There's no better way to see Amsterdam's top sights than from its famous canals. Whether you do a sightseeing cruise, a dining excursion, or a boat trip that offers a bit of everything, traversing the city's waterways is a truly Dutch experience.
Get a unique perspective of Amsterdam's top attractions on a comprehensive canal cruise.
Cruise the capital city's historic waterways in a classic glass-enclosed canal boat.
See famous sights including the Anne Frank House, Skinny Bridge (Magere Burg), Golden Bend (Gouden Bocht), and the old port.
Enjoy views of the city's charming waterfront from the best vantage point—the water.
Learn about what you're seeing from a tour guide or recorded audio commentary.
Admiring the architectural marvels of Amsterdam on a canal tour enables you to see many of the city's best-loved sights by boat—which is how they are meant to be seen. Many sightseeing cruises are led by a professional guide who will describe in detail the history, culture, and lore of the city and sights as you float by.
Canal Cruises with Food and Drinks
Couples looking for a little romance can take a moonlit turn around the canals while sampling a couple of cocktails or a multi-course dinner. Alternatively, a casual pizza cruise is a fun way for families with kids and groups of friends to enjoy a meal together while seeing Amsterdam from the water.
Combine visits to multiple attractions by opting for a hop-on hop-off cruise, or a canal tour that includes entrance to a museum in addition to the boat ride.
Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a 100% electric, luxury boat. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from 3 different departure locations in the city center of Amsterdam, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 60-minute boat tour, which includes a cheese platter and unlimited beer, wine and soft drink. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary. Enjoy amazing views from the open boat and cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spotting landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hearing fun facts and stories about Amsterdam.
Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide.
Cruise through Amsterdam the modern way, by small electric boat with a bar on an evening tour. A fun alternative to standing in a crowded bar, the cruise offers a sociable way to see Amsterdam's landmarks as day turns to night. Illuminated bridges and attractions like the Western Church are among the sights.
Discover the Dutch countryside on this full-day tour to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Marken, with round-trip transfer from central Amsterdam ensuring a hassle-free trip. See windmills, waterlands, cheese makers, and clog factories up close, and learn about the region's rich history directly from your professional guide, with tasters of cheese and other local produce and interior tours included in the price. If option selected, you embark on a 1-hour canal sightseeing tour right after the tour, ending at Amsterdam Central Station.
See the sights of Amsterdam from a luxury canal boat on a cruise from central Amsterdam. Choose the departure point that is most convenient for you, and board either in front of the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, or Amsterdam Central Station. Aboard an electric boat, you’ll see the sights of the city in an eco-friendly way, passing along the smaller canals that the large boats can’t access. A local skipper and host provide commentary about the sights as you cruise.
Get the ultimate Amsterdam experience during this open boat cruise on the city's canals. With the hospitality of a captain and hostess, you'll enjoy the city's sights, such as the Magere Brug, the Amstel River, and the Old Church, with a drink in hand (available for purchase).
The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming, so experience Amsterdam in peace from the water. Sit back and relax while you experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. On this 1-hour canal cruise you'll pass by sights including the Anne Frank House, Skinny Bridge and more, while your skipper will give you information about Amsterdam and provide some local tips.
Absorb the canal-front sights of Amsterdam on a leisurely 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Take a seat in a comfortable, glass-topped boat, and enjoy the views as you glide along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals and listen to the informative audio commentary of passing attractions. And if you have children, the kid's ticket comes with a goodie bag and a free audio story that follows Sjonnie the Amsterdam mouse on an adventure through the city.
Lap up Amsterdam’s beautiful canals by night on a candlelight cruise. Board a comfortable boat, settle into the all-glass cabin in the glow of candlelight and enjoy the scenery as you cruise the UNESCO World Heritage site canals. Pass by floodlit landmarks such as the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House, and savor the twinkling lights and silhouettes of the canal bridges, merchants’ houses and churches. As you cruise, hear about the city’s history from the onboard commentary.
