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Our most recommended Gelderland Cruises & Boat Tours

Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

1. Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

See the highlights of Utrecht's medieval inner city during a cruise on the Oudegracht canal. Learn about the city's history as you pass centuries-old buildings, canal houses, wharf cellars, and the Dom Tower. Exchange your voucher at the ticket office and collect your audioguide. Then, descend the 21 steps to the waterside to board your boat. Once you are settled, the boat will set off along the Oudegrachtn (Old Canal). Admire the oldest part of the city, which dates back to Roman times. Then, pass the highest church tower in the Netherlands, the Dom Tower. Marvel at other significant historical buildings along the route. After half an hour, arrive at the city's outer moat, a former defensive structure. Learn about the old strongholds and casemates there. Take photos of the beautiful Zocherpark. See the Railway Museum or Hoog Catharijne, the largest mall in the Netherlands, from the water. Return to the Oudegracht canal and watch people enjoying themselves on the wharves. Try and spot the typical wharf cellars. Once back on dry land, you will have a good idea of what you want to visit next.

Utrecht: The Monster Mystery Exploration Game

2. Utrecht: The Monster Mystery Exploration Game

Play a real-world quest in Utrecht as a monster hunter who is tasked to find an elusive beast that threatens the city. Solve the clues you receive on your smartphone and save the people of Utrecht. Along the way, you will find new locations and unlock amazing stories. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. The quest will take you from 1 to 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. As you solve the clues, you'll discover new locations and stories. This game is one of the most unique ways to have fun whilst acquainting yourself with the marvelous city of Utrecht. It's a fantastic game for families and groups of friends. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Utrecht: City Highlights Exploration Game

3. Utrecht: City Highlights Exploration Game

Discover Utrecht’s fascinating history and attractions while solving clues around the old town. By solving this coming-of-age quest, you’ll fall in love with the city’s unique charming spirit. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions, so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problems and guess the answer, the secret stories of Utrecht slowly become unlocked. The game will take you about 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit. You do not need a guide - just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, split into smaller groups and compete against each other, or each person can play on their own.

Utrecht: City History Walking Tour

4. Utrecht: City History Walking Tour

Embark on a walking sightseeing tour and discover the highlights of Utrecht. Hear about when and why the city received its rights and other interesting facts about the area's history. Stop at significant locations with your guide. In 2022, Utrecht celebrates 900 years of city rights. In 1122, Utrecht officially became a city — one of the first in the country. During this city walk, your experienced guide will tell you all about how Utrecht obtained its city rights and more. Hear about why Utrecht received city rights and where they were signed. Learn everything about the influence this has had on the city of Utrecht and how it is still developing today. Make a series of stops together with your guide and get to know the origins of the city. Prepare to be surprised by the beautiful places in the city center while you uncover their history.

Amsterdam: Vecht River Day Trip with Cruise and High Tea

5. Amsterdam: Vecht River Day Trip with Cruise and High Tea

Experience the beauty of the Vecht river on this private day trip from Amsterdam. Pass through small villages and see old draw bridges as you drive along the river. Cruise by local castles on an a river cruise. Indulge in a decadent high tea as you look out over the river. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Amsterdam in the afternoon. Sit back and relax as you take an insider route along the winding river. Admire charming villages, draw bridges, and historical estates as you drive. Board on a classical open-topped boat and sip on a glass of bubbly as you drift by stunning castles, 17th-century river estates, and colorful gardens. Have the option to stop to visit a local museum or windmills, or to purchase a guided tour of the Slot Zuylen castle. Sit down to a delicious high tea at a fine restaurant with a terrace on the river. Return to your accommodation in Amsterdam in the evening.

Amsterdam: Half-Day Castle Tour to Castle de Haar

6. Amsterdam: Half-Day Castle Tour to Castle de Haar

Let us take you to the most beautiful castle in the Netherlands. Kasteel de Haar is only a 45 minutes drive away from Amsterdam and takes you back in time. In this small group tour you have about 3.5 hours to visit the castle with its stunning rooms, its gardens, and the beautiful, landscaped park around it. Kasteel de Haar is characterized by its rich and extravagant history and the many special stories hidden behind the castle walls.

