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Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam) Tours

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Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam)
In the center of Amsterdam, the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) is the official state palace of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. It is used for state visits and gala dinners and is often open to the public for tours of its lavish rooms.

The Basics
The Royal Palace in central Dam Square was built in the mid-17th century in classical style by architect Jacob van Campen. It rests on about 13,500 wooden piles to counteract the city’s unstable sandy terrain. Originally the city’s town hall, the building became a royal palace in 1808 when Napoleon installed his brother Louis as king. After the French left, the Dutch royal family put the palace to use for ceremonies and state receptions.

Inside the Royal Palace, you find grand interiors that highlight the wealth the city enjoyed in its Golden Age, including a central hall filled with marble carvings. A sculpture of Atlas holding up the world is a highlight. The palace is a popular stop on walking tours of the city and skip-the-line tickets can be prebooked.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the Royal Palace is via paid ticket and includes an audio guide.
  • The palace is wheelchair accessible.
  • The palace is closed whenever there is a state function or other event. 

How to Get There
The Royal Palace is located in Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam. It’s within walking distance from Central Station. It’s accessible on foot, by bike, and as part of many guided tours of the city.

When to Get There
People typically spend up to two hours visiting the palace. It’s a good choice to visit on one of Amsterdam’s frequent rainy days. Check that it’s open before you go as the palace is closed whenever there is a state function or event.

Visit the Hermitage Amsterdam   
For history through the lens of art visit the Hermitage Amsterdam, a branch of the famous St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum. The museum displays works of art and sculpture from around the world, often with a focus on Russian works. The museum—along the Amstel riverfront—is housed in a former residence for the elderly, and the building’s original kitchens can still be visited.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, Amsterdam 1012 RJ, Netherlands
Admission: Varies
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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  • 1 hour
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$21.65
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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  • 3 hours
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$39.02
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Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

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Learn about Amsterdam's Jewish history on this private tour. Visit what was once the Jewish Quarter, with its old Synagogue and former Jewish theater (Hollandse Schouwburg) before heading to the Anne Frank House via tram. Here you have the option of going inside to see where the famous diarist hid until she was finally captured during WWII. Tickets are not included, but we can advise you on the best way to visit after the tour.
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  • 4 hours
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$109.46
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Amsterdam Small Group Food Tour

Amsterdam Small Group Food Tour

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Visit Amsterdam's culinary hot spots on this 2.5-hour food and walking tour. Alongside your guide and small group, limited to just 12 foodies, travel around town to taste popular local dishes such as salty fries and fresh herring. Sample pungent artisan cheeses, and throw back a house spirit at a 17th-century distillery. Along the way, gain insight into Amsterdam’s gastronomic roots and the historic Dutch spice trade.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Amsterdam History Walking Tour

Amsterdam History Walking Tour

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During the Amsterdam History Tour you will discover some of Amsterdam’s most iconic squares, buildings, canals and old streets, while learning about the city’s history, liberal culture and Dutch people. Our knowledgeable local guides will take you on a great walking tour straight through Amsterdam’s historic center. During this 1:45 hour tour our licensed experts explain how freedom and tolerance were born in the Netherlands and how they impacted Amsterdam’s financial development; turning a scanty fishing village into the centre of world trade. We describe how these same values from the 16th century still shape the attitudes of today’s Amsterdammers. This Amsterdam City Tour is a feast for the eyes; so don’t forget to charge your camera!
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tour

Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tour

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Join this 2 hour walking tour and discover all about life during nazi-occupation in the early 1940s. Find out how the people endured important events such as the February strike and the hunger winter. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and their struggles during this dark period of time. Learn all about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city and Learn more about Amsterdam’s troubled past. Get an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived during and after the Second World War. See many sights like the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Discover sites like the Dokwerker and the Auschwitz Monument. Hear stories about Anne Frank and her family, her move from Germany, her now famous diary and how her father published it after the war.
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  • 2 hours
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$146.30
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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$169.60
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Private Tour: 8h Amsterdam and Holland Countryside Tour

