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Amsterdam Canal Cruises

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Address: Nicolaas Witsenkade 1a, 1017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: (0)20 626 5636
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: A cruise on Amsterdam's canals is a must for any first-time visitor. By...
A cruise on Amsterdam's canals is a must for any first-time visitor. By doing this early in your trip you will get a great perspective of the city.
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Definitely take a canal cruise

We took a few canal cruises: the Heineken canal cruise which was free (I think as long as you purchase ticket for a tour you get a free canal cruise), a free canal cruise that we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We took a few canal cruises: the Heineken canal cruise which was free (I think as long as you purchase ticket for a tour you get a free canal cruise), a free canal cruise that we received through the IAmsterdam card, and a candlelight cruise that we purchased. The candlelight cruise wasn't as great as we expected (I think the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Worth it. Do an actual cruise not just the hop on and hop off tour. Amsterdam is a very walk able city and you will miss stuff if you do the hop on and off. Instead do the cruise, you get your bearings and then get to go check things out from a closer perspective.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A great use of a couple hours. You get a huge overview of the entire city through the canal system. Also pretty reasonably priced. Coupons are available in some hotels too!

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Kew Gardens, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Relaxing, beautiful scenery , post card like pics. They give you the story of the canals at a group price. The most you will pay is $20. But it is worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

On our trip to netherlands we went for canel cruise which is never to be missed.The journey is wonderfun and may take about 90 minutes.Worth it and it gives complete calture ,buildings and good views of the city.There was a good commentry.Never miss

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I came with my mates to Amsterdam and this was the only scenic thing we did!!! Great to get the history of Amsterdam in one hour. Really enjoyed this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A trip to Amsterdam would not be complete without taking in the canals. There are more than one hundred kilometres of canals that cross this way and that... most being dug out by hand. Amsterdam is 2 metres below sea level and an interesting way to get the feel of this city is to purely walk the streets but another... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Me and my partner went on a hour canal cruise when the sails event was on, weather was perfect and you get to see the beautiful sights of Amsterdam. Very informative and relaxing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We booked an hours cruise on Saturday. Very enjoyable and informative. We would not have seen as much including the tall ships. Excellent value at €10.50 an hour. Due to Sail the canals were extremely busy and our cruise lasted 1.45.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

By doing canal cruises you can see most of the places of amsterdam city, a few rubbish along the canals i've noticed. So packed with tourists at this time of august. Nice lovely sunny day,. Memorable experience, a must do when visiting amsterdam. We went to amsterdam as a day tour from belgium.

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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