Vecht River: Full-day Cruise with Lunch

7. Vecht River: Full-day Cruise with Lunch

Start your journey from your hotel or a central location of your choice in Amsterdam. Your private party will be picked up by car and driven to the Vecht River to jump aboard a classical open-topped boat. Cruise along the Vecht River, one of the most beautiful rivers in the Netherlands on this full-day private tour. Admire the iconic sights of mesmerizing castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at an exclusive restaurant, overlooking the river. Best of all, with this customized tour, you can choose to make a stop to visit one of the museums, windmills, or take a guided tour around Slot Zuylen. The flexibility allows your party to see the sights that you want too. Make sure you bring your camera as you don't want to miss taking great pictures.

Small Group Tour to Kröller Müller and the Hoge Veluwe

8. Small Group Tour to Kröller Müller and the Hoge Veluwe

Meet your guide and driver before taking a comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan to your destination in about 75 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the Dutch flat landscape before you arrive in the national park: the Hoge Veluwe. The Kröller-Müller Museum houses the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world: almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. Furthermore you will find masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan. There are also often remarkable temporary exhibitions. In the sculpture garden, one of the largest in Europe, you can enjoy both sculptures and the beautiful nature of the National Park. Distributed throughout the garden are over 160 sculptures by iconic artists, from Auguste Rodin to Henry Moore. At arrival in Kröller Müller, your personal guide will take you for a short orientation tour of the museum before enjoying some free time to explore the museum at your own pace. Next you have a choice of activities that you may wish to do: •  Enjoy a bike ride. Cycling is the ideal way to explore the park, especially since you can make free use of the famous white bicycles. On your way you will encounter all of the landscapes the park has to offer: from deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests to wet and dry heaths, and shifting sand. •  Have your guide/driver take you for a scenic ride through the park The choice is yours! At the end of the day you will be transferred back to Amsterdam.

Vecht River: Private Tour Sightseeing Cruise

9. Vecht River: Private Tour Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a private tour and a sightseeing cruise along the Vecht River. Admire the views of scenic castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates with their tea domes and colorful gardens along the route. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at an exclusive restaurant, overlooking the river. Start from your hotel or a central location of your choice in Amsterdam. Your private party will be picked up by the guide with a comfortable car and driven to the Vecht river to board on a classical open-topped boat. Toast with a glass of bubbly and enjoy the next two hours cruising by stunning castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates with their tea domes and vibrant gardens. Listen to tales of life along the river by a local skipper/guide, and get a good impression of the summer life of the wealthy merchants in the Dutch golden age. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner of your choice at a classy restaurant with a terrace at the river. After this relaxing private tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Amsterdam Castle & Utrecht City - Private Day Tour

10. Amsterdam Castle & Utrecht City - Private Day Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, your private guide will drive you directly to the Muiderslot, also known as “Amsterdam Castle”. Your professional and certified guide will take you around through this beautiful castle with its unique collection. They will inform you of its impressive history and strategic importance, as you observe the castle and its gardens. Following the castle visit, your guide will drive through the idyllic countryside beside rivers, passing country mansions, windmills, and farmland in the direction of Utrecht. In this graceful city your guide will show you the highlights of the city center throughout a walking tour. On your walking tour you will get to see the highlights of Utrecht, such as the massive Domtoren, the unique canals, the Pope House, and hidden cloisters. Throughout the duration of your tour you will also learn a lot about the interesting history of the Netherlands and Europe. Depending on the opening hours of The Muiderslot, the tour can begin in Utrecht instead. Following this inspiring journey, your guides will happily drop you off at your hotel, the boat pier, or Schiphol Airport.

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What people are saying about Gelderland

I was standing in the wrong place to get on the boat but the captain pulled the boat over so I could get on. He gave us lots of extra information and was very happy and calm while effortlessly steering the boat.

Nice trip through the canals. In an hour you can fast through the city with its special quays. What made it especially nice was our skipper who gave extra information about the city in real Utrecht.

If you want to hear interesting facts about Utrecht, take a boat trip. As a real Utrechter I experienced it as super fun to hear things from the water that I didn't know about Utrecht yet

Nice but also interesting cruise through the canals of Utrecht.

Great captain/guide and a beautiful city! Highly recommend!