Amsterdam Museums Walking Tour and Canal Cruise
Explore the “Venice of the North” with a small group walking tour around the main attractions of Amsterdam, ending with a scenic cruise along the main waterways. It’s hard to think of Amsterdam as a major European capital with its cobbled streets and canals lined with colourful houseboats and floating flower markets.
Bridges, boats and bicycles abound in this canal-based city where tall 17th century merchant houses rise above the waterways, tilting precariously. Look up to see the hoist beams and loading hooks jutting out beneath the eaves – they are still used to haul furniture in and out of the windows of these narrow buildings! As you explore this historic European city with our expert local guide, you will discover a wealth of little-known facts about Amsterdam.
Learn about the relaxed rules for smoking marijuana in coffee shops in this laid-back city, hear about the famous De Wallen red light district and the lucrative diamond-trading industry that this historic port is known for.
In addition to seeing the streets and squares of Amsterdam, our Amsterdam walking tours include priority entry and pre-reserved tickets to the Rijksmuseum. For all lovers of art, this 19th century building housing masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age is a must-see.
Another highlight of our walking tour is the visit with the pre-reserved tickets to the Van Gogh Museum. Trace the tragic and extraordinary life of this world-renowned artist and see some of the 200 paintings and 500 drawings donated to the museum by his family. You’ll also see some of the works of Van Gogh’s contemporaries and friends including Gauguin, Monet and Pisarro.
Back on the streets of Amsterdam you will revel in local history, passing by the famous house of diarist Anne Frank. Learn how she and her Jewish family lived in hiding behind a revolving bookcase to avoid persecution by the Nazis.
You will also enjoy exploring part of the atmospheric Prinsengracht, one of the main waterways of Amsterdam’s Canal Ring. The fascinating floating homes, ivy covered quays, barges, floating markets and studio homes all come to life as your local guide explains the challenges of living on some of Amsterdam’s 100km of canals. You may even see cars and bicycles being recovered as accidental dunkings are a weekly occurrence!
Your private walking tour of Amsterdam includes a coffee break with chocolate – a Dutch tradition – in one of the best local street cafés.
Finally, you can rest your feet on a canal cruise, exploring parts of the city that are only accessible by water! An expert guide, cruise tickets, museum admission, small group intimacy and a superb itinerary allow you to see all the important sights of Amsterdam on a walking tour that is both fun and informative.
You can opt to join a group walk, which is limited to eight people and a great way to make new friends, or choose a private tour. We’ll designate a central meeting point (or pick you up from your hotel) and include a coffee break and chocolate to keep your sugar and caffeine levels up whilst we explore the highlights of Amsterdam!