Amsterdam canals cruises

Wondering what to do in Amsterdam? Start with exploring the historical city center and its canals!

It’s not for nothing that Amsterdam is sometimes called “the Venice of the North”; Amsterdam’s city center consists of more than 90 islands, 65 miles of waterways and 400 bridges. The three main canals are even placed on the UNESCO world heritage list: the Herengracht (Patricians’ Canal or Lord’s Canal), Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal) and Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal). A lot of Amsterdam canals were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age. You can find 1550 (!) monumental buildings alongside these canals. We highly recommend a stroll in the Canal Belt or Grachtengordel – as the canal ring area is called by the Dutch -, or even better: a canal cruise to admire the many beautiful buildings from the water!

Explore the Amsterdam canals

There are more than 15,000 boats registered in the city, 200 of them are offering tourist cruises. There are many different ways to explore the canals: from a sightseeing tour to a candlelight dinner cruise. If you want to do sightseeing and get to know the historical Amsterdam canals, but not tire yourself too much by walking for hours, a cruise is perfect for you. Also for families traveling with kids, a cruise is a great idea. Plus you’ll get to do all the sightseeing from the waterfront, which makes for a unique experience! Check our website and see some of the most recommended Amsterdam canal cruises and learn more about other great attractions to visit during your vacation.



Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Delft and The Hague Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this combination of two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Take a morning tour from Amsterdam to see the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam. Then, continue your day trip from Amsterdam with visits to two don't-miss Dutch cities: Delft and The Hague. If time is tight and you'd like to travel beyond Amsterdam, this action-packed, full-day tour shows you the best of the Netherlands. Even better, you'll enjoy about a 10% discount when you buy these tours in this way.

USD 92.65$

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes criss-crossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses and old-fashioned cheese-making in Volendam. Watch a shoemaker make clogs in Marken, and capture photos of the windmills the Netherlands is famous for in the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. Throughout this half-day trip, listen to commentary about the history, culture and sights of the Netherlands.

USD 46.33$

Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam

Discover Bruges – one of the most captivating cities in Belgium – on this day trip from Amsterdam. After traveling to Bruges by coach, you will receive a brief overview of city sights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, enjoy 5 full hours exploring the churches, canals and lace shops of Bruges on your own. See the Begijnhof, the city gates and the eye-catching windmills. And indulge in some delicious Belgian chocolates on your ride back to Amsterdam!

USD 81.07$

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain free entry to 38 museums including the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandthuis Museum and Hermitage Amsterdam. Enjoy unlimited free public transport, a free canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. This pass is the perfect way for independent travelers to make the most of their time in Amsterdam and save money too!

USD 56.75$

Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour from Amsterdam

Experience the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens on this hassle-free tour from Amsterdam. Travel by comfortable coach through the Netherlands’ countryside filled with blooming flower fields, and then enjoy three hours walking through the Keukenhof Gardens at your leisure. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vibrant display of millions of spring tulips!

USD 57.91$