Amsterdam Highlights: Whistle-stop Tours

October 27, 2014

For a capital city, Amsterdam is small and compact, making a whistle-stop tour a viable option for visitors. The intersecting, canal-laden streets and bicycle lanes provide popular alternatives to the traditional red bus tours and give travellers a unique view of a unique city.

But which tour is for you? Well, here are some of the best…

The Pizza Cruise

I know what you’re thinking. Too good to be true, right?


In association with Dutch pizza chain New York Pizza, you can enjoy a traditional Amsterdam canal cruise with a difference. Choose your pizza as you board, and you will have it delivered to you as you sail, passing famous sites such as the Rijksmuseum or Anne Frank House. After devouring your pizza, treat yourself to a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for dessert as you sip on a glass of wine or a Heineken from the free bar.

All of this is available for just €37.50 for adults and €20.00 for children aged 4-12.

The Pancake Boat

Cruise along the IJ River, past the beautiful buildings on the riverside and get a great impression of modern Amsterdam. All the while, enjoy all-you-can-eat Dutch pancakes made fresh for you onboard!

There are a range of different cruises available on their website to suit different tastes, with prices starting at just €17.50 for adults and €12.50 for children. The cruises range from 75 minutes to 150 minutes and can also come with a variety of hot side dishes as well as delicious traditional Dutch pancakes.

Candle Light Cruise

For a more mature dinner cruise option, try the Candle Light Cruise. What could be more romantic than sailing through the canals of the Dutch capital over a candlelit dinner of cheese and wine?

The cruise boat has a glass roof so you can take in all of the sights and the wonderful 17th century architecture of the capital, while maintaining a cosy, warm atmosphere.

Enjoy a luxury cheeseboard with delicious red or white wine as the multi-lingual guide gives you the lowdown on all of the capital’s best sights, all for just €37.50 each!

The Alternative Bike Tour

Discount Bike Rental on Nieuwe Nieuwestraat organise alternative bike tours to show different sides of Amsterdam through the use of the city’s most popular mode of transport. The 3-hour tours are presented by an expert local guide and can be requested in English, Dutch, German, Spanish or Swedish depending on availability.

With prices starting at just €16.50 per person, the Alternative Bike Tour is a great way to really open up the city, discover hidden gems that only the locals know and also to keep fit! The tours are different every time, so this is an attraction that you could keep on coming back to whenevr you visit the city.

Perfect Photo Safari Bike Tour

A bike-based tour of Amsterdam’s most photogenic areas, the Perfect Photo Safari Tour is perfect for happy-snappers who are keen to get some brilliant photos to remember their trip by.

Whether you’re a professional photographer packing a DSLR, or you’ve just got something to Instagram from, you’ll be sure to find some excellent photo opportunities. The routes are flexible and weather-dependent, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on that perfect shot.

Meet at the National Monument at Dam Square at 2pm with your printed voucher to join this tour, costing just €42.50 per person.

Something a little bit different?

If you’re after an even more memorable tour of Amsterdam, then the city has a number of eco-friendly and interesting tours available, including the Tuk Tuk Tour. The Tuk Tuk Tour costs from just €25 per person, takes you from your hotel past all of Amsterdam’s main attractions and can also access small, winding streets that buses etc cannot.

Hop on a Segway for the private Segway Tour and you can explore Amsterdam’s streets and canalways at a leisurely pace with a great view. The Dutch capital’s flat streets are ideal for this unique and fun mode of transport, so hop on and go for a ride!

The Segway Tour costs €75 per person for a 2-hour tour along the River IJ.

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