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Our most recommended Amsterdam Cruises & Boat Tours

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

Discover the best of Amsterdam on a canal cruise, where you’ll see some of the best of this historical city. Admire new buildings, bridges, and much more in a city that’s rooted in history but continues to change. Choose between two departure points and take in the views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals, and the cosmopolitan 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. See the many sides of the city from the Golden Bend to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter, and from the Music Building in the harbor to the VOC ship. You can also add an optional snackbox to your cruise for something to munch on as you see the sights.

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Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

2. Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

Climb aboard a canal boat to experience Amsterdam at its most beautiful - when the sun goes down and the city lights are switched on. Enjoy bar service as you see thousands of lights highlight the hundreds of bridges and the iconic buildings alongside the canals. You will cruise along some of the most scenic waterways of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt, passing the illuminated buildings, bridges, and boats that give the city an almost fairytale appearance. Enjoy an open-air space in both winter and in summer.  A host will welcome you aboard and tell you many stories, legends, and historical facts about Amsterdam as you sail. Sit back to learn about the local hotspots, including notable restaurants and nightclubs.

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Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

3. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

Sit back and relax while you enjoy a 75-minute city cruise highlighting the city's famous landmarks and culture and listen to stories from its rich trading history. Seeing the city of Amsterdam aboard a covered and heated boat is the best way to discover one of Europe's most exciting cities.  During your cruise, your skipper will take you through to many of the city's highlights, as you relax and take in all the sights and sounds. This cruise is conducted in a group with a maximum of 24 people, and will provide you with both an immersive and interactive tour. There is also enough time during the tour for questions and recommendations you might require for the rest of your stay as you enjoy this beautiful city. Choose between a standard option where you can add unlimited drinks, or book right away with Dutch cheese, wine and other beverages all included.

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Amsterdam: Luxury Canal City Cruise

4. Amsterdam: Luxury Canal City Cruise

Admire Amsterdam’s picturesque waterside landmarks on a 100% electric, luxury cruise. Take in incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks and experience the most relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic. Learn informative and entertaining insights about the sites along the route. See the 17th-century buildings lining the famous canals, as well new stylish buildings showcasing the influential 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. Sail by the Hermitage Museum then glide past the Skinny Bridge and the posh Amstel Hotel.  Enjoy an open-air boat experience on a sunny day or stay warm with a protective covering on cooler days. In the winter months, relax on an enclosed boat to keep you warm. Benefit from the flexibility of a one-use ticket that can be used on any one of the cruises departing within the hour you booked.

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Amsterdam Light Festival 1.5-Hour Cruise

5. Amsterdam Light Festival 1.5-Hour Cruise

Climb aboard a boat and see the annual Amsterdam Light Festival from a unique perspective. Marvel at the light installations and projections from the comfort of a heated boat or enjoy the illuminated artworks from the outer deck. Experience the Amsterdam Light Festival as it celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. During this special edition, reflect on ten years of light art with the most popular artworks of the past nine editions making a come back on the canals of Amsterdam. About twenty light artworks can be seen along the route and you can learn all about them through your audio guide on board. Edition #10 is certainly not to be missed!

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Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks

6. Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks

Experience ten years' worth of highlights from the Amsterdam Light Festival. From December 2, 2021 to January 23, 2022, the most special, inspiring, and popular light artworks from the past nine editions will return to the Amsterdam waters. This anniversary edition is all about the theme "Celebrate Light", which offers a look back on ten years of light art that strengthens the bond with the city, residents, and visitors. A total of twenty light artworks will be placed along the route, so this tenth edition is not to be missed. While cruising through the eastern part of Amsterdam, enjoy unlimited drinks and a taste of Dutch Christmas bread. See various artwork as you glide down the Heritage Canals of Amsterdam, sail along Amstel River, and pass by the Maritime Museum and Amsterdam Zoo. Enjoy the company of your local skipper and hostess as you explore the city from the perspective of the water. 

