Shore Excursion Details

Amsterdam - The Heart of Holland

Amsterdam (Ijmuiden), Netherlands

Amsterdam - The Heart of Holland


  • 41/2
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Family Recommended

Amsterdam, sometimes also referred to as Venice of the North, is famous for its Canal Ring area which dates to the 17th century and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spread out over 70 islands, this cosmopolitan city boasts 60 miles of canals and about a thousand bridges. Amsterdam is most famous for its narrow, gabled houses lining the canals. Today, you will discover this lovely city on foot and by water.

An approximately 1-hour drive takes you to Amsterdam’s historic city center where you’ll start your walking tour. Follow your guide past many of the city historic and iconic landmarks such as the floating Flower Market, Mint Tower and Dam Square. Let your guide tell you the history of this remarkable city, whilst enjoying beautiful sights. Admire the Baroque-style Royal Palace at Dam Square. See De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), site of numerous coronations and resting place of many important Dutchmen.

After discovering many of the city’s best on foot, you’ll board a glass-topped canal boat to continue your journey through Amsterdam's lovely canals. You will find the houses have many styles, ranging from striking Renaissance facades to, simpler, more classic ones - each with its own distinct type of gable. On occasion, you will see that a mansion has replaced a slender old merchant house.

As you cruise the canals, bridges of many different types, from rare old wooden bridges to larger ornamental ones, loom overhead. Numerous houseboats and tiny skiffs are tied up beside stone canal walls, an indelible part of the city's fabric.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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