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Private boat tours Amsterdam with our luxury & classic saloon boats Undine & Tzar !

Step on board of this floating monument and enjoy the best private boat tour Amsterdam. Make advantage of all the amenities on board during your personalized boat tour. We only do private boat tours in Amsterdam to make sure that our clients experience a customized and memorable boat trip with us! Our canal boat is fully renovated and well maintained, while keeping the historical character of the fleet.

Undine has a minibar on board for a variety of ice-cold drinks, an integrated heating system for colder days as well as double glass to prevent foggy windows during rainy weather!

Tzar is a newer built ship and the perfect fit for smaller groups and the need for a larger outdoor area in the summer. The enclosed cabin seats up to 5 comfortably and outside up to 6 persons. If you would like to make use of both spaces, we can accomodate up to 10 persons on board of the Tzar for a canal tour Amsterdam.

The sundeck is easy to open (and to close if needed) and represents the best spot for those like to enjoy the sunshine during the tour. While the other part of the boat has a roof, you can still open the front and side windows while enjoying the tour in the shadow / covered.

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Our Services

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Personalized private boat excursions in Amsterdam for groups of 2 to 8 individuals. Choose from a private dinner cruise to brief (1hr) or extended (>2hrs) private canal cruises – our goal is to make your boat journey memorable! The captain, who was born and raised in Amsterdam, is also your personal tour guide and is intimately familiar with the city. Captain Carl can explain all the interesting facts and historical landmarks of Amsterdam and show you the city’s concealed treasures. Do you have a special occasion or would you like to purchase a gift certificate? WhatsApp or telephone us at +31 6 45 25 1000.

Do you wish to cruise with a group larger than eight people? To rent a sailboat in the city of Amsterdam, go to our site or approach us for additional assistance. On this site, you can rent big vessels for large groups, iconic canal boats, or a popular open boat for birthday or bachelor celebrations.

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Private Boat Tours in Amsterdam

Step onboard of  Undine – the small historic canal boat for private boat tours in Amsterdam. The boat is ideal for smaller groups up to 10 passengers but also serves as a romantic canal cruise boat for 2. Explore Amsterdam with our private boat tour!

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Private Dinner Cruise

Upgrade your Amsterdam boat experience to a private dinner cruise and enjoy a 2, 3 or even 4 course dinner onboard our canal boat. Our dining table is ideal for a romantic candelight dinner cruise for 2 or with a group of friends up to 5 persons.

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Night Tours

The most romantic views – ideal for couples but also for groups that like to adore the beauful night scenery. The Amsterdam canal cruise at night is one of a kind – be prepared for breathtaking views when passing the point of 7 bridges or the iconic skinny bridge!

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Amsterdam Light Festival

Experience the Amsterdam Light Festival on our private boat Undine. Book the boat for groups up to 8 persons and discover the unique light objects of this years edition. The light festival takes place every year in December and January.

About Private Boat Tours Amsterdam

Days available per year, passengers capacity, different routes.

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Watch our Canal Cruises Amsterdam Drone Video

Take a look at our 4K footage from a drone to get a sense of our cabin boat. The boat tour Amsterdam private experience – floating through the historic canals. You can additionally watch the full-length video with the ideal video resolution on YouTube .

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Amenities on board

Climate control, minibar & dining option.

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Testimonials

What our clients say.

We had a wonderful private boat tour with Carl. We chose for the 2hrs private canal tour where you pass along the most scenic landmarks in Amsterdam. The private boat is heated and very comfortable. Next time we definitely want to try out the private dinner cruise with them! The classic canal tour is also available for just one hour in case you would like a short tour.

Excellente excursion en bateau avec un bateau-salon historique. La croisière sur les canaux a été réalisée pour nous en français. Nous avons donc pu comprendre toutes les informations sur l'histoire de la ville. Le petit bateau privé est idéal pour les familles et les petits groupes. Il a été récemment rénové et a un grand intérieur. Nous avons vraiment apprécié la croisière sur le canal. Un perfect balade bateau en Amsterdam!

Couldn't have imagined a better surprise for our Anniversary. Unforgettable experience! Great music, lovely dinner, good wine & the friendliest captain. Thanks Carl!

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Private boat tours & private boat dinners

Are you looking for an exclusive classic boat for a luxury canal cruise in a private setting? Cruising the canals in style? Maybe you are interested in classic boat dinners with haute cuisine dining on board?

You have come to the right place at Private Canal Cruises. We are a high end shipping company specialized in private boat tours for small groups with perhaps the two most beautiful small classic boats in Amsterdam. We have personally restored both private boats with great love and attention for detail and we keep them in pristine condition. We are therefore very proud that both Saloon boat Salute , built in 1922, and Saloon boat Style , from 1914, have received the status of sailing monument and are on the Dutch monument list.

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Enjoy in style and silence

Our luxury saloon boats cruise on 100% electric engines and are equipped with all modern comfort, so you can enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer in a perfect ambiance. Since various Grand Hotels in Amsterdam request our services, we are used to meeting the highest standards. We are flexible and always try to fulfil your personal wishes. Our excellent service is complimentary and you may expect this from us at all times.

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Book your private boat directly online

Our minimum cruising time is 1 hour, but we recommend a minimum of 1,5 hours. 

All cruises can be booked online with 15 euro discount from the central dock on Singel 250 .   Cruises of 1,5 hours or more have the option to book your catering online as well. We also provide different options for lunch or dinner.

Looking for a tailor-made cruise? A transfer to a museum or restaurant? A romantic cruise to surprise your partner? Maybe you even have plans for a wedding proposal? 

Contact us , and we make sure you experience a personalized and memorable private cruise. Our classic boats provide the ideal setting!

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Our professional captains know the city like the back of their hand and can tell you everything about the city on request. We do not have a fixed cruising route but we determine where we go in consultation with your wishes. We would also like to show you the lesser-known parts of Amsterdam. If you prefer to enjoy an intimate romantic cruise for the two of you without being disturbed, this is of course also possible. The size of our boats is perfect to explore the smaller canals as well, there where most others boats cannot go.

