Excursion

Afternoon Canal Cruise

You have not truly experienced Amsterdam until you explore the city's iconic waterways by boat. From this unique perspective, you will marvel at the beauty surrounding these tree-lined historic canals, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.

  • Code
    AMS-19
  • Level
    Soft
  • Walking Type
    Little
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    1 Hour
Near Central Station, Amsterdam's landmark railway station, step aboard a vintage saloon boat to discover the scenic highlights of this lovely, cosmopolitan city often called the Venice of the North. Glide along picturesque canals to witness centuries-old architecture and impressive monuments like the National Maritime Museum, the town hall and the Anne Frank House. 

The city's concentric network of more than 160 canals was developed in the 17th century, during the Dutch Golden Age, when Amsterdam rose to become one of the world's premier trading centers. Adorned with charming arched bridges, stately building façades and colorful houseboats, the main canals of Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht provide the perfect setting for your boating adventure.

Populated by wealthy merchants during its early days, the Herengracht endures today as a symbol of prestige with over 400 of its buildings considered national heritage sites. The Keizersgracht, named after the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, is the widest of the main canals and hosts the famous Emperor's Race for skaters when the winter ice permits. Prinsengracht, named in honor of the Prince of Orange, is the longest of the main canals and home to the Anne Frank House.

During your canal cruise, sit back, relax and enjoy coffee or tea as you sample a tasty slice of Dutch cake. Then, after your adventure concludes, return to your Crystal river ship.
 
Important Notes:
Participants must be able to climb a few steps and be able to enter and exit the boat unassisted. Weather can change rapidly, so guests should bring an umbrella and sunscreen.