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Amsterdam Canal Cruises

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Address: Nicolaas Witsenkade 1a, 1017 ZR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: (0)20 626 5636
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Several spots to get on and off, affordable. Very happy with our choice. They offer free earbuds to listen to info on what you are seeing as you go along the canal, several... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Several spots to get on and off, affordable. Very happy with our choice. They offer free earbuds to listen to info on what you are seeing as you go along the canal, several different languages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I spent a relaxing hour on the tour boat.. not the most Informative tour but a lovely way to see Central Amsterdam

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are a variety of cruises, so pick the one that suits you best. We went for a one-hour cruise, which gave a great introductory overview of Amsterdam and many of the historic areas, but surprisingly didn't cover the National Maritime Museum and the Science Museum, which are located on the harbour, but I guess may be covered in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Hubby and I booked a trip on the luxury cruise boat The Tera Nova. It's a small vessel and can probably hold a 10-12 people. There are various types of cruises you can take some on much larger boats, with a bar. The captain was very friendly and spoke English. There was a commentary on all the sights we saw.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's a lovely way to spend an evening! I was on a business trip in January 2014 and had no time during the day. The one evening we were free, we took this calm cruise down the Nile! The architecture of the houses is amazing, all stacked up next to each other! Plus you see t cute boat houses on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked through viator. Great price which includes a choice of pizza, Ben & Jerry's icecream and unlimited Heineken, wine or soft drinks. 90 mins enjoying the canals and sights along the way. Guide mentioned a few key places along the way and we both had a fab time relaxing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The channels are Amsterdam's soul, so a cruise was something we considered a must. The various companies offer different routes and service levels, so it is advisable to do a bit research before you make your choice. Many depart from the area around the Central Station, Kooij departs from Rokin, while we picked Blue Boat Company departing right across Hard... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

To cruise along canals should be the best way to know around Amsterdam ! The view of almost everywhere is almist the same but there's difference inside every view of aspect. Do not miss this activity.

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In our opinion not the best way to see the city but worth going at least once better by night. Amsterdam is easy to visit by foot or by bike and it is also the best way to enjoy the experience of being in such an amazing city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well what should I say? If you go to Amsterdam and didn't do a Canal Cruise, then something has to be wrong with you! Just kidding. No, seriously. This is one thing everyone should do in Amsterdam. You get to see so much and this from the boat. After this cruise you will love Amsterdam.

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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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