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Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra) Tours

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Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra)
Established in 1838, Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra) was the first zoo to open in the Netherlands. It covers more than 35 acres (14 hectares) of shady tree-lined pathways and landscaped botanical gardens in Amsterdam’s Plantage neighborhood. The zoo is home to more than 900 species of animals, some in majestic 19th-century compounds. 
 
The Basics
The big cats, elephants, gorillas, zebras, meerkats, giraffes, and antelopes range freely in spacious enclosures of modern design at Artis, while the Wolf House occupies a former pub dating from the 19th century. 

Artis holds keeper talks focused on one particular species and daily feedings for the sea lions, vultures, and penguins. Entrance includes admission to the greenhouses and zoological and geological museums as well as the planetarium, where 3D movies are shown. Discounted admission is included in most city sightseeing passes.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo is a must-visit for animal lovers and those traveling with children.
  • Keeper talks are not always in English, so check ahead of time at the ticket office, where daily timetables are posted.
  • Public guided tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
  • Purchasing tickets in advance is always cheaper than buying on-site.
  • Most of the zoo is wheelchair accessible, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow.
 
How to Get There
You can take tram number 14 from Amsterdam Centraal train station to the Artis stop, directly in front of the zoo. Tram lines 7 and 19 stop at Alexanderplein, a 10-minute walk away. The closest metro station is Waterlooplein (lines 51, 53, and 54), a 10-minute walk from the main entrance.
 
When to Get There
Artis is open every day, 365 days a year, though hours are slightly reduced in winter and on holidays. One of the best times to visit is during late-night openings on Saturday evenings from June through late August, which are often accompanied by live music.

The Aquarium
One of the most impressive of the zoo’s compounds is the aquarium, built in 1882. It reveals a cross section of the murky waters of the city’s canals and houses more than 300 species of shark, eel, and shoals of tropical fish. The aquarium also holds a large part of the zoo’s art collection.
Address: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, Amsterdam 1018 CZ, 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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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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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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Amsterdam Small-Group, Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

Amsterdam Small-Group, Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

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Come and join us on one of our legendary and Tripadvisor top 3 boat tours and get ready to cruise along the Amsterdam canals on our unique, electric boats. We have small open boats so you are able to enjoy the full experience! On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam. Our canal cruise is a great alternative compared to those old-school tourist canal boats that your grandma probably recommended.
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on a 3-hour bicycle tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. With a knowledgeable guide, stray from the conventional tourist trail to explore lesser-known neighborhoods home to landmarks like the Maritime Museum and the Rikjsmuseum. Weave your way through charming districts like Jordaan; gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of Amsterdam. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 cyclists.
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  • 3 hours
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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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Sebi Boat Tours

Sebi Boat Tours

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We are Sebi Boat Tours, two true Amsterdammers who want to share their love for this beautiful city. With our 100% electric boat which is open on sunny days and closed on rainy and windy days and has a toilet, we will provide a 2 hour intimate canal tour. We will pass all the highlights Amsterdam has to offer including the world famous canal belt, The Jordaan, The red light district, the river Amstel, the maritime area and places, where big tour boats cannot go. On the way we will make a stop at Amsterdam's best boat caterer, childhood friends of ours, to pick up some traditional Dutch snacks while you enjoy a wide variety of complementary drinks. All this while Captain Sebi will pass on his years of knowledge of the city and canals, on current events and Amsterdam people in Dutch, English and German!
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Amsterdam Bike Tour

Amsterdam Bike Tour

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During your stay in Amsterdam, you can not miss a bike tour through the city’s canals. The city bike tour of Amsterdam is the best way to get to know those parts of the city that are harder to reach by walking. Walking you can do 80% of the city and with the bike tour, we take you to travel 20% that you lack. Always safely, through independent bike lanes and away from the large crowds of downtown! For 2.5 hours on wheels, we will take you to the most memorable places in the city: parks, museums, windmills … In this tour, we will not only see the most important thing about the Dutch capital and its best landscapes but also tell you the stories that make these sites special. Do not hesitate! Get on the bike and discover Amsterdam with us on two wheels. It will be a memorable adventure! The tour includes the bicycle rental during the tour.
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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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Mini City Bike Tour, Highlights of Amsterdam (2 hours)

