Amsterdam River Cruises

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Cultural Cruises Europe

No visit to Europe would be complete without a visit to the great city of Amsterdam. Now the centre of business, culture and tourism in the Netherlands, Amsterdam started as a humble fishing village in the 13th century. It consistently appears in Conde Nast’s list Top 10 Cities in the world with its mesmerising mix of modern and historic culture.

A river cruise in the city of canals

Although you can get around by foot, bicycle, tram; we believe the best way to explore the city is with an Amsterdam river cruise. Known as the “Venice of the North”, the city’s great canals were first dug in the 17th century. If you add them all up, canals meander through the city for more than 100km, creating 90 islands and a staggering 1,500 bridges.

Highlights of an Amsterdam canal cruise

Here are a few of our favorite stops on a canal tour through the city.

A wander through the city

Our day tour through Amsterdam ensures you see the absolute best of the city. You travel by foot and by cruise to truly experience the distinctive character of the city’s various neighbourhoods.

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum takes you on an incredible journey through Dutch history and art. Inside you’ll encounter the extraordinary works of the Dutch Masters, and many more. Follow the passage of time from the Netherland’s middle ages to the current day.

The Anne Frank House

The story of Anne Frank is indelibly etched into the history of Amsterdam. This is an intimate and sensitive look into what was her home. You’ll come away with a new appreciation of the girl whose “one voice speaks for six million.”

The Dutch Resistance Museum

An insight into the resistance movement of the 1930s and 40s, visitors can explore meticulously recreated street and home scenes. Resistance took all forms during this time, from using illegal postage stamps to spying for the Allies.

What else should you see in Amsterdam?

If you have some more time in the city before or after one of our tours, we suggest you fit in a few of the following stops.

The National Maritime Museum (“Het Scheepvaartmuseum”) contains a 700-tonne replica of the Dutch East India Company’s largest ship.

The Van Gogh Museum is a “must see” for anyone looking for insight into the mind of one of the greatest artists to have ever lived.

If you’re in the mood for shopping, there’s a perfect mix of luxury stores and casual markets selling everything from antiques to artisan food.

River cruises from Amsterdam

Europe’s network of canals offer you a truly unique and leisurely way to explore this great continent. Amsterdam forms an essential hub where these rivers, tributaries and canals come together. This makes it a perfect place to start or end a European River Cruise.

From here you can reach the best of Europe’s great cities and quaint towns. From Brugge to Rotterdam, the green heart of Europe is waiting for you to explore with our fleet of luxury floating hotels. No expense has been spared outfitting our Magnifique barges, from the stylish dining room to the spacious, sunny cabins. They make the perfect base for you to experience the sights, culture and magic of Europe.

 

Visit our tours page to see detailed itineraries and start planning the trip of a lifetime.

Our Cultural Cruises Tours

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Amsterdam Round tour.
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Holland Culture Tour Experience the beauty of the Netherlands

Kinderdijk’s windmills & Zaanse Schans

Discover Amsterdam, Dordrecht and Gouda

The history of Rembrandt

Through the Green Heart of Holland

Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days
Guidance
  • Individual: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Amsterdam One way tour. Possible in both directions. Maastricht
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Battlefields Cruise WWII Follow the WWII Dutch Liberation Route

Discover magical green river landscapes

Historical cities Utrecht & Maastricht

Vibrant Limburg province hospitality

Luxury cruise, fully guided

Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days
Guidance
  • Individual: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Amsterdam One way tour. Possible in both directions. Bruges
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Wealth of Culture Tour Experience Flanders and the Netherlands

World-famous Amsterdam, Ghent & Bruges

Visit the windmills at Kinderdijk

Province of Zeeland

A sailing breakfast

Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 9 days
Guidance
  • Individual: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1