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There's no better way to see Amsterdam's top sights than from its famous canals. Whether you do a sightseeing cruise, a dining excursion, or a boat trip that offers a bit of everything, traversing the city's waterways is a truly Dutch experience. 

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  • Get a unique perspective of Amsterdam's top attractions on a comprehensive canal cruise. 
  • Cruise the capital city's historic waterways in a classic glass-enclosed canal boat. 
  • See famous sights including the Anne Frank House, Skinny Bridge (Magere Burg), Golden Bend (Gouden Bocht), and the old port. 
  • Enjoy views of the city's charming waterfront from the best vantage point—the water.
  • Learn about what you're seeing from a tour guide or recorded audio commentary.

Sightseeing Cruises
Admiring the architectural marvels of Amsterdam on a canal tour enables you to see many of the city's best-loved sights by boat—which is how they are meant to be seen. Many sightseeing cruises are led by a professional guide who will describe in detail the history, culture, and lore of the city and sights as you float by.

Canal Cruises with Food and Drinks
Couples looking for a little romance can take a moonlit turn around the canals while sampling a couple of cocktails or a multi-course dinner. Alternatively, a casual pizza cruise is a fun way for families with kids and groups of friends to enjoy a meal together while seeing Amsterdam from the water. 

Combo Tours 
Combine visits to multiple attractions by opting for a hop-on hop-off cruise, or a canal tour that includes entrance to a museum in addition to the boat ride.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Canal Boat - Live Guide - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Canal Boat - Live Guide - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a 100% electric, luxury boat. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.20
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Blue Boat Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

Blue Boat Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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Lap up Amsterdam’s beautiful canals by night on a candlelight cruise. Board a comfortable boat, settle into the all-glass cabin in the glow of candlelight and enjoy the scenery as you cruise the UNESCO World Heritage site canals. Pass by floodlit landmarks such as the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House, and savor the twinkling lights and silhouettes of the canal bridges, merchants’ houses and churches. As you cruise, hear about the city’s history from the onboard commentary.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$22.98
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Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise

Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise

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Absorb the canal-front sights of Amsterdam on a leisurely 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Take a seat in a comfortable, glass-topped boat, and enjoy the views as you glide along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals and listen to the informative audio commentary. Drift by top Amsterdam attractions such as the Anne Frank House and City Hall, and drink in the gabled townhouses, bridges and leafy canalsides from the peaceful vantage point of the water. A relaxing way to get to know the pretty Dutch capital for first-time visitors.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board
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Amsterdam Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

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Come and join us on one of our legendary and Tripadvisor top 3 boat tours and get ready to cruise along the Amsterdam canals on our unique, electric boats. We have small open boats so you are able to enjoy the full experience! On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam. Our canal cruise is a great alternative compared to those old-school tourist canal boats that your grandma probably recommended.
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  • 1 hour
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$21.83
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Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

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Discover hidden corners in Amsterdam’s scenic waterways unreachable by many boats on this canal cruise. Aboard a solar-powered vessel, hear tales with your audio-guide while snapping photos of the historical waterfront sights. Pass highlights such as the Anne Frank House and the Golden Bend district with its grand manor houses. A variety of departure times makes this a convenient sightseeing activity.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

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Board a customized electric boat for a one-of-a-kind cruise on the canals of Amsterdam. Choose your sailing time and relax during a luxurious 1-hour ride on a small, open boat. The narrated tour begins and ends at a convenient location, in front of the Anne Frank House. Blankets and pillows are provided.
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  • 1 hour
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$20.68
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Amsterdam Pizza Cruise - 1,5 hr incl pizza and 2 drinks

Amsterdam Pizza Cruise - 1,5 hr incl pizza and 2 drinks

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Pair pizza with an evening cruise along Amsterdam’s canals and you have this dream of a dinner, perfect for the family. Admire Amsterdam’s top attractions from the water as you dig into delicious pizza. Onboard commentary and the city’s twinkling lights illuminate your Amsterdam canal cruise.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$40.21
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Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise
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Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Head to Amsterdam Icebar Xtracold, where you’re treated to a welcome drink plus two Smirnoff cocktails or Heineken beers — your choice —while relaxing in a frosty bar where everything, even your drinking glass, is made of ice! Continue this totally ‘cool’ experience by taking a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped boat. It’s the best way to see Amsterdam’s top highlights.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.78
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Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise
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Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic Van Gogh paintings, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum attracts lines often in excess of two hours. Beat the crowds with this priority admission ticket that also includes an Amsterdam canal cruise, during which you get unobstructed views of the city's waterside attractions. This stress-free combo ticket is an ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time in the Dutch capital.
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  • 3 hours
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Amsterdam Pizza Dinner Cruise Including Drinks

