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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.
Address: Amstel River, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Skip-the-line Rembrandt House & Neighborhood Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxPrivate and Luxury

Skip-the-line Rembrandt House & Neighborhood Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Explore the streets of Amsterdam through Rembrandt’s eyes during this 2.5-hour small-group walking tour. Stroll through the artist’s old neighborhood of Spiegelquarter and see key attractions like the Emperor’s Canal, the Night Watch Guards, and Waterloo Square. Then enjoy skip-the-line admission at the Rembrandt House Museum and head straight inside the artist’s 17th-century home filled with period pieces, personal items, and etchings.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat from Anne Frank HouseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat from Anne Frank House

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Step aboard a small, environmentally-friendly boat to cruise the canals of Amsterdam on this 1-hour tour. Larger boats can't navigate the tiniest and most picturesque canals; booking a tour on this small-capacity open-top boat means you'll get the best possible experience and see sights off the beaten path. Listen to guided commentary on the city's architecture and history, a small group tour means you'll have plenty of time to ask questions.
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Luxury Canal Tour with Local Live Guide - Sightseeing - from RijkmuseumDay Cruises

Luxury Canal Tour with Local Live Guide - Sightseeing - from Rijkmuseum

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We depart from the Rijksmuseum and sail through a beautiful area that was created by the Dutch in the 18th century. From here we will discover old Amsterdam and the beauty of the canals. The view from our 100% electrical luxury boats is amazing and a must when visiting Amsterdam. Sit back and relax on our boats and let our skipper and hostess guide you through the small canals where all large boats can't come. Relax with a drink and enjoy the best tour of the city!
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Private Group Bike Tour AmsterdamMountain Bike Tours

Private Group Bike Tour Amsterdam

A PRIVATE tourguide AND PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHER for just you and friends/family? Or romantic photoshoots for you and your love. Our tour guide is your personal professional photographer! On this 3 hour bike tour the photographer takes amazing photos of you when and where ever you like. From a personal photoshoot with the Amsterdam skyline in the background, to a family portret near the canals in the city center. A perfect shot with your friends at museumsquare and a fun playful one of you in the Vondelpark. Its a guarantee you will go home with amazing pictures! The Windmill, Red light district, Anne Frank House and of course the Jordaan are also part of this tour. You do not want to miss this…
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Private Anne Frank Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Private Anne Frank Bike Tour

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Meet your guide and small group at “love bridge” (Staalmeester Bridge), where you’ll be outfitted with a fully-adjustable 7-gear bicycle. Cruise along Amstel river, passing Holocaust memorials and learning WWII history. Ride to the River Quarter, where Anne Frank grew up, and visit significant sites in her life. Enrich your visit to Amsterdam with a mix of history and athletic activity.
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Customized bike tour with the owner of Fine Cycling Amsterdam - 1 to 3 hoursMountain Bike Tours

Customized bike tour with the owner of Fine Cycling Amsterdam - 1 to 3 hours

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Our bike tours focus on authentic Amsterdam and it's cultural history, taking in local neighbourhoods, hidden gems and a variety of tour sights along the safest and most scenic routes. Start and finish where you want Pickup from your hotel or cafe. Drop off at your hotel to a cafe of your choice. We can help you to choose. Choose duration that you prefer Our private tour can be from 1 hr to 3 hrs, just let us know how long you have and we will accommodate. Qualified Professional Guides Owner led with qualified guides on support for larger tours.
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Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food TourMountain Bike Tours

Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour

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Maximize your time in the Dutch capital on this bike and food tour of Amsterdam. Ideal for lovers of culture and cuisine, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of Amsterdam’s historical, architectural, and culinary delights in just one day. Explore downtown and the Red Light District; cycle alongside UNESCO-listed canals; and sample Dutch classics such as cheese, pancakes, and fries. On this small-group tour, limited to 12 people, you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Rembrandt House & City Guided Tour - Private TourPrivate and Luxury

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Rembrandt House & City Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Discover two of Amsterdam's key attractions during this half-day private tour to the Rijksmuseum and the Rembrandt House Museum with skip-the-line entrance tickets. Stroll through the massive art gallery and learn about Dutch culture as you peruse 8,000 pieces. Then head to the neighborhood and home of the famous Dutch artist, Rembrandt, to learn more about his influence on the art world and Dutch culture.
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Hop-on Hop-off City Bus Amsterdam for 24 hoursHop on Hop Off

Hop-on Hop-off City Bus Amsterdam for 24 hours

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Explore Amsterdam at your own pace, without being tied to itineraries. The hop-on hop-off City Bus features double deckers and a roof made of glass, so you won’t miss a sight. With 7 conveniently located stops and departures every 20 minutes, you can easily access historical sights, museums, shopping and sightseeing. Choose from 24 or 48 hour passes depending on your schedule.
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Rembrandt House & City Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxPrivate and Luxury

