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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

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Amsterdam

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 on foot, by bike, 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.

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The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
$65.60 per adult
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Amsterdam canal cruise
Rubin was our boat captain and gave us wonderful tour. Very knowledgeable. Tour was a full two hours long and we saw lots of historical buildings. Highlight of the day.
Tom_T, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Great time!
Samuel_V, Sep 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
My wife and I really enjoyed the 2 hours. Wish is was longer but still got to see a lot. The views were amazing and it was all you could drink from the minute you got on the boat. There was 5 guess on the boat.
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Amsterdam in Aug
Stacey_W, Aug 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Loved the small group aspect. We had an issue and looked as if we couldn't make the night scheduled and they were very attentive to our situation.
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Very Nice and Comfortable...highly recommended.
Karl_B, Aug 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
On a weekend stay in Amsterdam after a river cruise, our first choice was to see the city from the Canals. It was a great choice and this tour was excellent. The boat was comfortable (and Eco-friendly); the guide amiable; and the wine and snacks a nice touch as we viewed this beautiful city. A bit more info and/or anecdotes from the guide regarding what we were viewing could have improved the experience...but with that said, I would still recommend this tour company.
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Exceptional tour!
MaryAnn_W, Jul 2021
Private 1-hour Amsterdam Canal Tour
Absolutely wonderful tour! Friendly, interesting and knowledgeable captain! Great way to learn more about Amsterdam and its unique architecture and geography. So relaxing!
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Wet canals
donaldr728, Oct 2019
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 1 hr with Audioguide
Good coverage with well selected commentary that allowed for time to look at and assess the scene. Well paced!
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The best boat tour!
Gianna_C, Aug 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Mark was a lovely and knowledgeable skipper. The snacks and alcohol were fantastic & the tour was beautiful. Not rushed and very comfortable. Definitely recommend as it was a great way to relax and see Amsterdam. Mark has funny and chill vibes and you won’t regret spending two hours with him :)
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Very relaxed and informative
Ronald_T, Aug 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
A nice and relaxed canal cruise. This one is slightly longer than the usual ones, which brings you to places other cruises wont. Some nice nibbles and an open bar only highten the ambiance.
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Amazing tour and host!...
Raul_M, Aug 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Amazing tour and host! Charcuterie board was phenomenal and so were the drink options! I would definitely do this again!
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Incredible Experience
Dorothy_D, Aug 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Jan' was an amazing tour guide! He recommended a great spot for stroopwaffels (which we tried the next morning and loved!) and he also did a wonderful job telling us about the city. This cruise was one of the highlights of our trip and we would do it again in a heartbeat!
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Great captain and great guide on our boat trip through the canals.
Katalin, Aug 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
We really enjoyed our private tour through the canals of Amsterdam. Our captain ‘ Jan’ was an excellent guide, storyteller and companion on our boattrip! He really made our day.
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A fun two hours on the Canals of Amsterdam
JAVOIS_P, Jul 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
It was a fantastic cruise. We were a party of nine family members from the island of Saint-Martin (French Caribbean) and we had blast. Boat awesome, the selection drinks awesome, finger food awesome, crew awesome. I would recommend this cruise anytime. Can't wait to do it again on my next visit to Amsterdam.
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So much fun!
Janaleen_S, Jul 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Perfect experience! Beautiful attention to details and so informative! Would definitely recommend to all!

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.

  • Lined with beautiful historic buildings (“canal houses”), the Canal Ring can serve as helpful visual guidepost for getting your bearings.

  • The Canal Ring circles some of Amsterdam’s most important sites, including the Red Light District, the Anne Frank House, the Jewish Quarter, and the Museum Quarter.

  • Barges, powerboats, Frisian skutsjes (sailboats), and rowboats ply the canals at all times of day and night.

  • The Canal Ring is accessible for wheelchair users, as are many of the boats which sail around it.

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How to Get There

The Canal Ring is located right in the center of Amsterdam, and is easy to reach on foot from most major destinations in the Dutch capital. 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.

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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.

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The History of Amsterdam's Canals

Built in the 17th century, the canals of Amsterdam were developed in the pursuit of growing the city beyond its bounds. Now, they're as quintessentially Dutch as Edam and tulips and have been UNESCO-recognized since 1999. Enjoy the canals at their festive best during the annual King's Day celebrations, when floats take to the water with performers and revelers.

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