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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) Tours

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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amsterdam’s Canal Ring (Grachtengordel), the city’s charming 17th-century district and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is probably best known for the picturesque canals cutting through it. The area is comprised of three rings of semicircular waterways that are bisected by smaller canals radiating from the middle—like spokes on a very Dutch bicycle wheel. Hundreds of bridges cross the Canal Ring’s channels, connecting the 90 islands that were created during the Dutch Golden Age.

The Basics
The district’s major canals are the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. From east to west, the major radial canals are the Brouwersgracht, Leidsegracht, and Reguliersgracht. The Canal Ring can be navigated by foot, bicycle, and, of course, boat. A canal cruise is an excellent introduction to the UNESCO-listed canals, as glass-topped boats provide the best views of the city’s main sights. Options include hop-on hop-off boat tours and themed canal cruises that serve food and wine.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A number of cruise departure points are set along the famous canals, and tours are available in several languages.
  • The Canal Ring circles some of Amsterdam’s most important sites, including the Red Light District, the Museumplein, the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt Square, the Jewish Quarter, and the Museum Quarter.
  • Barges, powerboats, Frisian skutsjes (sailboats), and rowboats ply the canals at all times of day and night.
 
How to Get There
The Canal Ring is located right in the center of Amsterdam. Lined with beautiful historic buildings (“canal houses”), the canals can serve as helpful visual guideposts and a fun option for getting around the city. Amsterdam's winding, cobblestoned city center can easily throw off your sense of direction, and the canals will always orient you back in the proper direction.

When to Get There
Because it’s part of the Dutch capital city’s landscape, as well as a mode of transportation and commerce, the Canal Ring is always open. The best times of year to enjoy a canal cruise are during the fine-weather summer months, and in the Christmas and New Year holiday season, when you can take an evening cruise during the Festival of Lights.
Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Admission: Free
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85 Tours and Activities to Experience Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

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Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam and 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
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$41.14
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$41.14
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Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

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Explore the canals of Amsterdam on a boat cruise that takes you past the top landmarks in this beautiful city. Hear informative commentary from the captain during your tour, which can be customized to your interests. Soak in the sights and charms of the canals while learning about the Dutch capital’s history and modern-day attractions. This relaxing tour provides a perfect introduction to Amsterdam and gives you tips on places to visit later on your own, plus it is longer than most canal tours of the same nature.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$73.03
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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. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro.
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  • 1 hour
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$15.82
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Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 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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$42.96
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

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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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$18.26
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Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

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Do you want to experience Amsterdam in a more authentic way? Step aboard on our beautiful large luxury sloop with enough space for everyone and discover the city like a real explorer. We’ll welcome you on our stylish, electric sloop with unlimited drinks and delicious Dutch snacks and we will also stop at one of Amsterdams best boat catering to pick up real Amsterdam 'bitterballen'. So lean back, relax en listen to our amazing stories about the secrets of Amsterdam. During our tour there is always a lot of interaction between the guests and our captain, because we always have a maximum of 12 guests aboard. This guarantees you a personal and amazing experience in the historical city of Amsterdam. You will cherish memories that you won't forget. Of course children are welcome! Did you know that in 2019 Amsterdam experience cruise became one of the most popular and best reviewed Airbnb experiences? We are currently number 3 in the world with the most positive reviews and bookings
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  • 2 hours
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$64.48
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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
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$27.75
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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 cafés, 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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$15.82
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Private 1.5 hour Canal Tour in Amsterdam with your Loved One

Private 1.5 hour Canal Tour in Amsterdam with your Loved One

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Relax after a busy day of sightseeing on an evening cruise of Amsterdam’s historic canals. Take in views of the historic waterways by night, travelling through areas including the UNESCO-listed Canal District and De Wallen, and benefit from a customizable itinerary according to the group’s interests. Gain insight into the landmarks and routes from you local skipper, and choose a tour time that suits your schedule.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$82.15
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Sebi Boat Tours

