GDT Amsterdam Highlights Join-in Shore Excursion & Boat Tour

Price
50 USD
Duration
4 hrs
Activity Level
MODERATE
Tour Category
Join-in Tours
GDT Amsterdam Highlights Join-in Shore Excursion & Boat Tour

Discover the inspiring city of Amsterdam on a comprehensive walking tour from the narrowest house to the widest bridge of this beautiful city built on hundreds of canals and wooden foundations. 

Maximum group size: 16 passengers 

Highlights
(Click on the name to see Photo)
  • Canal district & Houseboats
  • Dam Square
  • New Church
  • Old Church
  • Red Light District
  • Begijnhof
  • Royal Palace
  • Basilica of St. Nicholas

Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel. The most exciting feature of the canals are the houseboats. By origin houseboats were a way to deal with the Amsterdam housing shortage, however, nowadays they are still in high demand. Some of the houseboats once were cargo vessels and are now converted into houseboats, other boats were built specifically for this purpose. In Amsterdam you find these houseboats along the canals and the Amstel river and in the former Amsterdam docklands

1 hour
Dam Square is a town square in Amsterdam. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city and the country. On the west end of the square is the Royal Palace, formerly a city hall. Beside it are the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. The National Monument, a white stone pillar erected in 1956 to memorialize the victims of World War II, can be found on the opposite side of the square. Also overlooking the plaza is the upscale department store De Bijenkorf. These various attractions have turned the Dam into a tourist zone.
30 min

The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) isn't really brand new. It is a 15th-century church, located on Dam Square, next to the Royal Palace. It was built after the Old Church became too small for the growing city population, that explains the name. The Nieuwe Kerk is no longer used for church services but is used as an exhibition space. It is also used for organ recitals. The Nieuwe Kerk is a burial site for Dutch naval heroes, including Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, Commodore Jan van Galen, and Jan van Speyk. The poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel is also buried in the church.

20 min

The 800-year-old Oude Kerk ("old church") is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded ca. 1213. After the Reformation in 1578 it became a Calvinist church, which it remains today. It stands in De Wallen, now Amsterdam's main red-light district. The floor consists entirely of gravestones. The reason for this is that the church was built on a cemetery. 

20 min

De Wallen or De Walletjes is the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam. It consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights. These "kamers" are the most visible and typical kind of red light district sex work in Amsterdam and are a large tourist attraction. De Wallen, together with the prostitution areas Singelgebied and Ruysdaelkade, form the Rosse Buurt (red light areas) of Amsterdam. Of these De Wallen is the oldest and largest area. The area also has a number of sex shops, sex theatres, peep shows, a sex museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops that sell marijuana.

40 min

The Begijnhof is one of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam. It's formed by the group of historic buildings, mostly private dwellings. As the name suggests, it was originally a Béguinage. Today it is also the site of the English Reformed Church. The Begijnhof is the only inner court in Amsterdam which was founded during the Middle Ages, and therefore lies within the Singel — the innermost canal of Amsterdam's circular canal system. The Begijnhof is at medieval street level, which means a meter below the rest of the old city center

40 min

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament. It was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. The palace is located on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk. Most of the year, the Royal Palace is open for visitors with audioguide or pre-booked group tours. It's closed for the special royal events.

20 min

The Basilica of Saint Nicholas is located in the Old Centre district. It is the city's major Catholic church. The basilica has a collection of religious murals. Above the high altar is the crown of Maximilian I, which is a symbol seen throughout Amsterdam. Inside the newly renovated church, there is a 19th-century Sauer Organ, on which concerts are given and mass is accompanied.

20 min

Detailed Program

Time Description
Meeting time: Usually 30 minutes after the ship docks but no earlier than 09:00 am.
00:00 - 00:10 Meet your guide and driver outside the main port gate. 
Please note that waiting time for late passengers is maximum 15 minutes.
  

We will enjoy the rich culture, history and striking architecture of Amsterdam as we visit the Dam Square, infamous Red Light district, Old and New Church and the Royal Palace. We will also pass the unique house boats lining the waterways and Begijnhof Covent courtyard, known as Amsterdam’s oldest inner courts — and one of the city’s best known landmarks.

  

Tour Highlights:

  • Scenic views of Amsterdam waterfront streets
  • Highlights of the Dutch architecture
  • Red Light District
  • Dam Square
  • St. Nicholas Basilica
  • Royal Palace
  • Hidden courtyards & passages
  • Canal district & houseboats
  • Canal boat tour

03:00 - 04:00 Our walking tour comes to an end by the Central Railway Station, where you will board a canal boat for a memorable journey on the waters of Amsterdam.

Before leaving you to enjoy the boat tour, your tour guide is pleased to give you instructions for returning to your hotel/ cruise ship after the boat tour ends in the same central location by the Central Railway Station.

Included

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for 3 hrs 
  • Walking City Tour of Amsterdam
  • 1 hr join-in public boat tour at the end of the walking tour
  • Smiles and positive experience

NOT Included

  • Tips/Gratuity
  • Any other admissions/donations 
  • Transportation from/to the port
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.

Important

Due to the high number of cobble stones and join-in group nature of this tour, it is NOT Suitable for : 
  • Families with kids under 5: If your child is disturbing other tour participants, you will be kindly asked to leave the tour. No refunds.
  • Persons using a wheelchair/scooter
  • Persons with limited walking ability.

DISCOUNTS:  
Children 4-12 y.o. = 5 USD OFF
Join-in Group Tour in  English
50 USD p.p.
Single City Full Price 60 USD p.p.
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