Amsterdam City Guide

Cruise the canals of Amsterdam

Scenic's all-inclusive European river cruise along the canals of Amsterdam is the perfect way to discover the uniquely alluring towns of the Netherlands. 

On board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship, you'll gently glide along Amsterdam's working canals and become immersed in the picturesque sights of whimsical windmills and fields of tulips. Take a bike tour through towns and over dykes where houseboats are moored as they gently creak. Experience the wonders of Amsterdam's culture and history with tours of world-class museums, spectacular architecture and historically significant art collections.

Discover the two distinct personalities of Amsterdam. The modern-day Amsterdam is a busy city alive with the noise of bicycle bells, youth culture and its famous underbelly. Contrast this to the 17th century floating city dugout developed during the Dutch Golden Age. You'll be in awe of the Grachtengordel, the three concentric circles that have created 1,500 beautiful bridges linking neighbourhood nooks with approximately 90 islands. During your shore excursion walking tours, you'll be enchanted with the market stalls’ abundance of fresh tulips. These picture-perfect scenes transport you back to the art and paintings that have defined Amsterdam's cultural edge.

Our Scenic Freechoice shore excursion options give you the opportunity to be as relaxed or active as you like. Choose from sightseeing tours or decide to have free time doing whatever takes your fancy. From discovering the hidden gems of Amsterdam on a walking tour to exploring old towns with exquisite architecture, history and art. Of course, there's always time to taste the delightful food and wine that Europe is renowned for. 

Scenic's team of expert Cruise Directors ensure all activities on your Amsterdam river cruise let you explore Europe in style. From wine tasting in the Dutch capital city to meandering through the streets of Amsterdam.

Our Amsterdam River Cruises will delight you as you gently glide through these working waterways, taking in the ever-changing sights and sounds of a truly charming city and beyond into the uniquely alluring towns of the Netherlands and other European river cruising gems. Or you could discover grand palaces and castles on Europe’s most tempting waterways, the Rhine, Main & Danube on a luxurious 15 day river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.

Amsterdam, with its ancient architecture, world-class museums and vast collections of historically significant art, synonymous with charming windmills, wooden clogs and fields of tulips is also a thriving contemporary creative city, with a famed underbelly and youth culture making it effectively two distinct cities in one destination.

Amsterdam Rhine River Cruising

Breezing along the Rhine River from Amsterdam towards the picturesque and historic city of Veere taking in the stunning views from the Sundeck of your Scenic Space Ship is pure luxury.

Scenic's all-inclusive Europe river cruises ensure every detail has been thought about. From the moment you step on board your 5-star luxury Scenic Space-Ship, you'll feel like you're on a floating glamorous hotel. As you depart Amsterdam and cruise along the Rhine River, you can settle back on your all-weather, private balcony with a glass of wine as you watch the stunning scenery float by.

The only decision you need to make is which dining venue to eat in. From world-class dégustation to casual fare, all dietary preferences and options are catered for.

Your 5-star luxury Scenic Space-Ship’s opulent features include wellness services such as massages*, a gym, and a hair and beauty salon*. With butler service and complimentary top-shelf beverages, you'll only need to reach for your wallet for personal expenses. Your on board Cruise Director and dedicated team of Scenic staff are committed to ensuring your luxury Europe river cruise exceeds all your expectations. With city tours led by local guides, your Europe river cruise gives you access to unique experiences exclusive to Scenic.

Experience the delights of the Netherlands onshore with our electronically assisted E-bikes or undertake a self-guided tour using the Scenic Tailormade App with on board commentary.

*Services at additional cost.

Enjoy a truly unforgettable luxury Europe River cruising experience

Follow one of our local guides as they lead you through World Heritage-listed cities.

On one of our Amsterdam River Cruises you might visit the Arnhem Airborne Museum where the Airborne Experience means you can follow in the footsteps of British parachutists who made their way across dangerous territory in 1944.

Or you could explore the Netherlands Open Air museum and discover the quaint delights of the traditional windmills, houses and farms of yesteryear or even take a cycling tour through the stunning Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the largest continuous nature reserves in Holland.

Europe river cruising with Scenic is an elegant and authentic way to satisfy your European wanderlust. Our leisurely, comprehensive Netherlands 8-day canal cruise focuses on Dutch sights and Belgian delights. With many of our European river cruising options including Amsterdam as a key destination, we also offer luxury river cruises along the European river gems of the Rhine, and the Moselle rivers, taking in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and France. 

Discover grand palaces and castles on Europe’s most tempting waterways, the Rhine, Main & Danube with a luxurious 15-day river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. While in Amsterdam, you could experience the wonder of the stunning art of Rembrandt, Vermeer and van Gogh (amongst many others) in the magnificent Rijksmuseum. Be amazed at the van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, the Heinekin Museum and the Stedelijk Museum, or take a day trip out to the exquisite Keukenhof Gardens. Visit Amsterdam's gothic cathedral Oude Kerk and marvel at the stunning architecture.

city of bruges

Explore the Romantic Rhine River and Moselle River with a luxury river cruise

Whether it's an 8-day luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, or a 15-day luxury Rhine River and Moselle River cruise from Basel to Amsterdam, Scenic's all-inclusive Europe river cruises are renowned for their unique experiences in exquisite surroundings. Travelling through Switzerland, Holland & Belgium your luxury Europe river cruise city highlights include Strasbourg, Mannheim, Cochem, Bernkastel and Antwerp.

On board your 5-star Scenic Space-Ship, you'll be in awe of the picturesque castles and scenery. From your luxurious suite, the spectacular views along the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge will delight and surprise. Explore the charm of Rüdesheim before boarding the Winzerexpress mini-train for a tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. 

Scenic is renowned for inclusions that make your Europe river cruise a first-class experience. You'll be spoilt for choice with our inclusions:

• Taste delicious local wines from the Moselle Valley
• Dress up and experience the delightful Baroque Rastatt Palace 
• Get an inside tour of the famous Hockenheim Formula 1 track
• Explore Antwerp and learn about one of Peter Paul Rubens one of its famous residents 
• Be in awe as you visit the Storm Surge Barrier and tour Holland's Delta works

Discover the delights from the North Sea to the Black Sea

Immerse yourself in history with a luxury 23-day river cruise from Bucharest to Amsterdam. Visit cities rich in history and cultural significance including Cologne, Nuremberg, Bucharest, Regensburg and Vienna. This all-inclusive luxury Europe river cruise delivers unique onshore excursions including a private classical evening concert at the opulent Palais Liechtenstein.
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