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Culinary highlights

We also distinguish ourselves culinary because we work with carefully selected caterers and restaurants that mainly work with local and fresh ingredients. Regardless if you book a breakfast cruise, choose a hot or cold lunch, order some bites to go with your drinks or some fresh oysters with your champagne; quality is always guaranteed.

We are well-known for our classic boat tours including excellent 3-course a la carte lunches and dinners. They are a true culinary experience. Our private boat dinners can be extended with extra courses when preferred. We serve matching wines directly from our climate controlled wine cabinet. You do not have to order them in advance. This goes for almost all drinks from our always well-stocked bar.

“The boat, the captain, the route; everything exceeded our expectations”

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Private Boat Tours

Enjoy a luxury private boat tour in Amsterdam with the classic canal boat Undine !

Due to the boat’s exceptional historical significance it is one of the few sailing monuments of Amsterdam. The german capital Berlin constructed Undine in the year 1920. Its initial function was to transport people between the two sides of Berlin (East and West). Undine is offering exclusive, high-end boat tours through Amsterdam’s charming city center since 2019. Comfortable cushions, an electric motor, hand-crafted and high-quality hardwood interior, as well as dimmable lighting makes this canal boat the perfect boat rental. Come aboard of our nostalgic private boat and sail the picturesque waterways.

Our Services

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Customized personal ship trips in Amsterdam for up to 8-person distinct groups. select between an exclusive dinner ship to short (1hr) or prolonged (>2hrs) canal journeys – we aim to create your luxury boat cruise unforgettable! The captain is also your personal tour guide and will be happy to explain to you all the fun information and historic key points of Amsterdam! Do you have a particular event to celebrate or would you like to acquire a gift card? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

A private boat cruise in Amsterdam is an unforgettable perception that you will never forget. If you’re hunting for a unique approach to probing Amsterdam, then a personal boat ride is a must. Cruising along the many riverbanks of Amsterdam, you will get the opportunity the city from an outlook that few others get to witness. With a private boat, you have the possibility to see the city from another point of view, with the sights and sounds of the city passing by in a different light.

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The advantage of taking a private boat tour in Amsterdam is that the route is fully customizeable according to your preferences. The city offers many different routes, which makes it possible to tailor the cruise experience. You can go for the renowned canals of the town, such as the Herengracht , Keizersgracht , and Prinsengracht , or explore the picturesque countryside ahead of the Amstel River . You may also investigate the city’s many historic charms, such as the Rijksmuseum , Anne Frank House , and the Jordaan locality. With an private luxury canal boat, you will get the opportunity to view the city from the water and affection its beauty up close.

Our captain/guide can share fascinating details about the city. In addition, you might profit from the various extras your private boat tour offers, such as a bar or catering choices, to have some refreshments or food while you explore the city.

A private canal boat is a great way to explore Amsterdam in an intimate and relaxing manner. From the luxury of your own boat, you will be able to take in Amsterdam’s sights and noises, providing you with a distinctive view of the city. You will cherish this memory for every moment of your days as it is an experience you can never forget. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, an Amsterdam private boat tour is the perfect option for you.

In need of boats that are capable of holding a maximum of 8 passengers? Please get in touch with us if you need to rent a larger boat so we can assist with finding a suitable alternative boat for your group size.

Private Boat Tour

Join a private boat cruise of Amsterdam’s canals aboard Undine , a chique & antique canal boat. The vessel can accommodate up to 8 passengers but is also popular for romantic canal cruises for two . Experience our private canal tour and discover Amsterdam on the water.

Private Dinner Cruise

Bring your Amsterdam boat tour to the next level and combine it with a private dinner cruise and choose from two, three, or four courses while cruising the canals. Enjoy a candlelit dinner for two or a night out with friends/family on our dining table while cruising the city centre canals in style.

About Private Boat Tours Amsterdam

Days available per year, passengers capacity, different routes, watch our private boat tours video.

Check out our 4K drone footage of our saloon boat to get a feel for it. Discover what it’s like to sail through Amsterdam’s waterways. The complete video is also available in HD resolution on YouTube , where you can view it in full resolution.

What you get

Climate control, minibar & dining option, testimonials, what our clients say.

We had a wonderful private boat tour with Carl. We chose for the 2hrs private canal tour where you pass along the most scenic landmarks in Amsterdam. The private boat is heated and very comfortable. Next time we definitely want to try out the private dinner cruise with them! The classic canal tour is also available for just one hour in case you would like a short tour.

Excellente excursion en bateau avec un bateau-salon historique. La croisi�re sur les canaux a �t� r�alis�e pour nous en fran�ais. Nous avons donc pu comprendre toutes les informations sur l'histoire de la ville. Le petit bateau priv� est id�al pour les familles et les petits groupes. Il a �t� r�cemment r�nov� et a un grand int�rieur. Nous avons vraiment appr�ci� la croisi�re sur le canal. Un perfect balade bateau en Amsterdam!

Couldn't have imagined a better surprise for our Anniversary. Unforgettable experience! Great music, lovely dinner, good wine & the friendliest captain. Thanks Carl!

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Exclusive open boat tours and canal cruises, experience the enchanting soul of amsterdam like never before with our 90-minute exclusive amsterdam canal cruises..

We invite you to embark on a remarkable journey through the city’s iconic canals, where the past seamlessly intertwines with the present, offering a captivating tapestry of history, culture, and beauty. Our two unique 90-minute private boat tours have been crafted to showcase Amsterdam at its very best, guiding you through picturesque waterways adorned with charming bridges, historic architecture, and the distinctive atmosphere that defines this enchanting city.

As you board our small open boat (covered on rainy days), you’ll be greeted by our knowledgeable and passionate Captains who will bring the rich tapestry of Amsterdam’s past and present to life. With the breeze tousling your hair and the tranquil water softly caressing the boat, you’ll have the opportunity to explore hidden treasures and renowned landmarks, providing you with a deeper connection to the heart of Amsterdam. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, our private boat cruises promise an unparalleled experience, where each moment is a celebration of Amsterdam’s timeless allure.

