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Amsterdam is a destination like no other – home to an assortment of leaning houses, bright architecture, a fascinating history, and sweet traditional dishes – all held amongst its impressive network of canals.

With an extensive list of things to do in Amsterdam, guided tours can prove to be a valuable tool – helping you to explore and admire the city on a much deeper level.

Are you planning a trip to Amsterdam? Ranging from beloved spots such as the Anne Frank House to the charming villages surrounding the city – here are the top tours and activities to do during your stay.

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1. Amsterdam Private Welcome Tour With a Local Guide

You’ll be able to appreciate the city of Amsterdam so much more with a local guide by your side. After meeting up with your friendly host, you’ll receive a variety of noteworthy tips and tricks to maximise your visit – including the best dining, shopping, and transportation options within the city. This tour ranges from 2-6 hours and you’ll find the various options available when booking.

Amsterdam Damrak at night
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2. City Canal Cruise

A visit to Amsterdam is incomplete without a cruise along the city’s iconic canals, making the “City Canal Cruise” experience an absolute must on your itinerary.

The cruise lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and during which you’ll get to admire the city’s architecture and plenty of other spectacular sites from the water – such as the Golden Bend, the Overhoeks, the Skinny Bridge and more. Get your camera ready as you’ll get plenty of chances to snap away.

Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

3. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Boat Option

A Hop-On Hop-Off tour is a great way to move around the city and see many of Amsterdam’s tourist hotspots.

With ticket durations ranging from 24 to 48 hours, you can customise and coordinate your self-guided tour to see many beloved attractions throughout the city. Including highlights such as Museum Square, the Heineken Experience, the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, and so much more.

Between stops, listen to the onboard audio guide for exclusive facts and stories of Amsterdam.

Boat sightseeing tours in Amsterdam
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4. Volendam, Edam, and Windmills Guided Tour

If you’re eager to escape the buzz of the city for a day, consider the “Volendam, Edam, and Windmills Guided Tour”.

The tour starts with a short, 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Aside from these enormous structures, the small town also houses traditional architecture, tasty dishes, and entertaining workshops – such as a clog-making demonstration.

Next up is a stop by Edam, where your guide will lead you through the old streets and canals. This will be followed by a visit to a nearby cheese farm, where the famous Edam Cheese is made. Not only will you see how it’s created, but you can also expect a taste of both traditional and eccentric flavours.

The last destination of this tour is the coastal fishing town of Volendam – popular for its bustling main street, plenty of shopping opportunities, and dutch houses.

Old Town of Zaanse Schans

5. Cocktails at Amsterdam’s Ice Bar

As the name suggests, the Ice Bar is made almost entirely of ice, 35 tons in fact. This includes the furniture and walls – making it a unique and memorable spot to relax and enjoy freshly made cocktails.

This experience allows you to visit the Ice Bar at a designated time (in exchange for your voucher) and will include 2 complimentary drinks in a glass made of ice.

6. Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour

If you’re looking to explore Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District but aren’t quite sure where to start, this walking tour can be a great way to get your bearings and uncover what’s on offer.

Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, the 2-hour walking tour will weave you through the streets to show what’s around – ranging from jazz clubs and coffee shops to adult theatres.

Some notable sites you can expect to see include the Old Church, the Condomerie, Warmoesstraat, and so much more.

The tour finishes off with a free shot at the Belushi Bar.

Amsterdam Red Light District

7. Day Trip to Giethoorn

Another great option if you’d like to escape the city for the day is the “Day Trip To Giethoorn” experience – which runs over 9 hours.

After travelling to and arriving at the town of Giethoorn (otherwise known as the Venice of the Netherlands), you’ll explore the fairytale-like village with a 1-hour boat tour. From here, you’ll be able to admire the architecture from a fresh perspective. To help you learn more about this beautiful part of the Netherlands you’ll also have a live guide.

Giethoorn Village Scene

8. Rotterdam, Delft, and The Hague Group Tour

There’s no shortage of exciting day tours from Amsterdam – including this “Rotterdam, Delft, & The Hague Small Group Tour”.

After departing the city you’ll venture to Rotterdam, where you can look forward to admiring the cityscape with a 75-minute boat cruise. Afterwards, you’ll venture to Delft to hear all about the dutch artist Vermeer, as well as the various members of the Dutch Royal Family.

The last stop will be to the Hague to see a variety of crucial sites – such as the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, Peace Palace, and more.

Rotterdam, South Holland

9. Life of Anne Frank and World War 2 Walking Tour

If you’re eager to dive deep into Amsterdam’s expansive history, this Life Of Anne Frank And World War 2 Walking Tour is a must-do.

Set in the city’s Jewish quarter, you can expect to hear about Anne Frank’s life during the war, the conditions she endured, and her family’s dynamic. On top of this, you’ll also see the Anne Frank House, Jewish Historical Museum, and Auschwitz Monument.

10. 1.5 Hour Evening Canal Cruise

What better way to finish off a day in Amsterdam than with a relaxing evening cruise along the city’s canals.

As Amsterdam’s street lights begin to illuminate the city, you’ll calmly float by a variety of picturesque scenes along the Canal Belt. During the tour, the guide will also share stories and historical facts while pointing out various local hotspots.

This evening tour is the perfect way to gain a whole new perspective of the city and a wonderful night activity to undertake in Amsterdam.

Canals and architecture in Amsterdam at night
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