Amsterdam Canal Tour Excursion Reviews

Learn about Amsterdam's history and explore the beautiful sights of this magical land with a guided canal tour. It’s an excellent way to get around and will grant easy access to the intriguing facets of this beautiful deep-rooted city.
Got to see the many channels in the old city and hear about the history.
Sail Date: July 2019
Got to see the many channels in the old city and hear about the history. Well worth the time.
Got to see the many channels in the old city and hear about the history. Well worth the time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
Basic canal tour, perfectly fine
Sail Date: July 2019
Basic canal tour, perfectly fine
Basic canal tour, perfectly fine Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: CroisiEurope
Our hotel was in the museum quarter, as a matter of fact its name is NH Museum Quarter ...
Sail Date: June 2019
Our hotel was in the museum quarter, as a matter of fact its name is NH Museum Quarter (nhmuseumquarter@nh-hotels.com). It was in a very good location facing a canal with very helpful staff; we could have purchased museums tickets through ... Read More
Our hotel was in the museum quarter, as a matter of fact its name is NH Museum Quarter (nhmuseumquarter@nh-hotels.com). It was in a very good location facing a canal with very helpful staff; we could have purchased museums tickets through them, the best method if you only wished a general visit but remember you’re taking your chances, that the day and time you want, may not be available, that’s why and wanting to take advantage of every minute in Amsterdam we did pre-cruise museum tickets for Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum, a City tour plus a Canal cruise, all done through the internet and it worked out well, unfortunately we missed the Hermitage Museum! God willing next time! By the way, at the hotel you also can acquire bus, tram and metro “day pass tickets” for about 16 euros. In general, we were disappointed with the organization of the museum tours, regardless the electronic guide that’s provided as it was not user friendly and trying to quickly find various famous paintings of interest among so many people, many of them spending a long time in front of every painting proved difficult. Regardless, the paintings were superb, many of them unknown to us and some of the Van Gogh’s were a real discovery. We had no idea how prolific he was over such a short time span. At the Rijks the Rembrandts were featured in a special showing of many unknown ones but also there were an enormous number of his sketches - interesting but boring unless you were there to match the sketches with the final painting. The City tour (by bus) was a good learning experience. The modern architecture is outstanding in its variety, especially the use of new materials and colours. It was very refreshing compared to the repetitive high rises that are being built in North America. So the bus tour is worthwhile but we don’t recommend the Canal cruise; the boat was a glass box that on a hot day and that one was, makes you feel you’re in a sauna and no water was available on board. It wasn’t a very nice feeling going along those narrow canals and having to look up at the buildings that from that vantage point says very little (regardless whatever you hear from the loudspeaker) those were the same older buildings we had seen during the City tour but the message got thru mainly because there was a tour guide to whom you were able to ask any question which was then answered very clearly but the ship megaphones were deaf! In case you would like a canal cruise take it at night and I am sure the light show will be stunning, Amsterdam was a city full of surprises! Never imagined there was a subway and a brand new, modern one at that, very wide avenues lined with cafes and sidewalk patio restaurants and many expansive parks and green spaces around every corner. Having the opportunity to go there again now that we know our way around, we would jump at the chance! And then, a visit to the Hermitage (Amsterdam) will be our number one priority for sure! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Comfortable seating, excellent narration
Sail Date: May 2019
Comfortable seating, excellent narration
Comfortable seating, excellent narration Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
The canal boat was overcrowded and did not appear to safe .
Sail Date: May 2019
The canal boat was overcrowded and did not appear to safe .
The canal boat was overcrowded and did not appear to safe . Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
We decided to take the included Canal Cruise – and we were certainly glad we did.
Sail Date: April 2019
We decided to take the included Canal Cruise – and we were certainly glad we did. We had probably the best guide of our whole trip. He was from Amsterdam and made cruise so interesting and entertaining. Such wonderful stories and ... Read More
We decided to take the included Canal Cruise – and we were certainly glad we did. We had probably the best guide of our whole trip. He was from Amsterdam and made cruise so interesting and entertaining. Such wonderful stories and delivered with humor and audience interaction. We were all sad when the 2 hour ride ended. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Busy traffic on the water but it was a beautiful warm day & a Saturday
Sail Date: April 2019
Busy traffic on the water but it was a beautiful warm day & a Saturday
Busy traffic on the water but it was a beautiful warm day & a Saturday Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: AmaWaterways
Very underwhelming - each canal seemed like the last.
Sail Date: April 2019
Very underwhelming - each canal seemed like the last. I just didn't see what the fuss is all about. The cruise line could've done a better job for independent sightseers. Deceptively easy to walk off the ship and very short ... Read More
Very underwhelming - each canal seemed like the last. I just didn't see what the fuss is all about. The cruise line could've done a better job for independent sightseers. Deceptively easy to walk off the ship and very short distance to attractive areas of the city - but they didn't tell us that. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We had a 1 hour canal tour through Amsterdam on our way to the ship.
