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Herengracht Tours

Herengracht
Established in 1612, the Lord’s Canal (Herengracht) is one of three major canals in the center of Amsterdam. With its beautiful Golden Bend section, stately mansions, and inner gardens, it has long been one of the snazziest places to live in the city. To this day many of the Dutch capital’s fanciest abodes are located along this canal.

The Basics
The Lord’s Canal is one of the most important waterways in all of Amsterdam, and has been known for its wealth and opulence since the 17th century. It is lined with numerous buildings of historical significance, including the former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company; the Bartolotti House, an ornate, curved-facade structure built in 1617; and the oldest house in the city, dating back to 1590.

Many Amsterdam canal tours glide along Herengracht as well as other scenic canals, showcasing the very best of the city. Some offer refreshments for you to sip and nibble during the cruise.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Lord’s Canal is a must-visit for travelers with an interest in history or architecture, and all first-time visitors to Amsterdam.
  • The canal is best explored by boat but can also be discovered on foot or by bike.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way.

How to Get There
The Lord’s Canal, which runs right through Amsterdam, is situated between two other major canals: Emperor’s Canal (Keizersgracht) and Singel. It is easily accessed throughout the city center, and is about a 10-minute walk from Centraal Station.

When to Get There
Like all of Amsterdam’s waterways, this canal is a year-round attraction. The best time to visit is in summer, when the weather is warm and relatively dry, as it can be uncomfortably cool along the canal during the winter. Daytime visits make for the best sightseeing.

The Heren Regenten
Herengracht is named for the Heren Regenten, the ruling class who had considerable power under the Dutch Republic up until mid-18th century uprisings changed the dynamics in the Netherlands. Back then many members of the city’s most affluent merchants, politicians, and regents lived along the Lord’s Canal, particularly at its Golden Bend section.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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  • 1 hour
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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Small-Group, Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

Amsterdam Small-Group, Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

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Come and join us on one of our legendary and Tripadvisor top 3 boat tours and get ready to cruise along the Amsterdam canals on our unique, electric boats. We have small open boats so you are able to enjoy the full experience! On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam. Our canal cruise is a great alternative compared to those old-school tourist canal boats that your grandma probably recommended.
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  • 1 hour
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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  • 1 hour
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Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

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Board a customized electric boat for a one-of-a-kind cruise on the canals of Amsterdam. Choose your sailing time and relax during a luxurious 1-hour ride on a small, open boat. The narrated tour begins and ends at a convenient location, in front of the Anne Frank House. Blankets and pillows are provided.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Walking Private Tour with Join-in Boat Ride

Amsterdam Walking Private Tour with Join-in Boat Ride

Discover the inspiring city of Amsterdam on a comprehensive walking tour from the narrowest house to the widest bridge of this beautiful city built on hundreds of canals and wooden foundations. Tour Highlights: • Scenic views of Amsterdam waterfront streets • Highlights of the Dutch architecture • Red Light District • Dam Square • St. Nicholas Basilica • Royal Palace • Hidden courtyards & passages • Canal district & houseboats • Canal boat tour • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance We will enjoy the rich culture, history and striking architecture of Amsterdam as we visit the Dam Square, infamous Red Light district, Old and New Church and the Royal Palace. We will also pass the unique house boats lining the waterways and Begijnhof Covent courtyard, known as Amsterdam’s oldest inner courts — and one of the city’s best known landmarks. Our walking tour comes to an end by the Central Railway Station, where you will board a canal boat for a memorable journey on the waters of Amsterdam.
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  • 4 hours
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$529.00
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Vegan Canal Cruise Private Boat tour - Vegan Drinks & Plant-based Cheese

Vegan Canal Cruise Private Boat tour - Vegan Drinks & Plant-based Cheese

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Cruise the canals of Amsterdam on an historic boat, built in 1912, while snacking on vegan food. You'll get views of some of the city's must-see sights, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, and the Red Light district. Munch on a vegan cheese plate and sip vegan wine, beer, and soft drinks while learning about Dutch history and culture.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Secret Beer Tour Amsterdam

Private Tour: Secret Beer Tour Amsterdam

Amsterdam has been a beer-loving city since the 12th century. Back then, drinking beer was as normal as drinking water. In fact, the water was so polluted that everyone drank beer — even the children. The Dutch traveled far and wide, bringing wheat and rye from Germany, where they learned how to brew beer. After a long investigation revealed a scandal amongst the big breweries of Amsterdam, small breweries started to pop up, growing and expanding within the city. In turn, this led to the growth of Amsterdam's craft beer culture, where more and more people were interested in local beers made by local people. When you join our Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour, you'll visit and get to know two of these small breweries. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours
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Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Amsterdam has been a beer-loving city since the 12th century. Back then, drinking beer was as normal as drinking water. In fact, the water was so polluted that everyone drank beer — even the children. The Dutch traveled far and wide, bringing wheat and rye from Germany, where they learned how to brew beer. After a long investigation revealed a scandal amongst the big breweries of Amsterdam, small breweries started to pop up, growing and expanding within the city. In turn, this led to the growth of Amsterdam's craft beer culture, where more and more people were interested in local beers made by local people. When you join our Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour, you'll visit and get to know two of these small breweries.
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  • 3 hours
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Panoramic Private Tour of Amsterdam

Panoramic Private Tour of Amsterdam

Tour the best of Amsterdam in the comfort of your private vehicle. Enjoy picturesque canals and charming gabled facades lining the waterways. Exploring drawbridges, wonderful house boats and the museum district will allow us to discover the stories and scenic views behind Amsterdam’s most outstanding sights. Tour Highlights: • Canal houses • Picturesque bridges of Amsterdam • Old Town • Royal Palace • Dam Square • Red Light District • St. Nicholas Basilica
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  • 3 hours
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Luxury Canal Tour with Local Live Guide - Sightseeing - from Rijkmuseum