Private Tour: 8h Amsterdam and Holland Countryside Tour

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Experience highlights of Dutch history and culture on a private, full-day tour of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside. Begin with a walking tour of Amsterdam’s most important landmarks and charming neighborhoods, and then step back into the 17th century with a lunch stop in quaint De Rijp village. Admire a land of green pastures, wooden houses, and windmills in the UNESCO-listed Beemster Polder, and see how Gouda cheese is produced at a local dairy farm. Throughout the day, enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide.
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  • 9 hours
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$420.99
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Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

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Gain an intimate glimpse of Amsterdam on this small-group walking tour, led by an experienced guide. Discover city highlights and hidden gems such as the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Oude Kerk, as well as plenty of locally loved cafes and learn more about the city’s history and culture as you explore its picturesque streets on foot.
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  • 3 hours
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$112.16
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Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)

Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)

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Discover the fascinating history of the most liberal city in the world with FreeDam Tours - the best-rated walking tour in Amsterdam! On this unique tip-based tour * you will discover how freedom and tolerance shaped the city and its people throughout the ages. Your super-local guide will combine beautiful sightseeing with exciting storytelling and cover everything you need to know about Amsterdam in one tour: history, modern life, culture, art, fun facts and personal stories for a unique insider’s perspective on life in Amsterdam. Be prepared to challenge all your preconceived ideas about this city because after this tour you will never look and think of Amsterdam the same way! * Tip-based walking tour means you can join this tour basically for free (you will only be charged the booking fee, marketing fee and tourist tax) after which you tip your guide what you think the tour was worth. That motivates us to give you the best tour and you get the best possible value!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Amsterdam has been a beer-loving city since the 12th century. Back then, drinking beer was as normal as drinking water. In fact, the water was so polluted that everyone drank beer — even the children. The Dutch traveled far and wide, bringing wheat and rye from Germany, where they learned how to brew beer. After a long investigation revealed a scandal amongst the big breweries of Amsterdam, small breweries started to pop up, growing and expanding within the city. In turn, this led to the growth of Amsterdam's craft beer culture, where more and more people were interested in local beers made by local people. When you join our Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour, you'll visit and get to know two of these small breweries.
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  • 3 hours
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Gay LGBT History Tour Amsterdam, 2 Hours Walk about Amsterdam's Gay LGBT History

Gay LGBT History Tour Amsterdam, 2 Hours Walk about Amsterdam's Gay LGBT History

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Get an in-depth look at LGBT history in Amsterdam on this walking tour with a guide who lived through the beginnings of the movement. Listen to an oral history of the 1980s and 1990s, when Amsterdam was the gay capital of the world, and visit landmarks important to LGBT history. With a small group of just 10 people, you'll have plenty of chances to ask questions and enjoy an intimate group atmosphere.
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Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour

Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour

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The best way to get around Amsterdam is on foot, but don’t let the cold weather put you off. This 2-hour winter walking tour shows off the city at its most atmospheric, — admire the glittering illuminations of the Amsterdam Light Festival, see landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Munttoren, and the Flower Market dusted with snow, then warm up with hot chocolate and stroopwafels (included).
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  • 2 hours
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Private Walking Tour of Amsterdam + Join-in public Boat Tour

Private Walking Tour of Amsterdam + Join-in public Boat Tour

Tour includes walking City Tour of Amsterdam and 1 hr join-in public boat tour. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Red Light District, etc. At the end of the walking tour, you will say goodbye to a guide who will give instructions on how to return to the hotel after a boat trip. A boat tour starts and ends by the Central Railway Station.
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  • 4 hours
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$429.00
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Private Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Amsterdam and Boat Tour

Private Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Amsterdam and Boat Tour

Tour includes walking City Tour of Amsterdam and 1 hr join-in public boat tour. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Red Light District, etc. At the end of the walking tour, you will say goodbye to a guide who will give instructions on how to return to the ship after a boat trip. A boat tour starts and ends by the Central Railway Station.
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  • 4 hours
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$570.00
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$570.00
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Join-in Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Amsterdam and Boat Tour

Join-in Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Amsterdam and Boat Tour

