Amsterdam: Canal Day Cruise
- Skip the line through a separate entrance
- Duration: 75 minutes
- Optional audio guide
Planning to tour Amsterdam by boat? It's a great way to cover the city's most treasured landmarks, but what about the river and canals themselves? Here's the lowdown on the Amstel's famous waterways.
Aeme-stelle is Old Dutch for "water area." A dam was built to stop floods in the 12th century and a fishing village known as Aemestelredamme grew around it. The rest is history!
Most of the canals were built for economic reasons. Starting in the 16th century, they provided easy transport throughout the labyrinthine city and helped to boost trade.
Not all the canals were built to fill city coffers, though. The oldest is the Singel Canal, which protected the medieval city from invasion between 1480 until 1585.
We suggest you keep your water tour above the surface. The sheer volume of discarded, rusted bikes along the canal bed is one of the reasons swimming isn't generally allowed!
Why not time your visit to coincide with the Liberation Day concert on May 5th, the Roeivierkamp and Head of the River rowing races in March, or the floating gay pride parade in August?
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?
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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Would highly recommend to anyone. It was so romantic! Due to the current COVID restrictions there were a few of us booked for the same time but were able to space out accordingly. The view was absolutely magnificent and we were also provided earphones to listen in English if/when the tour guide spoke in Dutch so we didn’t miss a thing! So many interesting facts about the houses and gorgeous old buildings and the lights in the canal - WOW. If I could relive that night over, I would in a heartbeat.
This is a very nice tour and totally worth doing. Very good and fair price for what you get. This is really a must if you are in Amsterdam and you have the whole day available. The guides, Santiago and Mariane, together with the driver Steve are super nice and kind!! They make you trip even more enjoyable!
The staff were really nice and helpful. The guide was interesting. The experience was with no doubt amazing, with such a marvelous view.
My mum and I enjoyed the cruise. Tj was very friendly and pretty good at telling us about some history. It was a fun experience.
We really liked the tour with Captain Jack. This Man is literally made to do tours like this. Very recommended!