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Amstel River Tours

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Amstel River
The Amstel is the great river that runs through Amsterdam and whose water was diverted into the city’s famous canals. The city was first built around the river, giving it the name Amstel Dam, and today the waterway is flows past modern buildings and charming houseboats before winding its way into the Dutch countryside.

The Basics
Follow the path along the Amstel to find a number of city landmarks including the Hermitage Museum, the Royal Theater Carre, and the iconic Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug). Once you get to Amsterdam South, the river makes way for a beautiful path along which locals cycle, sail, and enjoy a stroll before turning into bucolic meadows and rural villages.

Most tours in Amsterdam include a stop along the Amstel. If you want to explore like a local, hop on a bike tour to explore the city’s highlights, including the Amstel path. Numerous river cruise options are also available to see the city via the Amstel and numerous canals. To save on admission fees, combine attractions such as the Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and Keukenhof Gardens (in the spring) with a city tour of Amsterdam.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Amstel is a must-visit for all visitors to Amsterdam, as it is the city’s main watery artery.
  • Don comfortable walking shoes to enjoy strolling along the riverside path.
  • Boat tours of Amsterdam make it easy for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility to see the Amstel and the city’s main attractions.

How to Get There
The Amstel is easily accessible from many points in Amsterdam. The best way to experience it, and many city landmarks, is on a river and canal cruise. If you prefer to stay on land, head to the Hermitage Museum and the Skinny Bridge to walk along the riverbank without leaving the city.

When to Get There

Amsterdam sees huge crowds of travelers during the summer months. Try to visit during spring or autumn, when there are fewer people and less chance for rain. The city really comes alive when the tulips are in bloom, generally between the end of March and the end of May.

The Lifeblood of Amsterdam
The Amstel is more than just a transportation waterway in Amsterdam. Since the days of early settlers, the river has provided the most vital irrigation resource and was even diverted to the Amstel Brewery to keep its stock of beer chilled. The river was also an inspiration for many artists, including Rembrandt and Mondrian. The dams, which wind their way through Amsterdam and the Netherlands, are a feat of engineering and provide water and transportation for thousands of Dutch citizens.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. 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 the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. 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.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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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. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Combine two of Amsterdam’s top-selling experiences and save money with a Super Saver Heineken Experience and canal cruise package—a convenient and budget-friendly choice that’s ideal for first-time visitors. Guarantee your entry to the often sold-out Heineken Experience by booking in advance and get unobstructed views of Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed waterways, without the crowds on land, during a canal cruise—a quintessential Amsterdam experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration

Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration

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Cycle away from the urban noise and disappear into the countryside on this guided bike tour from Amsterdam. Visit a historical windmill, a farmhouse and factory, where you’ll sample Dutch cheese and watch how wooden clogs are made. This leisurely ride takes you along the Amstel River, past country villages and verdant fields dotted with cows. Learn about rural Dutch traditions and history, and wrap up your tour exploring Amsterdam’s parks including Vondelpark, Amsterdamse Bos and Beatrixpark.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

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On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our 100% electric luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam.
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  • 1 hour
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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local

Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local

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Explore Amsterdam the way it was meant to be seen—by bike! On this private tour, hop aboard a quality rental bike and follow a local guide on a personalized tour of the city's most interesting neighborhoods, scenic paths and iconic attractions. It’s a great way to soak up the sights and atmosphere in one of Europe’s most bike-friendly cities.
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  • 3 hours
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$84.89
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

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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.
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  • 1 hour
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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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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.
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  • 1 hour
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on a 3-hour bicycle tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. With a knowledgeable guide, stray from the conventional tourist trail to explore lesser-known neighborhoods home to landmarks like the Maritime Museum and the Rikjsmuseum. Weave your way through charming districts like Jordaan; gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of Amsterdam. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 cyclists.
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  • 3 hours
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Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

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Discover hidden corners in Amsterdam’s scenic waterways unreachable by many boats on this canal cruise. Aboard a solar-powered vessel, hear tales with your audio-guide while snapping photos of the historical waterfront sights. Pass highlights such as the Anne Frank House and the Golden Bend district with its grand manor houses. A variety of departure times makes this a convenient sightseeing activity.
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  • 1 hour
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Sebi Boat Tours

Sebi Boat Tours

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We are Sebi Boat Tours, two true Amsterdammers who want to share their love for this beautiful city. With our 100% electric boat which is open on sunny days and closed on rainy and windy days and has a toilet, we will provide a 2 hour intimate canal tour. We will pass all the highlights Amsterdam has to offer including the world famous canal belt, The Jordaan, The red light district, the river Amstel, the maritime area and places, where big tour boats cannot go. On the way we will make a stop at Amsterdam's best boat caterer, childhood friends of ours, to pick up some traditional Dutch snacks while you enjoy a wide variety of complementary drinks. All this while Captain Sebi will pass on his years of knowledge of the city and canals, on current events and Amsterdam people in Dutch, English and German!
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  • 2 hours
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Private Champagne Cruise in Amsterdam

