, funny and full of information. Loved him! Have used Viator before in other countries. Would highly recommend.

MARTIN W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour to learn about and enjoy masterful works of art and the history of famous painters. Our guide was charming and amazingly informative.

JD Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a fabulas day. If you want to pack a lot in in one day then this tour is great. It is fast paced but well organised and very informative. Our very professional guide for the day was Pieter from Keytours Excursions office at Museum Square. We were each given headphones so we could hear him from a distance. We kick started the day at the Rijksmuseum which had a fabulous collection of the old masters such as Frans Hals, Vermeer and of course Rembrandt and many more. It was fantastic to hear all about the challenges of Rembrandts life and how he made it from riches to poor and to hear the details about the individual paintings. Next was the canal trip was also great which gave us detailed information on the different areas within the canals. Aboard the cruise Pieter served us coffee/tea and also offered to take our photo. Following that which took about an hour we made our way to have lunch at the Van Gogh museum. The table was reserved for us and the service and staff there were very friendly too. After a nice lunch we returned to our group and set off on the fantastic tour of the Van Gogh museum. Pieter again was so knowledgeable about all the facts about the paintings and Van Goghs life which was amazing to hear. Even some people who were not on the tour were trying to elbow in beside our group to listen to him. Overall the whole day was a well organised and very informative. With a special thanks to Pieter who made the day, my niece and I enjoyed the day immensely.

Mr M Skitt S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Tininkie ? was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She was assisted by Pieter who went out of his way to help us with local transport. Nothing was too much trouble for either of them. Touring the museum was informative and fascinating and being up close and personal to works by Rembrandt and van Gogh a real honour and privilege. The canal cruise and lunch at the van Gogh Museum was most enjoyable and bathed in sunlight the cherry on top! The museum staff were equally helpful and friendly so we say a huge thank you for making this such a superb experience.

Hugh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour but tour agency did not have a record of our purchase from viator! They let us take the tour anyways.

Sandra N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Guided us to important pieces of art, gave a wonderful narrative and moved us on to next area. had we been on our own, we would've taken much longer and not seen the all of the critical pieces of art. Kept us on schedule for art viewing, canal tour, and lunch. Well done!!

Susan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Davide is the best. Great tour!!!

Lynette V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Exceptional guide, fantastic tour, enjoyed the museums more than expected due to enthusiasm, and knowledge of the guide. Canal cruise was enjoyable and interesting.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A fabulous way to skip the lines in both museums and had enough to see in each that we felt this was the best way to have an introductory tour in both. Well worth the money and a good guide.

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