Pair pizza with an evening cruise along Amsterdam’s canals and you have this dream of a dinner, perfect for the family. Admire Amsterdam’s top attractions from the water as you dig into delicious pizza and unlimited drinks. Onboard audio-commentary and the city’s twinkling lights illuminate your Amsterdam canal cruise.
Want to see the sights of Amsterdam from a boat, yet avoid the tourist crowds? Step aboard an electric sloop with a small group and enjoy unobstructed views of the city through panoramic glass windows. Enjoy Dutch snacks like bitterballen, stroopwafels, and local cheese as well as drinks from the open bar—including beer, wine, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and Dutch jenever—while your captain shares stories about the secrets of the city.
Home to some of the world’s most iconic Van Gogh paintings, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum attracts lines often in excess of two hours. Beat the crowds with this priority admission ticket that also includes an Amsterdam canal cruise, during which you get unobstructed views of the city's waterside attractions. This stress-free combo ticket is an ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time in the Dutch capital.
Get a front-row peek at top sights in Amsterdam from the comfort of an electric-powered boat during this luxury canal cruise. Settle into a spacious open-air deck with cushioned seats and blankets, heated on chilly days. Listen to stories and commentary from a live guide as you glide past attractions like Leiden Square, the Statue of Anne Frank, and Rembrandt House.
Unwind from busy sightseeing or set the mood for a romantic night on this relaxing cruise along Amsterdam’s fabled canals. Aboard a glass-enclosed boat, admire beautiful waterfront views of the UNESCO-listed canals as you sip wine and enjoy delicious snacks. It’s the perfect way to wrap up a day and cozy up with that special someone.
You’ve seen the canals—now it’s time to get on the water. With this 75-minute cruise, you’ll explore the Jordaan, the most charming ‘hood in modern-day Amsterdam. As you listen to stories from Amsterdam’s beloved Harry Slinger, you’ll float past islands, beautiful bridges, Centraal Station, historic warehouses, churches, and more, leaving with a deep appreciation of this historic city.
As the sun goes down over Amsterdam, enjoy its illuminated waterfront and history on an evening canal cruise. Settle in for a 3-course gourmet dinner with bottomless wine, beer, soft drinks. Drift slowly past historical attractions including the Anne Frank House and the Bloemenmarkt, while listening to informative onboard commentary. The entire cruise is a feast for both your eyes and your tastebuds.
Discover Amsterdam’s WWII history and follow in the footsteps of Anne Frank on this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. See the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Auschwitz Monument; learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger, and end the tour outside the Anne Frank House (entrance not included).
Grab a seat at the coolest bar in Amsterdam with a fast-track package to the XtraCold Icebar, where everything—even the glasses—is made completely of ice. Relax first in the hip warm lounge, then slip on a provided thermal jacket for an arctic drinking adventure right in the heart of the Dutch capital. Admire ice sculptures illuminated by colorful lights as you sip three included drinks in the ‘chilled-out’ atmosphere.
Hit three Netherlands signature scenic areas in a group of no more than eight travelers on this action-packed day tour, with an itinerary you couldn’t hope to cover on public transport. Tour a cheese factory and a clog factory and watch a diamond-cutting demo in Zaanse Schans, take pictures at the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), and enjoy a boat cruise and free time in Giethoorn, the Venice of the Netherlands.
From the peaceful atmosphere of a luxury, glass-enclosed boat, enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam along its UNESCO-listed canals during this cruise. Hear narrated commentary on the sites along the way, including the Anne Frank House, the Golden Bend, the National Maritime Museum, and the Skinny Bridge. With a variety of departure times available, this picturesque and comprehensive overview by water is easy to fit into your day of sightseeing.
Take a day trip out of the city and visit Holland’s famous windmills in the countryside around Amsterdam. On this tour you’ll see the canals and greenery of rural life in the Netherlands, and learn about the rich history of the area. Stroll around the historic village of Zaanse Schans and see the old shipyard, important here since the 17th century. In Volendam or Marken, see how wooden clogs are made!