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Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

Enjoy an evening canal cruise that introduces you to the unique vibe of Amsterdam by night. See the city in a different light as you glide along the canals to discover the old merchant houses, picturesque bridges, and bustling atmosphere of the city at night. Be welcomed onboard and order a nice cold or hot drink. Take your pick from one of the 19 available languages on a personal audio guide system. Learn about the fascinating history of the city and its vibrant contemporary character. Or just sit back and enjoy the views rolling by your window as night falls over Amsterdam. Cruise underneath the Skinny Bridge and around the Golden Bend as you discover where the local hotspots are. You can also add a snack box to your booking, consisting of chips, popcorn, stroopwafels, salted peanuts, and a drink of your choice.

Amsterdam Airport Express: Return Trip to the City Center

2. Amsterdam Airport Express: Return Trip to the City Center

The Amsterdam Airport Express provides a quick and easy transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city center of Amsterdam. Departing every 8 minutes from bus platform B17. This bus takes you directly to Stadionplein, Emmastraat, Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein. From there, you can get to many hotels in Amsterdam very easily. If you travel at night the same bus N97 goes twice per hour between 1 AM and 5 AM in both directions. Sit back and relax during the 25 minutes trip while you charge your smartphone, use the free WiFi and check your bus stop on one of the screens. The bus has a low entry so you can bring your luggage inside the bus and keep it with you. Full list of stops in both directions: Amsterdam Airport Knooppunt Schiphol Noord Anderlechtlaan Amstelveenseweg Olympisch Stadion Haarlemmermeerstation Emmastraat Museumplein Rijksmuseum Leidseplein Busstation Elandsgracht

Amsterdam: Public Transport and 397 Airport Shuttle Ticket

3. Amsterdam: Public Transport and 397 Airport Shuttle Ticket

Experience Amsterdam stress-free with an unlimited travel card for all public transport networks operated by GVB throughout the city. Purchase a ticket valid for one day or a multi-day ticket that best suits your plans. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries and experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy. Simply check in upon boarding a tram, bus, or metro, and then check out when you exit or disembark the vehicle. Your ticket will be validated on first use and can be used for unlimited travel until the end of its validity. If you have additional questions, or your ticket appears to be defective, you can easily go to one of the designated pick-up locations or call the number presented on your mobile voucher for assistance. Collect your GVB city chip card here: • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: Red van outside at the bus station under the walking corridor towards the parking lot Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 18:00 • GVB Service & Tickets Central Station: Monday – Sunday 08:30 – 19:00 • GVB Service & Tickets Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 19:00 and Saturday – Sunday 10:00  - 18:00 • GVB Service & Tickets Amsterdam Station Zuid: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 19:00 and Saturday – Sunday 10:00  - 18:00 • GVB Service & Tickets Station Amsterdam North: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00

Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

4. Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

Indulge in a delicious 3-course meal for lunch or dinner inside the former first class waiting rooms which have been renovated to their elegant and glamorous interior of the late 19th Century. Feel the historic atmosphere inside this hidden gem as you sit down to dine on your choice of dishes from an enticing menu. Grand Café Museum Restaurant 1e Klas, dating from 1885, is located on platform 2B and occupies the space which formerly housed the first-class passengers' waiting rooms. The restaurant space was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, whose work includes the iconic Rijksmuseum as well as the entire Amsterdam Central Station.  Admire the architecture inside the restaurant which has been thoughtfully and elegantly renovated to give you the glamorous ambiance of yesteryear as you savor some of the restaurant's delicious offerings. 

Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

5. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

Amsterdam: Gin and Tonic Canal Sightseeing Cruise

6. Amsterdam: Gin and Tonic Canal Sightseeing Cruise

Come on board of a luxurious boat and enjoy the beautiful sightseeing cruise from the canals of Amsterdam. As you coast through the canals, take in the views and learn about the city as you sip on some delicious gin and tonics. Learn fun facts about the city, past, and present, as you cruise the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canal Belt. Enjoy a wide choice of hot and cold drinks from our well-stocked bar, and stay cozy with the fleece blankets onboard. Set off in the heart of Amsterdam and start enjoying the best Dam citrus-forward gin. See Damrak harbor, the mooring place for merchant ships carrying exotic goods from across the globe. Several of the spices historically traded in Damrak harbor are used in the gin you will enjoy on the cruise. Sit back and relax as you look at the merchant houses, abundant trees, and beautiful gardens of the city center. Explore the network of canals that extends for 8.7 miles (14 km) and boasts some 80 bridges. Sail along the River Amstel and pass the Hermitage Museum. See the Royal Theatre Carré and marvel at the contemporary architecture of the NEMO Science Museum. See the famous Skinny Bridge and cruise along the famous 7 Bridges section of the Reguliersgracht.

