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Canal Tours & Boat Trips in Amsterdam

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A canal tour is an absolute must-do for any visitor to Amsterdam. After all, the city hasn’t been nicknamed the Venice of the North for nothing! The canals that run through the old town of Amsterdam give you the chance to see the sights from the comfort of a boat, and whether you’re seeing them by day or illuminated at night, you’ll get a unique perspective. You can also combine your canal tour with a meal or with entry tickets to one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, just check out the deals below to see what’s available!
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Daytime Boat Tours

The picturesque canals of Amsterdam are fascinating to explore during the day, especially when the weather is nice. Canal tours are one of the most popular things for visitors to do in Amsterdam, and here are some of the best-rated offers:
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Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat options
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Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise
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Amsterdam: Smoke and Lounge City Boat Cruise
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Amsterdam: Canal Booze Cruise with Unlimited Drinks Option
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Nighttime Tours

At night you can watch as the lights of the Gouden Bocht (Golden Bend) and the other houses lining the canals come to life. Experience a different side to the city as you float along, spotting the most important sights of the city lit up for the night.
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Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise
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Amsterdam: Guided Evening Cruise with Bar on Board
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Amsterdam: Private Evening Canal Cruise with Prosecco
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Amsterdam: Lovers Night Canal Cruise from Central Station
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Boat Tours With Food

From casual tours featuring burgers, pizza, and beer to elegant four-course meals, there’s sure to be an Amsterdam canal tour that will delight your tastebuds! Enjoy exploring the city by boat while chowing down on something tasty.
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Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Entrance to Xtracold Icebar
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Amsterdam: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Boat and XtraCold Icebar
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Amsterdam: Private BBQ Cruise with Personal Chef & Drinks
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Amsterdam: Private Prosecco Canal Cruise Tour
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Combo Tickets

Combine your canal tour ticket with entry to one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam. Options include the fabulous Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, plus popular attractions including the Heineken Experience the Amsterdam Dungeon, and Madame Tussauds.
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Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket and City Canal Cruise
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Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise
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Amsterdam: Open Boat Cruise with Unlimited Drinks Option
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Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and 1-Hour Canal Cruise
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Boat Tours & Cruises outside Amsterdam

There are many other ways to get around Amsterdam's surrounding area by boat, and you can explore some of them here.
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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip
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Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Marken: Guided Tour + Audio Guide
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From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Guided Day Tour
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Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam
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Different canal tours in Amsterdam

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Boat Tours during the Day

You can’t miss the canals in Amsterdam - they wind their way through the oldest and busiest parts of the city - but you’ll get a different perspective of life in the Venice of the North when you take a boat tour through the elaborate waterways. From famous canal-side houses to the most important museums, you’ll see it all from the comfortable interior of a canal boat. There are four major tour providers who put on basic canal boat tours:

Blue Boat City Canal Cruise

This cruise is 75 minutes long, and an audio guide is available in 21 languages. If you’re planning to buy the Amsterdam City Card, then this tour is one of the tours and attractions included. Boats depart from either opposite the Hard Rock Cafe or opposite the Heineken Experience and run every 30 minutes in summer or every hour in winter.

Lovers Canal Cruise

The basic cruise takes 1 hour and includes a GPS audio guide in 19 languages. Boats depart roughly every 15 minutes in summer and every 30 minutes in winter from Prins Hendrikkade 25, which is close to Amsterdam Central Station.

Stromma cruises

This company offers three different tour options, the 100 Highlights tour, the Hop-On Hop-Off tours, and the Open Boat Tour. The 100 Highlights tour takes one hour and is accompanied by an audio guide in 19 languages while the Open Boat tour takes an hour and fifteen minutes and is led by the captain of the boat.

Friendship Amsterdam

These tours are offered in open-top boats. With a smaller group of visitors, and a personal tour from the captain, they’re a pleasant way to tour the canals in an hour. You can also buy a range of drinks on-board. Just be aware that, because the boats are open-top, they often don’t run in bad weather.
Canal Tour through illuminated Amsterdam

Canal Tours by Night

For a bit more romance, or just a different perspective on the city, why not take a canal tour after dark? If you’re visiting between December and January and wrap up warm, you’ll be rewarded with particularly beautiful views of the Festival of Lights. During the festival, Amsterdam’s canals, bridges, and major buildings are dressed to impress with colorful light installations, and you can get some of the most unique views from the water.
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Boat Tour & Attraction Combos

If you want to plan a full day in Amsterdam, then you might want to combine your boat tour ticket with an entry ticket to one of the city’s top attractions! Several boat tour providers offer discounted tickets to museums or other sights when you book a canal cruise, so consider where you’d like to visit and book in advance to save money!

Van Gogh Museum

Tickets for the Van Gogh Museum are highly-sought after, but you can get guaranteed entry when you book a combo ticket with a boat tour. You’ll be given a timeslot to enter the museum, which can be extremely busy, so make sure you plan it into your schedule, and it might be a good idea to use your boat tour ticket after you’ve been to the museum, since those tickets are more flexible.

Rijksmuseum

One of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, the Rijksmuseum is a national museum of art and history, and is home to major masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other major Dutch painters. Tickets combined with a boat tour are available. In addition to saving you money, they’ll also let you skip the long lines at the museum. The museum is also a stop on the hop-on hop-off boat tour, so it’s extremely easy to access!

Amsterdam Dungeon & Madame Tussauds

You can get discounts to two of Amsterdam’s most fun attractions when you book a combo ticket. Learn about Amsterdam’s dark history in the dungeon, or meet your favorite actors, singers, and celebrities at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

Heineken Experience

Follow up your canal tour with a trip to the iconic home of Heineken beer. Learn about the history of the company, the manufacturing process, and enjoy a tasting when you opt for a combo ticket to the Heineken Experience.
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