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Things To Do Alone In Amsterdam

Philip
Published Jun 27, 2018

Spectacular masterpieces, beautiful world-heritage worthy architecture and cultural charms aplenty - visitors to Amsterdam are in for a real treat during their city break. But with the likes of the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, historic canals, diamond polishers and traditional food markets among the many sights vying for your attention, just where do you begin your visit? These top tours are a great place for solo travelers to embark on their exploration of the Dutch capital. Read on to find out more!

1. Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum tour including Amsterdam canal cruise and lunch (from USD 118)

Culture fans will be in heaven when they go on this five-star rated tour, which has enchanted hundreds of previous visitors of this impressive city. A full day tour, those who opt for it will spend eight hours touring Amsterdam’s museum district and enjoy priority entry to museums featuring masterpieces by world-famous artists like Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh among others. The tour will also include a light lunch at the Rijksmuseum and a 75-minute canal cruise which highlights the architectural gems of this picturesque and UNESCO world heritage site-listed area. If the architectural and artistic highlights of this fine city weren’t already enough to enjoy, the tour also includes a final stop at one of the oldest diamond polishing factories that are still in operation.

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum Tour Including Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Lunch

Duration 8 hours

Rating 5/5

Number of Reviews 520

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2. Amsterdam evening canal cruise with four-course dinner and drinks (from USD 96)

Perfect for the romantics among you, this two-and-a-half hour evening cruise along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals will definitely appeal. Foodies will also be in heaven, thanks to the freshly prepared four-course dinner and complimentary welcome drink. Hundreds of former visitors to the city have helped this highly-rated tour win a five-star grade. And it’s not much of a surprise that it scored so highly, thanks to its mix of top cuisine and breathtaking views of the Skinny Bridge, Hermitage Museum, Anne Frank House, and the Amstel River - all while learning about this area of Amsterdam from the onboard guides. What’s more, whatever your palate, there’ll be a dish that suits you - with meat, fish and vegetarian dishes all included on the tempting menu.

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and Drinks

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

Rating 5/5

Number of Reviews 746

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3. Amsterdam Red Light District walking tour (from USD 26)

Amsterdam’s world-famous Red Light District may not be to everyone’s tastes, but there’s no denying that it’s a key part of this city’s identity. This adults-only tour provides a good option to learn more about the district’s past and present. During this two-hour tour, visitors will stop by the Museum of Prostitution, where they can explore displays featuring props and costumes that have been used down the ages. The guide will also take visitors through the narrow streets that dot this corner of the city. This tour scored very highly from past visitors of Amsterdam, hundreds of whom awarded it a four-and-a-half star rating and enjoyed the chance to learn more about the Red Light District’s long history in the safety of a larger group.

Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

Duration 2 hours

Rating 4.5/5

Number of Reviews 729

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4. Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam: small group tour and skip-the-line ticket (from USD 81)

Those eager to explore the Van Gogh Museum, but who perhaps don’t wish to visit it as part of a longer tour of the wider area, will find much to enjoy in this option. Running to just two to two-and-a-half hours in duration, this tour is perfect for those who wish to break up their day. It also features skip-the-line priority entry and small tour groups which are ideal for art fans seeking to ask the guide questions. Then there’s the magnificent artwork itself. The museum is home to world-famous works such as Sunflowers, as well as a number of other masterpieces and the final work Van Gogh completed before his untimely death. Visitors will also learn about the troubled genius’ life and his various artistic periods and styles.

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam: Small Group Tour and Skip the Line Ticket

Duration 2 to 2.5 hrs

Rating 5/5

Number of Reviews 21

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5. Xtracold Icebar and one-hour canal cruise (from USD 30)

Bringing new meaning to the concept of ‘chilling out’, those who opt for this tour and canal cruise are in for a unique experience. Visitors will stop by Amsterdam’s Xtracold Icebar which, as the name suggests, is an ice-cold haunt where everything is made of frozen water - even your drink container. Perfect for cooling off on a hot summer’s day, the bar will prove equally entertaining at other times of the year. What’s more, no fewer than three complimentary drinks are included in the tour price. To top off your visit, you will then enjoy a one-hour cruise of Amsterdam’s canals, complete with views of the architectural and historic delights you would expect in a city with such a rich and vibrant past.

