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Amsterdam City Center Private Historical Walking Tour
"Once you meet your private guide at a designated meeting point you will head off to explore some of the little-known secrets of this city: the quaint quiet corners; tranquil tree-lined plazas and private courtyards. Your guide will also share priceless tips helpful advice and cultural insights bringing an insider´s expertise to your visit to Amsterdam.On the tour you will see: the Dam Square Wester & Old Church & Hidden Churches
From EUR105.00
 
Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local
"Meet your private guide near Amsterdam Centraal Station at a time convenient to you. Then hop onto your bike and head into the city to begin your cycling tour. Widely considered among Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities Amsterdam is a wonderful place to explore by bike!Pedal along seemingly endless cycle lanes through diverse districts such as Chinatown the Jewish District Jordaan and Nieuwmarkt and admire the striking architecture for which the city is famous.During your tour take in popular landmarks including the Houten Huys — the oldest house in Amsterdam — the Nationale Opera & Ballet and the 17th-century Trippenhuis
From EUR35.00
 
Private Amsterdam Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour with a Local
"Enjoy Amsterdam to its fullest during your private highlights tour with a twist. Your local guide will amaze you with all the hidden gems of this city; they’re just around the corner of all the must-visits. But they are kept away from the touristy crowds with a reason.  Wander past all famous monuments while you get to know all historical facts and unique local insights about them. And of course we’ve also taken care of your appetite by including a Dam Square and the previously mentioned famous Flowermarket. But what’s best about this tour is those unique places they take you to. A beautiful hidden chapel  one of the best sandwich you’ll ever have and an gigantic statue near Rembrandts house that most people don’t know of. This is the plan:Meeting Point: BeurspleinStop 1:Walk around the famous Dam SquareStop 2:Visit a bea""Visit Amsterdam’s beautiful highlights during your private tour of the city while discovering hidden local spots along the way with your local guide! Get to know the history and stories of the city like a local.   title=Highlights&1=Private%2C+3-hour+walking+tour+of+Amsterdam&2=Learn+the+fascinating+history+behind+the+city%27s+famous+landmarks&3=Stroll+through+the+beautiful+Flower+Market&4=Visit+a+hidden+medieval+chapel+in+the+Begijnhof&5=Savor+a+favorite+local+sna
From EUR25.00

Canal bus Tips (10)

A Good Idea For 1st Timers

For a first visit to Amsterdam, and as a cheaper alternative to a more personalised canal tour, the Canal Bus gives a reasonably good introduction to the city from the perspective of the waterways. There are three routes which between them take in most of the main tourist attractions and your ticket allows you to mix and match the routes as you wish. At 22.50 Euros for a 24 hour ticket this is perhaps not the cheapest way of getting around but you will get a unique viewpoint.

The boats are fairly basic and the commentaries, in several languages, pre-recorded but occasionally the driver (skipper?) will add his own little asides.

The main danger here is that you get stuck in a crowded boat in the middle of a bunch of yabbering Yanks (or garrulous Germans, or jibbering Japanese or..........) who totally drown out the commentary and invade any personal attempt at absorption - just get off at the next stop and hope a quieter boat comes past!!

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johngayton
May 10, 2015

Canal Bus

The canal bus boats operate a regular service along the canals on three routes: the Green Line, the Red Line and the Orange Line.
The 14 stops are located near the major museums, attractions and shopping centres. With a Day Pass you can 'hop on, hop off' as often as you like.

A day ticket costs € 20.00 (adult)
A 24 hours ticket costs € 22.00 (adult)
A 48 hours ticket costs € 33.00 (adult)
Discount when you buy your tickets on-line.

2009 Update: Take the Pizza cruise. Together with Domino's Pizza the Canal Boat company organises Pizza cruises on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7 PM from the Rijksmuseum boat stop.

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pieter_jan_v
Mar 02, 2014

Canal bus

Canal Bus is an enjoyable and relaxed way of getting around the canals and passes all of Amsterdam’s top sights. You pass many historic buildings, from the imposing Westerkerk to the city’s narrowest house. The boats cruise along the most famous canals bringing you to Amsterdam’s major museums, such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House. On board there is a multilingual commentary. The comfortable boats offer a frequent and regular service with 3 routes and 17 stops. The stops are located near the museums, shopping districts and tourist attractions. Your ticket allows you to hop on and off as often as you like.

