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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) Tours

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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amsterdam’s Canal Ring (Grachtengordel), the city’s charming 17th-century district and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is probably best known for the picturesque canals cutting through it. The area is comprised of three rings of semicircular waterways that are bisected by smaller canals radiating from the middle—like spokes on a very Dutch bicycle wheel. Hundreds of bridges cross the Canal Ring’s channels, connecting the 90 islands that were created during the Dutch Golden Age.

The Basics
The district’s major canals are the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. From east to west, the major radial canals are the Brouwersgracht, Leidsegracht, and Reguliersgracht. The Canal Ring can be navigated by foot, bicycle, and, of course, boat. A canal cruise is an excellent introduction to the UNESCO-listed canals, as glass-topped boats provide the best views of the city’s main sights. Options include hop-on hop-off boat tours and themed canal cruises that serve food and wine.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A number of cruise departure points are set along the famous canals, and tours are available in several languages.
  • The Canal Ring circles some of Amsterdam’s most important sites, including the Red Light District, the Museumplein, the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt Square, the Jewish Quarter, and the Museum Quarter.
  • Barges, powerboats, Frisian skutsjes (sailboats), and rowboats ply the canals at all times of day and night.
 
How to Get There
The Canal Ring is located right in the center of Amsterdam. Lined with beautiful historic buildings (“canal houses”), the canals can serve as helpful visual guideposts and a fun option for getting around the city. Amsterdam's winding, cobblestoned city center can easily throw off your sense of direction, and the canals will always orient you back in the proper direction.

When to Get There
Because it’s part of the Dutch capital city’s landscape, as well as a mode of transportation and commerce, the Canal Ring is always open. The best times of year to enjoy a canal cruise are during the fine-weather summer months, and in the Christmas and New Year holiday season, when you can take an evening cruise during the Festival of Lights.
Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Admission: Free
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81 Tours and Activities to Experience Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

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Small-Group Classic Canal Cruise on Salonboat in AmsterdamDay Cruises

Small-Group Classic Canal Cruise on Salonboat in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals are the postcard star of the Dutch capital, and a canal cruise is the quintessential experience for first-time visitors. Glide down the waterways on a traditional salonboat on this small-group cruise, and admire landmarks like the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Opera House.
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Amsterdam 90-Minute Family Canal Cruise Day Cruises

Amsterdam 90-Minute Family Canal Cruise

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Explore the canals of Amsterdam on a boat cruise that takes you past the top landmarks in this beautiful city. Hear informative commentary from the captain during your tour, which can be customized to your interests. Soak in the sights and charms of the canals while learning about the Dutch capital’s history and modern-day attractions. This relaxing tour provides a perfect introduction to Amsterdam and gives you tips on places to visit later on your own, plus it is longer than most canal tours of the same nature.
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central StationDay Cruises

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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Amsterdam Super Saver: Xtracold Icebar and Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Super Saver: Xtracold Icebar and Canal Cruise

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Head to Amsterdam Icebar Xtracold, where you’re treated to a welcome drink plus two Smirnoff cocktails or Heineken beers — your choice —while relaxing in a frosty bar where everything, even your drinking glass, is made of ice! Continue this totally ‘cool’ experience by taking a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped boat. It’s the best way to see Amsterdam’s top highlights.
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  • 2 hours
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Amsterdam Highlights Canal Cruise with Recorded CommentaryDay Cruises

Amsterdam Highlights 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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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guideDay Cruises

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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Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and DrinksDay Cruises

Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

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Do you want to experience Amsterdam in a more authentic way? Step aboard on our beautiful large luxury sloop with enough space for everyone and discover the city like a real explorer. We’ll welcome you on our stylish, electric sloop with unlimited drinks and delicious Dutch snacks and we will also stop at one of Amsterdams best boat catering to pick up real Amsterdam 'bitterballen'. So lean back, relax en listen to our amazing stories about the secrets of Amsterdam. During our tour there is always a lot of interaction between the guests and our captain, because we always have a maximum of 12 guests aboard. This guarantees you a personal and amazing experience in the historical city of Amsterdam. You will cherish memories that you won't forget. Of course children are welcome! Did you know that in 2019 Amsterdam experience cruise became one of the most popular and best reviewed Airbnb experiences? We are currently number 3 in the world with the most positive reviews and bookings
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  • 2 hours
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Amsterdam Evening Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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Cruising around Amsterdam’s canals is a quintessential experience for visitors to the city. With this tour, see the city at its most magical as you set sail on an evening cruise. Glide past the lively waterfront bars and cafés, spot illuminated landmarks such as Amsterdam Centraal Station and the Anne Frank House, and admire the glittering city skyline from the water.
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Best Canal Cruise AmsterdamDay Cruises

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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Sebi Boat ToursDay Cruises

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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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off BoatDay Cruises

