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Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise

  • Journey off the beaten path as you explore Amsterdam by boat on its canals 
  • Skip street and pedestrian traffic and see the city from a new perspective
  • Learn facts about the city’s history and culture from a guide
Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise
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Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise
One of the best ways to see Amsterdam and its attractions is from the water. Prebook this 1-hour boat tour of the city’s canals, and you won’t need to find transportation on the fly or wait in lines for on-the-day tickets. Plus, with boats coming every half-hour, you cruise on your schedule. Enjoy watching the city float by in a relaxing setting (drinks are available for purchase) as you listen to guided commentary.
What to Expect

Pick up a travel voucher for this Amsterdam open-top boat tour in a central location. Boats run for 12 hours straight on the canals, from 11am to 11pm, and come about every 30 minutes. The flexible timing takes the stress out of sightseeing.

Once you board the boat, you’ll take a seat, and meet the captain and host. If it’s chilly, you can bundle under a provided blanket while you listen to your guide share stories and facts about the city’s history, culture, points of interest, and people.

Along the way, catch sight of Oude Kerk (Old Church), Magere Brug, and Amstel River. If you’d like, you can purchase an alcoholic drink (own expense) to sip on during this tour.

After exploring Amsterdam on the city’s canals, your boat docks back at shore and your tour ends.

Reviews (1,076)
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Reviewed today
Highly recommended!

I bet this is the best canal tour we could find if we were searching for one. It is not surprising these guys have 90% excellent reviews. However, when I was trying to book a canal tour, I overlooked them. Good thing, I didn't book...More

Thank Danny S
Reviewed today
Amazingly friendly, romantic & original bar - cruise

I strongly recommend this cruise for its originality and quality of service paid by the team. We discovered the boat casually and loved the concept of a bar -boat , when we were told by the friendly Benji (special mention to him as he also...More

Thank Sandcaz
Reviewed yesterday

A wonderful cruise on the canals in Amsterdam ,an awesome experience I will not forget too soon . The crew was awesome. Thank you for that!

Thank Iacob C
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great boat trip!

We were last weekend in Amsterdam and we were able to enjoy this wonderful boat ride. Excelent friendly staff welcome you on board offerning drinks from their bar. Along the ride, Rick (who drives the boat) tells funny stories of Amsterdam and shows places of...More

1  Thank Leticia T
Friendship A, Front Office Manager at Friendship Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Leticia, Thank you so much! And happy to hear, I will let Rick know that you enjoyed the tour! :) Kind regards, Laura

Reviewed 4 days ago
Very nice cruise in canals

We took a cruise in open boat because it was nice weather. Staff OK, very save and nice ride, They offer also drinks on boat. Only thing which I have remark is that they could talk more about the attraction and history of cityMore

Thank splico1977
Friendship A, Front Office Manager at Friendship Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi, Thank you very much for your positive review! I'm glad you liked it! We always try as hard as we can to adjust to our guests on board. Sometimes it's hard to feel what the guests want when there is no interaction at all....More

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4 October 2018|
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Response from Donald H | Reviewed this property |
We got on the hop on hop off boat near the Marrriott Amsterdam at Leidsplein
Vicky M
30 September 2018|
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Response from Rhonda D | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure but the different boat crews are very receptive. There is a big one called city tours like the big red bus as you see in different cities but I just happen to like the friendship tour. And then there are also... More
Lauren A
26 September 2018|
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Response from Brigitte K | Reviewed this property |
It is in the middle of the red light district