Amsterdam Pizza Dinner Cruise Including Drinks

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Glide through the canals of Amsterdam on a dinner cruise that features great views of the illuminated city. Learn about Amsterdam’s history and culture from your onboard guide as you dine on a original New York pizza accompanied by beverages such as beer, wine, soft drinks, and water. Top off your meal with a delicious brownie as your boat winds through the picturesque waterways of the Dutch capital.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Volendam, Marken, Edam and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

Volendam, Marken, Edam and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

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Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the typical Dutch countryside outside the capital. You'll drive through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses, windmills and fishing villages, and witness traditional crafts from days gone by. The picturesque village of Zaanse Schans is famous for its original buildings, vividly capturing Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. You'll see the historic shipyard and windmills, and pay a visit to a shoemaker who works with wood to watch his clog-making techniques first-hand!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.60
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Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks Winter/Light

Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks Winter/Light

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Want to see the sights of Amsterdam from an open boat, yet avoid the tourist crowds? Step aboard a single-mast sailboat known as a sloop, and relax in the comfort of a spacious vessel where numbers are limited to just 12 people. You’ll sip drinks from an open bar, enjoy unobstructed views of the city, and sample classic Dutch treats like “bitterballen” as you cruise.
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  • 2 hours
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Amsterdam Icebar Experience Including 3 Drinks

Amsterdam Icebar Experience Including 3 Drinks

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Grab a seat at the coolest bar in Amsterdam with a fast-track package to the XtraCold Icebar, where everything—even the glasses—is made completely of ice. Relax first in the hip warm lounge, then slip on a provided thermal jacket for an arctic drinking adventure right in the heart of the Dutch capital. Admire ice sculptures illuminated by colorful lights as you sip three included drinks in the ‘chilled-out’ atmosphere.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Blue Boat Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience

Blue Boat Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience

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Combine two Amsterdam essentials in one day with a canal cruise and skip-the-line admission to the Heineken Experience. Board a comfortable boat and admire the sights along Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage canals on a 75-minute cruise. Waft by lovely canal houses, bridges and churches; and savor this delightful quarter from the water. Complement your cruise with fast-track entry to the Heineken Experience at the beer’s former Amsterdam brewery. See the vintage brewery equipment and learn about the production process on an interactive journey that finishes with a free beer tasting.
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  • 3 hours 10 minutes
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Walking tour about the fascinating story of Anne Frank

Walking tour about the fascinating story of Anne Frank

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Discover Amsterdam’s WWII history and follow in the footsteps of Anne Frank on this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. See the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Auschwitz Monument; learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger, and end the tour outside the Anne Frank House (entrance not included).
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  • 2 hours
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Heineken Experience Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Heineken Experience Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Combine two of Amsterdam’s top-selling experiences and save money with a Super Saver Heineken Experience and canal cruise package—a convenient and budget-friendly choice that’s ideal for first-time visitors. Guarantee your entry to the often sold-out Heineken Experience by booking in advance and get unobstructed views of Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed waterways, without the crowds on land, during a canal cruise—a quintessential Amsterdam experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Luxury Canal Cruise Amsterdam: Tourguide included

Luxury Canal Cruise Amsterdam: Tourguide included

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Get the ultimate Amsterdam experience during this open boat cruise on the city's canals. With the hospitality of a captain and hostess, you'll enjoy the city's sights, such as the Magere Brug, the Amstel River, and the Old Church, with a drink in hand (available for purchase).
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.68
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise with Live Guide

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise with Live Guide

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming, so experience Amsterdam in peace from the water. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point on this canal tour while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of this beautiful city. Get a great price when you book this cruise online.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 1 hr with Audioguide

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 1 hr with Audioguide

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From the peaceful atmosphere of a luxury, glass-enclosed boat, enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam along its UNESCO-listed canals during this cruise. Hear narrated commentary on the sites along the way, including the Anne Frank House, the Golden Bend, the National Maritime Museum, and the Skinny Bridge. With a variety of departure times available, this picturesque and comprehensive overview by water is easy to fit into your day of sightseeing.
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  • 1 hour
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Sebi Boat Tours

Sebi Boat Tours

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Get the inside scoop on the Dutch capital on this canal boat tour led by native Amsterdammers. Soak up city sights as you cruise through Jordaan, De Wallen, and more, before stopping off for authentic Amsterdam snacks and a complimentary coffee. Benefit from your small-group guide’s personalized attention and make the most of your time on this intimate-but-efficient half-day excursion.
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  • 2 hours
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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Cruising around Amsterdam’s canals is a quintessential experience for visitors to the city. With this tour, see the city at its most magical as you set sail on an evening cruise. Glide past the lively waterfront bars and cafĂ©s, spot illuminated landmarks such as Amsterdam Centraal Station and the Anne Frank House, and admire the glittering city skyline from the water.
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  • 1 hour
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