Amsterdam: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

7. Amsterdam: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Amsterdam's most famous spots as you solve riddles in a scavenger hunt game. Download the app to your phone and head over to the Amsterdam Museum to start the game. Complete a challenge based on the location to move to the next exciting place. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to solve the riddles. Let the app guide you to each destination as you learn interesting facts. Pause at any point to take a break or spend more time sightseeing. You can start playing any time, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour from Amsterdam Centraal, the central station of Amsterdam. Visit the Basiliek van de Heilige Nicolaas with its beautiful interior and exterior and explore the Beurs van Berlage as you learn its history. Photograph the Oude Church, one of Amsterdam's oldest churches. Marvel at Amsterdam's Dam Square, built by the famous architect Jacobus Oud. Gaze at the imposing Palace that awaits you. Find out more interesting info about Amsterdam city at the Amsterdam Museum and admire the Westerkerk with its unique aesthetics. See the Anne Frank monument and be reminded primarily of the suffering of Anne Frank and secondarily of the victims of WWII. Finally, stop by the famous 9 Streets, the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Amsterdam: Dutch Bitterballen and Croquette Tasting

8. Amsterdam: Dutch Bitterballen and Croquette Tasting

Enjoy a delicious meal at the Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas inside Amsterdam Centraal Station at platform 2B. Taste 6 different types of croquettes and bitterballen while you enjoy a glass of Heineken draft beer, house wine or a soft drink. Also try veal bitterbal, Peking duck bitterbal, Thai Green Curry bitterbal, cheese arugula croquette, chicken satay croquette and shrimp croquette. The friendly and knowledgeable waiters will explain the different dishes and you will be given a sheet with additional gastronomic information. The result is an experience of comfort, style, and quality. The restaurant is a hidden gem (a sister of the Rijksmuseum) with a stunning view of the Old City Centre. Experience travel back through time, as the restaurant is located in the former 1st class waiting rooms. Between 1881 and 1889, master builder Pierre Cuypers from Roermond designed the Amsterdam Central Station. His craftsmanship is highly praised and he is often seen as the man who revived architecture in the Netherlands. The old waiting rooms are fully renovated (including the sign indicating the waiting times) which takes you back in time. The famous, monumental restaurant is considered by The Guardian as one of the top 10 best station restaurants in Europe and is a melting pot of national and international guests.

Amsterdam: Draft Your Own Beer Cruise

9. Amsterdam: Draft Your Own Beer Cruise

At Amsterdam's Central Station, climb aboard The Starboard, one of the newest boats in Amsterdam. Onboard, meet your professional skipper and enjoy a Heineken beer tap, complimentary WiFi, warm blankets and heated pillows for your comfort as well as a bathroom. The boat is covered in case of rain. The Draft-Your-Own-Beer is a private cruise for you and your friends, where you can relax with drinks, amazing views, and comfortable seating. The Starboard sails along the main canals of the Amstel river. See some of Amsterdam's iconic bridges and archways on this fun-filled booze cruise.

Half-Day Countryside Bike Tour from Amsterdam

10. Half-Day Countryside Bike Tour from Amsterdam

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on this 4-hour countryside bike tour and discover a different side to the Netherlands. Cycling in small groups of no more than 12 people, you will enjoy a highly personalized and intimate tour. Depart from the Nieuwezijds Kolk, just a few minutes walk from Centraal Station. Grab your iconic yellow bike and pedal along scenic paths across a nature reserve in the Waterland district north of Amsterdam. The 21-mile (35-kilometer) route has been especially selected to showcase centuries old picturesque villages, countless brooks, and enchanting waterways running straight through green pastures. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide who will provide extensive information on the history and folklore of the district, with its dykes and land reclaimed from the sea so characteristic of Holland.

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honestly can't fuly this enough !! got from the airport too zaandam then too central square the main part too the wind Mills its great if your going too be Adventuring away from the main tourist part. easy too redeem just scan the barcode we done it where collect our luggage their was a white ticket machine so easy too use going back in November so going buy again

A very relaxing & informative canal tour with a very witty Captain , went for the 8pm cruise & it was superb . Would highly recommend this tour & company. Thanks for a great eve.

Highly recommended, you no longer have to worry about public transport tickets during your stay.

very interesting cruise, audio guide in multiple languages and great places.

Hassle free ticket to alot of scenic areas close to Amsterdam