Amsterdam Super Saver: Xtracold Icebar and 1-hour Canal Cruise

Duration Flexible

Rating 4/5

Number of Reviews 240

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6. Amsterdam countryside bike tour including cheese tasting and clog demonstration (from USD 35)

Another aspect of Amsterdam life that has become somewhat iconic is the humble bicycle. The low-lying terrain makes it ideal for getting about via pedal power, so a great many bikes populate this beautiful city. What better way to explore the surrounding area than via this four-hour countryside bike tour? The route, which varies between 13-and-a-half to 15 miles in length (22 to 25 kilometres), will take riders along the Amstel River and past a host of bucolic sights, including a historic windmill and pretty parkland. What’s more, those who take part will also drop by a farmhouse, where you’ll be able to sample some local cheeses and watch clog making in action.

Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration

Duration 4 hours

Rating 4.5/5

Number of Reviews 142

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7. Heineken Experience and canals pizza cruise (from USD 59)

Travelers on a budget looking to experience as much of Amsterdam as they can may wish to opt for this tour, which actually combines two of the city’s best-selling tours in one. Attractions include the home of Heineken beer, a name famous around the world. Those who purchase tickets for this tour will get to visit the Heineken Experience at any point between 11am and 5.30pm (or 6.30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), during which they will be able to learn about the history of this iconic brand and also enjoy two complimentary beers. Afterward, they can board the canal cruise which sets sail at 7pm. The cruise will wind its way around the UNESCO world heritage-listed waterways, giving tour members the chance to enjoy the city’s architectural highlights - all while tucking into pizza, ice cream and a few frosty glasses of beer.

Amsterdam Super Saver: Heineken Experience and Canals Pizza Cruise

Duration 1 day

Rating 4.5/5

Number of Reviews 206

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8. Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam (from USD 25)

Music fans looking to tuck into a delicious feast while gazing at some fascinating memorabilia will be well-served by this two-hour visit to the Hard Rock Cafe. Diverse artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Manson, and Eddie Van Halen are all represented amid the displays. Those looking for a few holiday souvenirs will also enjoy the on-site shop. Also, let’s not forget the delicious food! The tour, which includes priority seating, gives visitors an option of two menus, depending on whether they plan on tucking into two or three courses. The eatery’s three-floor layout also provides a chance for visitors to look out on the city’s beautiful canals during your dining experience.

Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam

Duration 2 hours

Rating 4.5/5

Number of Reviews 67

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9. Amsterdam pub crawl (from USD 19)

Amsterdam is famous for its beers, with illustrious names such as Heineken and Amstel well-known to ale aficionados around the world. Little wonder then that the city features a vibrant nightlife chock full of top pubs, bars, and clubs. What better way to experience it than via this six-hour pub crawl tour? The tour gives visitors a chance to mingle with like-minded sightseers, learn all about the area from the informative guides and even enjoy a complimentary drink at each port of call during the crawl. There’s even the option of two different routes - taking in the hustle and bustle of Leidseplein Square or the Red Light District, depending on which one you choose.

Amsterdam Pub Crawl

Duration 6 hours

Rating 4/5

Number of Reviews 203

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10. Amsterdam's favourite food tour with a local (from USD 49)

Delectable treats await those who opt for this two-and-a-half hour tour through the culinary charms of Amsterdam. Led by a knowledgeable food aficionado, this walking tour will visit everything from a local market to a restaurant and even a beer garden, giving participants a real flavor of the city’s food scene. Whether it’s tempting Dutch cheeses, the vibrant stalls of the Albert Cuyp market, or the piscine pleasures of locally caught fish, you’ll be treating those taste buds to a riot of flavor in no time. What’s more, the tour’s start time is flexible, enabling you to easily fit it around your busy sightseeing schedule.

Amsterdam's Favorite Food Tour with a Local

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

Rating 5/5

Number of Reviews 21

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Great ways to explore Amsterdam

A city as vibrant as Amsterdam is chock full of fascinating attractions, and these fine tours provide a great way of experiencing some of its many charms during your stay.

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