3.5 star rating: Worth doing 19 Reviews

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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:75 minutes (approx.)
Admire the dazzling creations of the second annual Amsterdam Light Festival on this evening cruise. As you travel the city’s famous canals, listen to audio commentary about 30 light sculptures and projections by a host of international artists on display from November 27, 2014, through January 18, 2015. You will also pass top Amsterdam attractions such as Amstel River, City Hall and Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug). Soak up the festive holiday atmosphere on your glass-topped barge and delight in world-class art.

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  • Admire the stunning Amsterdam Light Festival on this holiday canal cruise
  • Observe 30 light sculptures and projections by international artists during the second Amsterdam Light Festival
  • See major Amsterdam sights including the Amstel River, Skinny Bridge and Oudezijds Voorburgwal.
  • Hear audio commentary about the vibrant light sculptures you pass on your 75-minute evening cruise
  • Festival runs from November 27, 2014, through January 18, 2015

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A unique opportunity you should not miss. The light sculptures are breathtaking and it will be a night to remember.

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What You Can Expect

Best Holiday Canal Cruise: Amsterdam Light Festival from a Glass-Topped Canal Barge

Enjoy a awe-inspiring spectacle of lights during your cruise

Board one of Holland International's glass-topped barges opposite Central Station and enjoy this festive holiday cruise that explores the third annual Amsterdam Light Festival, an awe-inspiring spectacle of light and color running from November 27, 2014, to January 18, 2015.

'Building with Light' is this year's theme, and 30 sculptures were selected from more than 300 entries to enliven the dark winter nights of Amsterdam. As you cruise among the wondrous light sculptures and projections, listen to audio commentary in English and Dutch on the various works and the artists who made them. Some works use cutting-edge new lighting technologies while others take a simpler approach.

You'll also view city landmarks including the Amstel River, Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug), City Hall and Oudezijds Voorburgwal — the oldest canal in Amsterdam. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere on your cruise as you admire unique and compelling works of art lighting up the night. Your family-friendly, 75-minute cruise through the Amsterdam Light Festival concludes at Central Station.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was pretty, especially at Christmas time to see the lights at night and from the water. The boat was spacious and comfortable. Had a great time. I would recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

I would highly recommend this trip; it was gorgeous and very interesting. My only complaint was the continual queuing, as the Viator ticket needed to be exchanged for one of the tour operators own. This took ages and it would've been just as easy to queue and buy one on site.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Brilliant tour. Although we did wait in line to board the boat for like 50 minutes in the cold and we didn't receive our mulled wine. The tour was enjoyable and education. The boat does steam up so viewing does become a problem but we sat right at the back where the hot air vents kept out windows clear

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was our first canal cruise and it was terrific. The staff were wonderful, from checking in at the office to the captain on the boat. The boat was comfortable (we are very tall) and the audio quality was clear and informative. I highly recommend this company and encourage first timers to Amsterdam to take a cruise early during their stay. This is a great introduction to the city. Thank you!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Good commentary, quick trip on canal. You can open window if want to take pictures.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

The trip was great with interesting commentary and no waiting to get on the boat (we went approx. 6.15pm on a friday). we had hoped to see a few more light sculptures but enjoyed the ones there.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Pretty and a warm way to see the lights and sights!

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2014

It was ordinary, nothing that special. Half the lights were off!!!! A walk around the pier became more interesting.The best part was the warm drinks at the start of the cruise.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2014

it was okay

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