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Leliegracht 51, 1016 GT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
+31 20 337 9733
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We sat inside and listened to a recording with repeating stats and terrible jokes. Once we went outside and just enjoyed the cruise, it was 100 times more enjoyable. If it didn’t have the outside seating, I would say a canal tour is a skippable...More

Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Today my wife and I did a walking tour with Yvette for 2.5 hours. It started at 26 Damrak and ended near the Anne Frank House. We walked through the old town and red light district and up through the canals to its conclusion. Along...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

While enjoying an additional day in Amsterdam following a cruise, we decided to take a canal cruise on Stromma with Captain Kees. One of the most delightful tours, small boat, seating twelve, made this a personal experience. We didn't need earphones and a translation box...More

Thank rgroad16
Reviewed 27 July 2018

We booked ours through vist-a-city. Evening dinner cruise. (smaller boat that didn't have center row of seats) We booked the dinner cruise the evening of our arrival. Food was beyond our expectations, wine & beverages flowed freely, sights were awesome, staff very friendly. Highly recommend...More

Thank LVLocal59
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Canal rides in Amsterdam need to be chosen with extreme care. The one we went on today was opposite The Opera and it was a terribly disappointing experience. The barge was like a floating oven with the all round glass acting as a magnifying glass;...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Got the tickets-tickets said no cruise on 27 April. Ticket bar refused refund. Lost 100 Euros. Crying shame...

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

If you want to see the canal house, take a walk through the city centre and you will see a lot of all te canal houses. I must to see if you visit Amsterdam

Thank gerritb221
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Our captain/guide was funny and informative. We got to see many areas of the wonderful city. The boat was clean and comfortable.

Thank Jon H
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Wonderful time. Elegant and romantic. A delicious meal, superb service (all women including the chef and captain) beautiful views of the city at night.

Thank bamcdonald665
Reviewed 21 October 2017

we booked this thru Viator and were very disappointed. I printed out our reservation and brought it with me. It said that the boat left at 8:00pm. We got there at 7:35 and were told that the boat was about to leave!!!! Thank Goodness we...More

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically
significant as it is perennially popular. Whether
you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast,
shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the
Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the
Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get
lost in a moody meander and a key component to any
sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws
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Gladys D
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Response from Jon H | Reviewed this property |
One cannot reach the Danube by water from Amsterdam. One must travel overland into the Austria/HungaryChech region to reach the headwaters of the Danube. The Danube flows into the Black Sea.
25 August 2015|
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Response from SFVacationer | Reviewed this property |
I went with an outfit called Canal Company (canal.nl). That particular trip was not a hop-off and hop-on type. It began and ended at the same spot.
15 August 2015|
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Response from SFVacationer | Reviewed this property |
Good question. It's a bit of a mystery. I suggest showing the ticket office a photo of what you want and getting an assurance from them that will be the kind of boat you'll get. They can be pretty shady from my experience... More