Mini City Bike Tour, Highlights of Amsterdam (2 hours)

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Amsterdam is famous for its bike culture and during this small-group tour you can explore just like a local. Pedal along the canals and cobbled streets of the city, stopping at key landmarks such as the Anne Frank House, the Magere Burg (or Skinny Bridge), and the Jordaan district. Listen to engaging commentary about the rich history of the city and enjoy a real Dutch experience as you bike around.
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Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise with Open Bar and Local Guide | Electric boat

Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise with Open Bar and Local Guide | Electric boat

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Every year in winter, Amsterdam is transformed into an illuminated wonderland thanks to the Amsterdam Light Festival. Get the best views of the installations from the water during an eco-friendly electric boat cruise that offers a different perspective of the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring.
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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NEW! Authentic Amsterdam Evening Cruise!

NEW! Authentic Amsterdam Evening Cruise!

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We will go on the most relaxing, cosy and beautiful nightly open boat ride through the canals of Amsterdam. But not just any boat ride. You will be indulged with food, drinks (Juices for the youngest) , stories, history and humor. You will get to know and see the rich history of Amsterdam and so much more. . And you will also meet with guests from all over the world who all speak English. So not only get to know Holand but also France, India, Spain, Andorra, Italy , US and so much more while your at it. And because I'm your host for the whole tour, I will entertain you with amazing facts, funny and exciting stories.
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Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusive. 60 minutes

Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusive. 60 minutes

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The best private canal tour on the famous canals of Amsterdam! The cruise is private for 1,5 hours and inclusive local skipper/guide and inclusive beer, wines, soda's and snacks (due the Corona virus, snacks are not available at this time). The luxe boat is equipped with pillows and in case of rain a roof top. Anamazing experience to enjoy with friends and family. You will see the famous hotspots of Amsterdam. The starting location is at the famous Rijksmuseum, the biggest museum of Amsterdam.
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Bikes, Beers and Bitterballen

Bikes, Beers and Bitterballen

This tour was designed with a little of everything in mind. Equal parts history, food and drink. We’ll grab bikes and head towards one of the independent breweries in town conveniently located near a classic Dutch windmill. While we’re there we’ll have a chance to sample a local brew and grab some tasty snacks. From there we’ll explore some of the city, stopping for some more food along the way. We’ll round off the whole experience back where we started – conveniently located next to another fantastic Amsterdam brewery. Please note: a €30 Fee will also be charged at the start of the tour (Cash or Credit Card possible) That's for the cost of the bike rental, food/drinks and a city tax imposed by the Amsterdam city counsel. It is possible to bring your own bike and I will subtract that cost (€7)
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Amsterdam Jiddisch History + nasch, my parents WW II hiding. 3 hr walking tour

Amsterdam Jiddisch History + nasch, my parents WW II hiding. 3 hr walking tour

An outstanding experience, an astonishing story ! I will take you along 12 generations (more than 400 years!) of my family to personalize the Jewish history of Amsterdam. From the 17th century till today, I connect all aspects of Jewish life in Mokum ( = Jiddisch for Amsterdam) in to the Waterman's & Casseres families and their descendants. I will let you experience: * Jewish live in Amsterdam before the war, when my gramdmother became famous with her free chicken soep, on shabbat, in her cigar store. * The hiding under the store floor during "razzia's" and all neighbors were send to the camps,  * The SS soldier who warned my grandfather, followed by the hiding under a roof for over more than 3 years * pass by important historical sites of Jewish Amsterdam, such as: Portuguese es noga, Hollandse schouwburg, Jewish historical museum & holocaust memorial site * mini language course Amstedams - Jiddisch * free tasting of 3 famous & authentic Jiddische pastrys  
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Amsterdam Old City Center Small-Group Tour by Boat

Amsterdam Old City Center Small-Group Tour by Boat

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Join our boat tour and escape the hectic Amsterdam street life while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere on the best canal cruise in town (#1 on TripAdvisor). Your friendly captain and guide will show you the best Amsterdam has to offer and take you on an adventure through the beautiful canals and also explore some of the city's more peaceful waterways, while telling you about the many sights along the unique route through our captivating city. Our canal boat is a super comfortable, modern, electric and silent, small open boat and we take a max of 12 passengers and can therefore guarantee a more personal experience. Drinks are for sale onboard, however you are also welcome to bring your own drinks and snack along. Don't miss this opportunity to see and experience Amsterdam from this unique and magnificent view.
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Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Exploring Amsterdam’s history by bike gives you a chance to cover much more ground than you would on foot. This private bike tour is an ideal choice for those who want to orient themselves to the city. Customize your tour to the sights on your itinerary, or let your guide choose the highlights. Bike at a relaxing pace and enjoy a personalized tour.
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Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise With Live Guide and Drinks

Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise With Live Guide and Drinks

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Cruise the canals of Amsterdam to see the city illuminated during the Amsterdam Light Festival, and enjoy unobstructed views of the glowing artwork. All drinks are provided on this evening canal cruise, with options that include beer, wine, mulled wine, and soda. Heated cushions, blankets, and a covered bow ensure a comfortable cruise even if the weather is chilly, and the boat’s open back is ideal for photography.
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Audio guided tour - unlimited mulled wine - Amsterdam Light Festival

Audio guided tour - unlimited mulled wine - Amsterdam Light Festival

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Get on board of one of the comfortable boats. Sail the canals and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water. Our captain will make sure that you have the best canal cruise of your life! The captain will guide you through the canals of Amsterdam and via an audio guided tour you will get all the information you need to know about the Amsterdam Light Festival. From the comfort of our boat you can enjoy Amsterdam from the water. Approximately 75 minutes to enjoy Amsterdam from the water, for only €19,50!
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Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour

Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour

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Maximize your time in the Dutch capital on this bike and food tour of Amsterdam. Ideal for lovers of culture and cuisine, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of Amsterdam’s historical, architectural, and culinary delights in just one day. Explore downtown and the Red Light District; cycle alongside UNESCO-listed canals; and sample Dutch classics such as cheese, pancakes, and fries. On this small-group tour, limited to 12 people, you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group Multi-Cultural Food Walk with a Local

Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group Multi-Cultural Food Walk with a Local

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Learn what makes Amsterdam one of Europe’s most diverse destinations on a small-group food walking tour that explores the city’s multicultural cuisine. Hear firsthand accounts of immigrants who have built a new life in the Netherlands, and taste the flavors of non-traditional Dutch foods at local shops and markets.
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Amsterdam Bike Tour with canal cruise all drinks included

Amsterdam Bike Tour with canal cruise all drinks included

During your stay in Amsterdam, you can not miss a bike tour through the city’s canals combined with a 1h canal cruise all drinks included (beer, wine or soft drinks). For 2.5 hours on wheels, we will take you to the most memorable places in the city: parks, museums, windmills … In this tour, we will not only see the most important thing about the Dutch capital and its best landscapes but also tell you the stories that make these sites special. Do not hesitate! Get on the bike and discover Amsterdam with us on two wheels. It will be a memorable adventure! At the end of the bike tour, you could enjoy a 1h (aprox.) canal cruise with unlimited drinks. This cruise route takes us through the principal canals, Amstel River and seven bridges, some of Amsterdam’s most notable locations. You can’t truly experience the city without getting to know its waterways!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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