Amsterdam Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Amsterdam Sightseeing cruises

Amsterdam: Open Boat Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Open Boat Canal Cruise

Admire Amsterdam’s picturesque waterside landmarks on a 100% electric cruise. Take in incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks from an open boat and experience a relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic. Learn informative and entertaining insights about the sites along the route. See the 17th-century buildings lining the famous canals, as well as new stylish buildings showcasing the influential 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. Sail by the Hermitage Museum, then glide past the Skinny Bridge, the posh Amstel Hotel, and the charming neighborhood of Grachtengordel. Enjoy an open-air boat experience on a sunny day or stay warm with a protective covering on cooler days. In the winter months, relax on an enclosed boat to keep you warm. Benefit from the flexibility of a one-use ticket that can be used on any one of the cruises departing within the hour you booked.

Amsterdam: Light Festival Cruise w/ Optional Open Bar

2. Amsterdam: Light Festival Cruise w/ Optional Open Bar

Experience the eleventh edition of Amsterdam Light Festival with Imagine Beyond as this years theme. You can enjoy the enchanting light works from the 1st of December 2022 till the 22nd of January 2023. During the 11th edition, Amsterdam Light Festival takes visitors by hand to the world of imagination, with the theme 'Imagine Beyond'. The world is moving, nothing appears to be ordinary anymore. Imagination enables us to exceed the here and now, envision the day of tomorrow however you like, and dream along. Get carried away to places beyond the well-known. Stare through the portals and let your imagination run free. What do you see? Are we talking to lamps? Are there only virtual bridges? Join a journey to the world of imagination with 20 specially selected light artworks made by (inter)national artists. Enjoy the company of your local skipper and hostess as you explore the city from the perspective of the water. 

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

3. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

Discover the best of Amsterdam on a canal cruise. Admire old and new buildings, bridges, and much more in a city that’s rooted in history but continues to change. Hear about the city from your audio guide. Take in views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals, as well as the cosmopolitan 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. See the many sides of the city from the Golden Bend to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter, and from the Music Building in the harbor to the VOC ship. Add an optional snack box to your cruise for something to munch on as you see the sights. Listen to your personal audio guide while on board, with commentary in 20 languages and complimentary headphones. The little ones will love the special "freshwater pirate" kids audio commentary and their own goody bag to enjoy on the boat.

Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

4. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

Relax on a canal cruise through the UNESCO Heritage listed Golden Age Canals of Amsterdam. View city highlights like the Skinny Bridge, the Red Light District, and the Old Harbor. Have the option to choose standard tour or a tour with unlimited delicious Dutch cheese, wine, and other drinks. Board the ship and let your local skipper tell you about local history as you sail past sights in the Jordaan district and the Skinny Bridge on the the Amstel River. Admire views of parts of the Red Light District, the former city locks, and Old Harbor. Capture pictures of the stately architecture of the Maritime Museum and the prestigious Gold Bend neighborhood. See pieces of history as you sail by places like the Anne Frank House. Ask your guide questions about the city and get recommendations for things to do and places to eat.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience Ticket

5. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience Ticket

Purchase a combined ticket to the Heineken Experience and a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals to enjoy 2 of the city’s must-see attractions. You are free to decide which part of the ticket you would like to use first. Admire beautiful, traditional merchant houses, numerous bridges, and typical houseboats as you soak up the unique vibe of Amsterdam on a 75-minute canal cruise. Then, avoid the lines to enter the former Heineken brewery, which now hosts the Heineken Experience, an interactive exhibition where you will learn all about the brewing and bottling process during a fun, 90-minute, self-guided tour. The combined ticket will save you time and money on individual purchases.

Amsterdam Light Festival 1.5-Hour Cruise

6. Amsterdam Light Festival 1.5-Hour Cruise

Climb aboard a boat and see the annual Amsterdam Light Festival from a unique perspective. Marvel at the light installations and projections from the comfort of a heated boat or enjoy the illuminated artworks from the outer deck. During the eleventh edition, Amsterdam Light Festival takes visitors by the hand to the world of imagination, with the theme ‘Imagine Beyond’. Stare through the portals and let your imagination run free. Go on a journey to the world of imagination with about 20 specially selected light artworks made by international and national artists. What do you see? Are you talking to lamps? Are there only virtual bridges? Does water flow uphill?

Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Hot Cocoa

7. Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Hot Cocoa

Admire the Amsterdam Light Festival from another angle on this canal boat cruise. See the city's famous canals illuminated by the glow of the unique installations and enjoy a hot chocolate or cocktail as you take in the views. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Amsterdam Light Festival and cruise past the spectacular illuminations on a luxury canal boat. Treat yourself to an evening of glamour onboard this completely electric boat that includes its own extensive bar. Find out more about the story behind the light show as you watch the lights reflecting off the water and feel free to ask your skipper any questions you may have. Enjoy hot chocolate included or upgrade your experience to include a hot chocolate cocktail.

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

8. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise

Combine a trip to the world-famous Van Gogh Museum with a spectacular 1-hour cruise through the historic canal district. The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands and has been visited by millions of people. There is no better way to complete a fun day trip to the Van Gogh Museum than with an exciting boat cruise. One half of the package includes a visit the Van Gogh Museum which has the world’s largest collection of paintings, drawings, sketches, and letters by the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. With almost two million visitors a year, it is the second most-visited museum in the Netherlands and definitely a must see. The Van Gogh Museum has over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by the artist. Some of the most famous pieces in the collection include The Potato Eaters (1885), Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette (1886), Sunflowers (1889), and Almond Blossoms (1890). The other half of the package includes an Amsterdam canal cruise. Amsterdam’s beautiful city center is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and there is no better way to explore it than with an Amsterdam canal cruise. The fun, 1-hour cruise will take you through the city’s most important canals, past magnificent 17th-century churches, mansions, boat houses, and bridges. You can see all of the best sights including the Westerkerk church, the Negen Straatjes district, and the Magere Brug on the Amstel river. The cruise features a GPS guide with information in several different languages and the boats are fitted with panoramic windows to ensure you enjoy a fantastic view of the city.

Amsterdam Combo: Madame Tussauds and Canal Cruise

9. Amsterdam Combo: Madame Tussauds and Canal Cruise

Have you ever wanted to meet your idols but never gotten the chance? Madame Tussauds will let you get a little bit closer to the stars. This fun, multimedia attraction in the heart of Amsterdam features realistic wax replicas of famous people from all over the world. Singers, actors, politicians, athletes, animated movie characters—you name it—Madame Tussauds probably has them. Combine your trip to Madame Tussauds with a spectacular, one-hour canal boat tour of the historic canal district. Discover the beautiful 17th-century architecture and see the key points of interest from a unique perspective.

Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

10. Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Book your combo ticket to a classic canal cruise and Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. Learn the art of brewing, sip 2 beers or soft drinks, and enjoy cutting-edge multimedia. Visit the Heineken Experience at the time you’ve booked; take your cruise at a pre-booked time slot of your choice. Learn the story of one of the world's most famous breweries with an entrance ticket to the Heineken Experience and enjoy an interactive, self-guided tour of the original factory, where all of the brand’s beer was made until 1988. Get a behind-the-scenes look at facilities including the gigantic copper tanks where the lager was brewed. Take part in a tasting session and test your skills at drafting a perfect beer. Then, see the 17th-century architecture of the city center on a 1-hour canal cruise. Avail of a GPS guide in several languages to get interesting information about iconic landmarks such as the Westerkerk, "Skinny Bridge" and the charming Negen Straatjes neighborhood.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

This Wine & Cheese Canal Cruise was worth every bit of money! The crew, Franc, Els, & Diedrich, were very friendly & informative. Our main guide, Franc, was funny & quite knowledgeable, especially for the length of time he's been in Amsterdam (approx 8 months). Our trip was the perfect amount of time for the tour. It was long enough to feel like you received a good amount of information about the area as well as saw some beautiful scenery, but short enough that you didn't feel like you were trapped on a boat, doing circles for hours on end. The weather was perfect for this 10:00a.m. canal cruise! The wine & cheese selection was nice. If I had one suggestion, it would be to add at least one sweet wine to the wine list. Some type of Moscato or Riesling would be the perfect "add" to the choices. Other than that, I'd give this excursion a 10/10... HIGHLY recommend!!

Heineken experience was very informative, fantastic staff , great entertainment + 2 glasses of beer. City canal cruise is directly across from the Heinekin experience. We did both in the evening, boat trip was fantastic, bridges all lit up .we had a fantastic guide , very jolly he even sang us a song . Enjoyed every minute of our time on board .

Hans was excellent and the tour couldn’t have been more picturesque or perfect. I had such a lovely day and saw such beautiful countryside. Hans modified the tour based on the preferences of the people on the tour. We climbed inside a windmill, saw little villages, saw cheese and clog making. Just magical.

Had the best time! The tour guide was very good and we had plenty re fills of cheese and wine. Definitely recommended!

Great Experience. Nice crew with lots of interesting informations about city and other things. I would recommend.