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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.


  • 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


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!


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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

When in Amsterdam, never miss these two places. It's all about history and art and more art, great souvenirs at the end of the museum tour. The canal cruise provided a fantastic way to see and feel the life around the canals....pretty and posh boat houses, al-fresco dining, locals and tourist alike in a restful mood near the water, and bridges just about everywhere. Totally cool to see a beautiful old town from a different angle and view. Would love to return and see more.

Lynn J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great tour of both museums, and our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Also, a very nice lunch at the Van Gogh museum. I would recommend this experience to anyone with a limited time to see Amsterdam's cultural sites. Thank you!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had the best tour guide. So knowledgeable and pleasant. Will definitely recommend to others who visit Amsterdam. Lunch was good, better than expected.

Jeff B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was the most incredible tour - the guide was passionate and knowledgeable. We felt like we were on a field trip w/a college professor who clearly loved his job.

Carmel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Sensational experience with expert guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Museums were fabulous. Canal tour was scenic and relaxing. Lunch at the Van Gogh museum was great. Pieter was an excellent guide...very knowledgeable and especially passionate about Vincent. Was a great day!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My guide was so knowledgeable and so willing to answer any questions I had. She was fun to be with for the entire day.

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