Amsterdam, The Netherlands - British Isles & North West Europe Cruises

Strikingly beautiful, this city is famed for its concentric canals crossed by humpbacked bridges, and cyclist-friendly avenues of tall trees and gabled houses. Savour the charming sites of this beautiful city on foot, a canal boat tour or get a bike for the most authentic experience. Known as ‘The Venice of the North’, Amsterdam’s bustling canals, world-famous museums and historical sights are a must-see.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Van Gogh Museum & Sightseeing

    Absorb the highlights of the city of Amsterdam and visit the Van Gogh Museum.

    Van Gogh Museum & Sightseeing

    Begin your tour with a cultural guided tour of the city of Amsterdam, taking in the attractions of Dam Square with the Royal Palace and The New Church. Of particular interest is the lovely 16th century Weeper’s Tower, one of the most famous of the city's collection of stunning towers and steeples.

    The highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, where you will be able to witness the history of one of the most famous Dutch painters and experience his works first hand. Although guiding is not allowed in the Museum, your guide will give general information prior to entry and you will be given the opportunity to purchase Van Gogh literature and souvenirs at the Museum shop.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Photography inside the Van Gogh Museum is not permitted.

    Tour code

    AMS_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • City and Canal Cruise

    For an unforgettable introduction to the many charms of Amsterdam, choose this fabulous city drive and canal tour with free time.

    City and Canal Cruise

    With more than 60 miles of waterways, Amsterdam has more canals and bridges than Venice, and this is one of the best ways to become acquainted with the waterside scenery. From your glass-topped motor-launch, experience a canal cruise consisting of a myriad of sights and sounds: the fine old houses of the city's rich Dutch traders; picturesque house boats; Anne Frank's house and many other attractions.

    Enjoy a panoramic drive passing the inner city's central landmark, Dam Square, and the classical-style Royal Palace, before continuing to Nieuwe Kerk, an imposing late-Gothic church dating from around 1500, where royal inaugurations are held. Of particular interest is the lovely, 16th century Weeper’s Tower, one of the most famous of the city's collection of stunning towers and steeples. During the drive, capture photos from the coach of a perfect symbol of Holland's past, a windmill - many have long since been replaced by modern technology.

    During the tour, you will have one hour of free time to explore the streets, stalls and shops in the city.

    This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. The order of highlights may be reversed. Limited toilet facilities are available on the canal cruise. There are approximately ten steps to the landing platform and a further three steep steps into the boat.

    Tour code

    AMS_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Tulips of Amsterdam

    Visit the world’s most beautiful spring garden, home to over 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.

    Tulips of Amsterdam

    Situated between Amsterdam and the Hague in the Dune and Bulb region, is the world’s largest flower garden; Keukenhof, also known as the ‘Garden of Europe’.

    Keukenhof is only open during Spring when the tulips are flowering, therefore your visit to Amsterdam is perfectly timed!

    Keukenhof, (‘kitchen garden’) was originally a herb garden, providing herbs for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut’s castle. Today, the garden has bloomed to include 80 acres of paved footpaths that cross lawns, streams, lakes and pavilions featuring various exhibitions. The powerful display of colour from the tulips, hyacinths and narcissi form a striking contrast with the greens of the grass and the trees.

    Upon arrival, you will have free time to independently explore the beautiful spring garden. Boasting over 32 hectares of flowers, you’ll certainly encounter Spring in all its glory. Experience the overwhelming explosion of colour from more than 7 million varieties of tulips and flowers as you walk through the themed gardens complete with fountains and water features that add to the splendour of the Park.

    As Holland's best known bulb display garden, Keukenhof is truly unique and an inspiration to the avid gardener, photographer or anyone who simply enjoys a day out in a beautiful Park.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour of the Park is non-guided and does not include any meals or refreshments. Park guides are not included in the cost of the tour but can be purchased directly at the Keukenhof information desk for 4 Euros. There are several gift shops and self-service restaurants located in the Park.