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Private Amsterdam Old City Center Boat Tour

Enjoy an exclusive open boat tour as we take you on an amazing cruise through the oldest parts of Amsterdam. We’ll tell you all about the city’s rich history. On this private canal cruise, you’ll experience some of the oldest canals, the Red Light and the beautiful Seven Bridges Canal.

Exclusive Private Amsterdam Canal Belt Discovery Cruise

Enjoy a fantastic private open boat tour and intimate adventure of Amsterdam’s stunning canals. On this boat tour we’ll discover the famous UNESCO heritage canal belt and the delightful small canals in the Jordaan district.

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Enjoy a Lovely Boat trip through the City Canals of Amsterdam

Book your private boat tour in Amsterdam during the beautiful Indian Summer/Fall months! Fully personalized with a package of choice for a delightful cruise with your family, loved one, friends or business associates!

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Our Private Canal Tour Boats up to 12 Guests

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Boat trips amsterdam – for the most delightful private canal cruises in amsterdam, a private lunch cruise for your business associates, an intimate diner with good friends or a luxury & fun day out with family it starts with renting a beautiful private canal boat called in dutch” salonboot”. saloon boats are historic small vessels with all the comfort and conveniences originating from the beginning of the 19th century. they were used by notaries to sign contracts on the canals of amsterdam hence they were are also used to be called “notary boat”., we would love to invite you to enjoy a timeless splendor on the water on one of our historic private boats. if you’re interested in one of our tours please do let us know and we’ll gladly help to provide you and your company an unique experience on the water on your very own private boat rental trip in amsterdam., as an addition, we can also offer you a guide on the water telling you about all the beautiful history of amsterdam on one of our electric boats and at the same time organizing a unique arrangement on the canals of amsterdam, you can determine in advance whether there are multiple stops along the sights of amsterdam or if you want to be left in the gracious hands of the amsterdam to show you all the hidden gems from the canals., our private boat tours provides a resting point in everyone’s hectic pace of everyday life and creates a perfect moment of relaxation or right ambience for your business or leisure activities., if any case you hire a private boat with us we will go the extra mile to translate your wishes to the desired boat trip of choice. sailing from the rijksmuseum to the anne frank house, the shipping museum, westertoren tower, heineken experience, artis zoo up until the voc’s flagship batavia, the red-light district, the “jordaan” neighborhood, zaanse schans and a lot more of other museums and sights, book your private canal cruise with an amazing lunch or diner we serve all foods fresh from the same day and straight to your table while you being served a warm meal. of course just a cruise for drinks with catering or only drinks is also possible with us we like to share all possibilities with you so that you can make the choice that suits you the most., our happy clients that went before you.

We help all our clients with great pleasure to ensure a memorable and pleasant boat trip in Amsterdam for them and their guests.

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Book a Tour Amsterdam

Amsterdam's most memorable canal boat tour, fun & unique private canal tours.

Book A Tour Amsterdam offers luxurious electric boat tours in the heart of Amsterdam!

Here are a few of the ways make your experience on the water extra special: 

  • Private tours customized to your group, unlike the crowded shared tours
  • Skippers are super knowledgeable and friendly
  • Happy to collaborate with you on special occassion ideas
  • Stunning secret routes other tours don’t know about

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Enjoy time alone with your friends and family.

Our private canal tours offer you the RARE opportunity to relax on Amsterdam’s canals with only your favorite people. No strangers, no distractions. Just your group and the city!

See Amsterdam's best sights from the water

Learn more about Amsterdam’s rich history from one of our experienced local skippers and tour guides, including the famous “Skipper Paap”. He’s a living encylopedia and will happily answer all of your questions.

Spark romance on the picturesque canals

Planning something romantic? Looking for a way to impress that special someone? With no unfamiliar faces to get in your way, our tours are a unique and exciting activity for couples.

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Why Sail With Us?

The best way to experience Amsterdam is to see it from the water. We’ve been sailing the Amsterdam canals for 15 years, so we know all the best spots to share with you!  

Love for the City of Amsterdam

We love our city and want to share our passion with you.

No tapes here!

You’ll have direct access to a local skipper who will happily tell you all about the city of Amsterdam.

Go Off the Beaten Track

We don’t have a set route. Every time you go out on the water, you’ll have the unique opportunity to see and hear something different.

Every boat trip is shaped by your questions and your skipper’s imagination.

Comfortable and Top Ranked

Our boats are intimate, luxurious, and wonderfully quiet. This enables you to see the city in both comfort and style.

We’re one of the top-ranked boat tour companies in Amsterdam.

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  • BYO snacks and drinks- no fee!
  • We customise the tour to your wishes
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  • Flexible pick up and drop off points
  • Secret routes only our skippers know

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Private Luxury Canal Boat Tour Cruise Amsterdam

Looking for the best private canal cruise boat for hire on the Amsterdam canals ?

At Rederij De Jordaan you can hire a beautiful historic private boat with captain Ryan: [email protected] +31650243236. For your Wedding , Anniversary , Business Event , Hen Party , Bachelorette Party  and: from 2 Dec 2021 to the 23rd of Jan 2022 the

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The historic “salonboot” ( saloon boat ) trip with experienced captain Ryanhard is available for 1 to 12 people. These luxury private boat tours can be customised on request. You will sail through the legendary canals of Amsterdam from and to the locations of your interest while enjoying the ambiance, quality finger food and the finest drinks on your private canal cruise. We can pick you up nearby your hotel , museum or restaurant in Amsterdam.

A Private Water Taxi Boat Service is also available for exclusive tours on the beautiful canals. Hire your private boat Amsterdam now.

Experience the most enjoyable private canal cruise per luxury boat in Amsterdam. Ask captain Reinhard for more information or a quote at [email protected] +31650243236.

