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Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Canal Cruise or Rijksmuseum

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Category: Tours
Duration: Flexible
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Recorded commentary by audio headphones
Led by a local guide
Begin your Amsterdam city tour by boarding your air-conditioned coach in central Amsterdam. With thousands of monuments and historic buildings, Amsterdam has the largest historical city center in Europe. The city is distinguished by its three rings of canals lined by elaborately decorated merchants' residences and warehouses built in the 17th century, the Dutch Golden Age. When the canals were built, 90 islands were created, connected by hundreds of charming bridges.

As you travel through Amsterdam, your knowledgeable guide will point out the many fascinating sights in the old and newer parts of this beautiful city. Admire highlights such as the Royal Palace, National Monument, the Skinny Bridge and Albert Cuyp Market. You will also see quaint gabled houses, visit a windmill on the River Amstel and stop at a diamond factory where you can watch gems being polished using traditional methods. This last stop is an optional visit that will last approximately 45 minutes.

For a more in-depth Amsterdam sightseeing experience, opt to add on a canal cruise or a visit to the Rijksmuseum. Your 1-hour cruise takes you along canals lined with 17th-century merchant houses, centuries-old warehouses and churches with bell towers. You will also pass through Amsterdam's old harbor.

The Rijksmuseum is the national pride of Holland and Amsterdam. It is the largest museum in the Netherlands and home to an extensive and beautiful art collection, showcasing Dutch history during the period between 1200 AD and 2000 AD. The absolute highlights of the museum are The Night Watch of Rembrandt, The Milkmaid of Johannes Vermeer and the works of Jan Steen and Vincent van Gogh. The museum also hosts an unique exhibitions of contemporary artists and painters throughout the year.

Whichever option you choose, you will end your introductory tour in central Amsterdam with a much better idea of all this dynamic city has to offer.
Amsterdam city tour
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Professional guide
Optional Canal Cruise or Rijksmuseum visit (depending on option selected)
Gratuities (optional)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off


Meeting point
Central Amsterdam


Dec 2017

Recommended for first time visitors to Amsterdam

Nov 2017

It was out first tour with Viator and the experience was too good. Amsterdam city tour with expert and friendly guide was fun filled and memorable. Our guide was not only informative but she was a knowledgeable person, we realized this especially during our visit to Art gallery and Gems factory. Observing view of Amsterdam while sailing in canal cruise was unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wish to be in Amsterdam again and again.

Jul 2017

This tour was amazing!

Jan 2018

We actually did not signup for the canal part of this tour. Originally we had chosen Rijksmuseum after the sightseeing tour, but Viator messed up in the tour guides' system and we had to call the local office to get it sorted out. That being said, the tour group was very nice and accommodating of this error and comped us the canal cruise as a goodwill gesture which they did not have to do since it was not their error.

Sightseeing Tour - A lot of fun! The first bus tour we went on where there was a live person speaking to us the entire trip instead of being plugged into speakers. Fanny, our guide, was very informative and gave a lot of side commentary along the way. The tour takes you throughout the whole of Amsterdam and they even stop at a local windmill for you to take pictures! Unbeknownst to us, the tour is 2.5-3 hours long because there is a one-hour stop at the Diamond Museum which ended up being very interesting despite it being a sneaky attempt at getting you to buy some bling. Our driver, Stef, was very nice and even played Hallelujah on his keyboard in the bus! Though not while driving. We would give the bus tour itself 5 stars!

Canal Cruise - Cruises depart every 30 minutes and last an hour. The cruise is fairly informative and the sights to see are on both sides of the boat so pick any seat. We chose to sit outside, but it wasn't raining and wasn't too cold. The tour was your run-of-the-mill experience, though it would have been nice if they explained the sounds the ship was going to make as it tried to weave through the narrow passageways!

Rijksmuseum - What a museum! It is massive. Definitely recommend getting there early to avoid as much of the crowds as possible. You could literally spend days in this museum. We would suggest downloading the museum's free tour guide app before your visit so you can plan ahead of time which sections of time you want to make sure you visit. The museum provides sketchbooks and pencils so you to participate in the art experience and have both a cafe and restaurant on site for when you need to take a break before continuing on your sightseeing journey through the ages.

Jun 2017

We got to see a lot of the city but I could have done without the 40 minutes at the diamond factory.

Nov 2017

Very basic tour. Disappointed.
Optional Canal Cruise in another location with long wait times.

Nov 2017

A good tour, certainly showing you the layout of the city. We got off at the Diamond factory and then spent four hours at the Rijkmuseum. Pre book tickets.

Jul 2017

A good tour to see some sights but unable to get a large bus down some of the small streets. Which you would have to explore by tram and by foot. Was a little disappointed by the canal cruise as it only went around a main canal. Would havw liked to explore some of the smaller canals.

Aug 2017

We weren't able to connect with this tour because of
distance of earlier tour

May 2017

This was the most unorganized touring company we have seen to date. We got there some time before the tour was to start however, the tour had already left. They ask you and 200 other people to meet at this one small shop to start the tour. There are many tours starting at once and it was hard to figure out which one was the one we paid for. After standing in line for some time, the employee told us that the tour already started! It was before 9 am, which was our tour time. I loved Amsterdam, it was a lovely city and the people there are friendly, however, this tour company left a bad taste in our mouths. I would not recommend if you are looking to actually go on a tour.

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