    Tour code

    AMS_018

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • ‘Heineken Experience’

    Discover Amsterdam’s highlights on a city tour, before taking part in the ‘Heineken Experience’.

    ‘Heineken Experience’

    Sit back and relax onboard your coach as a panoramic drive introduces you to some of the main highlights of the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam.

    At Dam Square you’ll pass by the Royal Palace; the Queens residence during her visits to the city, and the Nieuwe Kerk, a 15th century church and the final resting place for many important Dutchmen. You’ll then continue past the Mint Tower and the Central Railway Station before proceeding to the former Heineken Brewery.

    Established in 1864, the Heineken brewery produced their premium high quality beer here for 100 years. After closing their doors in 1988 and moving their beer production to a new plant, the brewery was completely renovated and re-opened in 2008 allowing visitors to be a part of the ‘Heineken Experience’.

    Located over four levels and with 18 different attractions, the ‘Heineken Experience’ will take you on a journey through the history of the company, introducing you to the different generations of the Heineken family, and teaching you all about one of the world’s most famous beers.

    After your interactive tour, you’ll have the opportunity to sample two beers. There will also be time to browse the gift shop, before returning to the coach.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to the Heineken factory is around 1½ hours and is non-guided; therefore all walking is at your own pace.

    Tour code

    AMS_019

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Rijksmuseum

    Explore the world famous Rijksmuseum, as part of a small group tour.

    Rijksmuseum

    Enjoy a visit to one of the largest and most interesting art museums in the world, the Rijksmuseum.

    Founded in 1800, the museum closed in 2003, when for the first time in history it underwent a complete transformation of both the building and the presentation of its collection. Following 10 years of restoration, the Rijksmuseum reopened its doors in April 2013, allowing visitors to once again view its unparalleled collection, dedicated to history and the arts.

    Your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you with information during a 1 hour optional guided tour, followed by 1 hour of free time to explore independently. There’s plenty to choose from with over 80 galleries, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer.

    Take some time to browse the gift shop for literature and souvenirs before returning to your coach.


    The maximum group size will be no more than 25 passengers per guide.

    Tour code

    AMS_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Evening Scenic Cruise

    Cruise through Amsterdam in style on this magical evening excursion, sampling local cheese and wine as you go.

    Evening Scenic Cruise

    Sit back and relax as you experience Amsterdam and its sights from a whole new perspective. This tour presents an opportunity to see the canals and bridges whilst you sip wine, tasting a variety of Dutch cheese and biscuits from the comfort of your canal boat. Glide past medieval corners that regular transport cannot reach.

    Seeing the sights from this different angle, you’ll take in the famous crescent-shaped Herengracht, Keizergracht and Prinsengracht canals, lined by numerous trees and monumental buildings; a wonderful sight by night.

    Cruise past the famous Anne Frank House along the Prinsengracht canal, where she wrote her renowned diary and spent the last two years of her life before being transported to Germany.

    This excursion will operate by canal boat. There are three to four steep steps to embark/disembark the canal boat.

    Tour code

    AMS_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Van Gogh Museum

    Explore the extensive collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s work at the Van Gogh Museum.

    Van Gogh Museum

    Experience the camaraderie of travelling with just a few like minded passengers on this small group tour, as you hop aboard your transfer to the famous Van Gogh Museum.

    As one of the top “must see” sights in Amsterdam, the museum welcomes over 1.5 million visitors each year. Accompanied by a specialist guide you’ll have an optional 1 hour guided tour, where you’ll be able to view some of Van Gogh’s most famous works, followed by an hour of free time to explore further.

    Throughout the year the gallery hosts a number of various exhibitions and events, and your onboard Shore Excursions team will be able to provide further details of what’s on, at the time of your visit.


    This tour will be operated on foot and by coach. The maximum group size will be no more than 20 passengers per guide. Photography inside the Van Gogh Museum is not permitted.