Special private canal cruise event 1st of Dec 2022 – 22nd of Jan 2023: Amsterdam Light Festival

  • Salonboot Huren in Amsterdam Rederij De Jordaan is dagelijks beschikbaar per email en telefonisch om uw wensen van de vaartocht te bespreken. Reinhard Adriaanzn Spronk Tel: +31 6 5024 3236 [email protected] Egelantiersgracht 18-C 1015 RL AMSTERDAM
  • Bookings: Rederij De Jordaan is available for email / telephone enquires to arrange your special private boat canal cruise tour. Reinhard Adriaanzn Spronk Tel: +31 6 5024 3236 [email protected] Egelantiersgracht 18-C 1015 RL AMSTERDAM

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Undine Awaits You for Royal Private Canal Cruise Experience

If you are looking for unique private boat tours in Amsterdam, come onboard as Undine promises a royal sailing adventure which is second to none. Undine, is not just any other private canal cruise boat. It has been declared to be a monument due to its rich historical background.

Built back in 1920 in Berlin, Undine was used as a passenger boat which took the passengers between East Berlin and West Berlin. It has a vintage ambiance with its classy wooden interior. However, despite being a vintage boat in appearance, it is furnished with highly luxurious and advanced features including a comfy sundeck, electric engine, a lavish mini bar with variety of drinks, warm fleece blankets, and double pane fog proof windows for a clear view.

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Private boat tours amsterdam - sail in style.

Our private canal cruise in Amsterdam by the name of Undine is one of a kind monumental boat. It can host small – medium sized groups of up to 8 people for an unforgettable private canal tour. You can choose the drinks of your choice from our mini bar as you sail in calm with your buds or family members. However, for a private tour with a meal on board (breakfast, lunch, or dinner), the boat can accomodate up to 5 people.

The captain of your boat acts as your private guide and he will tell some interesting facts about the city and its history.

If you are coming with a group larger than 8 individuals, we have still got you covered. Contact us today to book a personalized cruise depending on your group size to sail in style.

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Book our private boat

A luxurious saloon cruise like Undine offers the privacy and calm you need to skip, for a while, hustle and bustle of the day to day life in the main city. It allows you to enjoy a serene ride with your loved ones unlike the bigger tourist boats which are usually crowded and lack privacy. Besides that, smaller private boat tours in Amsterdam can cover almost every route and you get a chance to explore the hidden gems of the city. Your captain, who acts as your private guide, is a knowledgeable person ever ready to spill the beans when it comes to some very interesting facts about the city, its monuments, and its history.

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Private Dinner Cruise

Enjoy an ultimate floating private dining experience with our private dinner cruise in Amsterdam. Our dinner boat can house a candlelight dinner for couples or for up to 5 people. You can enjoy a 2 or 3 course dinner onboard. Or even a 4 course dinner, from some famous restaurants on the canals which serve right into the boat. If you are a family with kids, our Pizza Cruise will surely get your kids exited. Contact us for booking a personalized dinner boat according to your group and get a unique dining experience.

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Watch our video

To get an actual feel of how it feels like sailing in our private boats, watch this short drone footage of our private cruise floating in the canals of Amsterdam. For a full length video watch a detailed video on YouTube explaining what to expect on your private canal cruise with us.

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Testimonials

What our clients say.

We had a wonderful private boat tour with Carl. We chose for the 2hrs private canal tour where you pass along the most scenic landmarks in Amsterdam. The private boat is heated and very comfortable. Next time we definitely want to try out the private dinner cruise with them! The classic canal tour is also available for just one hour in case you would like a short tour.

Excellente excursion en bateau avec un bateau-salon historique. La croisière sur les canaux a été réalisée pour nous en français. Nous avons donc pu comprendre toutes les informations sur l'histoire de la ville. Le petit bateau privé est idéal pour les familles et les petits groupes. Il a été récemment rénové et a un grand intérieur. Nous avons vraiment apprécié la croisière sur le canal. Un perfect balade bateau en Amsterdam!

Couldn't have imagined a better surprise for our Anniversary. Unforgettable experience! Great music, lovely dinner, good wine & the friendliest captain. Thanks Carl!

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Amsterdam Private Cruise, Luxury Boat Tour at the Canals

Amsterdam private cruise, luxury boat tour at our famous canals.

One of the best ways to explore Amsterdam is on the water, and what better way to cruise along the canals than on a sustainable hand restored fully electric boat? Join our Private Amsterdam Canal Cruise with our friends of Pure Boats. 

The Amsterdam Canals

With 165 canals covering more than 100 km of waterways, and more than 1,200 bridges, you will be spoilt for choice as to what you will see. Just sit back and relax as our captain guides your Amsterdam cruise along the Dutch waterways.

On your Private Amsterdam Canal Cruise you will pass famous sights, such as the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk, Nine Streets, the Skinny Bridge, and the dancing houses at the Amstel River.

Luxury 100% electric boat

Our friends at Pure Boats have four beautiful boats, lovingly restored and furnished to provide both comfort and luxury. There’s no need to be concerned about the famous Dutch weather either, as the boats have canopies or enclosed cabins.

You will feel welcome immediately at their luxury 100% electric boats. While cruising, you enjoy the best local foods and drinks on a classy, sustainable boat.

There are three ways to enjoy a cruise with Pure Boats.

1. With a shared cruise in a small group, max 16 people in your group. See the options 2. With your own private cruise with for example drinks and dutch snacks for max 20 people. See the options . 3. A fully bespoke cruise for your company for bigger groups, a dinner, a wedding or a party. Fill in our form .

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Having been a frequent traveler since I was young, I know a good tour and tour guide when I see one. We enjoyed this Private Canal Cruise SOO much, we even set up a tour overnight for a second day. The great thing about this tour company is that they know how to be informative but also conversing and fun! Thank you Amsterdam Experiences

Luxury Shared Cruises on the Amsterdam Canals

An intimate cruise, shared with a small group of like-minded people, up to a maximum of 16. The duration of the cruise ranges between 90 minutes and 2 hours. 

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THE ULTIMATE CANAL CRUISE

⏱️ 2 hours 💰 From €64 per person, Beers, fine Wines & Dutch Snacks, ages 14+

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SPECTACULAR EVENING CANAL CRUISE

⏱️ 90 minutes 💰 From €52,50 per person Beers, fine Wines & Cheese Platter, ages 18+

Luxury Private Cruises in Amsterdam

Private cruises can be taken throughout the day, and night and can vary in duration from 90 minutes to 3 hours. During this time, you have the entire boat to yourself and your group and a captain guide who will attend to your needs. An open bar and snacks can also be included.

