Amsterdam River Cruises


Cruise the canals of Amsterdam

Join the locals by riding a bike through town, or perhaps take a bike tour over dykes and past quaint windmills conjuring up a simpler time.

Amsterdam is a blooming, bustling city, alive with the ever-present ringing of bicycle bells, the gentle creaking of houseboats moored in its famous canals and with the freshly bundled tulips laid out in market stalls recalling the many paintings that have made this liberal, charming and eclectic European jewel a must-see.

A veritable floating city, dug out in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam is formed by over 100 kilometres of winding canals that travel in three thriving concentric belts around the city known as the Grachtengordel, creating approximately 90 islands and with 1,500 beautiful bridges linking neighbourhood nooks.

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.


The difference is Scenic

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.

Enjoy your Amsterdam River Cruise with us on board one of our impeccable, and unique all-inclusive Scenic Space-Ships. Our Scenic Space-Ships are essentially luxury hotels featuring exquisitely designed suites, generously equipped with many opulent features including:

  • Wellness areas with massage services, hair salons & gym
  • Complimentary L’Occitane bathroom products
  • Complimentary top-shelf beverages
  • Up to five dining venues ranging from casual fare to world-class degustation to suit your desire
  • 5-star personalised butler service
  • Laundry concierge service
  • Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Superior on board entertainment
  • Balcony suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  • E-bikes– electronically assisted bicycles for freedom of onshore exploration
  • On board Cruise Directors for friendly guidance and assistance
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers, at your convenience 

Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience

European River Cruising with Scenic is an elegant and authentic way to satisfy your European wanderlust.

Our leisurely, comprehensive Netherlands 8 day cruise focuses on Dutch sights and Belgian delights, but many of our European River Cruising options include Amsterdam as a key destination, with a range also offering the European river gems of the Rhine, and Moselle, taking in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and France.

Experience the wonder of the stunning art of Rembrandt, Vermeer and van Gogh (amongst many others) in the magnificent Rijksmusem, or 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.


We’ll take you to all the must-see highlights of Amsterdam, and you’ll also discover its many hidden gems.

Experience the best architecture, art, history, food and wine Europe has to offer with our Freechoice options providing you with the flexibility to take the days as you like by selecting from a vast range of sightseeing options and activities.

Be immersed in moments that recreate the wonder of Europe’s immense history with our Enrich experiences - special, multi-sensory cultural activities that are entirely unique to the Scenic traveller.

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Our Sundowners options offer an opportunity to reflect on the day’s delights immersed in stunning scenery with a glass of the best in hand.

Wander, bike or cruise through the Dutch capital assured that each activity on our Amsterdam river cruises has been exclusively designed for you by our expert team of Journey Designers.

Whether you begin or end your journey with us in this delightful port, our Amsterdam river cruises will ensure you have ample time to experience the many joys of the area.


A magical day on board

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.

A local guide will lead you through the World Heritage-listed city of Bruges, a tumble of cobblestone streets and serene canals, or you might explore Belgium’s second city, Antwerp, and be seduced by its famous diamonds and beautiful River Scheldt before dining in one of the many world-class restaurants - it’s your Freechoice.

After exploring the charming historical village of Veere, located on a series of dykes that date back to the 15th century you can toast the day’s exploration of picturesque windmills, beautiful harbour and modern and ancient feats of architecture with your fellow Sundowners.

We Enrich your experience with an opportunity to experience gezellig in authentic surrounds by joining the locals of the delightful village of Hoorn in a sumptuous dinner with live entertainment and rousing, warm conversation.

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