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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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NEW! Authentic Amsterdam Evening Cruise on a cosy & comfortable boat!Wine Tastings

NEW! Authentic Amsterdam Evening Cruise on a cosy & comfortable boat!

We will go on the most relaxing, cosy and beautiful nightly open boat ride through the canals of Amsterdam. But not just any boat ride. You will be indulged with food, drinks (Juices for the youngest) , stories, history and humor. You will get to know and see the rich history of Amsterdam and so much more. . And you will also meet with guests from all over the world who all speak English. So not only get to know Holand but also France, India, Spain, Andorra, Italy , US and so much more while your at it. And because I'm your host for the whole tour, I will entertain you with amazing facts, funny and exciting stories.
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Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusivePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusive

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The best private canal tour on the famous canals of Amsterdam! The cruise is private for 1,5 hours and inclusive local skipper/guide and inclusive beer, wines, soda's and snacks (due the Corona virus, snacks are not available at this time). The luxe boat is equipped with pillows and in case of rain a roof top. Anamazing experience to enjoy with friends and family. You will see the famous hotspots of Amsterdam. The starting location is at the famous Rijksmuseum, the biggest museum of Amsterdam.
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The Cozy and Fun Canal TourDay Cruises

The Cozy and Fun Canal Tour

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Come aboard, get settled and relax yourself on the cushions of our comfortable and safe boat. Our boat has a cover to keep you dry in case of rain, but won’t block your view as it has big windows. Be served a drink of your choice, try a dutch snack and enjoy while the oldest part of the city shows you all it's glory. With other guests you will meet on our tour, you can share stories and experiences. And we will inform you local must sees, does and hotspots. Meanwhile let us show you the highlights of the Amsterdam Canals. Go to places where the large glass or crowded tourist boats can not sail. We limit this tour to appr. 12=18 guests, to ensure that the tour is personal and in an exclusive setting. We are child friendly so children of all ages are welcome! For an impression of the tour, please check our instagram account: Amsterdam Boat Trips by Sloepon
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Your own Holland: AmsterdamHalf-day Tours

Your own Holland: Amsterdam

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We would like to invite you for a very special walk in Amsterdam, which its residents know and love. Of course, we cannot miss out on visiting the most famous sightseeing, such as Royal Palace, the oldest Stock market, flower market and others. But, most important, we will also visit some unique secret places, that Amsterdammers love and, therefore, hide from strangers. So many things we would like to share with you about our beloved and one of the best cities in the world! We would like to tell you about the history of Amsterdam, its modern life, architecture, art and culture, fantastic innovation projects, urban myths and legends! We will share with you all the local tips, that might be very useful for your leisure to make your travel very special and unforgettable. We will definitely try one of the most famous and very tasty Dutch meals - a haring! Besides that all, we will show you a few places with a fantastic city view - the best places for taking memorable pictures!
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Private Amsterdam Booze BoatPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Amsterdam Booze Boat

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1.5 hours cruise with an open Dutch bar (unlimited beer, wine, and soda). You can drink in a bar in any city in the world, but for a true Amsterdam experience, you can’t do better than a boozy canal cruise along the world-famous waterways, taking in the sights with a cold beer in hand. Enjoy a real Amsterdam experience with a private boat hire for you and your friends or family. With an open bar that includes unlimited beer, wine, and soda, you can take in the breathtaking sights of Amsterdam's canals on a brand new boat. This cruise is also available for groups of 10 people and under - just book for 10 and arrive with less
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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited DrinksDay Cruises

PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
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Open Boat Tours AmsterdamSustainable Tours

Open Boat Tours Amsterdam

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Floating through the canals of Amsterdam is a great way to see the city in style. Appreciate canal culture as your captain tells you stories about the sights as you pass—you see historic homes, postcard-perfect stone bridges, and other top Amsterdam attractions, all away from the crowds of the city streets. Two departure points in different parts of Amsterdam even make it possible to do this tour twice.
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1.5 Hour Amsterdam Old City Center Small Open Boat TourCity Tours

1.5 Hour Amsterdam Old City Center Small Open Boat Tour

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Join our boat tour and escape the hectic Amsterdam street life while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere on the best canal cruise in town (#1 on TripAdvisor). Your friendly captain and guide will show you the best Amsterdam has to offer and take you on an adventure through the beautiful canals and also explore some of the city's more peaceful waterways, while telling you about the many sights along the unique route through our captivating city. Our canal boat is a super comfortable, modern, electric and silent, small open boat and we take a max of 12 passengers and can therefore guarantee a more personal experience. Drinks are for sale onboard, however you are also welcome to bring your own drinks and snack along. Don't miss this opportunity to see and experience Amsterdam from this unique and magnificent view.
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Private Walking Tour in AmsterdamPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Tell us who you are, and I'll make sure that Amsterdam surprises you. Of course, we'll see the world-famous canals, but you'll also hear their hidden history. You'll experience where the Dutch master-painters found their inspiration. You'll see where their rich cliënts lived. And you will discover how this stately seventeenth-century metropolis transformed into a capital of freedom.
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Private Small Luxury Boat Tour 2hrsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Small Luxury Boat Tour 2hrs