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MORNING AMSTERDAM PRIVATE CRUISE

⏱️ 1.5 to 3 hours 💰 From €285, max 15 people Drinks, Snacks and Breakfast options

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LUXURY PRIVATE CANAL CRUISE

⏱️ 1.5 to 3 hours 💰 From €285, max 20 people Beers, fine Wines, Champagne and snack options

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PRIVATE EVENING CRUISE

⏱️ 1.5 to 3 hours 💰 From €285, max 20 people Beers, fine Wines, Champagne & Dutch Snacks

Bespoke Luxury Cruise

If you would rather cruise for a different length of time, an alternative time of day, or perhaps you have a specific request for a special event or celebration? Just let us know and we will arrange things for you.

How about a local pickup/drop off, a candlelit dinner, or maybe a specific route taking in a favourite location It’s the little extras that can turn a private boat cruise into a magical Amsterdam experience.  

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9 Best Canal Boat Tours In Amsterdam & Your Questions Answered! [2024]

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Amsterdam has many canal cruises, but which is best for you? Which one is the most worth taking? No one tour caters to all. We’ve taken some of the best canal tours and will share how to pick the best one for yourself, professional tips, and answer all your questions.

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Which Canal Tours to Take?

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Most Asked Questions When Booking A Canal Tour

You might have some questions about Amsterdam canal tours; we have listed them here.

Is It Worth Doing A Canal Cruise In Amsterdam?

Yes, especially if you visit Amsterdam for the first time.

Taking the canal tours allows you to see the historical and beautiful canal houses, understand Amsterdam’s history, and experience the Dutch vibe on a boat.

You might hear some people saying it is not worth it, but they probably didn’t pick the most suitable tour for themselves and didn’t join a good rating tour. That is why we write this post, so you have the best canal tour experience.

Is It Necessary To Book The Tickets In Advance?

Yes, especially if you take small boat tours or evening dinner cruises . Why?

You won’t find ticket offices selling small boat tours; most only sell big ones. That is why you need to book in advance. In addition, the tours we recommended in this post are top-rated, so be sure to book them in advance.

For dinner cruises, there’s only one boat per evening. Spots are limited!

Do Amsterdam Canal Boats Have Bathrooms?

There’s a toilet on board for big boats, but we advise you to use the bathroom before taking the tour. (You can find the public toilets in Amsterdam here)

For small boats, unfortunately, no restrooms!

How Long Is Amsterdam Canal Ride?

In general, it takes around 60 to 90 minutes. Some tours, like dinner and evening cruises, can take about 3 hours.

Where Do Canal Cruises Leave From In Amsterdam?

There are three places: Damrak, close to Amsterdam Central Station; Near Anne Frank House, and Rijksmuseum.

Most tours depart from Damrak, but we recommend boat tours from Anne Frank House and canal tours from Rijksmuseum since it’s less busy, and you can rest more on the boat after visiting the nearby attractions.

Is the Amsterdam Canal Cruise Better At Night Or Day?

It depends on personal preference.

A day cruise offers better visibility, and the natural light during the day provides excellent lighting conditions for capturing the city’s beauty.

An evening canal cruise offers a romantic and enchanting atmosphere, with the city lights illuminating the canals and landmarks. It is also a good option if you want to see the sunset views in Amsterdam. It’s more relaxing, too, since fewer people are on the street than in the daytime.

Taking A Big Boat or A Small Boat Cruise In Amsterdam?

It depends on what you prefer and what you like; here are the pros and cons of taking big and small boats:

Pros And Cons Of Taking A Big Boat Canal Trip

Some benefits:

  • More affordable as more guests are on board
  • Have multiple language audio guides for the guests, great for people who need more confidence in English.
  • Have semi-open boats, which means you won’t get wet or need a raincoat when it rains. The captain closes the deck once it rains and opens it when it’s sunny.
  • The heating system is on in winter; there is no need to bring an extra coat to get on the boat.

Some disadvantages:

  • More than 80 people are on board, and the guests don’t get much interaction with the captain/guide
  • The tour is with an audio guide, not a live guide
  • The standard route might be a bit boring for some people

An excellent choice for people who see comfort as their first priority.

Pros And Cons Of Taking A Small Boat Cruise

some benefits:

  • More chances to interact with the guide as there are much fewer guests
  • Have a live guide on board
  • Some tours include drinks and snacks
  • Some tours might be canceled due to heavy rain; please check the details when reserving the spots. However, don’t worry about it from May to early September
  • Although some boats have a heating system and most provide blankets, it might still be cold for some guests.
  • It’s highly recommended to reserve before leaving for Amsterdam, as there are limited spots only.

A perfect option for people who like fun, interactive tours and want to have local experiences.

Best Canal Cruise Tours In Amsterdam

Here are the best canal cruises in Amsterdam; they are with high rating reviews, and we experienced some of them ourselves:

Cheapest 1-Hour Canal Tour In Amsterdam

Big boats are the cheapest option since more people are on the boat.

It costs EUR 16. Stromma and Lovers are the leading companies offering canal cruises in Amsterdam.

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Suppose you book the canal tickets together with Rijksmuseum or Heineken entrance tickets. In that case, you get the highest discount for the canal cruise!

Pro Tip When Getting On The Boat

Take the seat in the middle of the boat! It’s a bit noisy at the front since the captain is constantly on the intercom checking the traffic, and it’s smelly if you sit in the back.

Luxury And Environment-Friendly Canal Boat Tours

Friendly, knowledgeable staff made this comfortable canal cruise very enjoyable. I would recommend this tour. Irmgard_C ( read more reviews )

If you prefer a luxury boat with a maximum of 30 guests, this tour is for you.

You can sit comfortably with the cushion by taking this electric, gas-free boat. In addition, there’s a live guide introducing the landmarks in Amsterdam, so you can ask any questions you have!

A big boat trip costs EUR 16, but this tour with a much smaller group only costs EUR 20. It comes with great value and good ratings; no wonder it sells out quickly.

