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Amsterdam Canal Cruises

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
As featured in 3 Days in Amsterdam and 5 other guides
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Address: Nicolaas Witsenkade 1a, 1017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 626 5636
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Very interesting and informative canal cruise. There was an audio tour but the boat captain also gave interesting little facts here and there. Thoroughly enjoyable.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very interesting and informative canal cruise. There was an audio tour but the boat captain also gave interesting little facts here and there. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went on the bus and boat tours over the weekend and can say the boat tour was a lot more relaxing. It's a good way to see the sights but I think there are several different routes/companies offering tours so might be worthwhile doing some homework

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely fantastic canal boat trip on the canal. My Husband and I went at night for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary it was fabulous. The festival of lights was on and was well worth bracing the cold climate to see the light displays. There is a guide on the boat and blankets, mulled wine and hot chocolate are available to help... More 

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Lint - Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice activity, when you're alone, with someone at a cosy city-trip or with the family. There are lots of different options, so everyone can find the right fitting deal. There are also combined tickets available with restaurant, museum or other events for reduced pricing. Professional guided, and well organised.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did the lovers cruise for the Amsterdam light festival. We got this as a deal with the Heineken experience through a tour shop. We thought we'd feel pretty delicate on New Year's Day so this might be a nice easy thing to do early evening. If I'm honest I thought it would be boring. I'm 27 and river tours... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the location on Stadhoudersake across from the Heineken experience. This was not worth the money or time. While it was a nice cruise in the canals of Amsterdam the audio commentary is terrible. It's cheesy commentary from husband and wife and it wasn't synchronized with where we were in the canals. There are many canal cruise companies in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were lucky enough to be visiting during the light festival so a night tour was a must do. We used greyline. Our first option was sold out but the fast track option proved good value. A warm boat not crowded and a friendly guide. The extra lights made this a memorable trip. Even without the light festival a night... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very interesting cruise. You can learn a lot about the city and you can actually use it to plan your stay in Amsterdam as it passes near most tourists attraction there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you have enough time to spend in AMS it's recommendable to take a stroll through canals and see the city from there.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

While it was nice to be on the canal, I don't believe the canal cruise was worth the money. You don't see any more than what you would wandering the streets and the audio guide doesn't give you all that great information. I would recommend spending your money on something else in this great city!

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Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

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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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