    Tour code

    AMS_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Amsterdam Walking Tour and Canal Cruise

    Discover the hidden paradise of the old centre of Amsterdam on this walking tour including a canal cruise.

    Amsterdam Walking Tour and Canal Cruise

    Your knowledgeable guide will take you on a journey through historic Amsterdam and the Middle Ages, telling stories behind the architecture and discovering hidden churches as you walk through the charming narrow alleyways.

    Transfer by coach through the old district, passing the Maritime Museum and the 16th century Weeper’s Tower, arriving at the Flower Market where the walking tour will begin. Your guide will share insights into Amsterdam’s long history as you pass the Beguinage and cross the square for a short visit to the Art Gallery of the Amsterdam Historical Museum, Continue on towards Dam Square, viewing the outside of the Nieuwe Church, a 550 year old church, the site of numerous coronations.

    As many sights are only accessible from the water, a tour of Amsterdam would not be complete without a scenic cruise along the city's canals. Board a glass topped motor launch, and glide through the historic canals passing elegant merchants mansions, churches and warehouses dating back to the 16th and 17th century. You will also pass one of the most famous sites in Amsterdam including the Anne Frank house. Your boat will drop you right at your ‘front door’ at the cruise terminal itself.


    This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot and involves walking for approximately 1½ hours over mostly paved surfaces.

    Tour code

    AMS_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Evening Walking Tour & Tipple

    Combine the ‘best bits’ of Amsterdam, with the delights of the delicious beers brewed in the city.

    Evening Walking Tour & Tipple

    Hop onboard your coach for a short journey to the city centre.

    Then it’s time to put your best foot forward, as your guide hosts you on a walking tour with a difference. Seeing the sights is thirsty work, so along the way you’ll visit some of the best bars in town to sample a tasty tipple or two.

    Explore the narrow streets of this fascinating city, passing by Beurs van Berlage, the old stock exchange and the site of the Royal Palace, Dam Square. Admire the stunning Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest and for centuries most important church, which now sits in the heart of the Red Light District. Finally, you’ll reach the end of the road at the impressive Neo Renaissance Central Station.

    At the end of the tour, your guide will lead you back to the ship on foot or you may opt to remain in the city centre and return to the ship independently.


    Participants must be 18 years of age or over. The tour includes 2 beers. The tour includes approximately 1¾ hours of walking, over cobbles and some uneven terrain.

    Tour code

    AMS_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Canal Cruise

    Experience the sights of Amsterdam from the comfort of a canal boat.

    Canal Cruise

    Amsterdam has always had strong ties to the water. Spread out over 70 islands, this cosmopolitan city boasts 60 miles of canals and 1000 bridges. From the 13th century, tiny ships sailed from this port into the challenging Zuider Sea.

    Board a glass-topped canal boat and journey through the Amsterdam canals passing major monuments such as the Maritime Museum, Town Hall, and the Anne Frank House. Sit back and relax onboard, as you glide past the narrow, gabled houses that line the canals that Amsterdam is famous for.


    This excursion will operate by canal boat and on foot. It involves minimal walking, however there are approximately ten steps to the landing platform and a further three steep steps into the boat.

    Tour code

    AMS_016

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • A Taste of Amsterdam

    Discover some of the many charms of Amsterdam and its surroundings, and visit a local cheese farm on this leisurely option.

    A Taste of Amsterdam

    Enjoy a panoramic drive through the city of Amsterdam, passing by some of the city’s most famous landmarks including the Royal Palace at Dam Square. This baroque-style palace hosts the Queen of Holland during her visits to Amsterdam. Continue past the New Church and the Mint Tower. Built in 1618 over a medieval gate, the Mint Tower was where money was coined. You will also see the Central Railway Station and the 15th century Weeper’s Tower.

    Relax in the comfort of your coach and capture beautiful landscapes as you journey through the beautiful lowlands of North of Amsterdam, passing lakes and windmills. The far horizons may remind you of the famous landscape paintings you have seen in many museums around the world.