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Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience Ticket

7. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience Ticket

Purchase a combined ticket to the Heineken Experience and a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals to enjoy 2 of the city’s must-see attractions. You are free to decide which part of the ticket you would like to use first. Admire beautiful, traditional merchant houses, numerous bridges, and typical houseboats as you soak up the unique vibe of Amsterdam on a 75-minute canal cruise. Then, avoid the lines to enter the former Heineken brewery, which now hosts the Heineken Experience, an interactive exhibition where you will learn all about the brewing and bottling process during a fun, 90-minute, self-guided tour. The combined ticket will save you time and money on individual purchases.

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Amsterdam: Light Festival Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

8. Amsterdam: Light Festival Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

Get the chance to see the city of Amsterdam lit up by the illuminations of the famous Amsterdam Light Festival on this canal cruise. Meet the crew next to the Sea Palace, in the center of Amsterdam, and start an unforgettable cruise past 25 illuminated art pieces along Amsterdam's canals. Enjoy the comfort of a covered boat and wrap up in a blanket and heated pillow. Listen to a commentary on the art pieces, the canals, and the city from your skipper/ local host as you sip on unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Amsterdam Light Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Together with the citizens and visitors of Amsterdam, the festival looks back at a decade of light art. Furthermore, the most appealing, inspiring and popular light artworks of the past 9 editions will return to the canals of Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

9. Amsterdam: Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise

Go on a 1-hour evening cruise through Amsterdam. Take in canal-side views of the city from an open boat. Don't miss out on a quintessential Amsterdam experience and the opportunity to learn about the city's history and culture. Let your skipper and hostess regale you with tales of old Amsterdam as well as stories about modern life in the Dutch capital. Get yourself a drink at the bar and enjoy it as you drift along, passing famous landmarks and quaint canal houses. Drift under brightly lit low-arching bridges and feel like you're sailing through a fairytale. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere with a small group of people. Ask questions and get recommendations for what to do during the rest of your stay in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam: Luxury Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

10. Amsterdam: Luxury Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

Drift through Amsterdam's canals on a boat suitable for all weather conditions. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand and discover some of the city's most iconic monuments and memorials. Cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Golden Age canals of Amsterdam, traversing the narrow canals of the trendy Jordaan, an area flanked by indie boutiques, hip eateries, and cozy pubs. Learn about the city and get insider tips on hidden gems and the best bars in town from your knowledgeable skipper and hostesses. Explore some of the most popular areas of Amsterdam as you travel down the famous Prinsengracht before sailing towards to most romantic bridge in the city, the Margere Brug. Learn about the Amstel River which this bridge crosses and find out about its connection to the Dutch beer trade. Cruise past the Golden Bend, a stretch of the Herengracht famous for its grand manor houses built during the Dutch Golden Age. Continue from here past the Nine Streets and to the Anne Frank House.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Amsterdam river cruises and canal boat rides can cost as little as €16, with hop-on hop-off options available, and even dinner. If you're after something a little more luxurious, however, why not take a look at some of the exciting dinner cruise options?

  • Where is the river cruise port?

    Amsterdam's port is located behind the Central Station, which is easily reached by bus or metro. It consists of multiple piers, so be sure to double-check your ticket or with your tour provider for the correct one.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 23,621 reviews

Was a good option to select a covered boat with the provision of wine and cheese. Enjoyable cruise along the canals of Amsterdam with live commentary in a light hearted manner. Generally. Groups were offered a cheese platter per 2 pax while if you are an individual traveller, you will get a single platter. This is good to minimise sharing of food in view of COVID. However, seatings are not exactly socially distanced but because the boat is not fully occupied, not sure if it is by design, there are still gaps between groups. Maybe better if spacings amongst groups are enforced. Our cups are regularly topped up so you will definitely have your fill. Would definitely recommend for a lazy afternoon along the picturesque canals.

Great activity! It does. 2 times I take Blue boat and always just as good or better! Over 20 language choices and the captain is very friendly. Thanks for this tour! I recommend +++

We enjoyed our time. They did a great job. Wod recommend the experience to others.

A particular and fascinating prospect of visiting the city, full of information

Great tour guides .. both are excellent.. enjoyed tour too much