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Our most recommended Amsterdam Cruises & Boat Tours

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

1. 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

2. 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: City Canal Cruise

3. 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: 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: Luxury Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

5. 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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Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Windows

6. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Windows

Discover all the secrets of the Red Light District of Amsterdam with a local Dutch guide during this walking tour with a maximum of 4 participants. Learn about Dutch coffee shops, the history of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood, and the women working behind the famous red windows. Wander around the scenic canals and narrow alleys of the area. Stroll past the Old Church, Amsterdam's oldest building, and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. You will learn about everything the Red Light District has to offer, from the Condomerie condom shop to the Prostitution Information Center. Listen as your guide tells you about the many sex shops, peep shows, bars, and coffee shops you will walk past.

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Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise

7. Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise

Enjoy freshly made pizza on board an enchanting canal boat in Amsterdam, and see the city’s sights during a 90-minute cruise of the famous canals. Combine casual dining with a leisurely sightseeing adventure of the UNESCO World Heritage canal district, and see the city’s sights from the water. Run in collaboration with the New York Pizza company, this is an original way to explore Amsterdam's historic ring of canals while you dine. Upon boarding the boat you will order the appetizer and pizza of your choice. Your pizza is then delivered straight from the oven to the boat, and is accompanied with wine, beer, and soft drinks (2 included) throughout the cruise.

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Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

8. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise

This unique combo ticket saves you both time and money as you explore Amsterdam's scenery by canal and enter the world-famous Van Gogh Museum. Purchase a combined ticket to the Van Gogh Museum and a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals, and enjoy 2 of the city’s must-see attractions with 1 ticket. You are free to decide which part of the ticket you would like to use first. Relax and 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, explore the legendary Van Gogh Museum’s exhibits at your own pace. The ticket will save you time and money on individual purchases. Note that the queues at the Van Gogh museum could still be long due to the start of the season. This 2 in 1 ticket gives you access to both the Van Gogh Museum and to a wonderful city canal cruise. Please make sure you show up at the Van Gogh Museum on the date and time for which the ticket is purchased. The City Canal Cruise can be done at any day on the times written on your voucher. 

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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: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

10. Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

Hop on board your private vessel for the evening and set off through the charming canals of Amsterdam. After the sun has set, the city illuminates with glistening lights, creating the perfect romantic setting for you and your lover. Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy a refreshing glass of bubbly accompanied by local cheese and waffles. Admire the 17th-century canal houses and impressive bridges as you cruise through the water. Along the way, listen to stories of the city’s impressive history, culture, and famous landmarks. Hear tales of legends and lovers, while creating an unforgettable memory of your own. By the end of the evening, you’ll have seen Amsterdam from a totally new perspective.

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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