    The “Beemsterpolder” (the Beemster lowland) is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands and is registered on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Pause at a typical Dutch windmill for photographs before continuing to a local cheese farm.

    At the cheese farm, you will have the opportunity to sample a variety of Dutch cheeses, and some free time to purchase the delicious produce on sale.

    Enjoy refreshments of tea, coffee and a slice of cake before the return journey to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is conducted by coach and requires very little walking. The order of sights may be reversed.

    Tour code

    AMS_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Windmills and Edam

    Explore the Dutch countryside, shop for souvenirs and learn about one of Holland's most delicious exports, gourmet cheese.

    Windmills and Edam

    Venture north out of Amsterdam to visit the authentic old village of Zaanse Schans, which is a working open-air museum, as well as Edam, best known for its town's scarlet-skinned cheese.

    Your scenic drive out of Amsterdam will pass pastureland dotted with farmhouses and grazing animals. Zaanse Schans is a quaint Dutch windmill village which has been fully recreated to resemble an 18th century Zaan community. As you stroll through the quaint streets watching the craftsmen practicing the trades of yesteryear, you will get a glimpse of how Dutch life once was. There were once over 600 windmills in the Zaanstreek, but now only a handful have been preserved. Take the opportunity to witness the old Dutch craft of clog making, or simply relax in an outdoor cafe.

    Continue onto the typical Dutch village of Edam and stroll through the town's cobblestone streets. View the unique bell tower and the many beautiful canals that crisscross the village as well as the drawbridges that connect them to the city. A stop will be made at a local cheese factory to sample some of the products on offer.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour involves approximately 1½ hours' total walking at a leisurely pace with some cobblestoned pathways. The route taken is scenic and at times the road is below sea level.

    Tour code

    AMS_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    Calling all flower lovers. Experience the thrill of the auction at the world’s largest flower trading centre.

    Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    The early bird catches the worm, or in this case witnesses first-hand the ‘buzz of the blooms’, as beautiful plants and flowers are bought and sold.

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you head out of Amsterdam to Aalsmeer and the 1 million metre squared auction house. Join the hustle and bustle as 19 million flowers and 2 million plants are bought and sold every day through 13 time zones clocks. Enjoy a birds-eye view from your gallery vantage point above the action, as thousands of flowers are displayed and then despatched to more than 10 countries. For those of you who aren’t such flora followers, the sheer logistics and size of the operation is an education and work of art in itself. As forklift trucks pivot and perform, ferrying flowers in and redistributing them out and onwards by land, sea and air.

    Make sure you bring your camera to capture the colours and creative blooms, whilst you soak up the amazing aromatic scents that fill the air.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that this tour will depart at 6.15am, to ensure passengers get the chance to experience the all the auction activities. Early booking of this tour is recommended as space is limited to 40 passengers.

    Tour code

    AMS_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Anne Frank & Amsterdam

    Something to write about in your diary; a tour of Amsterdam and a visit to The Anne Frank House.

    Anne Frank & Amsterdam

    Your tour begins with a short transfer to the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the small statue of Anne Frank. Walk the short distance to the Anne Frank House where you will be able to see where the Jewish girl, Anne Frank, wrote her renowned diary while hiding away with her family from the Nazis.

    It is in this very house that she spent the last 2 years of her life before being transported to Germany where her story came to an end. Guiding inside the Museum is not permitted, so the guide will give general information prior to entry.

    Continue the tour with a scenic drive around the centre of Amsterdam passing such highlights as the Baroque Royal Palace at the Dam square (the Queen’s residence when she visits the city). Pass by Nieuwe Kerk or New Church, a 550-year old church which is the site of numerous inaugurations and the resting place of many important Dutchmen. View the Mint Tower, built in 1618 over a medieval gate a place where coins were minted, and the 16th century Weepers’ tower.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Anne Frank House is an old mansion with various steep steps and photography is not permitted inside the museum.

    Tour code

    AMS_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

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