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Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Nicolaas Witsenkade 1a, 1017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
(0)20 626 5636
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As featured in 3 days in Amsterdam
Ranked #49 of 211 Activities in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Amsterdam, the Capitol of the Netherlands, it has a charm to it, no other city has, the lovely canals, friendly people, history back to the 1500 century , museums, many shops, all in walking distance, you also can hop on the "trams" for transportation, but the boat tour over the canals, with the smallest house and Ann Franks home, which... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

really worth doing you see a lot of hidden away places that you would probably miss otherwise .gives a good amount of history and information about Amsterdam and the canals.

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is the only cruise I have done in Amsterdam, so I can't really compare, but I think we really had value for money. You get little earphones to plug in to the boat sound system and you can choose the language you want and listen to a recorded explanation at each point during the ride. They have a lot... More

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the canal cruise, as we found it a good way to understand how the city is built + you get a pure quiet hour! Very romantic! We payed 9 euros for a trip in a closed boat (about the size of a bus). We don't think one should pay more than that.

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Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

While in Amsterdam you cannot miss to go for a ride around the place with one of their canals. we visited the heineken experience and afterwards they gave us some free tickets to go for a canal cruise. It was a nice and relaxing experience during which heineken beer was also available. The only negative part is that it stops... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I had a long layover in Amsterdam. I was trying to decide between seeing the Van Gogh Museum and the canal cruise. I chose the canal cruise. I think I would have enjoyed the museum better. The tour was ok but not amazing. I had walked around the city before and saw the canals and the cruise didn't really wow... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We caught the Orange Line tour from the front of Anne Frank Huis, it cost 15 euros for a one-hour trip and it was fantastic. There is recorded information in Dutch, German, English and French, and we especially loved learning about the Herengracht and seeing the incredible houses.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Take a load off your feet after walking through the museums! Sit down and enjoy the picturesque canals and historical buildings !! Really nice way to see the city.

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Bellevue, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

The canal tours are a great way to get a good orientation. Sit in a seat where the window opens so you can get good pictures. You really see a lot in about an hour. The house boats are interesting to see. Went on a Sunday morning in September so there were no traffic jams in the canal. When walking... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We decided that we would go on the Evening Dinner Cruise. We booked a table for two and upon arrival we were shown to our table. I can imagine that there is an element of luck with the allocation of tables. We were given a table by the window and there were no tables next to us. Some of the... More

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