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National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) Tours

National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum)
Housed in a humungous former arsenal built in 1656, the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) reopened in 2011 after extensive reworking and is dedicated to showcasing the importance of Amsterdam’s maritime history. During the 17th-century Golden Age, The Netherlands was one of the richest powers in the world, thanks to its trading wealth and an empire that stretched across the globe. It was a time of great progress in Amsterdam, when the Canal Ring was built and the middle classes grew rich. All this is reflected in interactive and audio-visual displays of model ships, maritime oil paintings, charts, silverware and weaponry; the growth of the fabulously successful Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC) is charted and visitors are whisked on a simulated journey through Amsterdam as a piece of cargo. Two now controversial issues that are dealt with sensitively through thoughtful exhibits are the European slave trade and the whaling industry. 

For kids, the highlight of a visit to the National Maritime Museum is undoubtedly the full-size replica of the merchant ship Amsterdam, which foundered in 1749 on a voyage to the East Indies (the present-day Indonesia). The craft is ‘crewed’ by actors who fire cannons, sing sea shanties, tie ropes and even stage a burial at sea.

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Kattenburgerplein 1. Admission €15 adults; €7.50 students and children aged 5–17; free with IAmsterdam Card. Opening hours are daily 9am–5pm. Accessible via buses no 22 or 48 to Kadijksplein or a 15-minute walk from Centraal Station.
Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam 1018 KK, Netherlands
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Admission: Adult €15, Child €7.50
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Amsterdam National Maritime Museum Skip-the-line-Ticket

Amsterdam National Maritime Museum Skip-the-line-Ticket

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Visit the Netherlands' National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam with skip-the-line admission. Learn all about the golden age of Dutch maritime history as you wander the exhibits, which include naval artifacts and a replica of the ‘Amsterdam,’ an East Indiaman ship moored next to the museum.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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National Maritime Museum Admission Ticket with Audio Guide

National Maritime Museum Admission Ticket with Audio Guide

The museum is housed in the historic building the Arsenal, the storehouse of the Royal Dutch Navy dating from 1656.The museum collection together with the library houses one of the biggest maritime collections in the world and shows how Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history. The replica ship of East Indiaman moored beside the museum is the largest collection piece and stands out as one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam. A visit to The National Maritime Museum is educative and inspiring for all ages and backgrounds. Check website for current programme and activities. We offer selection of guided tours of our exhibitions by a museum guide which can be booked in advance. There is also a free audio tour of the museum highlights.
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  • 2 hours
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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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$34.95
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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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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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$78.33
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$78.33

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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Amsterdam: Maritime Museum Private Tour for Kids & Families with Local Guide

Amsterdam: Maritime Museum Private Tour for Kids & Families with Local Guide

Discover 500 years of Dutch maritime history at the Hetscheepvaart National Maritime Museum on this 2-hour private, guided tour. With over 400,000 objects on display and the chance to step onboard one of the three ships outside at the jetty, there's something here for the whole family! Meet at the entrance then enjoy learning about the rich history as you take in one of the largest and most notable maritime collections in the world. Expect to see paintings, models of ships, navigational instruments, maps of the world showing famous voyages and more. The museum has multimedia and interactive games to keep kids entertained, as well as a section dedicated to how we have viewed whales through the centuries, The Tale of the Whale. On the East Indiaman Amsterdam ship parked at the jetty, a replica of the famous ship that got lost on its first voyage in 1749 you can explore it up close and visit the Dutch Golden Age on a Virtual Reality journey. It's fun for people of all ages!
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  • 2 hours
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$239.80
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Amsterdam Guided Tour of United East India Company and Maritime Museum with Art Historian

Amsterdam Guided Tour of United East India Company and Maritime Museum with Art Historian

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Step back into the rough and tumble years of Dutch explorers, sailors and merchants on a 3-hour, private tour of the East India House and the National Maritime Museum with an art historian guide. Explore the Amsterdam headquarters of the United East Indian Company, and hear stories about the Dutch soldiers and sailors that criss-crossed the globe for years at a time. Discover exhibits of maps, globes and sextants at the National Maritime Museum, where a full-size Indiaman ship and actors bring the 17th-century to life.
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  • 3 hours
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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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$21.69
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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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Amsterdam: Kid-Friendly Barge Cruise, Canal Museum & City Walk Private Tour