Our Experience With This Tour

We took this tour in late November, and we loved it!

Most canal tours come with an audio guide, but this tour has a live guide, which makes it much more enjoyable for a tourist. In addition, it’s with an electric boat, so there is no lousy air, and there are only around 15 guests on that day, so the quality is excellent.

The guide was funny and interestingly shared the old Amsterdam story. If you like interaction with the guide, there’s no problem. We sat next to the guide, so we asked him many questions.

If you decide to join this tour, book the tickets in advance as it is popular. In addition, be sure to get on the boat 10 minutes before departure to get a good spot.

Their boat departs from Central Station, Anne Frank House, and Rijksmuseum!

Fun And No Smoking Canal Tours With Food And Drinks

Can’t say enough how I recommend this tour! James did an awesome job in giving us a tour, with just enough historical information that didn’t make it boring. The food was light but tasty. Dr inks were plenty. A.must do activity! Annette_T ( Check the more reviews )

This is the best canal tour we’ve joined. It has a high rating from past guests as well.

You get to interact highly with the tour guide and ask any questions you have during the cruise. Most important of all, you get on a non-smoking electric boat!

We don’t like smoking and even hate the smell of it; this tour does not allow guests to smoke, while some other small boats only prohibit it if the guests mind.

Their boat departs from Central Station and Rijksmuseum!

Very funny and informative boat ride; not only could you smoke/drink on the boat, but our guide, Anthony and Graham, were amazing. Anthony was a hilarious host and even rolled a customers joint for them! Which I thought was pretty good customer service; the boat itself is stocked up with drinks, and it’s electric, so you can charge your phone, etc, while on tour. Would 100% recommend it as an eccentric alternative to a regular canal cruise! Morad_A ( read more reviews )

Want to take small boats in Amsterdam but also plan to smoke and have drinks? You need a smoke-friendly boat tour!

This tour is more than just a smoke-free boat trip; the tour guides ensure you have a fun ride and see plenty of Amsterdam in a chill way!

Since it is a top-rated tour, be sure to book the tickets in advance in case it is fully booked.

Usual Boat Trip: Pedal Boat

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If you already experienced the canal cruise or want a different experience in Amsterdam, the pedal boat is for you.

Most tours come with a captain navigating the boat; this time, you can pedal the boat yourself.

You can design your own route and explore Amsterdam at your own pace. In addition, while most small tours do not allow bringing your own food, you can do that if you rent the pedal boat!

The best part is that one pedal boat can have a maximum of 4 people; it’s also an excellent choice for small groups and families!

There are two locations for the boat: Rijksmuseum and Leidseplein

Hop-on And Hop-Off Canal Boat Ride

Amsterdam is a canal city; it is perfect to experience it by taking the hop-on and hop-off boat service.

It is ideal for people who want to enjoy a different type of transportation in Amsterdam. There are 8 stops in Amsterdam city center, so you can easily access the attractions by boat!

After Covid, only one company offers unlimited hop-on and hop-off boat service.

You can also buy a combination ticket to enjoy the Amsterdam street view by taking their sightseeing bus!

Private Canal Tours With A Tour Guide: For Small-Groups And Families

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If you travel as a family or with friends, joining a private tour with a guide, who is also your captain, is a great idea.

Why not navigate the private boat yourself? There are many private and tourist boats in Amsterdam canals; you need quite some skills or talent if you are new. Besides, with a local guide, you can fully immerse yourself in Amsterdam and enjoy the beautiful canal view like a local.

Remember to bring your own food and drinks as they are not included in the tour!

Evening Dinner Canal Cruise

After a long day traveling in Amsterdam, you should have some good food and quality time to have a perfect ending to the day! That’s why the Evening Dinner Cruise is popular!

This 2-hour tour lets you enjoy a fantastic canal evening view and symbolic buildings in Amsterdam while savoring the local three-course menu dinner.

We joined this tour with some colleagues a few years ago, the atmosphere was cozy, and it was an evening we will never forget.

Luxury Dinner Cruise

If you wish for more privacy and a quiet evening dinner, join this 3-hour long three-course dinner tour with a maximum of 16 guests only . Most importantly, a private table is guaranteed!

Romantic Private Canal Cruise For Couples

Amazing! Relaxing and informative! The tour guide was patient, knew everything about the area, and included complimentary drinks and blankets. Absolutely wonderful would definitely recommend it. Jason_G ( Read more reviews )

Want to have an unforgettable canal tour with your loved one?

This private tour is only for you and your partner, no other guests onboard. Besides, the guide can customize this 90-minute route based on your preference, giving you a special and unique canal cruise experience.

This tour is very popular from April to October; if the evening private tour is not available, try their day tour!

In Conclusion: Which Canal Tour is The Best?

Many options exist, but we like Captain Jack Canal Cruises after taking big and small boat tours.

If you prefer to take tours without drinks, join the Flagship luxury boat tour , which has a high value in terms of price!

If you wish to have a dinner canal cruise, this tour offers a great experience . This private table dinner canal tour is perfect if you want more privacy.

Want a romantic evening with your loved one? Book this romantic private tour with a customized canal route!

Want to explore Amsterdam in an unusual way? Pedal Boat is for you!

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Amsterdam is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, and it’s no wonder why. The history alone is fascinating, but then incorporate its delicious food, endless nightlife activities, beautiful architecture, and stunning canals and it’s incredible.

We’re going to focus a bit on the latter today, as cruises along the canal are one of the most popular activities to do. However, there are also a lot of tours available, so which one is the best? No need to wonder, as we have all the top canal cruises in Amsterdam right here!

Don’t leave Amsterdam until you see all the things there are to do in this beautiful City!

Best amsterdam canal tours, quick answer: the 7 best amsterdam canal tours for 2024.