Sail Date: April 2019
We had a 1 hour canal tour through Amsterdam on our way to the ship.
We had a 1 hour canal tour through Amsterdam on our way to the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: AmaWaterways
We have taken this tour in the past and it's excellent.
Sail Date: March 2019
We have taken this tour in the past and it's excellent. However, this time it was raining and cool resulting in the windows fogging so bad that virtually nothing could be seen. I would suggest that a search for a better ventilated ... Read More
We have taken this tour in the past and it's excellent. However, this time it was raining and cool resulting in the windows fogging so bad that virtually nothing could be seen. I would suggest that a search for a better ventilated canal cruise boat would be in order for days like this. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
canal cruise was very interesting, and we enjoyed seeing the city from that persective
Sail Date: December 2018
canal cruise was very interesting, and we enjoyed seeing the city from that persective
canal cruise was very interesting, and we enjoyed seeing the city from that persective Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: AmaWaterways
A bit repetitive but more atmospheric as darkness fell.
Sail Date: December 2018
A bit repetitive but more atmospheric as darkness fell. Guide nor very clear.
A bit repetitive but more atmospheric as darkness fell. Guide nor very clear. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Took excursions in each port offered as choice by AMAWaterways.
Sail Date: December 2018
Took excursions in each port offered as choice by AMAWaterways. They were all excellent. And we did additional excursions (Basel, Amsterdam) when time allowed. One must decide on bike, moderate walking or light walking. Choose the ... Read More
Took excursions in each port offered as choice by AMAWaterways. They were all excellent. And we did additional excursions (Basel, Amsterdam) when time allowed. One must decide on bike, moderate walking or light walking. Choose the destination town or attraction carefully when deciding your excursions. You may skip or do your own thing as well. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: AmaWaterways
Excellent way to see so much of Amsterdam and the canal boats!
Sail Date: October 2018
Excellent way to see so much of Amsterdam and the canal boats!
Excellent way to see so much of Amsterdam and the canal boats! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
Really enjoyed the tour and the guide was very knowledgeable.
Sail Date: October 2018
Really enjoyed the tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. A fascinating city.
Really enjoyed the tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. A fascinating city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
"Panoramic" tour.
Sail Date: October 2018
"Panoramic" tour. Sat in boat and the sights explained.
"Panoramic" tour. Sat in boat and the sights explained. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very enjoyable cuise on the canals with a great guide
Sail Date: October 2018
Very enjoyable cuise on the canals with a great guide
Very enjoyable cuise on the canals with a great guide Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
it was informative and engaging....I'd recommend it
Sail Date: September 2018
it was informative and engaging....I'd recommend it
it was informative and engaging....I'd recommend it Read Less
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A bit of a rainy day, but in the covered boats, this was sill a great tour of the inner city.
Sail Date: September 2018
A bit of a rainy day, but in the covered boats, this was sill a great tour of the inner city.
A bit of a rainy day, but in the covered boats, this was sill a great tour of the inner city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
Really great.
Sail Date: September 2018
Really great. The canal tour and diamond factory were most interesting, but no free samples at the diamond factory.
Really great. The canal tour and diamond factory were most interesting, but no free samples at the diamond factory. Read Less
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It was amazing on the canal tour.
Sail Date: August 2018
It was amazing on the canal tour. To think how much has not changed over the centuries. I felt like I was living in another time. So magical!
It was amazing on the canal tour. To think how much has not changed over the centuries. I felt like I was living in another time. So magical! Read Less
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Canal tour of Amsterdam.
Sail Date: August 2018
Canal tour of Amsterdam. We passed many famous landmarks and museums.
Canal tour of Amsterdam. We passed many famous landmarks and museums. Read Less
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Enjoyed it very much.
Sail Date: August 2018
Enjoyed it very much. Didn't like the seating arrangement on the boat. Half of the seats faced backwards.
Enjoyed it very much. Didn't like the seating arrangement on the boat. Half of the seats faced backwards. Read Less
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The canal tour was very good and seeing the buildings in the city core was interesting.
Sail Date: July 2018
The canal tour was very good and seeing the buildings in the city core was interesting. Unfortunately, due to being there the day after a large parade showed the downside of how large groups of people can spoil an area by leaving behind a ... Read More
The canal tour was very good and seeing the buildings in the city core was interesting. Unfortunately, due to being there the day after a large parade showed the downside of how large groups of people can spoil an area by leaving behind a lot of garbage. I'm sure the city people of Amsterdam will have it cleaned up in a short period of time; but it was disturbing to see how a beautiful city can be marred by garbage. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
It was a fun day with the canal tour in the morning and the Zaanse Schans Windmill tour in the ...
Sail Date: July 2018
It was a fun day with the canal tour in the morning and the Zaanse Schans Windmill tour in the afternoon. It did not leave time for independent sight-seeing.
It was a fun day with the canal tour in the morning and the Zaanse Schans Windmill tour in the afternoon. It did not leave time for independent sight-seeing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways