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Amsterdam: Smoke and Lounge 70-Minute Boat Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Smoke and Lounge 70-Minute Boat Cruise

Enjoy one of the most relaxing smoke-friendly lounge boat tours in Amsterdam. Sip on your favorite drink, smoke, or enjoy one of the hookah/shisha's onboard for an extra cost.   Start out in the heart of the Red Light District, one of the most popular locations in the city, and sail through the central area, the Herengracht and Prinsengracht canals, the Seven Bridges, the river Amstel, the Skinny Bridge, and the Dancing Houses before returning to where you started. Enjoy Amsterdam's stunning Light Festival from December 1st 2022 until January 2023 Mix the city highlights boat route with the light tour route, so you have the best of both worlds. The boat can accommodate up to 22 people. Whatever the weather, the boat is set up so passengers will have an enjoyable time. In summertime all windows can be opened, ensuring full visibility of Amsterdam’s iconic landmarks and monuments. In winter all windows can be closed, and we have heated seats to keep you warm. 

Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

2. Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

Explore the history of the notorious Red Light District and experience a typical day in the life of a sex worker. See the rooms where they work, and hear their stories as told by the sex workers themselves. Get insight into their perspective, which they explore in a light-hearted and frank way in order to remove the taboos associated with sex work.  Sit in one of Amsterdam's famous Red Light District window's and feel what it's like to be on the other side of the glass. Discover the history of sex work in Amsterdam, learn how Amsterdam came to be such a liberal-minded metropolis. Read from the Confession Wall, a collection of written confessions left by museums visitors – some are funny, some are eye-opening, but all of them are revealing.

Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 Drinks

3. Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 Drinks

Sit back and relax on a smoke-friendly canal cruise through the heart of Amsterdam aboard a sightseeing cruise. Gain facinating insights into the attractions that you pass and enjoy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks as you sail through the canals. Hop on board and get cozy for a romantic cruise down the canal. Feel free to bring your own food and weed to enjoy on board. First, travel through the Redlight District that surrounds the Old Church. Take in views of the waterfront and the Eastern Dock. Follow the Old City Wall onto the Amstel River and see the Bridge of Monet which was made famous by the artist's painting of this spot. Smile at the wacky Deconstructivism of the Dancing Houses and snap a picture of the Blue Bridge. Enter the Canal Belt from the Herengracht along the Mayor's House and take the Golden Bend to the Seven Bridges. Take the Reguliersgracht canal to cross the Keizersgracht canal onto the Prinsengracht canal. Spot many houseboats including the oldest houseboat in Amsterdam and take in the fantastic designs of some of the typical hippie houseboats from the ’60s and ’70s. Return to the Amstel river and see the Skinny Bridge, the oldest and most picturesque bridge in Amsterdam. Along the Hermitage and the Stopera, get up-close views of the “View on the Groenburgwal” painted by Monet in 1884 before returning to Redlight District again.

Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

4. Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs on a tour of the Red Light District. Learn about the district from a local perspective, and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the first coffee shop in Amsterdam. Following pickup from your hotel or meeting point near Central Station, stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District, and see everything that the area has to offer. Explore the small shops and restaurants of Chinatown, and walk down some of the city’s narrowest streets. Hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, prostitution, political issues, and history. Then, enter a coffee shop to enjoy a relaxing break and smoke a joint (only if you want to).

Amsterdam: Red Light Secrets Museum and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Red Light Secrets Museum and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Learn the story of the sex industry at the world's only museum of prostitution in Amsterdam's Red Light District. Explore the oldest profession in the world and examine an industry that remains hidden for many with an entrance ticket to the Red Light Secrets Museum. Experience what it feels like to sit behind a window and listen to the secrets of the ladies. Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the canal district and feast your eyes on the elegant gables of the merchant houses of the Golden Age. Pass historic churches and the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) as you listen to an informative audio commentary, available in several languages.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

6. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

Drift through Amsterdam's canals on a boat suitable for all weather conditions. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand and discover some of the city's most iconic monuments and memorials. Cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Golden Age canals of Amsterdam, traversing the narrow canals of the trendy Jordaan, an area flanked by indie boutiques, hip eateries, and cozy pubs. Learn about the city and get insider tips on hidden gems and the best bars in town from your knowledgeable skipper and hostesses. Explore some of the most popular areas of Amsterdam as you travel down the famous Prinsengracht before sailing towards to most romantic bridge in the city, the Margere Brug. Learn about the Amstel River which this bridge crosses and find out about its connection to the Dutch beer trade. Cruise past the Golden Bend, a stretch of the Herengracht famous for its grand manor houses built during the Dutch Golden Age. Continue from here past the Nine Streets and to the Anne Frank House.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

7. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a humorous tour with a German guide. Learn how much on average a prostitute earns per night, how many customers they have per shift, and which sexual acts pay the largest sums. Choose the small-group tour with no more than 4 people that goes right into the center of the Red Light District and visits a peepshow, or opt for a tour that tells the story of the Red Light District, visits some of its highlights, and explores other famous hotspots in Chinatown and the harbor.  You can also choose to have a private guide on the small-group tour. Small-Group Red Light District Tour and Peepshow Enter the heart of the Red Light District with a maximum group of 4 people plus your guide. The tour highlights all the positive as well as negative aspects of the Amsterdam Red Light District. From the National Monument on Dam Square go to Warmoestraat, one of the most famous gay streets in Amsterdam. Pass the Condomerie, a condom store that specializes in all kinds of rubbers. Then, go further into the heart of the district to the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) where former prostitutes are dedicated to educational work and are trying to dispel prejudices about prostitution. Directly opposite lies the Old Church (Oude Kerk), the oldest church in Amsterdam and probably the only church in the world which is surrounded by prostitution. The special situation of the Old Church helped enforce its great wealth, because sinners of the night felt obliged to wash their contaminated souls clean through a generous donation or "sin tax". Around the square the church is surrounded by a row of windows flooded by red lights revealing attractive, scantily-clad women. Discover more about the process of negotiations between customers and prostitutes, about their income and expenses, prices, room rental and taxes, but also about the women's security. Past Amsterdam's first commercial coffee shop, the city tour leads to a peepshow from the 70s. The visit to the peepshow is a small highlight of the tour. The peepshow was once the most popular establishment of the entire district, today it is a nostalgic gem in a street of absurd sex shows. Red Light District Highlights, Harbor, and Chinatown Tour Visit selected highlights of the Red Light District and beyond in a group of maximum 15 people. Discover the district’s rich history with your guide and get full insight into the prostitution industry.  Learn details about how customers and sex workers negotiate, how much they earn, how room rental and taxes work, and the women’s security.  See the most popular spots, including De Dam, the Condomerie, and Warmoestraat. You will also be able to see the famous red-lit windows from a distance before exploring the vibrant LGBTQ+ scene on the nearby Zeedijk street in Chinatown.  Dive into the Red Light District’s origins and visit the harbor, the reason the red light district came about. Catch a photo opportunity in front of the “dancing houses,” one of the most-photographed spots in Amsterdam. Pass by a typical coffee shop and continue to Nieuwmarkt, a lively square with lots of inviting bars. Get a glimpse into the street full of sex theaters.  Equip yourself with recommendations from your guide on how to keep exploring the Red Light District at your own pace. Get tips on visiting a 70s peepshow, which you can experience on your own after the tour.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour

8. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour

Start your 2-hour tour in front of the central station in Amsterdam, where you will meet your guide. Continue with a short walk to the Red Light District area. Learn about the history of the Red Light District as you wander through the historical Old Town of Amsterdam. See the oldest building in Amsterdam, the canals, and beautiful old houses. Once you arrive in the Red Light District, your guide will walk you through the many alleys. Wander along the narrowest street in Amsterdam and see the first coffee shop. Your tour will end at Dam Square.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Pub Crawl

9. Amsterdam: Red Light District Pub Crawl

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam on a pub crawl through the city's infamous Red-Light District. Whether you're a seasoned partygoer or a first-time visitor to Amsterdam, explore the city's most famous neighborhood in a fun way. Begin with unlimited shots of vodka for 30 minutes. Break the ice with fellow travelers and trade stories. At every venue, be greeted by your host and get an extra shot at every location to keep the party going. Play fun games at every bar you visit, including drinking games, dance competitions, limbo, and more. Meet people from different cultures, backgrounds, and nationalities, and create new connections and friendships. Finish your party pub crawl at a popular nightclub, where you can dance the night away in style. Experience the vibrant atmosphere and dance until the sun comes up.

Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

10. Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

Amsterdam's Red Light District is unique: What other countries hide or prohibit is legal in the Netherlands. Visit the neighborhood and learn all about the world's oldest profession. Meet your Spanish-speaking guide and head into the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District on a 2-hour walking tour. The guide will answer any questions you may have and tell you about origins of the neighborhood and the status of prostitution. Walk along the Warmoesstraat (gay street) and see the Condomerie. Hear everything about the PIC (Information Centre on Prostitution), the Sex Museum, Erotic Museum, the prostitutes’ cabins, and venues that feature live sex and peep shows. Then you'll have 10 minutes of free walking time in which you can see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) area and the heart of the Red Light District on your own. After that, walk to Chinatown and the biggest Buddhist temple in Europe with your guide.

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we leave from the center of Brussels at the agreed time and arrive in Amsterdam also making a stop. the first two hours you have a guide depending on the language chosen (English or Spanish) and then another 3 abundant hours to go wherever you want. I would do it again

10/10 loved this!! It was a very chilled lounge experience. The vibes were great and the views were lovely. You get 2 free drinks each person which was a lovely touch! Would defo use this company again and will recommend to my friends and family for sure!

Our boat driver nick kept us entertained and informed as we relaxed down the canal through the light show , our host was attentive and quite funny and there was a lovely atmosphere with the other travelers 10/10 would recommend

The most entertaining and informative walking tour we have taken off late. Gives a brilliant view of red light district and it’s history along with its financial impact on the individuals

The guide, Peter, was very informative and answered all questions we had. A very nice person to talk to.