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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.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Well worth the €15!

I usually don’t go for canal or boat tours but this was highly recommended - and I’m glad I went! HIGHLIGHTS: - friendly knowledgeable captain making jokes - there is a sense of a personal touch on the tour never mind they do this every...More

Thank eatgosee
Reviewed 3 days ago
Lovely Canal Boat Tour

My partner and I had a very enjoyable time on this tour. We were lucky enough to just be walking past at the time a tour was about to take off and decided to jump on and really glad that we did. The staff were...More

Thank LyndseyJaneClaire
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Good start to a city break

Booked a canal cruise as suggested by our hotel concierge. Loading point was easy to find. Found it a good way to see the city and gave us some idea on what to go and see later. Thought the trip was good value and the...More

1  Thank Seraphim87
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Awesome way to see Amsterdam

One of the best canal cruises I you can do. Friendly staff, bar for drinks and comfortable cushioned seating. Highly recommend!

Thank Bianca H
Friendship A, Front Office Manager at Friendship Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Bianca, Thank you for your recommendation! we are very glad you enjoyed all the highlights of what we have to offer. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Amsterdam! Kind regards, Maartje Woerlee

Reviewed 6 days ago
Great boat and crew!

We wanted a more intimate cruise through the canals and were very pleasantly surprised when we (finally) saw Friendship Amsterdam's boat. The captain and his mate were very knowledgeable about Amsterdam and it's history being locals. The boat was very romantically appointed and comfortable with...More

Thank carol f
Friendship A, Front Office Manager at Friendship Amsterdam, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Carol, Thank you for your recommendation! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our romantic boat with all the good drinks on board! That is what we are doing it for! Kind regards, Maartje Woerlee

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20 July 2018|
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Response from Colin B | Reviewed this property |
No, unless you specify a time to be printed on your reservation, you just arrive and wait for the next available boat.
19 July 2018|
Response from lovemytwolabs | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if they accept the iamsterdam card; however, booking in advance is not an option. Just show up.
Roberto J
17 July 2018|
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Response from Dmitry S | Reviewed this property |
I would say yes. Amsterdam is a very pet friendly city. Make sure to bring poo bags as you will be fined without them.
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