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Rembrandt House & City Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Immerse yourself in art history on this half-day tour of the city’s Rembrandt-related landmarks. After exploring the Rijksmuseum with your guide, head to Rembrandt Square and the old Jewish quarter. This tour features a visit to Rembrandt’s house that now stands as a museum. All landmarks on the itinerary include skip-the-line admission.
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Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tourMountain Bike Tours

Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Exploring Amsterdam’s history by bike gives you a chance to cover much more ground than you would on foot. This private bike tour is an ideal choice for those who want to orient themselves to the city. Customize your tour to the sights on your itinerary, or let your guide choose the highlights. Bike at a relaxing pace and enjoy a personalized tour.
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in AmsterdamPhotography Tours

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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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in AmsterdamPhotography Tours

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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Amsterdam Combo: Moco Museum & 1-Hour Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Combo: Moco Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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If you’re a culture vulture visiting Amsterdam for the first time then don’t miss out on this time- and money-saving package. As well as saving up to one hour waiting in line with a skip-the-line admission ticket for the Moco Museum, this SuperSaver includes a 1-hour canal cruise—an easy way to orient yourself among the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring.
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1 hour Amsterdam City Tour in PedicabPrivate Sightseeing Tours

1 hour Amsterdam City Tour in Pedicab

The best way to visit the "bike friendly" city where most of bridges and canals are not accessible by car or bus.
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SUP tour Amsterdam Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP tour Amsterdam

Instead ion siring in one of the hundreds of boats that go though town all day long seeding time on a paddle board and experiencing this beautiful city is much more fun. And also a great workout in the meanwhile!
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Private canal tour (1,5 hr) Amsterdam Centre incl. local skipper/guidePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private canal tour (1,5 hr) Amsterdam Centre incl. local skipper/guide

It is a 1,5 hour sightseeing tour that takes you along the most interesting historic places where a regular canal boat can not take you. We have a guide in person who can tell you a lot and answer all your questions. We cruise with only electrically driven boats which is less harmful for the environment.
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Amsterdam Walking Tour. All about History, Architecture, Traditions & Anecdotes.Half-day Tours

Amsterdam Walking Tour. All about History, Architecture, Traditions & Anecdotes.

When you come to Amsterdam, the first impression is always how many bicycles, but after this tour you will understand the why of the way of being of the Dutch the why of their traditional dance houses, the why of their channels and their religion, in addition to why their Culture is so open to others. I will explain in a simple way a different and unique Amsterdam symbol of freedom and understanding.
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Small Group Bike Tour (Maximum of 6 People) for 2hrs and 30m Guided by The OwnerMountain Bike Tours

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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Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Boat Amsterdam for 24 HoursHop on Hop Off

Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Boat Amsterdam for 24 Hours

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Discover Amsterdam by both land and water with a hop-on hop-off boat and bus ticket. Choose a 24- or 48-hour ticket and let your customized sightseeing experience begin. The comprehensive canal and bus routes allow you to reach all of the city’s top attractions easily, affordably, and comfortably. Learn more about the many sights of the Dutch capital with on board multilingual commentary and courtesy earbuds.
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Magical Light Sculptures on intimate boat (10) with former Artist.Night Cruises

Magical Light Sculptures on intimate boat (10) with former Artist.

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During the short days and long dark nights in Winter, Amsterdam becomes a place of Magic and Wonder. About 20 Light Art Works will be shown in and around the city’s Canals. A warm glass of gluhwein in your hands, the sound of water lapping softly against the sides of the boat as we drift beneath Amsterdam’s iconic bridges, Magical Artworks and past its magnificent 17th-century canal houses. On board this amazingly comfortable and quiet electric boat, you can go up close and even through these pieces!. We’ll discuss the artist’s inspiration, what moves them, and what they wanted to express through their work. We’ll share ideas, insights and opinions and hopefully we’ll all leave more inspired, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about art and what it can offer us. We also visit some of the main highlights that Amsterdam offers in the Evening. Like the Seven bridges, The Unesco world heritage Canal gordel and some of the most beautiful scenes at night.
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Amsterdam Canals on Luxury Canal Tour - See All Main LandmarksDay Cruises

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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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Private Tour: Amsterdam Bike Tour with a Local Expert GuideMountain Bike Tours

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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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TWO hours !!€49 per hour!! Private boat hire! WELCOME BACK!!Private and Luxury

TWO hours !!€49 per hour!! Private boat hire! WELCOME BACK!!

--POST LOCKDOWN SPECIAL DEAL-- Private boat hire for ONLY €49 per hour! Something to celebrate? Hire a private boat and enjoy a 1-hour cruise on our luxurious, electric handcrafted and glass-roof boat! Have an unforgettable experience through the Amsterdam city canals with your family, friends, colleagues, business partners, clients or other relatives. Our professional and knowledgable captain will sail into the small secrete canals of Amsterdam to show you and tell you about all the hidden gems that this wonderful city has to offer. This is one best boat tour you will experience in Amsterdam, combined with our in-depth knowledge of the city’s rich history, a fully stocked bar, and traditional Dutch snacks. We guarantee a truly unique experience and luxurious comfort on board! Dutch weather proof and COVID-19 safe!
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