Water activity

Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Activity provider: Stromma Netherlands
Water activity

Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Activity provider: Stromma Netherlands
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Enjoy the sights of Amsterdam on a canal cruise with an audio guide. See the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House. Compare contemporary architecture with the warehouses and boatyards of the Golden Age.

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Duration 1 hour - 75 minutes
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Dutch, English
Audio guide included
English, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Thai, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Korean


  • Learn about the vibrant history of Amsterdam from its historic waterways
  • Admire the old boatyards and warehouses from the city's so-called Golden Age
  • Cruise the Canal Belt and see monuments such as the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House
  • Compare the modern architecture of the IJ lake with the old houses of the city center
  • Sail around the Amsterdam-Noord district and discover its fashionable elements
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Learn about Amsterdam’s vibrant history on its historic waterways on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes in more than 100 highlights. Listen to the on-board commentary about the city’s emergence in the 13th century and the merchants of the Dutch East India Company that led to the so-called Golden Age.

Experience Amsterdam and board the boat by Stromma Central Station or Stromma Rijksmuseum in the city center, and set sail from the IJ waterfront. See the city’s modern architecture as you cruise around the southernmost part of fashionable Amsterdam-Noord. 

Sail past old warehouses, dockyards, and boatyards. Cruise under enchanting bridges from the past and present. Watch the centuries merge as you experience Amsterdam in its purest form, as a seaport.

Along the way, you will pass many of Amsterdam’s most famous monuments, and discover why UNESCO declared the city’s canals a World Heritage Site.

  • 1-hour Amsterdam canal cruise with departure from the central station or 75-minute Amsterdam canal cruise with departure from Rijksmuseum
  • Audio guide over the speakers
  • Headphones
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headphones

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Canal Cruise from Rijksmuseum takes 75 minutes
  • Canal Cruise from Damrak takes 60 minutes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 611 reviews

Review summary

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Very interesting but very bad organization. I arrived 20 minutes early, I stood in a 20-minute queue in the middle of people who were buying drinks, gadgets…. After drinking 20 minutes, I was given tickets for a departure at 4:30 p.m. when I had booked for 2 p.m. and that the boat was still there and that there were still our places. I argued with the captain who ended up taking us on board but I was very angry.

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June 19, 2022

Very easy to book via the app, but you then have to have the ticket “validated” and go to the counter again. You can also get the headphones there. What I didn't like was that the headphones were thrown away instead of being disinfected. That results in a lot of rubbish during the day. Otherwise the tour was great, you get great information and can enjoy the ride very relaxed

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May 19, 2022

The organization was great and the ship and Martin, our captain, were very good. Unfortunately I deduct 1 star because I had booked an audio guide in German, but very little information came across here. There was a lot more from the captain, but then in English, which was exhausting for us.

May 3, 2022

Product ID: 54538