  • Best Romantic Tour: Amsterdam: Romantic Canal Tour with Bubbly
  • Best Budget Tour: Amsterdam Private Canal Booze Cruise
  • Best Value Tour: Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks
  • Best Evening Tour: Amsterdam Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night
  • Best Private Tour: Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam
  • Best Family Tour: Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise
  • Best Small Group Tour: Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

Amsterdam Canal Tour Reviews

1. best romantic tour: amsterdam: romantic canal tour with bubbly.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Departure: Keizersgracht 198, 1015 CZ
  • Departure Time:  4:00 PM
  • Includes: Expert romantic tour guide and skipper , blankets and heated seats , local cheese, grapes and crackers, small bottle of Prosecco and water

One of the best ways to see Amsterdam is from a canal cruise. There’s just something magical about floating down the calm waters as you pass by centuries-old buildings and under beautiful bridges.

The Romantic Canal Tour with Bubbly is one of the best if you’re looking for a great way to spend time with your significant other. What’s great about this tour is that you can customize it, depending on your specific interests.

Your guide will ask if you have any particular interests so they can tailor the experience to them. There are plenty of different departure times, and lasting 1.5 hours, it’s super easy to fit into even the busiest schedules. Whether you go day or night, it’s simply a magical experience you have to try at least once.

Meet up with your guide, and hop on board, where you’ll be acquainted with your local, certified skipper who is an expert in all things “Amsterdam”.

They’ll tell you all about the city’s history and specifically that of the canals. The district is UNESCO-listed, and it’s unique to just this area.

Not only that, but they provide insight into the locals’ way of life and how the canals are used present-day. There are many people who actually live in house boats docked at the sides of the canals, which is pretty cool!

As you’ll get to see so much of the city, once you’re on land you’ll find that navigating around is much easier.

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100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience, other experiences you may enjoy:, 2. best budget tour: amsterdam private canal booze cruise.

  • Departure:  Jungle Dock
  • Departure Time:  12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Includes:   Live tour guide, t ransport for activity duration: sightseeing cruise, b eer, w ine,  s oft drinks

Amsterdam is a city that’s known for having a good time, and if you’re looking for one, you’re in the right place. The Amsterdam: Private Canal Booze Cruise lasts 1.5 hours and is a great way to start off the evening or day of sightseeing.

Take a break to relax, but cruising through the gorgeous canals with a refreshing beverage in hand! Sure, there are tons of bars in the city, but trust us when we say this way is much more fun! If it’s your first time in the city, it’s a must-do!

If you’re traveling in groups, this is a nice way to get everyone together from some simultaneous excitement and sightseeing. It’s available for groups of 10 people and under. Meet up with your guide near Central Station, which is easy to get to from just about any part of the city.

Board your boat, where you’ll be able to relax on the padded seats with plenty of leg room.  There’s also a restroom on board, which is ideal if you’re going to be drinking!

Crack open a cold beer, pop open a bottle of champagne, or some simple mixed drinks while you cruise around the canals. Think of it as like an open bar because you don’t have a limit on how many drinks you can have.

You’ll pass through the Amstel River, under 7 stunning bridges and some hidden gems your skipper will point out to you. It’s a fantastic way to learn about the city, where famous landmarks are, and will make it easier to plan excursions on land based on this.

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3. best value tour: amsterdam small-group canal cruise plus snacks and drinks.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure: Keizersgracht 106, 1015 CV Amsterdam
  • Departure Time:  1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM
  • Includes:  Snack platter, unlimited drinks (open bar), professional guide, all taxes & fees, snacks, bottled water

The next one up is a bit longer than the other two we’ve covered so far. Clocking in at 2 hours, you’ll get to learn all about the local history, lifestyle, landmarks, and the canals, specifically.

Do it all while enjoying some delicious snacks and drinks on Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks . If you’ve just arrived in Amsterdam, it’s one of the best ways to get an introduction to the city.

The ride is relaxing and beautiful, and ideal for a small group (maximum of 9 people) for a customized experience and the ability to ask any questions you may have to the skipper.

Start out in Jordaan, which is a great place to explore if you want to escape the crowds and general hustle-and-bustle of the city.

It’s a lovely area to sit back, relax, and take the views in. They’ll offer you all kinds of local eats like a snack platter with fruit, cheese, cookies, and sausages.

Wash it all down with some craft beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Pass by the city’s oldest hat factory, called the Rode Hoed (Red Hat), which now serves as an event center. Your guide will tell you all about its interesting (and lengthy!) history.

They’ll continue offering an educational commentary on the canals’ history and heritage, and how important they are.

Not only that, but you’ll get to see the gorgeous side houses that line the canals, along with the enormous mansions that sit on the bigger main canals.

The route does vary a bit, depending on the weather and time of day you book for. However, each trip is a very enjoyable experience!

4. Best Evening Tour: Amsterdam Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

  • Duration: 50 minutes to 90 minutes
  • Departure: At the canals (white boat with blue tops)
  • Departure Time:  Variety Available
  • Includes:   Private boat cruise at night, c aptain/storyteller, g lass of mulled wine (winter), s mall bottle of Prosecco (summer), l ocal cheese, grapes, crackers, and waffles, b lankets

On the hunt for the perfect date night adventure? If so, there are a lot of choices to select from, but this next tour always seems to rank quite high.

The Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night tour is a great alternative to heading to a fancy restaurant, because you have it all right here on board! While the city is beautiful just about any time of day or with any weather, it’s really something different at night.

The city is all lit up, with the warm lights reflecting off of the rippling waters. It’s also a great way to preface dinner, as it won’t spoil your meal but will definitely satisfy any hunger pangs and quench your thirst.

Board your comfortable, private vessel for the next 50 to 90 minutes while you get settled and cruise down the canals. The glistening lights light the way, as your skipper tells you all kinds of fascinating stories about the city’s history, culture, and notable landmarks.

They’ll share facts about important people from here, as well as local legends that always are fun to learn about.

With cozy blankets provided, along with some sparkling champagne, wine, cheese, and waffles, we can’t recommend this tour enough if you really want to get in some quality time with that special someone.

It’s also perfect if you want to learn more about navigating the city and how to access certain tourist hot spots.

While it’s not required, you do have the option of having the guide play some romantic music as well. It’s all up to what you and your partner would like to do – they’re all very accommodating and there to ensure you have a wonderful romantic evening.

