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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

Amsterdam

The Basics

The district’s major canals are the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. From east to west, the major radial canals are the Brouwersgracht, Leidsegracht, and Reguliersgracht. The Canal Ring can be navigated on foot, by bike, and, of course, boat. A canal cruise is an excellent introduction to the UNESCO-listed canals, as glass-topped boats provide the best views of the city’s main sights. Options include hop-on hop-off boat tours and themed canal cruises that serve food and wine.

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The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
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The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
$64.81 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect tour and guide!
Excellent captain (Mouse) who provided lots of information and humor. Wonderful tour, snacks, beer/wine!! We would definitely do it again...possibly at night!! Well worth the cost.
Lisa_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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100% highly recommend!
Tulah_K, Mar 2022
Private 1-hour Amsterdam Canal Tour
Absolutely amazing!! Highly highly recommend, the tour guide was an absolute sweetheart and the boat is clean, modern, electric, and comfortable. Complimentary blankets & drinks were provided, and the boat is smoke friendly. Had an amazing time
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Great Canal Cruise
James_A, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Excellent 2 hour journey through the numerous Amsterdam downtown canals. Robert, our Captain was very impressive as a tour guide and I am only too happy to recommend this tour to other adventurers. Thank you!
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Enjoyable ride
Willi_D, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
The captain/tour guide is pleasant and knowledgeable. I was thinking 2 hrs is a long tour but the captain made it an enjoyable ride for everyone that it became too short of a ride. Highly recommend the tour.
star-5
Excellent
Thomas_H, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Bert was amazing! Great overview of that beautiful city! He and the office staff were VERY helpful. They got us a taxi after the cruise and made sure the driver knew where he needed to take us, which as it turned out was the hospital. Thank you Bert!
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A must do
Jordan_V, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
If you are in Amsterdam this is a Must! Martin was excellent. He is very knowledgeable and is great at sharing and answering questions. I would do this again. He has a great personality. His choice of snacks is very good. People go on this canal cruise with him you wont be sorry. ENJOY!
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Must do Canal Cruise!
Stacey_b, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Although not a small group, it was small enough! Our Guide/Captain was fabulous! He was not only a native, he was well versed in history and art. Excellent tour!!
star-5
Excellent Amsterdam canal cruise!
Linda_K, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Definitely a wonderful time! Bert was a great guide had a nice sense of humor and made us all feel at home! Had 17 people on board representing 6 different countries. It was a beautiful evening and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
star-5
Great experience!
Janet_M, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
The driver was fantastic and the experience was wonderful! I would highly recommend this trip! The experience was one in a lifetime!
star-5
Exceptional tour!
MaryAnn_W, Jul 2021
Private 1-hour Amsterdam Canal Tour
Absolutely wonderful tour! Friendly, interesting and knowledgeable captain! Great way to learn more about Amsterdam and its unique architecture and geography. So relaxing!
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Excellent, beautiful canal ride.
Julia_F, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Seeing the buildings and sites of Amsterdam via canal was awesome. Our guide Robert, was excellent explaining history and modern culture in Amsterdam.
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Canal cruise
Pera_R, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
We experienced a friendly, personal and knowledgeable trip. Enjoyed the sights and listening to the history of Amsterdam! Refreshments were awesome!
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Excellent experience, definitely recommend!!
Robert_R, May 2022
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Bert, our captain, was fantastic. We learned so much interesting information about Amsterdam. Seeing the city from the water was such a plus!! Great value.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A number of cruise departure points are set along the famous canals, and tours are available in several languages.

  • Lined with beautiful historic buildings (“canal houses”), the Canal Ring can serve as helpful visual guidepost for getting your bearings.

  • The Canal Ring circles some of Amsterdam’s most important sites, including the Red Light District, the Anne Frank House, the Jewish Quarter, and the Museum Quarter.

  • Barges, powerboats, Frisian skutsjes (sailboats), and rowboats ply the canals at all times of day and night.

  • The Canal Ring is accessible for wheelchair users, as are many of the boats which sail around it.

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How to Get There

The Canal Ring is located right in the center of Amsterdam, and is easy to reach on foot from most major destinations in the Dutch capital. Amsterdam's winding, cobblestoned city center can easily throw off your sense of direction, and the canals will always orient you back in the proper direction.

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When to Get There

Because it’s part of the Dutch capital city’s landscape, as well as a mode of transportation and commerce, the Canal Ring is always open. The best times of year to enjoy a canal cruise are during the fine-weather summer months, and in the Christmas and New Year holiday season, when you can take an evening cruise during the Festival of Lights.

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The History of Amsterdam's Canals

Built in the 17th century, the canals of Amsterdam were developed in the pursuit of growing the city beyond its bounds. Now, they're as quintessentially Dutch as Edam and tulips and have been UNESCO-recognized since 1999. Enjoy the canals at their festive best during the annual King's Day celebrations, when floats take to the water with performers and revelers.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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