Amsterdam: Kid-Friendly Barge Cruise, Canal Museum & City Walk Private Tour

What better way to discover Amsterdam than taking in the sights as you sail down the picturesque canals the city is famous for! On this 3.5-hour tour you'll also visit the canal museum and walk around the highlights in the center. Meet your local guide and set off on the first part of your tour, by barge. Enjoy the views of the 17th-century buildings rich in history lining the canals beside the 21st-century modern architecture and enjoy the highlights: the Golden Bend, Overhoeks, the newest quarter, the Music Building in the harbor and the impressive replica of a VOC ship outside the Maritime museum. Stop at the Grachtenhuis Museum, a fascinating multimedia experience, which explores the history of the canal district. Explore De Wallen, the medieval city center on foot with its colorful houses, charming cafes, bikes, museums, bridges, the oldest church, Oude Kerk and more. Kids will love exploring the city too with fun games tailor-made to keep them engaged as they go! Fun for all!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$318.12
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

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See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes to 2 hours
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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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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$169.91
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.67
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$15.67
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Private Boat Tour - 90 Min incl. welcome drink on historic saloon boat

Private Boat Tour - 90 Min incl. welcome drink on historic saloon boat

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Step aboard an historic saloon boat, built in 1912 and considered a floating monument, for a 90-minute private cruise. You'll travel with just your private group of 12 people and a guide, sipping drinks while you float by some of the city's top landmarks. Your guide will tailor their commentary to your interests and answer any questions.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$182.39
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Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

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Enjoy unlimited Champagne from our wine climate cabinet while floating through the canals of Amsterdam. The boat is one of a few which has the floating monument status in Amsterdam. Due to its historic character, built in 1912, earlier serving as a passenger transport boat between East and West Germany, this boat has unique history. Unlike other boat tours, this tour is in an intimidate setting with your own group up to 12 people and a tour guide which is also the owner of the business to guarantee excellent service during your boat tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$195.42
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Private Guided Historic Amsterdam Canal Cruise in a Salon Boat

Private Guided Historic Amsterdam Canal Cruise in a Salon Boat

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Delight in the architectural splendor of Amsterdam on a private 2-hour canal cruise. On a spacious boat, you’ll sail on Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways through historical districts such as Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengrach. Pass important structures like the Maritime Museum and the Dutch East Indiaman, and admire ancient churches and Amsterdam’s impressive Central Station from the water. While learning about the culture and history of the Dutch capital, you’ll receive the complete attention of your private guide.
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  • 2 hours
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$521.09
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2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour

2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour

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This private sightseeing tour of Amsterdam takes you around the historic city center by rickshaw (aka pedicab). Travel with ease while your driver-guide narrates the highlights; you’ll pass by the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and other attractions. With a customized itinerary, your driver makes brief stops at Vondelpark or other scenic spots. Pickup and drop-off include hotels and cruise port.
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  • 2 hours
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$241.00
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$241.00
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat from Anne Frank House

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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  • 1 hour
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$18.08
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Amsterdam Combo: Madame Tussauds & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: 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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  • 2 hours
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$40.37
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.69
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise with Live Guide

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise with 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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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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$18.08
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Luxury Canal Tour with Local Live Guide - Sightseeing - from Rijkmuseum

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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.69
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$21.69
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Vegan Canal Cruise Private Boat tour - Vegan Drinks & Plant-based Cheese

Vegan Canal Cruise Private Boat tour - Vegan Drinks & Plant-based Cheese

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Cruise the canals of Amsterdam on an historic boat, built in 1912, while snacking on vegan food. You'll get views of some of the city's must-see sights, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, and the Red Light district. Munch on a vegan cheese plate and sip vegan wine, beer, and soft drinks while learning about Dutch history and culture.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$442.92
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$442.92
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National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) hours of operation: Daily 9am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) costs USD 19.88. Guided National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) tours start around USD 19.88 per person. See all 38 National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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