Tour includes walking City Tour of Amsterdam and 1 hr join-in public boat tour. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Red Light District, etc. At the end of the walking tour, you will say goodbye to a guide who will give instructions on how to return to the ship after a boat trip. A boat tour starts and ends by the Central Railway Station.
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  • 4 hours
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$403.00
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$403.00
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Best of Amsterdam on a Private Panoramic Tour

Best of Amsterdam on a Private Panoramic Tour

Sightseeing tour with a professional guide and driver on the highlights of Amsterdam. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District, etc. The tour ends with a return transfer to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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$419.00
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$419.00
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Private Shore Excursion: The Best of Amsterdam on a panoramic tour

Private Shore Excursion: The Best of Amsterdam on a panoramic tour

Sightseeing tour with a professional guide and driver on the highlights of Amsterdam. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District, etc. The tour ends with a return transfer to your cruise ship.
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  • 3 hours
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$624.00
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$624.00
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Amsterdam Private Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families w/Local Guide

Amsterdam Private Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families w/Local Guide

Explore the highlights of Amsterdam on this fun 2.5-hour private walking tour designed for kids & families! With canals, bikes, art, architecture and museums, there's something here for everyone! Meet your kid-friendly guide at the tourist office and set off to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the historic centre with its colorful houses, cute cafes, family-friendly restaurants, cobbled streets, and fascinating history, which you'll hear about along the way. Some of the landmarks you'll see on your walk are: the city's oldest church, Oude Kerk, a 14th century courtyard built as a sanctuary for the Begijntjes, Catholic nuns, listen to stories about the famous ghost named Helena in Ghost Alley, meander through the Chinese district to see the Zeedijk Buddhist temple, marvel at the spectacular Royal Palace in Dam square and more! The kids will be entertained with tailor-made, educational activities to help them learn about the city and its history. What's not to love about Amsterdam?
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$239.36
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$239.36
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Private walking tour in Amsterdam

Private walking tour in Amsterdam

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Acclimate yourself to the complex canals and must-see attractions of Amsterdam on a private 3-hour walking tour. The flexible itinerary is completely customized to match your personal interests, so you make the most of your limited time in the city. Possible highlights include the Red Light District, New Church, Old Church, and Royal Palace. Skip-the-line tickets are provided by your guide as needed.
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  • 3 hours
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$178.00
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$178.00
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Amsterdam Small-Group Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Amsterdam Small-Group Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Zip through Amsterdam's narrow sidestreets and along romantic canals on a private city tour by tuk tuk. Cover much more ground than walking but access places that buses and cars can't reach as you see highlights like the Red Light District, Jordaan neighborhood, Royal Palace, Amstel River, and the Anne Frank House with a private guide. Add on a skip-the-line ticket to the Van Gogh Museum to end the tour at this world-class collection of Impressionist art.
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  • 1 hour
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$53.65
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Amsterdam Private Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide & Stroopwafel

Amsterdam Private Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide & Stroopwafel

This private tour allows a complete personalization, to fully meet your preferences and expectations. A local guide, art and history expert,will lead you at the discovery of the uniqueness of Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, you will see places and monuments but most of all will appreciate the flavour of the city that appeals millions of visitors every year. Let’s start our tour from the famous Dam square, here we can’t miss to admire the neoclassical Royal Palace and the Gothic Nieuwe Kerk. Following the Amstel we will explore canals and narrow alleys, view the Rembrandt museum and Anna Frank’s house, enter the hidden courtyards of the Begijnhof, climb romantic bridges, adventure inside the famous Red Lights District. Your exclusive guide will also offer a taste of delicious Dutch waffle. At the end of the tour you will feel like parting!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.11
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$131.11
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Private Tour: Highlights of Amsterdam + Zaanse Schans village + Cheese Farm

Private Tour: Highlights of Amsterdam + Zaanse Schans village + Cheese Farm

During the tour, you will travel to the village of Zaanse Schans, past the Dutch landscapes of polders and canals, where you will visit a windmill, a workshop for making wooden shoes, a cheese farm with a tasting of Dutch cheese. Then you will return to Amsterdam, where you take a panoramic tour. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District, etc. The tour ends with a return transfer to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$761.00
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$761.00
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