City Canal Boat Ride and Rijksmuseum Access

Explore Amsterdam on a fantastic canal cruise and get a ticket to the Rijksmuseum without long boring waiting in line. Listen to the knowledgeable and thorough audio commentarys as you float along the magnificent UNESCO-listed canals and view the most significant works of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
1 day
Group size up to 30 persons
Mobile ticket
Full refund for cancellations up to 24 hours
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Take a 75-minute canal cruise to see Amsterdam from the water and skip the Rijksmuseum lines with skip-the-line admission. Admire the works of artists like Vermeer and listen to the cruise's audio commentary. Add a lunch box snack to your package.

Before boarding your boat at the docks of either the Heineken Experience or the Hard Rock Cafe, present your voucher at the ticket office and, if you selected that option, pick up your sweet or savory snack box.

Navigate the UNESCO-listed canals and take in the cityscape. Audio commentary on board lets you learn about the sites as you go.

With your fast-track ticket, you can go to the Rijksmuseum at the scheduled time and avoid the lines. Admire the famous collections, which include historical works of art by Frans Hals, Vermeer, and perhaps the most famous Rembrandt's work "The Night Watch."

Important information:

  • Last City Canal Cruise from Heineken Experience starts at 5:15 PM
  • Last City Canal Cruise from Hard Rock Cafe starts at 6:00 PM
  • The timeslot you will book is the timeslot for Rijksmuseum, please note: you can use your voucher for the City Canal Cruise every day between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM
  • This is booking is non-refundable
  • Confirmation will be received right at the time of booking
  • The ticket for the canal boat ride is an open ticket, so the timeslot is not allocated. You can board the next available boat at either Hard Rock Cafe or Heineken Experience, there's one or two docks
  • The Rijksmuseum ticket is for a specific timeslot you choose during the reservation. You can only enter the museum at the mentioned time. Changing of your slot time is not possible
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Children (Age 17 and younger)
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For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
What is included in activity

• 75-minute canal cruise
• Audio commentary during the cruise
• Snack box (if option selected)
• Reserved entry to the Rijksmuseum

What places you will see

• Rijksmuseum
• Amsterdam Canals

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 6 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
Directions to meet your guide

Museumplein 1

How long your tour will be
1 day
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Reviews by travellers
4.8 out of 5
731 reviews
Suus S.
Easy to find departure point and the captain was very clear in her instructions before setting off on a great experience. Progress was smooth and clearly the person guiding the barge knew exactly what she was doing. Our only v slight criticism is that the pre-recorded audio guide via head phones was a bit brief. Otherwise a great experience.
3 days ago
Hendrik-Jan v.
Even though we bought 9am tickets to the Museum, they still let us in an hour and a half later. It took us quite a bit of time to figure out the city transportation, but definitely worth it. The canal cruise was average. You sit very low in the boat and your view is limited. The windows were not clean and no refreshments. The captain was pretty good at supplementing the pre-recorded guide. Overall, very interesting, but I would go for a separate cruise. And get it early, as the dinner cruise ...
6 days ago
Liene L.
The Rijksmuseum is a must for anyone anyone visiting Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful space with much to see. Wonderful, memorable paintings and just a joy to walk around. Don’t leave without a piece of Dutch apple cake in the cafe. It’s delicious. The canal cruise was ok. Confused where to board but otherwise it’s a large canal boat and takes you around the canals. The audio is available in lots of Languages and seemed ok. Audio quality not HD but perfectly ok for the purpose. Seemed good value b...
9 days ago
Lennert v.
Great for your money. If you don’t understand english it may be a little hard on the canal tour. there is an audio tour in several languages but our guide made several corrections and side comments in english that others were not privy to due to the language barrier. overall great tho
9 days ago
Berend H.
Really good package, do the museum first as your time slot is for that rather than the boat. The boat leaves on the hour up until 6 pm so allow enough time to fit both in. Food and drinks not sold on the boat, so bring with you. Museum lunch was disappointing, small portions, a bit stale, overpriced but the actual museum was very interesting.
15 days ago
Henk-Jan L.
The 60mins canal cruise was very pleasant. The skipper even dropped us off at the museum. The museum was excellent. We used the audio guide to find the 'highlights'. It was very informative, but we found it quite difficult to understand its directions around the museum. So we had to keep asking the very friendly staff.
19 days ago
Wouter v.
The museum and the boat tour were both 5 stars and it was great to book both in one place. I only gave this 4 stars though because it wasn’t made clear that you were supposed to show up to view the museum first at 0900 and then go check in to get your boat tour later. The people who worked in the boat tours building helped me out and explained it to me better. It was a shame that I wasted nearly an hour figuring it out though.
22 days ago
Evert-Jan O.
The Canal Cruise was beautiful and a good way to see Amsterdam's canals. The only thing I had an issue with was not being able to hear the guide very well with my headphones, but that may have just been mine. The Rijksmuseum was fantastic, very large so maybe prioritise the areas that you wish to see most. I loved learning about the trade history of Amsterdam in the 1600's
about 2 months ago
Mayke H.
The excellent museum is so big that it is a bit difficult to get around inside, so I recommend the audio guide. It is close to the city center. I recommend visiting it early in the morning, it is less crowded and so you can leave the afternoon to visit other sites.
about 2 months ago
Twan S.
Hello, myself and my friends very much enjoyed the Rijksmuseum and the City Canal Cruise but i should let you know that the lady who served me in the office where i obtained our boat tickets was extremely unhelpful and did not want to engage with me and was reluctant to answer my questions. She also gave wrong information, i asked if we needed to book onto a particular trip and she said no, just turn up but when we arrived we found everyone else had booked and we were only let onto the boat a...
about 2 months ago
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