Sebi Boat Tours

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We are Sebi Boat Tours, two true Amsterdammers who want to share their love for this beautiful city. With our 100% electric boat which is open on sunny days and closed on rainy and windy days and has a toilet, we will provide a 2 hour intimate canal tour. We will pass all the highlights Amsterdam has to offer including the world famous canal belt, The Jordaan, The red light district, the river Amstel, the maritime area and places, where big tour boats cannot go. On the way we will make a stop at Amsterdam's best boat caterer, childhood friends of ours, to pick up some traditional Dutch snacks while you enjoy a wide variety of complementary drinks. All this while Captain Sebi will pass on his years of knowledge of the city and canals, on current events and Amsterdam people in Dutch, English and German!
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  • 2 hours
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$59.21
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1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour

1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this private 1-hour rickshaw tour showcases more of Amsterdam’s highlights in less time. With your driver-guide leading the way, you’ll travel along Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals, explore the grandiose Museumplein, and admire the dynamic architecture of Concertgebouw. See, too, the picturesque Jordaan district, home to the Anne Frank House, and reflect on Amsterdam’s history at the National Holocaust Memorial. This private tour is limited to two travelers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$170.39
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Amsterdam Combo: Madame Tussauds & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Madame Tussauds & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Maximize your time in the heart of Amsterdam with a trip to Madame Tussauds followed by a one-hour cruise through some of Amsterdam’s many canals. First, explore Madame Tussauds’ collection of life-like celebrities and historical figures. Then enjoy the city's 17th-century houses, bridges, churches and cobblestone streets from the unique perspective of a canal boat. Save time and money by booking these experiences together.
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  • 2 hours
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$40.77
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

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Gain an intimate glimpse of Amsterdam on this small-group walking tour, led by an experienced guide. Discover city highlights and hidden gems such as the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Oude Kerk, as well as plenty of locally loved cafes and learn more about the city’s history and culture as you explore its picturesque streets on foot.
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  • 3 hours
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$113.49
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2-Hour Semi Private All-Inclusive Cruise on our Boutique Style boats

2-Hour Semi Private All-Inclusive Cruise on our Boutique Style boats

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Cruise Amsterdam’s scenic canals in a fully electric boat, while your hosts give you a glimpse into modern Dutch life. Enjoy an open bar with local goodies like craft beer, wines, and nonalcoholic beverages. A snack platter with fruit, cheese, cookies, and sausages is also provided. This peaceful, scenic cruise is a great choice for first-time visitors and those who want to escape the crowds on land.
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  • 2 hours
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$77.64
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Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam

Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam

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See Amsterdam from a perspective often missed by visitors on a boat cruise through the canal. In addition to frame-worthy views of the city’s banks, the tour features commentary and anecdotes about landmarks seen along the way, from the hip Joordan neighborhood to a canal once painted by Claude Monet. A small group size ensures an personal experience and plenty of time for questions.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$42.60
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Amsterdam Combo: Red Light Secrets Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Red Light Secrets Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Save yourself any travel hassle, and purchase tickets to two popular Amsterdam attractions before you arrive. By booking both simultaneously, you’ll save nearly a quarter on admission costs. First, explore Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways on a canal cruise, which will whisk you past many of the city’s key landmarks and historical merchant houses. Then, learn the stories behind the city’s notorious Red Light District when you visit Red Light Secrets, a one-of-a-kind local museum.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.99
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Private Amsterdam city & Countryside day tour by Car

Private Amsterdam city & Countryside day tour by Car

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AMSTERDAM CITY & COUNTRYSIDE DAY TOUR This is a mixed tour between Amsterdam and the Countryside tour, visiting two UNESCO World Heritage sites and a windmill in one day ! Perfect if you want to have an overall experience of this beautiful part of the Netherlands. A good combination between the exhilarating energy of the city and the tranquil atmosphere of the country. City tour; In a few hours we will show you by car the highlights of the city of Amsterdam. Of course, we’ll start by driving through the famous Canal Belt, added as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. Countryside Tour; After this, we will continue and show you another UNESCO World Heritage site, a typical Dutch polder called "the Beemster" which was the first ever reclaimed polder in the country. During a stroll over the ring dyke you have a perfect view of the extraordinary structure of the polder and the enormous difference in water level with the surrounding area.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$298.19
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour with Expert Guide

Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour with Expert Guide

Explore magnificent Amsterdam with a private guide! This tour takes you through the slice of Amsterdam that is richest in contrast. Visit Red Light District and discover iconic city places: the Amsterdam Canal Ring, the Oude Kerk and Chinatown. You will also have three stops to try traditional Dutch delicacies. If you’re looking to fit the most Amsterdam travel thrills into the shortest trip, then this tour was made for you. • Explore the Red District and other famous Amsterdam landmarks. • Learn the intricacies of Dutch law • Enjoy local hospitality and ideal photo ops • Try Dutch delicacies: cheese, kroket, and stroopwafel • Get educational insight on the Oude Kerk and Chinatown • Unforgettable private tour of Amsterdam Red Light District combined with food tour • Seeing UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring
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  • 2 hours
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Amsterdam Must-See Historical City Walk with Local Expert

Amsterdam Must-See Historical City Walk with Local Expert

Meet Amsterdam, the city which invented tolerance, liberalism and open-mindedness. This tour will bring you a colorful mix of must-see spots and local charms. It is a great way to explore the city, if you don’t know where to start. Discover the must-see landmarks, beautiful canals and important historic areas. All along the way your guide will bring Dutch culture and history vividly to life. • This compact journey will introduce you to the most iconic Amsterdam spots • You will get a better understanding of Dutch liberal culture • Learn more about Amsterdam’s rich history and heritage • Find out how a small fishing town became the center of world’s trade
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Holland Dutch Golden Age Private Tour (Choice of your Own Itineraries)

Holland Dutch Golden Age Private Tour (Choice of your Own Itineraries)

Choose your own adventure on this fully customizable private tour of the Netherlands. Choose from a list of top destinations; pick three that interest you the most to build your itinerary. Travel in a luxury minivan with your private group, which makes it easy to get between sites. Your guide will provide insightful commentary and answer any questions.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$761.93
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$761.93
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Private 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Private 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Grab the opportunity and make the most out of your stay in Amsterdam by discovering the best this city has to offer in a fully customizable tour! At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation in a private vehicle ready to share the historical facts, the necessary information about the sights and, of course, his personal input in order to immerse you into the Amsterdammer lifestyle. Admire the marvelous Dam square, the architecture of Royal Palace and the Rijksmuseum. Drive down past the famous Van Gogh museum and take a stroll around the Albert Cuyp Market and the Amsterdam Canals. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the ride, your friendly driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 2 hours
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$78.30
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$78.30
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Grab the opportunity and make the most out of your stay in Amsterdam by discovering the best this city has to offer in a fully customizable tour! At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up in a private vehicle ready to share the historical facts, the necessary information about the sights and, of course, his personal input in order to immerse you into the Amsterdammer lifestyle. Immerse yourself to the beauty of Amsterdam. Walk along Dam square, Alber Cuyup Market and the Red light district. Admire the architecture of the Royal Palace and Rijksmuseum. Do not miss out on taking a photo at the famous Windmill of Amstel and the Amsterdam Canal. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the ride, your friendly driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.30
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$136.30
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Sunset Wine & Cheese tasting canal tour with private guide

Sunset Wine & Cheese tasting canal tour with private guide

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Our unique tour offers specialty Dutch wines and cheeses hosted by a professional, Dutch bilingual guide with a vast knowledge of Dutch wine & cheese. This relaxed tour takes you through Amsterdam's historic canals on a traditional and intimate "salon boat" with no more than 12 guests. The award-winning Dutch wines are professionally paired with a selection of unique Dutch cheeses which are not widely known nor exported - only available in specialty cheese shops and the farmers who produce them. We aim at serving our guests only the best. Larger groups on larger boats can be booked on request. Ideal for corporate outings or a large group of friends. Contact us for further details and pricing.
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  • 2 hours
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$179.06
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