Luxury Canal Tour with Local Live Guide - Sightseeing - from Rijkmuseum

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We depart from the Rijksmuseum and sail through a beautiful area that was created by the Dutch in the 18th century. From here we will discover old Amsterdam and the beauty of the canals. The view from our 100% electrical luxury boats is amazing and a must when visiting Amsterdam. Sit back and relax on our boats and let our skipper and hostess guide you through the small canals where all large boats can't come. Relax with a drink and enjoy the best tour of the city!
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  • 1 hour
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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam bike tour

Amsterdam bike tour

A great way to discover both historic Amsterdam and the real Amsterdam with all it's multi-cultural diversity.most of the time we will be using separate bike lanes: a very safe way of seeing our city, instead of just highlights and other tourists... You will understand why and how Amsterdam was built the way it looks today and back in the day. My style of guiding is best explained by the word "infotainment"; in the end I want you to have fun but you are also entitled to the facts and correct stats and numbers.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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$390.93
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Private canal cruise on small historic boat

Private canal cruise on small historic boat

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Leave the crowded tourist boats behind. Explore Amsterdam’s canals on a private tour in a traditional Dutch canal boat. Follow in Rembrandt’s footsteps and see the iconic painter’s favorite streets and neighborhood haunts from the water. Enjoy the intimate experience of an exclusive tour for your group of up to 12 people, as you are taken through Amsterdam’s history aboard the Delphine.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$427.57
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Private walking tour in Amsterdam

Private walking tour in Amsterdam

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Acclimate yourself to the complex canals and must-see attractions of Amsterdam on a private 3-hour walking tour. The flexible itinerary is completely customized to match your personal interests, so you make the most of your limited time in the city. Possible highlights include the Red Light District, New Church, Old Church, and Royal Palace. Skip-the-line tickets are provided by your guide as needed.
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  • 3 hours
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$178.00
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Amsterdam Highlights & Zaanse Schans Private Tour

Amsterdam Highlights & Zaanse Schans Private Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Amsterdam to the picturesque Zaanse Schans village including traditional Dutch sights at their best – from cheese tasting to windmills and more. Tour Highlights • Zaanse Schans Windmill Village • During the flower season April - May, the polders are beautifully colored with flower fields • Unique Dutch landscape - polders & canals • Dutch cheese tasting • Windmill visit • Clog making workshop • Visit to a local cheese farm • Panoramic countryside drive through Polder de Beemster • Amsterdam sightseeing tour • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 6 hours
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$728.00
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1 hour Amsterdam City Tour in Pedicab

1 hour Amsterdam City Tour in Pedicab

The best way to visit the "bike friendly" city where most of bridges and canals are not accessible by car or bus.
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  • 1 hour
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Must See Amsterdam With A Local: Private & Personalized

Must See Amsterdam With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Exploring an unfamiliar is much better in the company of a local who knows all the best spots. This personalized experience in the company of a like-minded host takes you to see Amsterdam's top attractions, as well as the hidden gems that only locals know about.
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  • 8 hours
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$175.99
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Extraordinary Experience of a Houseboat Life in Amsterdam! Private Tour.

Extraordinary Experience of a Houseboat Life in Amsterdam! Private Tour.

If you have never tried living in some extraordinary place, but always had a secret wish to find yourself anywhere but in your home environment, it’s time to make your dream come true! You can expect anything from this adventure except for something boring, normal and usual. A great chance to feel like a true Amsterdammer with a houseboat moored alongside the canal.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$111.00
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Amsterdam Photo Shoot

Amsterdam Photo Shoot

You will meet me as your professional photographer at one of the starting points. From here we will walk together through the beautiful places along the canals to take beautiful images. You will have the opportunity to ask about the local life, lifestyle and the history and all the other questions you might have. The images will be sent to you within 24 hours so quick enough to look at your images while you are still here.
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  • 1 hour
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$195.47
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Buddha Lounge Boat Amsterdam, Smoke and Cruise in Style 75 min tour

Buddha Lounge Boat Amsterdam, Smoke and Cruise in Style 75 min tour

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Hello Guests from all over world! Let's Get Together as likeminded people with the same attitude towards life and celebrate the moment. Make peace & enjoy life now, rather then later (like our dads and moms did). Note: WE ARE CORONA FREE ZONE Cozy up on our comfy lounge boat, enjoy some drinks & smokes during this 70 minutes social, relax & fun boat ride! Our tolerance and hospitality are granted, you will feel at home. No parental control, rules or any form of stress. Just Relax This is a 420 Friendly Boat Tour. We have a real Hookah/Shisha onboard which you can smoke (additional costs) We are no mainstream guided tour but will tell stories about the city, history and lighthearted fun & facts. We like to listen to what you like to hear, before we tell. Bachelor groups warning: This is a chill boat tour, and do not provide drink parties for bachelor tours. We do not tolerate drunk people or drunk behavior. Only book if you come to smoke & chill or contact us for a private tour.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Audio guided tour on a covered boat through the canals of Amsterdam

Audio guided tour on a covered boat through the canals of Amsterdam

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This is Boat Amsterdam's newest cruise! Set sail with Boat Amsterdam! This cruise is perfect for those who want to fit a little city sightseeing into their busy day in Amsterdam! Learn all about the city, canals, bridges, and more on this 60-minutes tour through Amsterdam’s unique waterways. Our audio guided tour includes a program to inform you about the most important aspects of Amsterdam! Bring your friends and family for this authentic Amsterdam experience.
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  • 1 hour
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