5. Best Private Tour: Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

  • Departure: Oosterdokskade 8, Oosterdokskade 8, 1011 AE Amsterdam
  • Includes:  Alcoholic beverages, soda

This next tour is perfect for couples or groups of friends and family, alike. You can reserve the boat for up to 12 people, making it a great way to spend some quality time and have a blast while doing it!

The Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam lasts 1.5 hours full of laughs, adventuring, and learning about this unique city!

Start out by meeting down at the wooden dock next to the “Sea Palace” restaurant. We found the boats to look brand-new, and are in excellent condition. It actually is one of the more luxurious boats we’ve seen, with the wooden sitting area sporting traditional windows and padded seats.

Actually, this traditional vessel is one of just a few in all of Amsterdam that holds the title of “floating monument status” due to its historic traits! If you’re curious, your guide will tell you all about this beauty.

Enjoy unlimited champagne and sip the bubbly while you watch out over the gorgeous canals, as you cruise under bridges and past elaborately-designed homes that line each side.

The boat’s owner will tell you all about the history of the city and offer interesting anecdotes and personal stories, as well.

Enjoy attentive service as you cruise by important landmarks such as the Anne Frank House, Magere Brug, the Red Light District, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience, Café de Sluyswacht, Bridge of 15 Bridges, and much more.

We highly recommend checking at least some of those out once you’re on land, and now that you know how to get to them!

6. Best Family Tour: Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

  • Departure:  Keizersgracht 198, Keizersgracht 198, 1015 CZ Amsterdam
  • Includes: Variety Available

If you’re looking for a fun and affordable excursion to take the entire family on, you’ve found it! The Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise tour is a fantastic way to explore the legendary Dutch canals, and see some of the most popular landmarks from a different perspective.

This is a must-do if you’re bringing the entire family along, and is great for all ages! With a max passenger limit of 10 people per boat, you can feel confident you’re going to receive personalized attention and be able to have any of your questions answered by a professional.

They captain will ask you if you have any specific interests, so they can tailor your cruise to them, too. While food and drinks aren’t served on the boat, you’re more than welcome to bring your own. After exploring, you may want to go grab some food, anyway.

This 1.5-hour tour offers quite a bit of flexibility with start times, making it easy to fit into busy schedules.

As you cruise down the charming canals, they’ll teach you all about the city’s history, modern-day attractions, and many stories with cultural relevance. They’ll show you some hidden gems that not many tourists get to see or even know about, too!

If you’re new to the city, they’ll offer some tips on places to visit later, including any restaurant recommendations! This is a fantastic way to learn about local lifestyles here, and how the canals impact them.

They’re an excellent mode of transportation and offer a bit of relaxation away from the crowds.

7. Best Small Group Tour: Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

  • Departure: Keizersgracht 401, Keizersgracht 401, 1016 EK Amsterdam
  • Includes:  Snacks, alcoholic beverages, soda, bottled water, fees and taxes

This next tour is always a blast, super affordable, and one of the most highly-rated canal cruises out there! The Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise plus Snacks and Drinks tour is one everyone should try, even if you’ve already done a canal cruise before!

Lasting 2 hours long, it’s a fantastic way to have fun, eat some delicious traditional snacks, and enjoy the views without the crowds. Located right in front of the Museum for Photography, you’ll meet up with your guide where you and the rest of your group will be escorted to the boat.

Due to the space, you will be limited to groups of 12 people. We really enjoyed the configuration of this boat, which is open on the ends but has a glass covering to keep you protected just in case of rain (which can happen even in the summertime!).

It also offers unobstructed views of this gorgeous city, where you’ll be able to fully enjoy the incredible architecture and canal views.

To keep your thirst and hunger at bay, they provide mulled wine and authentic Dutch snacks like the “bitterballen” and “stroopwafel” which are delicious and perfect if you like sweets! Start out in the old quarter of the Jordaan, which is arguably one of the prettiest areas.

Cruise along and spot landmarks such as the Anne Frank house,  Red Light District, National maritime Museum, Hortus Botanicus, and even the East Indiaman ship dating from back to the Golden Age!

You’ll even get to see various “hidden gems” that not too many tourists know about, and can go back to visit them once you’re on land.

Why You Should Take an Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tour

Taking an Amsterdam canal cruise is a great way to experience the city from a unique perspective.

  • See the city from a different angle : Amsterdam is of course famous for its canals but taking a canal cruise/tour allows you can see can see sights that visitors walking around don’t get to see. You will get to see the city’s narrow streets, historic buildings and picturesque bridges from the water.
  • Learn about Amsterdam’s history and culture : Most canal cruise tours have audio guides or live commentary which can provide interesting information about Amsterdam’s history, architecture and culture. You’ll learn all about the city’s most famous residents, its trading history and its most famous landmarks.
  • Relax and unwind: A canal cruise is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening. have a glass of wine while you enjoy the sights. Most canal cruises have food and drink options so you can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the views.
  • Ideal for all ages : A canal cruise is a great activity for families, couples or groups of friends. It’s a good option for families and is an enjoyable experience for everyone.

What Will You See on Canal Tour/Cruise?

  • Architecture : Amsterdam’s canal ring is home to many stunning buildings, including 17th-century merchant houses, grand public buildings and its modern architecture.
  • Bridges : Amsterdam has over 1,200 bridges many of which are historic and offer unique views of the city.
  • Houseboats : Amsterdam is famous for its houseboats which line the canals and give you a glimpse into the city’s unique culture.
  • Landmarks : A canal cruise will take you past many of Amsterdam’s most famous landmarks, including the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and of course the Van Gogh Museum .
  • Bustling streets : As you cruise through Amsterdam’s canals, you’ll also see bustling streets and neighborhoods, giving you a feel for the city’s vibrant energy and lively atmosphere.
  • Red Light District – This area is probably one of the more obvious neighborhoods to go adventuring around at night. The iconic red windows and notorious coffee shops are everywhere and while this area is full of tourist traps. You should take a Red Light District tour so you can see all the cool spots like Belushi’s, Hill Street Blues, and Aepjen.

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