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

Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

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
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The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
$63.69 per adult
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A must in Amsterdam
So glad we got to do this tour on our first day in Amsterdam would highly recommend and Michael was a fabulous guide Thankyou
TRACEY_M, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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100% highly recommend!
Tulah_K, Mar 2022
Private 1-hour Amsterdam Canal Tour
Absolutely amazing!! Highly highly recommend, the tour guide was an absolute sweetheart and the boat is clean, modern, electric, and comfortable. Complimentary blankets & drinks were provided, and the boat is smoke friendly. Had an amazing time
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First day must do
Lana_S, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Wonderful introduction to Amsterdam. Great Capt. Martine. Relaxing and beautiful. The small atmosphere of the boat was nice.
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Beautiful boat & tour
tcwelsh42, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Nice and relaxing ride, with good snacks and cold drinks. Small group that was fun to be around. Would highly recommend.
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The Best!!
Emma_T, Jun 2022
Private 1-hour Amsterdam Canal Tour
A highlight of the weekend! Pap was so friendly and gave us lots of useful information about Amsterdam and told us some interesting stories. He guided us along some of the quieter canals to avoid the crowds. Very serene and relaxing. Would 100% recommend.
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Best Cruise in Town
Jennifer_S, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
We had a great tour with “Mouse” as our guide. He was very kind, knowledgeable, fun and did a lovely job ensuring our comfort. Delicious Snacks, beverages and history in a beautiful, historic boat. Highly recommended and definitely ask for Mouse as your guide!
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Enjoyable
Lisa_D, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Enjoyable cruise with a good selection of snacks and open bar. Martin was very interesting, but it was very difficult to hear what he was saying despite sitting relatively close.
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Canal tour
RayMartin, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
This is our first trip to Amsterdam and this boat and the tour guide was exceptional. If you want a more intimate boat and exceptional tour try this one for sure. Drinks and charcuterie were included and the guide was superb. Bram.
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Very enjoyable
Francis_K, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Jan was an excellent captain, 2 hour journey full of stories, plenty of drinks and just enough food to nibble on.
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Great ride around the canals.
Tracy_C, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
This was a fun and comfortable way to cruise around the canals. The snacks were tasty and the atmosphere casual. I was very glad I took the trip.
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Singing in the rain.
Karen_S, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Even though it was pouring we had a wonderful time with our group of friends. The rain and cold had us snuggling under the blankets while we enjoyed the wine, food and each other.
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Best of Amsterdam
Guy_H, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Heat smaller boat to get through smaller canals and off the crowded areas. Fun knowledgeable guide. Excellent beer and wine choices. Very good tray with grapes cheese and crackers. All in all an excellent choice to see Amsterdam.
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The absolute best canal tour in Amsterdam
Ashley_D, Jun 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
If you’re looking for the best canal tour in Amsterdam - this is it. I booked it purely off reviews and I’m so glad I did. Our guide Sophie was hilarious, very knowledgeable and friendly. The boat was 10x nicer than any other boats we saw, complete with all the drinks & snacks you could ask for. Can’t wait to return!!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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