City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Boat

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Create your own personalized sightseeing itinerary in Amsterdam with a hop-on hop-off cruise ticket that’s valid for 24 hours. Your ticket lets you disembark at one of seven stops around the city, allowing you to explore at your own pace and only discover the attractions that capture your attention. Plus, recorded commentary provides context integral to understanding Amsterdam’s history and culture.
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Madame Tussauds & 1-Hour Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Super Saver: Madame Tussauds & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Maximize your time in the heart of Amsterdam with a trip to Madame Tussauds followed by a one-hour cruise through some of Amsterdam’s many canals. First, explore Madame Tussauds’ collection of life-like celebrities and historical figures. Then enjoy the city's 17th-century houses, bridges, churches and cobblestone streets from the unique perspective of a canal boat. Save time and money by booking these experiences together.
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Amsterdam History TourCity Packages

Amsterdam History Tour

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During the Amsterdam History Tour you will discover some of Amsterdam’s most iconic squares, buildings, canals and old streets, while learning about the city’s history, liberal culture and Dutch people. Our knowledgeable local guides will take you on a great walking tour straight through Amsterdam’s historic center. During this 1:45 hour tour our licensed experts explain how freedom and tolerance were born in the Netherlands and how they impacted Amsterdam’s financial development; turning a scanty fishing village into the centre of world trade. We describe how these same values from the 16th century still shape the attitudes of today’s Amsterdammers. This Amsterdam City Tour is a feast for the eyes; so don’t forget to charge your camera!
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Sunday Special Amsterdam Experience Breakfast CruiseCity Packages

Sunday Special Amsterdam Experience Breakfast Cruise

At 10AM in the morning we offer you a fantastic breakfast while we tour through the canals of Amsterdam. Experience how the city wakes up and visit the famous highlights and secret places of Amsterdam while you enjoy a sparkling glass of Prosecco and fresh orange juice. During our trip we will serve crunchy croissants, the real Dutch ‘krentenbollen’ (current buns), chocolate buns, cheese from the cheese farmer, several kinds of fruit, boiled eggs, tea and coffee.
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Small Group Tour by Captain Jack 90 min. All-InclusiveCity Packages

Small Group Tour by Captain Jack 90 min. All-Inclusive

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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 from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Ripley's Believe It or Not & 1-Hour Canal CruiseCity Packages

Amsterdam Super Saver: Ripley's Believe It or Not & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Secure advance tickets to two of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, and save more than a quarter on admission costs when you book simultaneously. Hop aboard a canal boat and cruise along the city’s UNESCO-listed waterways. See landmarks like the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk, and learn more about the sights from your audio guide. Then, discover the kooky attractions at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Amsterdam, where you’ll have priority access, plus free time to explore at your leisure.
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Private Amsterdam Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

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Gain an intimate glimpse of Amsterdam on this small-group walking tour, led by an experienced guide. Discover city highlights and hidden gems such as the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Oude Kerk, as well as plenty of locally loved cafes and learn more about the city’s history and culture as you explore its picturesque streets on foot.
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Dutch Countryside by Bike from AmsterdamNature and Wildlife

Dutch Countryside by Bike from Amsterdam

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Escape the city and explore the Netherlands’ imitable countryside on a bike tour from Amsterdam. Designed for active travelers with a love of the outdoors, this tour covers top attractions such as Science Center NEMO, the National Maritime Museum, and a plethora of windmills, breweries, and picturesque natural landscapes.
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Grand Holland Private TourDay Trips

Grand Holland Private Tour

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Experience the best of Holland your way on a custom 7-hour sightseeing tour. Convenient and comfortable transportation takes you from your Amsterdam hotel to the country’s most popular and lesser-known points of interest. You decide what to see and set the pace on your private adventure. Visit Durgerdam, Volendam, Edam, and more. Get a closer look at Dutch cultural icons such as windmills, cheese, tulips, and dikes. It's up to you!
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat from RijksmuseumDay Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat from Rijksmuseum

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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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Run With Caroline - Running Tours in Amsterdam

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During my running tours, I will show you the beauty of Amsterdam in a faster pace than usual; taking you down quirky streets, through green parks and along the historical canals. You'll get to see Amsterdam through the eyes of of a local 'Amsterdammer' and stay fit at the same time!
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The Pizzaboat AmsterdamWine Tasting

The Pizzaboat Amsterdam

Discover our precious Amsterdam while you enjoy freshly prepared pizzas of your choice and unlimited drinks as beer, prosecco and wine. During the 90 minutes boattour you will cruise down the beautiful canal belts with a local skipper! He can tell you many fascinating stories about this lovely city. Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements and we will take this into account.
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Red Light Secrets Museum & 1-Hour Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Super Saver: Red Light Secrets Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Save yourself any travel hassle, and purchase tickets to two popular Amsterdam attractions before you arrive. By booking both simultaneously, you’ll save nearly a quarter on admission costs. First, explore Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways on a canal cruise, which will whisk you past many of the city’s key landmarks and historical merchant houses. Then, learn the stories behind the city’s notorious Red Light District when you visit Red Light Secrets, a one-of-a-kind local museum.
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  • 2 hours
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1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw TourCity Packages

1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this private 1-hour rickshaw tour showcases more of Amsterdam’s highlights in less time. With your driver-guide leading the way, you’ll travel along Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals, explore the grandiose Museumplein, and admire the dynamic architecture of Concertgebouw. See, too, the picturesque Jordaan district, home to the Anne Frank House, and reflect on Amsterdam’s history at the National Holocaust Memorial. This private tour is limited to two travelers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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