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.

  • 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

  • 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. The seating on the canal boats can be quite narrow. Limited toilet facilities are available on the canal cruise.

    Tour code

    AMS_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Amsterdam Private Car with Driver – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service.

    Amsterdam Private Car with Driver – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your speaking driver, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    Each car can accommodate three guests.

    This tour will operate by private car. Your driver will speak basic English but is not a guide. Before setting off the driver will require an outline of your itinerary requirements. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to three guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and an English-speaking driver. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    AMS_704

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Amsterdam Private Minivan with Driver - Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service.

    Amsterdam Private Minivan with Driver - Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    Each minivan can accommodate five guests.

    This tour will operate by private minivan. Your driver will speak basic English but is not a guide. Before setting off the driver will require an outline of your itinerary requirements. Private minivans are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to five guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and an English-speaking driver. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    AMS_703

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Amsterdam Private Car with Driver - Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service.

    Amsterdam Private Car with Driver - Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    Each car can accommodate three guests.

    This tour will operate by private car. Your driver will speak basic English but is not a guide. Before setting off the driver will require an outline of your itinerary requirements. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to three guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and an English-speaking driver. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    AMS_701

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Amsterdam Private Car with Driver & Guide – Half D

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and guide at your service.

    Amsterdam Private Car with Driver & Guide – Half D

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    Each car can accommodate two guests.

    This tour will operate by private car. Before setting off your guide will require an outline of your itinerary requirements. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and an English-speaking driver and guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    AMS_705

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Amsterdam Private Minivan with Driver & Guide – Fu

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and guide at your service.

    Amsterdam Private Minivan with Driver & Guide – Fu

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    Each minivan can accommodate five guests.

    This tour will operate by private minivan. Before setting off your guide will require an outline of your itinerary requirements. Private minivans are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to five guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and an English-speaking driver and guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so passengers are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    AMS_707

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Windmills & Edam

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

    Windmills & 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'll 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 café.

    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_032

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ 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

  • Amsterdam Private Minivan with Driver - Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service.

    Amsterdam Private Minivan with Driver - Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    Each minivan can accommodate five guests.

    This tour will operate by private minivan. Your driver will speak basic English but is not a guide. Before setting off the driver will require an outline of your itinerary requirements. Private minivans are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to five guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and an English-speaking driver. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    AMS_702

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    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. Limited toilet facilities are available on the canal cruise. The seating on the canal boats can be quite narrow.

    Tour code

    AMS_016

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ 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

  • 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

  • Amsterdam Private Minivan with Driver & Guide – Ha

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and guide at your service.

    Amsterdam Private Minivan with Driver & Guide – Ha

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    Each minivan can accommodate five guests.

    This tour will operate by private minivan. Before setting off your guide will require an outline of your itinerary requirements. Private minivans are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to five guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and an English-speaking driver. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    AMS_706

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Amsterdam Private Car with Driver & Guide – Full D

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and guide at your service.

    Amsterdam Private Car with Driver & Guide – Full D

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    Each car can accommodate two guests.

    This tour will operate by private car. Before setting off your guide will require an outline of your itinerary requirements. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and an English-speaking driver and guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    AMS_708

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours