Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum Tour Including Amsterdam Canals Lunch Cruise

Enjoy a full day of Amsterdam’s outstanding art, culture and scenery with this museum tour and canal cruise combo. Avoid the lines and gain skip-the-line entry to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, where you’ll take narrated tours with an art historian guide to see and learn about masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and others. Outdoors, soak up Amsterdam’s lovely waterfront sights on a 1.5-hour canal cruise, with a light lunch served on board. A complimentary ticket to the Diamond Museum Amsterdam is also included.

Numbers are limited to 20 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

What You Can Expect

Learn about the Dutch Masters on two guided museum walking tours
Learn about the Dutch Masters on two guided museum walking tours

Your full-day tour starts in Amsterdam’s Museum District in the morning. Your guide will first take you to the Van Gogh Museum. Bypass the entrance queue with your skip-the-line ticket and head directly inside to see the museum’s magnificent artwork.

The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world's largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh, with more than 200 paintings as well as many letters and drawings. You can also see the work of those who inspired Van Gogh throughout various displays of art by other 19th-century painters. Your art historian guide will teach you about select paintings and about Van Gogh’s life, plus answer any questions you have.

After the tour, you have free time to browse the museum shop and can enjoy a cup of coffee at the museum café.

Next it's time to admire Amsterdam's outdoor beauty with a 1.5-hour boat tour along the city's picturesque canals. Relax as you cruise along the elaborate ring of UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals, passing charming bridges, canal houses, classic Dutch gables, churches, towers and other wonderful waterfront highlights. On board, you’ll be served a light lunch to enjoy with your fellow travelers.

Following the canal cruise, your guide will take you to the Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum dedicated to the arts and history of the Netherlands. Enjoy skip-the-line entry and head straight inside for a small-group tour.

This recently renovated museum has a magnificent collection of artwork, crafts and historical pieces dating back from the year 1200 to today. Admire and learn about masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The entire collection of the Rijksmuseum is an incredible one million items, with 8,000 on display in 80 galleries.

After your Rijksmuseum tour, your guide will take you to Coster Diamonds -- one of the oldest still-operating diamond polishing factories -- where you will receive an entrance ticket to the Diamond Museum. The guided portion of your tour ends here, and you're free to continue exploring independently.

Days of Service

Friday to Sunday

Meeting Time




  • Professional guide
  • Skip the line entrance to Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum
  • Private tours of Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum
  • Canal cruise with light lunch
  • Ticket to Diamond Museum Amsterdam


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point



7 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point


Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

9:30 AMTour
$ 103.73

Customer Reviews

gary a

September 2015

Absolutely a must!!! Tina our guide was exceptional.

Susana S

September 2015

What a lovely day! Even if there had not been any lines, getting this tour for the guide and the canal cruise alone would have been totally worth it. Our guide Marta, an art student, was able to give us otherwise unknown insights into the paintings, the artists' lives, and the ways to read a painting. We had a wonderful time!

Bruce C

September 2015

The very friendly and knowledgeable guide made this a great experience.

Elizabeth J

September 2015

Our tour guide, Steven, was very knowledgeable and informative.

Adriana C

September 2015

Steve was a fantastic tour guide. Our entire family from 14 to 45 totally enjoyed the day and he had our 3 boys laughing and really taking in the entire experience. I would highly recommend this tour. Great history and exposure to art. It gave us a great little mini tour on the boat so we could plan out our next days adventure and Steve was a great help in pointing things out.

William M

September 2015

Tour guide was awesome!


September 2015

Our tour director, Steve, was very knowledgable and he did a terrific job.

Robert H

August 2015

Canal cruise was fun. Museums were wonderful. Tour guide very knowledgeable

Paul S

September 2015

Our tour guide, Elsa, was wonderful - great knowledge about the two museums including the art, but also a life long resident of Amsterdam who gave us a perspective that was invaluable. She also took the time to walk us to the Canal Cruise and stood waiting with us until the boat arrived. A great day!


August 2015

We had a wonderful tour guide and the museums were awesome.

Lorraine G

August 2015

The guide was great and we thoroughly enjoyed his explanations at the 2 museums and found that part of the tour really worthwhile. The cruise was disappointing. The boat was crowded and the box lunch could have been better. However, the disappointing part was that if you wanted to stand on the outside deck of the boat in order to see much better, you couldn't hear the taped narration so you didn't know what you were looking at. I still highly recommend the tour because the museum part was excellent-very interesting and informative.


August 2015

This was a great tour. Steve, our guide, was knowledgeable, interesting, informative and patient! The stories he told about the artwork we saw in both museums were excellent. To be in the museum and see the amazing artwork is one thing, to have Steve there telling you the story behind the painting or sculpture and providing the artists perspective and history was quite wonderful. We are so glad we took this tour. Very excellent--Thanks to Steve!! August 7, 2015
Ken and Roman

Richard A

August 2015

the guide was excellent. well worth the money

Kenneth H

August 2015

Very good tour guide. She was very friendly. The group bypassed the long line to the Van Gogh Museum. Definitely worth the extra cost not to waste part of my holiday standing in line.

Lyn B

August 2015

Outstanding guide! Two museums were fantastic and the guide maneuvered our group through all the lines to see the most important works of art without a problem. Best tour guide we have ever had!

Margaret eunice B

August 2015

Fantastic to skip the line. Wow, you must do this tour, our guide was great, she had fantastic knowledge. Would do again.

Susan L W

August 2015

Excellent!! The best tour you could do. And a brilliant tour company conducting the tour. Lunch on the canal was great. The tour company, after we were caught in a dreadful storm, shouted the tour tea/coffee at the American Hotel lovely and organised buses to take us to Rijksmuseum. They did not have to do this. We were extremely impressed. The guide was brilliant, knew her stuff, and conducted the tour in the most time efficient way to get the most out of the two museums. We had a wonderful day.

Carey C

August 2015

Absolutely great. Steven, our guide was really passionate about the museums we visited, and extremely helpful in answering questions and giving advice on general things to do and ways to get around in Amsterdam. We take a Viator Tour again in a heartbeat.

Heather A

August 2015

Do not miss!

Edward S

August 2015

Great from start to finish. Those who greeted us were friendly and very professional. The guide Yoyo was outstanding.

Daven S

August 2015

This trip was outstanding! The guide was the best ever! Good pacing through the museum and onto the boat for lunch. The smaller group make this a great experience.


August 2015

Great tour. Not waiting in line and the guide was great. It would be impossible to do on your own.


August 2015

Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Van Gogh and Rijks museum were fabulous.

Lisa M

July 2015

I really enjoyed this tour. Steven was an excellent guide, who explained with great detail, but also a sense of funhow the painters were making observations of their subjects/ communities, etc.. Be sure you wear comfortable shoes! I was looking up VVG on line and found a sight listing locations for his paintings all over the world. This review could actually be higher than a 5, if that was possible!