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A highly recommended activity during a gorgeous time of day.
In planning our whirlwind day in Amsterdam, I heard one recurring piece of advice. “Take a canal cruise.” Pretty much everyone who has travelled to Amsterdam recommended this activity.
It might seem like a touristy thing to do, but it’s a great way to familiarize yourself with Amsterdam. It seems as though there are just as many waterways as roadways, so why not travel around by boat?
We noticed that Tinggly offered an Amsterdam canal cocktail cruise at sunset. It’s the prettiest time of day to explore the city, with the sun and sky reflecting off the water. And why not sail around town with a cocktail in my hand?
You might recall that we booked a romantic gondola ride in Venice with Tinggly. It’s a travel company with hundreds of different travel experiences. They make fantastic gifts and can be redeemed for adventures all over the world.
We were very pleased with our gondola ride in Venice, so it made sense to book another tour by boat with Tinggly. After all, Amsterdam is known as “Venice of the North.”
AMSTERDAM CANAL COCKTAIL CRUISE
We boarded an open air vessel with numerous dining tables. Half of our boat signed up for a dinner cruise, and the other half signed up for a cocktail cruise. For our cocktail cruise, we were allowed to choose two drinks from the menu, as well as glass of wine. However, they were quite liberal with the wine. A pair sitting next to us kept getting their wine glasses refilled, so I’m pretty sure they kept serving it up until they ran out.
Even though we weren’t eating a full meal on board, the tour came with a platter of snacks to munch on as we savoured our drinks.
Our cruise lasted two hours, starting at 8:30pm. In June, the sun sets quite late in the evening compared to back home in Canada. While we enjoyed a glorious sunset, it wasn’t even completely dark outside when we returned back to the harbour at 10:30pm.
Travel Tip: We recommend arriving early for the best seats. Justin and I got a little bit lost trying to find the dock and arrived only ten minutes early. Even still, all the seats beside the windows were taken.
COCKTAILS FOR EVERY TASTE
There was a choice of five different cocktails, including one alcohol-free beverage. These included:
- Pina Colada – Creamy Puerto Rican cocktail with white rum, coconut milk, and pineapple
- Cosmopolitan – The popular mixture of Triple Sec with vodka, cranberry juice, and lime
- Mojito – Deliciously refreshing classic cocktail consisting of white rum, lime, and fresh mint
- Gin and Tonic – Gin, tonic water, ice and lime, the simplistically elegant G and T never fails to please
- Apple Nojito (alcohol-free) – Sparkling apple juice mocktail with 7-up, fresh mint, and a squeeze of lemon
Between the two of us, we ordered the pina colada, cosmopolitan, and mojito (neither of us are big fans of gin).
SAILING AROUND THE CANALS
Although we walked along the canals all day, we enjoyed entirely new views of the city from the canals themselves. We marveled up at the rows of houses, all neatly groomed with greenery and flowers. Bicycles dominated the scenery, attached to every railing and bridge.
Our boat gracefully dipped under bridges and winded through narrow passageways. At one point in time, we even did our version of a three-point turn on the water. It was also important to be mindful of other boats drifting by, as we had to wait our turn at times to sail through the corridors.
Cruising past historic churches and monumental clock towers, we discovered more places that we didn’t even notice on foot. While I highly recommend that you do wander around Amsterdam, taking this Amsterdam canal cocktail cruise allowed us to notice previously undetectable landmarks.
Of course, as we sailed around, a staff member on board explained facts and history about Amsterdam, describing exactly what we were looking at.
A STUNNING SUNSET
The sky slowly grew more vibrant as the sun dropped beneath the horizon. Pastel streaks of orange, red, and yellow blazed across the atmosphere.
Amsterdam, you were really putting on quite the show for us. It was our last night in Europe after a two week jaunt across Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. I couldn’t think of a dreamier way to end our vacation than with this Amsterdam canal cocktail cruise.
A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
From sipping cocktails and admiring the spectacular scenery to learning more about the city, Justin and I thoroughly enjoyed our scenic Amsterdam canal cocktail cruise. While you can take canal cruises throughout the day, there’s something special about taking one at sunset. Maybe it’s something about watching the city come alive as the sun goes down.
We highly recommend that you book the Amsterdam Canal Cocktail Cruise through your purchase of a Tinggly gift experience. If you enter “justinpluslauren” at checkout, you’ll receive at 15% discount!
Thank you so much to Tinggly for hosting our excursion.
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