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Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

1. Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

See the highlights of Utrecht's medieval inner city during a cruise on the Oudegracht canal. Learn about the city's history as you pass centuries-old buildings, canal houses, wharf cellars, and the Dom Tower. Exchange your voucher at the ticket office and collect your audioguide. Then, descend the 14 steps to the waterside to board your boat. Once you are settled, the boat will set off along the Oudegrachtn (Old Canal). Admire the oldest part of the city, which dates back to Roman times. Then, pass the highest church tower in the Netherlands, the Dom Tower. Marvel at other significant historical buildings along the route. After half an hour, arrive at the city's outer moat, a former defensive structure. Learn about the old strongholds and casemates there. Take photos of the beautiful Zocherpark. See the Railway Museum and Hoog Catharijne, the largest mall in the Netherlands, from the water. Return to the Oudegracht canal and watch people enjoying themselves on the wharves. Try and spot the typical wharf cellars. Once back on dry land, you will have a good idea of what you want to visit next.

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Utrecht: Monster Mystery Exploration Game and Tour

2. Utrecht: Monster Mystery Exploration Game and Tour

Play a real-world quest in Utrecht as a monster hunter who is tasked to find an elusive beast that threatens the city. Solve the clues you receive on your smartphone and save the people of Utrecht. Along the way, you will find new locations and unlock amazing stories. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. The quest will take you from 1 to 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. As you solve the clues, you'll discover new locations and stories. This game is one of the most unique ways to have fun whilst acquainting yourself with the marvelous city of Utrecht. It's a fantastic game for families and groups of friends. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. 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 others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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7 Wonders of Utrecht City Exploration Game

3. 7 Wonders of Utrecht City Exploration Game

Discover Utrecht’s fascinating history and attractions while solving clues around the old town. By solving this coming-of-age quest, you’ll fall in love with the city’s unique charming spirit. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions, so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problems and guess the answer, the secret stories of Utrecht slowly become unlocked. The game will take you about 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit. You do not need a guide - just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, split into smaller groups and compete against each other, or each person can play on their own.

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From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

4. From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to the Dutch Castles

Get picked up from your accommodation by your professional guide and head first to Muiden Castle. Commissioned by Count Floris V in 1280, this 13th-century castle is one of the oldest in The Netherlands. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Muiden Castle is a quintessential medieval castle accessible only by drawbridge and featured in a number of shows and films set in the Middle Ages. Next up is De Haar Castle, the largest castle in the Netherlands once privately owned by the van Zuylen family. Learn about the fascinating history of the castle while you tour the exhibitions in its interior as well as the park and beautiful gardens surrounding it. Get driven back to your accommodation after the tour.

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Vecht River: Private Tour Sightseeing Cruise

5. Vecht River: Private Tour Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a private tour and a sightseeing cruise along the Vecht River. Admire the views of scenic castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates with their tea domes and colorful gardens along the route. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at an exclusive restaurant, overlooking the river. Start from your hotel or a central location of your choice in Amsterdam. Your private party will be picked up by the guide with a comfortable car and driven to the Vecht river to board on a classical open-topped boat. Toast with a glass of bubbly and enjoy the next two hours cruising by stunning castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates with their tea domes and vibrant gardens. Listen to tales of life along the river by a local skipper/guide, and get a good impression of the summer life of the wealthy merchants in the Dutch golden age. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner of your choice at a classy restaurant with a terrace at the river. After this relaxing private tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

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Utrecht: Private or Public Off-The-Beaten Path Walking Tour

6. Utrecht: Private or Public Off-The-Beaten Path Walking Tour

Join a walking tour of Utrecht and its iconic Dom Tower, churchyards, the medieval city center, and more. Explore some of the most beautiful tree-lined canals of Europe with a local guide from a multiple award-winning tour operator. Meet your guide at Domplein, the city's main square in the heart of the city center. Embark on a walking tour through the old city center with your private party or, a maximum of 5 other travelers if you choose the small-group public walking tour. Learn about the city’s history that started around 2,000 years ago when Utrecht was part of the Limes, the Roman Empire’s northern border. Follow cobbled streets and churchyards, all leading to what has been the city’s main artery for centuries, the 1.5-mile-long old canal or Oudegracht. See the string of cafes and restaurants nearby. Walk through the Zeven Steegjes (Seven Alleyways), an idyllic complex of small row-houses on tight, cobbled streets. Ask your guide anything that you’re interested in including sensitive topics. As anthropologists, the guides are eager to share the real Netherlands with you. Make way to the Gothic Dom Church that with its dominating tower that is Utrecht's pride and joy and the last stop of your tour. Listen to interesting stories about the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral before saying goodbye to your guide. After the tour, you can climb up the 495 steps or take the lift to the tower's top to experience an amazing bird’s eye view of the city.