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Join us for a private cruise on Amsterdam’s historic canals. Let us show you the hidden treasures along the smaller canals you normally wouldn't see on the larger group cruises. We are offering this unique private cruise for parties up to 5 persons on a small comfortable "Salon" boat. You can choose to sit comfortably in- or outside on salon-boat Tzar according to the weather conditions. Our experienced local skippers are the perfect guides to tell you about the history and other interesting stories about this wonderful city. And don't worry we always carry a fully stocked bar with snacks onboard should you want refreshment along the way. We depart from a nice quiet location on the canals in the center of town. Join us for a memorable experience!
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Canal cruise - Small partly covered boat - 60 Minutes - Live guideDay Cruises

Canal cruise - Small partly covered boat - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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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. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point on this canal tour while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of this beautiful city. Get a great price when you book this cruise online.
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Walking Tour: Fall in love with AmsterdamHalf-day Tours

Walking Tour: Fall in love with Amsterdam

This walking tour is the perfect opportunity for you to fall in love with Amsterdam – you’ll be taken through the most culturally-important and historically-fascinating sights of the city but also along the secret path between our best-loved hidden gems and favorite local markets. Without the backstory, Amsterdam is an incredibly beautiful city but you will discover that there is much more than meets the eye as our guide tells you the unique journeys that each part of the city and their inhabitants have taken through history. The biggest advantage, however, is that the tour is brought to you by local guides in your own language. Our guides know each and every corner of Amsterdam and will gladly recommend you about their favorite restaurants, attractions, and activities for the rest of your stay. Even after the tour, we’ll still be available to provide any help that you might need through our Personal Assistant service! We hope you’re ready to fall in love with Amsterdam!
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Kids Tour in Amsterdam City CenterHalf-day Tours

Kids Tour in Amsterdam City Center

Make your visit to Amsterdam is one that your children will remember forever with our special ‘Kids Tour’. Your kids will love every minute as they explore the fun side of Dutch history and culture through a variety of activities, puzzles, and riddles! Our tour takes place in the heart of Amsterdam and is designed to be flexible and enjoyable for children of all ages (parents and grandparents will love it too!). At each stop along the tour, there will be a new and engaging activity for children as they discover more about Dutch culture. Each activity is paired up with a story that will keep the kids and grownups entertained. We’ll explore many exciting sights together, including Amsterdam's highlights – De Waag, Rembrandthuis, Amstel River, the famous canals, and the impressive Dam Square. Our guides will gladly assist you with tips and recommendations for the rest of your stay, including our favorite child-friendly restaurants and attractions (and bars for when the kids are in bed).
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Gray Line Evening Cruise with snackboxAudio Guides

Gray Line Evening Cruise with snackbox

In times where we have to call social distancing the “new normal”, Blue Boat Company / Gray Line Amsterdam has taken all necessary precautions to ensure safety of our guests where we can, but at the same time we have done our utmost best to make the most of your time aboard our boats during your 90 minute Evening Canal Cruise! Your first stop is our ticket office where you, after you have used our disinfectant hand gel and you have answered the required questions about Covid-19 symptoms, pick up your sweet or savory snackbox. On you go to our dock, where one of our hosts will explain you the rules of getting on and off board. When it’s time to take off, our captain will inform you about the safety measures on board. And then finally….seeing Amsterdam from the water. Plug in your earphones, select one of the 21 languages and enjoy your 90 minute Evening Canal Cruise where you’ll see thousands of lights illuminate the hundreds of bridges and iconic buildings alongside the water
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Gray Line Amsterdam City Canal Cruise with SnackboxAudio Guides

Gray Line Amsterdam City Canal Cruise with Snackbox

In times where social distancing is the “new normal”,Gray Line Amsterdam has taken all precautions to ensure safety of our guests, but at the same time we have done our best to make the most of your time aboard our boats. Your first stop is our ticket office where you, after you have used our disinfectant hand gel, pick up your sweet or savory snackbox. On you go to our dock, where one of our hosts will explain you the rules of getting on and off board. When it’s time to take off, our captain will inform you about the safety measures on board. Plug in your earphones, select one of the 21 languages and enjoy your 75 minute City Canal Cruise where you’ll experience the best of our historical city. It offers you the most amazing views of the 17th-century buildings lining the city canals, and will also show you the 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. You’ll come across new architecture and bridges, showing a city that is rooted in history but continues to develop and change.
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