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Canal Company

Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
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Address: Weteringschans 26 - 1 hoog, 1017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 217 0500
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

There's nothing like seeing Amsterdam from the water! Canal Company...

There's nothing like seeing Amsterdam from the water! Canal Company organises distinctive and innovative programmes on and around the Amsterdam canals. With a diversity of labels - including Canal Bike, Canal Bus, Canal Hopper, Amsterdam ECO Tours, Holland International Canal Cruises and Gray Line Amsterdam - Canal Company is market leader on the Amsterdam canals.

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In what appears to be very competitive market, this is pretty good. Reasonably priced and with the option of a hop on, hop off ticket so you can use it like a water taxi. Two... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Kevin M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

In what appears to be very competitive market, this is pretty good. Reasonably priced and with the option of a hop on, hop off ticket so you can use it like a water taxi. Two different lines (Orange and Green) that take different routes through the canals. It seems a pretty popular choice.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is related to my experience using the Hop on -Hop off service provided by Canal Company in Amsterdam. They never showed up at our Stop (Hop on/Off) after waiting 1 hour we decided to take public transportation !! It seems that despite of the schedule they provide at the moment you are boarding, it depends on each captain if they... More 

Thank Alberto F
Lexington, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Amsterdam a few times but never taken a canal tour. The only plus of this company is that you can get off/on at various stops. But the downside is that you get very little history, background, or culture about the canals or Amsterdam. And the day I was riding, the automated sound system wasn't even working to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wish there were a few more stops. Enjoyed the cruise and the captains were friendly and helpful. It was great day

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bit like going to Venice and experiencing a gondola, a canal trip in Amsterdam is a must if only to tick off he box. Relaxing and a great way to see some of the sights. If we went back again we would try the evening trip for something different.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose to do the 75 minute tour in a small boat with a personal commentary - in English. It was a good choice. Menne the guide and pilot was excellent - really informative, friendly and sometimes very funny and told us lots of quirky details that we hadn't seen in any guidebooks or online guides. We also got to... More 

Thank amdgriggs
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a two day hop on/off in advance because the two day price was only 3e more than a one day ticket. Redeeming and boarding were easy and the whole experience was great. It was a great way to tour the city and get from one place to another without having to book separate boat rides. Would definitely do... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Okay so I want to be clear that this review is just for the paddleboating. And that most of my issue with it is probably because I had a different image of what paddleboating in the canals would be.I thought it would be us just gingerly paddling watching the world go by. It's not. The canals have a current, the... More 

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CanalCompany, Guest Relations Manager at Canal Company, responded to this review

Hey Nicole, Thanks for taking the time to review your experience with us. We totally agree that taking a trip by pedal boat counts for a workout! Luckily you can take this tour at your own pace. If you're really not in the mood for any physical exercise, we recommend going on the boats with 3 or 4 people. Because... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

If you don't want to hazard in a bit crazy Amsterdam traffic on bike, it´s the nice way how to travel around the city centre without rush, visit all the main sightseengs and enjoy the city on boat.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

A relaxing hour long cruise with multi-lingual commentary and a cheery captain. Not the cheapest of options (around £34 for a family of four) but worth it for our first trip to Amsterdam.

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Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Top sites to see in this attractive and affluent part of town include the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, to name but two of the highly acclaimed museums of the aptly named Museum Quarter. And if you need a break from all the fantastic art, there’s the Neoclassical Concertgebouw music hall and Vondelpark, the city’s largest park. Shopaholics and luxury brand connoisseurs will love exploring the high-end shopping destinations of PC Hooftstraat, Van Baerlestraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat, and Jacob Obrechtstraat, where even the shop window displays are of museum quality. In the evenings, when the museums close and the daytrippers head home, the area becomes a quiet oasis of calm with a sophisticated and urbane tone.
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