Private Champagne Cruise in Amsterdam

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Sip Champagne as you glide along Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals on a private, 1.5-hour salon boat cruise. Board a classic, electric 1920s salon boat with a private captain at the helm, and enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere as you explore the delightful De Jordaan neighborhood. Cruise the flower-lined waterways past 17th-century merchants’ houses, bridges and churches; and hear about the area’s history and landmarks. Along the way, celebrate the occasion with a complimentary glass of Champagne and unlimited free drinks from the open bar. Choose from different departure times during the day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam

Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam

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See Amsterdam from a perspective often missed by visitors on a boat cruise through the canal. In addition to frame-worthy views of the city’s banks, the tour features commentary and anecdotes about landmarks seen along the way, from the hip Joordan neighborhood to a canal once painted by Claude Monet. A small group size ensures an personal experience and plenty of time for questions.
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Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

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Board a customized electric boat for a one-of-a-kind cruise on the canals of Amsterdam. Choose your sailing time and relax during a luxurious 1-hour ride on a small, open boat. The narrated tour begins and ends at a convenient location, in front of the Anne Frank House. Blankets and pillows are provided.
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  • 1 hour
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Amsterdam

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Amsterdam

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Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Amsterdam and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Amsterdam, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
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$272.44
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Amsterdam

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Amsterdam

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Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Amsterdam and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Amsterdam, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
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$350.00
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Amsterdam

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Amsterdam

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Amsterdam and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Amsterdam, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
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$708.34
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Amsterdam Canals on Luxury Canal Tour - See All Main Landmarks

Amsterdam Canals on Luxury Canal Tour - See All Main Landmarks

This 1-hour boat tour through the heart of Amsterdam loads up your travel palette in living color. To feel the atmosphere of Amsterdam, you should definitely see its channels. During boat trip you will notice things that are not visible from the streets. Cute houses, numerous bridges, and endless berths leave an indelible impression. That’s a completely different reality. You will observe the amazing Jordaan, the charming Haarlemmerstraat, the Red Lights Distric. You will pass through main Amsterdam canals, including the Amstel, the Emperor's Canal and the Prinsengracht. Learn a lot about the history of Amsterdam in just an hour. Delightful experience, fantastic sites, cozy boat and charming captain are waiting for you! • Explore rich mix of must-see historic sites of old Amsterdam and jaw-dropping views of canals • This is the most comfortable and quick way to observe all the important landmarks • Sit back, relax and experience all the splendor of the city
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.00
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$47.00
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Bike Tour with a Local Expert Guide

Private Tour: Amsterdam Bike Tour with a Local Expert Guide

Meet the most bike-friendly city in the world! On this private bike tour you will explore the most scenic paths with a local expert guide. Colorful districts, iconic landmarks and picturesque views are waiting for you. From art and history to food and people-watching. Amsterdam is culturally rich corner. • Surrender to the charms of iconic landmarks, comfortable lanes and picturesque views. • Fall in love with Chinatown, the Jordaan and the Nieuwmarkt • Explore the Houten Huys, the Nationale Opera & Ballet and the 17th-century Trippenhuis • Your guide can slightly change itineraries according to your wishes • Indulge in a Dutch dessert along the way
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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$130.00
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Grab the opportunity and make the most out of your stay in Amsterdam by discovering the best this city has to offer in a fully customizable tour! At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up in a private vehicle ready to share the historical facts, the necessary information about the sights and, of course, his personal input in order to immerse you into the Amsterdammer lifestyle. Immerse yourself to the beauty of Amsterdam. Walk along Dam square, Alber Cuyup Market and the Red light district. Admire the architecture of the Royal Palace and Rijksmuseum. Do not miss out on taking a photo at the famous Windmill of Amstel and the Amsterdam Canal. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the ride, your friendly driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 4 hours
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$133.91
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Small Group Bike Tour (Maximum of 6 People) for 2hrs and 30m Guided by The Owner

Small Group Bike Tour (Maximum of 6 People) for 2hrs and 30m Guided by The Owner

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Small group bike tour Safer and more refined our tours cater to a maximum of 6 people. Owner Guided Tours Expect the finest value for money with a professionally qualified guide. Scenic Routes Take in local neighbourhoods, hidden gems and a variety of tour sights along the safest and most scenic routes available with your excellent guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$40.06
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