Amsterdam Canal Cruise Like a Local

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 1 hours

Departs: Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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We cruise like a local: you enter as a guest and leave as a friend. Sit, enjoy, and relax!

Where most boat companies like to stay on a fixed route and give a standard lecture, we like to be guided by the day and group. The captain is your host and guide in one and will make sure you have a fun time. After this boat trip you will understand the city even better.

We sail in an incredible special boat (if I may put it that way); End of 2020, I had the opportunity to buy the former government boat from 1928, which was used by Presidents, Mayors, and our own Dutch royal family.

The boat is fully electric has sliding windows, a sunroof, an open aft deck; toilet on board (a luxury!). It is perfectly equipped for the Dutch weather, which can be very changeable. In short: the best boat to discover the Amsterdam canals.

Come and join us!
Captain Dave

Ps. If you're expecting a read-from-a-script, we-do-the-same-route-multiple-times-a-day tour don't go with us!

What's Included

90-Minutes | Amsterdam Canal Cruise, small group with local guide

Boat tour by Award Winner— Boat Tour of The Year 2019 for Amsterdam

Heated boat and extra blankets to keep you warm

On the way we pick up a snack platter with local specialties

Open bar. Heineken beer, wine, prosecco, soda, water, coffee, and tea

Personable non-scripted guide, host and fully licensed captain in-one

Restroom on board

We cruise in a saloon boat with sliding windows, sunroof & open aft deck

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 99

Additional Info

  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • If you have any signs of disease let us know and we try to reschedule or offer a full refund.
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

We start on the boat the 'Jonckvrouw' (Royal Lady) at the Prinsengracht 579 from where we go to the Amstel River. We'll cruise through the different districts of the city, like the Jordaan. We go both on the famous Amsterdam canals and the small canals where the big tour boats can't enter. We'll make sure you see the best of what Amsterdam has to offer.

The cruise ends at the same place.

• Admission Ticket Free

Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House Amsterdam—the main house and the annex. On 6 July 1942, the Frank family went into hiding in the building at Prinsengracht 263.

• Admission Ticket Free

ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam is a beautiful 19th-century zoo and the oldest zoo in the Netherlands with among others, chimpanzees, zebras and elephants, an aquarium, and a planetarium —when lucky, we spot elephants, zebras, or even giraffes.

• Admission Ticket Free

The Amstel
The Amstel River —is the beautiful river where Amsterdam took his name from. The view from the Amstel is magical! The Amstel is a wide river that flows from Nieuwveen to Amsterdam, where it meets the IJ bay.

• Admission Ticket Free

The Smallest House in Amsterdam
Europe's smallest house is 2.02 meters (6 feet 8 inches) wide and 5 meters (16 feet 5 inches) deep! —It represents a miniature version of a typical Amsterdam canal house. What makes it even more amazing, it accommodates a Tea Salon.

• Admission Ticket Free

Red Light District (De Wallen)
The Amsterdam Red Light District —from brothels to sex shops to museums, the old part of Amsterdam, has it all. Don't be afraid to go; it has a very friendly atmosphere.

• Admission Ticket Free

The Jordaan
The lively Jordan area —What do you think it is named after? The French word Jardin (English: garden) or Jordaan (the Dutch name for the river Jordan)?

• Admission Ticket Free

Magere Brug
The famous Skinny Bridge —across the river Amstel and opposite of the Carré theatre is an Old Dutch design wooden double-swipe (balanced) bridge.

The romantic story goes that the bridge got his name from the sisters Mager, who lived on opposite sides. They had the wooden bridge built to make it easier to visit each other...

The more likely version is that the original bridge acquired the name from being so narrow (mager means skinny in Dutch) that it was hard for two pedestrians to pass one along with another.

• Admission Ticket Free

De Poezenboot
The Catboat —a unique houseboat turned into an animal shelter. Cat-loving volunteers run it. I didn't expect seeing cats on the water, you?

• Admission Ticket Free

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