Amsterdam’s home to over 100 kilometres of UNESCO-protected canals, 1,500 bridges and 90 islands, most of which you’ll find clustered around the capital’s culture-packed centre. And with over 900 years of history under its belt, there’s no shortage of stand-out sights for you to see. On this laidback canal cruise, you’ll be able to add a few of them to your photo album. You’ll kick things off with a 15-minute walk to the boat, led by your guide. Then, you’ll set off for a trip around the canals. The route you’ll take can change day by day, but some of the landmarks you might be able to tick off your list include Anne Frank’s House – where she and her family hid from the Nazis during World War Two – and the 400-year-old Westerkerk Church. Plus, you’ll get a good look at Amsterdam’s smorgasbord of architectural styles, which include everything from 17th-century, red-brick merchant mansions to modern glass-fronted towers.
Bridges strung with fairy lights, lamp-lit footpaths and the silhouettes of leafy trees provide the backdrop to this romantic tour – a candlelit cruise along Amsterdam’s web of canals. You’ll soon see why the city is nicknamed ‘Venice of the North’, and why the low-slung canal boats are the best way to explore the place. The boat itself is cocooned in large glass windows, giving you head-turning views of the city. Thanks to the onboard guide, you’ll get the lowdown on some of the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site – including the historic bridges and ancient churches. While the boat glides along the water, you’ll also have the chance to graze on a platter of cheese, bread and other nibbles in your booth.
On this tour, all of Amsterdam’s must-sees are at your fingertips. And you can spend as much time as you like at each place – a bus will come along every 15 minutes. Walk to the Centraal station stop from the cruise terminal, and you’re ready to go. Your drive’s accompanied by an audio guide, if you want it, so you can hear all about the history of this canal-crammed city. Stop at the Heineken Experience and learn about how this traditional Dutch tipple is made – you’ll even get to try some beer. The Museum Square stop gives you access to the works of Amsterdam’s famous art alumni in the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. Plus, the Netherlands’ tallest wooden mill, the Windmill de Gooyer, is on the cards. There’s another six stops in the line-up, too, so you definitely won’t be short of things to see.
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