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Discover hidden corners in Amsterdam’s scenic waterways unreachable by many boats on this 75-minute canal cruise. Aboard a smaller and comfortable vessel, explore the 17th-century canal belt and the lovely Amstel River. Hear tales from your skipper while snapping photos of the historical waterfront sights and traditional gabled houses. Pass top attractions including the Amsterdam City Hall, Skinny Bridge and the channels of the legendary Red Light District. A variety of departure times makes this a convenient sightseeing activity.


  • 75-minute Amsterdam canal cruise by small, open-air boat
  • Enjoy unobstructed views of Amsterdam’s picturesque waterfront
  • Glide along the famous canal belt past Amsterdam City Hall, the Skinny Bridge, Mint Tower (Munttoren) and other top Amsterdam attractions
  • Navigate narrow waterways around the Red Light District that other cruises can’t access
  • Learn about the sights from your friendly skipper
  • Cruises depart regularly throughout the day

What You Can Expect

Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat

Discover the hidden canals in Amsterdam during your small-group cruise

This 75-minute cruise departs regularly throughout the day, making it easy to fit into your sightseeing schedule. In central Amsterdam, board a 12-person or slightly larger 30-person vessel — both smaller and more intimate than the mainstream cruise boats — and meet your seasoned skipper.

Take in unobstructed views from your open-air vessel. Your skipper shares informative commentary on the architecture and landmarks that you see along the way. During your outing, you'll leave the larger cruise boats behind as you navigate the narrow canals and hard-to-reach waterways of the legendary Red Light District. This canal system was once contained within the city walls, and the walled canals gave rise to the district’s Dutch name, De Wallen (little walls). Hear tales about this area’s scandalous reputation.

Cruise along the city’s lovely UNESCO-listed canal ring, and drift past 17th-century gabled houses and historic landmarks including the Mint Tower (Munttoren), Hermitage Amsterdam, the Skinny Bridge, the Golden Bend and Amsterdam City Hall.

After a little over an hour, return sail to the departing dock, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Jerry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome to see the city by canal.

Lori P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very nice tour in a beautiful city!

Mark I Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide was absolutely hilarious, and Amsterdam is magical for cruise.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good, but would have liked more of the small canals

Julie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was wonderful and our guide was very well informed about the area, funny too!

Lester R

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

The trip itself was near perfect. The process of getting from the on-line purchase voucher to an actual ticket was awkward and confusing.

Miss Pat

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

We Amsterdam! The canal cruise was great, the weather was perfect, couldn't have had a better day if we tried.

Barbara B

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Would have liked more information about canals we were in, buildings of importance. Our boat captain seemed to wait for questions rather than being a real communicator.

George W

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

The tour itself was very good. However, the intent of booking the canal cruise by small open boat was to be able to access canals that larger boats could not access such as the canal through the middle of the red light district. The tour did not include that and seemed to follow the same routes as most of the other boats of all sizes. In that respect the tour was a bit disappointing.

Nicola F

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Good, tour guide was nice, but not so knowledgeable. Was great for a layover between flights!

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