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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
From US$17.34
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Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise
From US$17.34
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 (1,119)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Great canal experience

We really enjoyed this boating experience. It was a cold day and they provided blankets to us which helped keep us warm. They served drinks on the boat which they served before we even took off which was nice and service continued throughout the ride....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mbuchanan16
Reviewed 5 days ago
Relaxing and informative

We had a great boat tour even though it was chilly out!! The boats have a bunch of blankets and pillows and are so comfy. Our tour guide Mouna was so nice and knew so much about the city!! :) The boat driver did a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Benjamin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic tour

One of the best boat tours we’ve ever done with some really amazing hosts in Michelle and Mona Lisa. Very engaging and excellent knowledge throughout the tour. Beverages available throughout without ramming it in your face to buy.

1  Thank martinhO1202VH
Friendship A, Front Office Manager at Friendship Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Martin, Thank you for your review, we're very happy that you enjoyed our tour this much! I'll make sure Michelle and Mona Lisa read this! Kind regards, Laura

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Lovely informative tour

Both captain Michelle and Mona Lisa we’re very informative and made sure everyone knew everything about the lights as well as the city itself. Beverages available on board but no pressure to buy - very different from some tours we’ve been on!!

Thank 961charlees
Friendship A, Front Office Manager at Friendship Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Charles, Thank you for your review, we're very happy that you enjoyed our tour! Hopefully, we can welcome you again in the future :) Kind regards, Laura

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Cheaper & more adventurous to rent your own boat

Did you people that come to Amsterdam every year and want a good adventure with your friends and family ,You can go and rent a small boat for a half day and you won't have to pay a greedy guide any money .These guides are...More

3  Thank Grant G
Friendship A, Front Office Manager at Friendship Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Grant, Thank you for your opinion! I hope that you still had a lovely cruise with us, even though you would prefer renting a boat yourself. Have a nice day! Kind regards, Laura

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Response from PlanoGreg | Reviewed this property |
Hello.. it is in front of Ramen Ya Oudezijds Voorburgwal 236, 1012 GK Amsterdam, Netherlands just behind the Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel/Dam Square
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