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Britannia2
Jun 04, 2012

Through The Canals

The Canal Bus is a great transportation tool for people who don't have much time when visiting Amsterdam, because it lets you cruise the canals and visit the major tourist attractions at the same time. It goes around the whole centre so i don't think you can miss anything. They also hold romantic dinners in the evening, which is nice. The only problem in my opinion is that in the afternoon the routes are less often which can be a problem. Also i believe they are a little overprised. I don't know what it costs them but when i went (mid May) all the ships were always packed so i think EUR 18 per person a day is too much. Also from what i've noticed i don't believe there is access for the handicapped.

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Pelegolas
May 25, 2008
 
 
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Flying To Amsterdam

I took a cheap Easyjet flight from Liverpool to Amsterdam
Flights are not only cheap but quite frequent too.
It is then an easy journey by train from the airport to the city centre (takes about 15 minutes)
You can get tickets from the yellow ticket machines at the station

Amsterdam Schipol Airport is huge. Almost like a little mini city centre. Its a great place to buy any last minute gifts
Easyjet check in is at Departure hall3

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SueWarwick
Apr 30, 2005

Canal Bus tours ....

I enjoyed seeing Amsterdam from the canals ... the bus allows one to embark, and disembark along the route .. to see the sights :) When you buy your ticket, it's definetely worth it to get the discounted tickets to area attractions; we were able to avoid the longer line at the Van Gogh museum, and get a little discount to boot!

The only bad thing was that not all the boats had the taped tour commentary in working order - so some boats provided us with useful infomration about the areas we were passing, others did not - but on those boats we relied on fellow travelers instead .. so it worked out either way .....

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kymbanm
Feb 21, 2005

Canal Bus

Canal Bus is a nice way to see Amsterdam if you have limited time. There are many stops located throughout the city with great locations. You are allowed to get on and off for the entire day, actually until noon the following day. You can choose from 3 different lines all clearly marked.

You can combine a must see canal trip with transportation around town.

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TrekknHil
Aug 12, 2003

14 places where this boat stops

Watertaxi
Stationsplein 8
1012 AB Amsterdam

Is one of the many watertaxi's you can get in Amsterdam. Its just like on land only with a (little) boat. The boat on the picture is a canalboat, you can stay on it or get out on 14 different stops and get in at those same stops.
Make sure you know where they stop and when the last boat is going.

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Umfufu
Jul 22, 2003

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"MY BIRTHPLACE"
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"God made the Dutch, but the Dutch made Holland"
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"Amsterdam - I love it!"
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"Amsterdam, where the Dutch money is spend"
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canal taxi / boats

near to the trainstation is a dock are where you can get a taxi/boat that takes you around the canals, didnt go on but it looked fun.

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TONY786
May 07, 2007

Take a Boat Ride!!

If you get a chance take a boat tour. There are several different companies and types of tours. (under Construction)

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OSpencers
Aug 25, 2004

Things to Do Near Amsterdam

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De Krijtberg

Officially dedicated to St Francis Xavier, De Krijtberg is another Catholic church in Amsterdam. The actual elegant Neogothic edifice was constructed in 1883 by the architect Alfred Tepe. The church's...
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Flower Market - Bloemenmarkt

New Year's is certainly not the season to visit a flower market, so Bloemenmarkt was not super exciting when I was there in late December 2014. There were definitely flowers being sold along with...
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Begijnhof - The Wooden House

The Begijnhof - Beguinage in Amsterdam is certainly a pleasant and quiet part of the old city but as a beguinage I felt surprised by the architectural heterogeneity of this ensemble! Maybe I am too...
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Allard Pierson Museum

Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. The museum is housed in a nice classical building formerly from the Nederlandsche Bank. Allard Pierson was a...
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Bijbels Museum

Biblical Museum. Located on Herengracht in a group of stately mansions called the Cromhouthuizen. I was impressed by their collection of Bibles, and the model of the Temple Mount. "Archaeological...
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Kalverstraat

If you're into shopping, you might want to check out this street. There are plenty of shops here selling so many things for men and women. The only traffic here are tourists! Lots of them. In fact,...
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