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Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

1. Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

Enjoy a 70-minute cruise on one of the most relaxing lounge boats in Amsterdam. Start out in the heart of the Red Light District, one of the most popular locations in the city, and sail through the central area, the Herengracht and Prinsengracht canals, the Seven Bridges, the river Amstel, the Skinny Bridge, and the Dancing Houses before returning to where you started. The boat can accommodate up to 24 people. Whatever the weather, the boat is set up so passengers will have an enjoyable time. All windows can be opened, ensuring full visibility of Amsterdam’s iconic landmarks and monuments. Sip on your favorite drink (2 free drinks are included) and you can even bring your own music on a USB stick or on your phone to add to the party atmosphere. Feel at home with no parental controls, rules, or any form of stress on a 420-friendly boat tour. A hookah/shisha is also available onboard to smoke at an additional cost.

Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

2. Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

Explore the history of the notorious Red Light District and experience a typical day in the life of a sex worker. See the rooms where they work, and hear their stories as told by the sex workers themselves. Get insight into their perspective, which they explore in a light-hearted and frank way in order to remove the taboos associated with sex work.  Sit in one of Amsterdam's famous Red Light District window's and feel what it's like to be on the other side of the glass. Discover the history of sex work in Amsterdam, learn how Amsterdam came to be such a liberal-minded metropolis. Read from the Confession Wall, a collection of written confessions left by museums visitors – some are funny, some are eye-opening, but all of them are revealing.

Ultimate Party Pub Crawl - Red Light District

3. Ultimate Party Pub Crawl - Red Light District

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam. Take a 5-hour stumble through the depths of Amsterdam's infamous Red Light district on a pub crawl.  Start your tour with unlimited shots of vodka from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Stop at 4 different pubs and a nightclub, and take advantage of great drink specials at all of the venues. At every venue, meet a friendly nightlife host at the door. Finish your party pub crawl with free entrance to a busy nightclub, where you can stay as long as you like.

Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

4. Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

Sit back and relax on a smoke-friendly canal cruise through the heart of Amsterdam aboard a sightseeing cruise. Gain facinating insights into the attractions that you pass and enjoy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks as you sail through the canals. Hop on board and get cozy for a romantic cruise down the canal. Feel free to bring your own food and smokes to enjoy on board. First, travel through the Redlight District that surrounds the Old Church. Take in views of the waterfront and the Eastern Dock. Follow the Old City Wall onto the Amstel River and see the Bridge of Monet which was made famous by the artist's painting of this spot. Smile at the wacky Deconstructivism of the Dancing Houses and snap a picture of the Blue Bridge. Enter the Canal Belt from the Herengracht along the Mayor's House and take the Golden Bend to the Seven Bridges. Take the Reguliersgracht canal to cross the Keizersgracht canal onto the Prinsengracht canal. Spot many houseboats including the oldest houseboat in Amsterdam and take in the fantastic designs of some of the typical hippie houseboats from the ’60s and ’70s. Return to the Amstel river and see the Skinny Bridge, the oldest and most picturesque bridge in Amsterdam. Along the Hermitage and the Stopera, get up-close views of the “View on the Groenburgwal” painted by Monet in 1884 before returning to Redlight District again.

Amsterdam: Old Town Exploration Game

5. Amsterdam: Old Town Exploration Game

Discover Amsterdam's most interesting places by solving clues around town that will unlock amazing stories. Along the way, find fascinating tales of the people who used to live, work or create art around the city center. Uncover hidden secrets about the places you visit, and try to find the famous lost diamonds of the Medusa ship. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions so you won't need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve the clue and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked.  The tour will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so you can finish it at your own pace. After you buy the quest, an access code will be delivered to you by mail, which will be used in the downloadable app. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. To play as a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group, or each person can purchase their own ticket. All group members will receive access on their smartphones to play the city game. The person who makes the purchase will receive an email from the local partner with all the details. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

6. Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

Discover infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub. Begin this tour in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city in either a shared, public, or small group. Start with a walk around the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and tell you about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Hear stories about famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' mandje. You also get the opportunity to take a look inside. Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, peep shows, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Here, you will find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Your guide will tell you what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District, liberal laws, and many interesting facts about sex work in Amsterdam. Then, walk to Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

7. From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a full-day tour from Brussels and learn the history of the city from an English-speaking guide. Discover where the city was founded in the 13th century on Dam Square and admire the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and Royal Palace. Venture into the oldest part of Amsterdam to see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and wander the infamous streets of the Red Light District. Continue to De Waag to look at the remains of the medieval wall, and then go into the Jewish Quarter where Rembrandt once lived. End at the flower market, and get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Discover the famous coffee shops or try some local cheese.

Amsterdam: Guided Redlight District and City Walking Tour

8. Amsterdam: Guided Redlight District and City Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Amsterdam with your professional German tour guide, and learn all about the history and culture of the charming canal city, including the exciting Red Light District. On this informative 2-hour walking tour through the beautiful little streets - numerous tips for your additional stay are included. This city tour combines two must-do tours: the Red Light District tour and the city center tour through Amsterdam's beautiful canal belt. Both are an absolute must in Amsterdam. Visit many highlights of Amsterdam's city center on this two-in-one tour, stroll past picturesque canal houses and learn why Amsterdam is considered one of the most free-spirited places in the world and what life is like today in this cosmopolitan, tolerant and multicultural city. Find out where to find the most culinary delights and which districts you should explore on your own by bike. The city is also home to the exciting Red Light District- A historically grown district indispensable in Amsterdam. Learn everything there is to know about the negotiations between punters and prostitutes, their income and expenses, such as prices, room rent, and taxation, as well as the women's safety. Discover the control mechanisms in the neighborhood and question the structures of sex work. This tour perfectly captures all facets of Amsterdam and is therefore wonderfully suitable as an introductory tour.

Amsterdam: Red Light Secrets Museum and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

9. Amsterdam: Red Light Secrets Museum and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Learn the story of the sex industry at the world's only museum of prostitution in Amsterdam's Red Light District. Explore the oldest profession in the world and examine an industry that remains hidden for many with an entrance ticket to the Red Light Secrets Museum. Experience what it feels like to sit behind a window and listen to the secrets of the ladies. Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the canal district and feast your eyes on the elegant gables of the merchant houses of the Golden Age. Pass historic churches and the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) as you listen to an informative audio commentary, available in several languages.

Amsterdam: Coffee Shops Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Coffee Shops Walking Tour

Meet your guide in front of Amsterdam Central Station, and then walk through the Red Light District to learn about the city's legal cannabis culture and coffee shops. See the first coffee shop in the world, discover the city's smallest alleyway and much more! Visit the world's biggest coffee shop at the "Prix d''Ami" and watch a demonstration about how to roll a joint. Smoke legally (if you want) and hear about the strange Dutch laws on drugs. Get some in-depth knowledge that only the locals know about as you explore the drug culture of Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam Red Light District

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,621 reviews

El tour es excelente. Ian fue un gran guía, además de buena persona y ofrecer predisposición y flexibilidad en todo momento ante nuestras inquietudes. Nos informó acerca de la historia de Ámsterdam y del barrio rojo específicamente. Súper recomendable!!! Muchas gracias Ian.

Thank you for letting us rearrange the trip after the delay in our flight from the UK. And the tour was fantastic - Niels was excellent and I would highly recommend the tour, a fun way to see a city!

Wonderful walking tour , our guide was informative , friendly and knowledgeable. We walked to areas that we had not discovered

Guido was an excellent guide who gave us all an understanding of the history and workings of the city's most notorious region.

Great crowd, lovely company full of people our age (20-30)