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Amsterdam Castle and Utrecht City Tour

7. Amsterdam Castle and Utrecht City Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, your private guide will drive you directly to the Muiderslot, also known as “Amsterdam Castle”. Your professional and certified guide will take you around through this beautiful castle with its unique collection. They will inform you of its impressive history and strategic importance, as you observe the castle and its gardens. Following the castle visit, your guide will drive through the idyllic countryside beside rivers, passing country mansions, windmills, and farmland in the direction of Utrecht. In this graceful city your guide will show you the highlights of the city center throughout a walking tour. On your walking tour you will get to see the highlights of Utrecht, such as the massive Domtoren, the unique canals, the Pope House, and hidden cloisters. Throughout the duration of your tour you will also learn a lot about the interesting history of the Netherlands and Europe. Depending on the opening hours of The Muiderslot, the tour can begin in Utrecht instead. Following this inspiring journey, your guides will happily drop you off at your hotel, the boat pier, or Schiphol Airport.

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Utrecht: Customizable Tour & Optional Train from Amsterdam

8. Utrecht: Customizable Tour & Optional Train from Amsterdam

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Utrecht on a personalized private tour. Explore this quintessentially Dutch city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its quaint, canal-flanked streets (and those off the well-trodden tourist trail). Your itinerary will be personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local supplier's team will be in touch, so let then know if you have any special requirements. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your host at Amsterdam Station, and take the train 30 minutes to the university town of Utrecht, an enchanting hub of subterranean wharves and canalside haunts. You could visit the central Domplein square in the shadow of the Domtoren (a 14th-century bell tower that’s the tallest in the country) and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. Alternatively, see the city’s natural beauty at the sprawling Utrecht Botanic Gardens, and peer into pocket-sized shops and restaurants along the Oudegracht – the most-central of the city’s famous canals. Stroll down the bustling Amsterdamsestraatweg, a hive of university students, and see the wide selection of local brews at the beer specialty store. Savor the floral fragrance at the colorful Bloemenmarkt of Utrecht, and browse through stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, and meat at the typical Dutch market on the Vredenburg. Experience a modern-day village vibe in Twijnstraat, one of the coolest streets in Utrecht, and join locals popping into small independent shops, then admire the hofjes (concealed courtyards surrounded by almshouses) that have existed in the city since the Middle Ages. If you’re up for some fun, end your day at one of the city’s many game cafes for a bite and board game before boarding the train back to Amsterdam!

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Vecht River: Full-day Cruise with Lunch

9. Vecht River: Full-day Cruise with Lunch

Start your journey from your hotel or a central location of your choice in Amsterdam. Your private party will be picked up by car and driven to the Vecht River to jump aboard a classical open-topped boat. Cruise along the Vecht River, one of the most beautiful rivers in the Netherlands on this full-day private tour. Admire the iconic sights of mesmerizing castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at an exclusive restaurant, overlooking the river. Best of all, with this customized tour, you can choose to make a stop to visit one of the museums, windmills, or take a guided tour around Slot Zuylen. The flexibility allows your party to see the sights that you want too. Make sure you bring your camera as you don't want to miss taking great pictures.

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Utrecht: Romantic Tour

10. Utrecht: Romantic Tour

Explore the most romantic locations within the scenic city of Utrecht with a knowledgeable guide, and learn the historical love stories hidden in its streets. Experience the spellbinding atmosphere of this charming city and take photographs together in some unforgettable places. Marvel at the wondrous Dom Tower, Utrecht's famous bell tower, which dates back to the 14th-century. Learn the romantic twists and turns of the story of Henry and Katherine Hudson, and be engaged by other tales, from the heartbreaking to the hilarious. Discover the best spots to go for a date night, and come away with memories to treasure.

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What people are saying about Utrecht

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 96 reviews

We had a great tour in Utrecht and in the most beautiful weather we explored streets and areas that we would otherwise not have gone to. Highly recommended if the English is good enough.

Very wonderful, interesting, very flexible and easy to understand in English. If you want to enjoy the beautiful city, the exploration game takes significantly longer. Really great.

Have a nice trip. In addition to the car announcements, the captain took the time to explain a few things (also in German).

Very nice to do after a few hours of shopping. The city has beautiful historic buildings.

It was on of my best activity i had done in my life , Unforgettable trip