AMSTERDAM CANAL CRUISE

November 13, 2015

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer

Amsterdam is a city where there's plenty to see; from its distinctive gabled buildings which look like gingerbread houses to its collection of renowned museums.  You can experience the city from a unique perspective by taking a cruise though its network of 17th-century canals, which have UNESCO's World Heritage status.  Tours typically take 45 minutes pass by most of the city's most iconic features, making it a particularly great opportunity for photography lovers to capture some amazing shots of the city.

The last time I visited Amsterdam was a couple of years ago back when I was at university, for a spontaneous weekend away with some of my student friends as a little post-exam celebration.  Like typical uni students let loose in Amsterdam for the first time, we were all too preoccupied with the excitement of the city's crazy, hedonistic party scene to see many of the cultural attractions, so when I visited the city again recently, taking a canal cruise was at the top of my agenda, seeing as I had missed out  on it before.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer

The boats are spacious and the widows stretch up to the roof, providing a fantastic view.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
NEMO, science centre.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer

Bimhuis, jazz venue. 
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Going under one of the canal's many archways. 
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Barge houses. 
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Tram crossing bridge. 
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer

After taking a canal cruise it's a good idea to explore the city in more detail on foot.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer
Amsterdam Canal Cruise - The Wayfarer

I would highly recommend everyone to take a canal cruise when in Amsterdam at least once.  There are lots of companies offering tours and it's often cheaper to book your tickets in advance online.  My cruise was with Holland International who offer a range of different cruise options including night time, dinner and cocktail cruises.  

Standard cruises : Adults (~ £12.50 / € 14.50 ) Children (~ £5 /  € 7.25). 

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