Amsterdam 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.

  • 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.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour has limited places and early booking is advised. Participants must be 18 years of age or over. The tour includes two beers per person. 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

    3 hours

  • Scenes of the Lowlands

    Discover the lowlands of North Amsterdam, the town of Broek-in-Waterland, and sample delicious local Dutch cheese.

    Scenes of the Lowlands

    Relax and capture beautiful landscapes as you take a scenic drive through the lowlands of North Amsterdam. The “Beemsterpolder” (the Beemster lowland) is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands and is registered on UNESCO’s world heritage list. A photograph stop will be made en route for you to admire a typical Dutch windmill, and you’ll also pass through Oosthuizen, Edam and Volendam.

    A stop will be made in the quaint town of Broek-in-Waterland to enjoy an optional leisurely guided walk, before continuing to a local cheese farm. Here, you can sample a variety of Dutch cheeses, with the opportunity 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. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. The order of sights may be reversed.

    Tour code

    AMS_028

    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

  • Tulips of Amsterdam

    Visit the world’s most beautiful spring garden, home to over seven 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’ll have free time to independently explore the beautiful spring garden. Boasting over 32 hectares of flowers, you’ll 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.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Keukenhof is open from the 23rd March until the 21st May. Please note we cannot guarantee which flowers will be in bloom during your visit, as during the last weeks of the tulip season there are less flowers blooming. However, there will still be a rich variety of flowers on show in the garden's pavilions. The tour of the Park is non-guided and does not include any meals, refreshments or a park guide. Park guides can be purchased directly at the Keukenhof information desk for four Euros.

    Tour code

    AMS_018

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 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 an optional guided tour, followed by some 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.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The maximum group size will be no more than 20 guests per guide.

    Tour code

    AMS_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • City Walk & Canal Cruise

    Gain an insight into the wonderful city of Amsterdam during a city walk combined with a canal cruise.

    City Walk & Canal Cruise

    Enjoy a guided walk through the city centre, passing by the famous floating Flower Market and the Mint Tower before continuing to the pittoresk beguinage. You’ll also pass the inner city's central landmark, Dam Square, and the classical-style Royal Palace. Afterwards, you’ll have around one hour of free time to explore the streets, stalls and shops in the city.

    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. You’ll step aboard a glass-topped motor-launch to experience a canal cruise and absorb the myriad of sights. Admire the fine old houses of the city's rich Dutch traders, the picturesque house boats and Anne Frank's house.

    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 10 steps to the landing platform and a further three steep steps into the boat. There is around 90 minutes of guided walking, and the level of walking during the free time is at guests’ own discretion. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    AMS_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 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. This tour requires minimal walking; however depending on the ships berth there is a walk of between five to seven minutes to reach the canal boat. Guests are also required to negotiate three to four steep steps to embark and disembark the canal boat.

    Tour code

    AMS_016

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ 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. This tour requires minimal walking; however guests are required to negotiate three to four steep steps to embark and disembark the canal boat.

    Tour code

    AMS_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    1½ 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 518000 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 where you can watch the online auction screens. Thousands of flowers are displayed and then dispatched 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.

    Please be advised that this tour requires an early start to ensure guests have the opportunity to experience all the auction activities. Early booking of this tour is recommended as space is limited to 40 guests.

    Tour code

    AMS_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Anne Frank & Amsterdam

    Take a scenic canal cruise to visit the house of Anne Frank, and enjoy a guided walk passing some of the city highlights.

    Anne Frank & Amsterdam

    Step aboard a glass-topped motor launch for a scenic cruise that will take you past picturesque house boats and a myriad of fine old houses of the city’s enterprising merchants.

    You’ll disembark your canal boat at the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the small statue of Anne Frank. Just a short walk from here is the Anne Frank House, where you’ll be able to see where Anne Frank spent the last two years of her life, and where she wrote her renowned diary while hiding away with her family from the Nazis. Guiding inside the house is not permitted, however your guide will provide general information prior to entry, after which you can explore independently.

    To round off your tour, enjoy a guided walk back to the port, passing such highlights as the Baroque Royal Palace at the Dam square (the King’s residence when he visits the city). You’ll also 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.

    This tour has very limited places. It is important to note that due to the strict booking conditions in place at Anne Frank House, the operation of this tour is subject to cancellation at any time.

    This tour will operate by canal boat and on foot. This tour is non-refundable, unless cancellation occurs due to the booking conditions of Anne Frank House. The order of highlights may be reversed. Limited toilet facilities are available on the canal cruise. There are approximately 10 steps to the landing platform and a further three steep steps into the boat. The Anne Frank House is an old mansion with a number of steep steps to negotiate. Photography is not permitted inside. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    AMS_030

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Anne Frank & Amsterdam

    Enjoy a tour of Amsterdam, before visiting the house where Anne Frank went into hiding and wrote her famous diary.

    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 a number of steep steps to negotiate. Photography is not permitted inside.

    Tour code

    AMS_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 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 one 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 15 guests per guide. Photography inside the Van Gogh Museum is not permitted.

    Tour code

    AMS_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours