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Best Amsterdam Canal Cruises for Every Traveler - A local's recommendations 2024

Posted: November 14, 2023 | Last updated: November 14, 2023

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without taking a memorable canal tour and there is no shortage of  Amsterdam canal cruises  and canal tours to choose from! In fact, it will seem like they are on every corner and by every hotel.

But after living in Amsterdam for several years and trying out almost every canal cruise provider, I can guarantee they’re not all equal! The experiences vary as do the size of the boat, what’s included, prices, and route. 

Want to experience Amsterdam like a true local? Hop on one of these must-try canal cruises and discover the city’s hidden gems as you sail through its charming canals. Whether you’re seeking romance, adventure, or photo-worthy panoramas, there’s a canal cruise that will perfectly suit your preferences. 

What can you expect from a canal cruise in Amsterdam?

Depending on the experience you choose, a  canal cruise tour  can typically last anywhere from 1-2 hours. If you choose a themed canal tour like a booze cruise, wine and cheese cruise, or evening cruise, the time tends to be a little longer.

Since the competition for passengers is fierce, every provider is generally really good about giving you what you pay for and what’s advertised. These tour companies can’t afford negative reviews since word travels fast! 

Large or small canal boat option for a canal cruise – Which is better to explore the waterways of Amsterdam?

Each style of boat serves a purpose better than the other. Larger canal boats are best when considering activities like a dinner cruise or a themed tour, for example, the light show during the winter. Additionally, larger, covered canal boats are more comfortable in the winter months.

In General, I recommend considering booking a small boat cruise while you’re in Amsterdam. You’ll find plenty of options available at numerous tour booking kiosks all over the city.

These small boats typically have less than 20 people on board, creating a more intimate setting where there are discussions on various topics and interesting stories about local history, historical controversies, and local monuments as you pass them.

The captains & their assistants who guide these smaller tours are often lively and engaging individuals, with no shortage of an opinion, which adds fun to the experience.

In contrast, larger boats like Hop-On-Hop-Off tend to deliver their commentary in a rather bland manner, almost as if they’re bored or disinterested. Unfortunately, their narrations often lack those juicy anecdotes that make any tour truly memorable. 

So, if you’re seeking a more engaging and personalized experience during your canal boat cruise, opting for a smaller boat with a passionate pilot might just be your best bet!

Our pick of the best canal cruises in Amsterdam

Some of the best cruises to explore the Amsterdam Waterways and take in the sights are the Flagship Canal cruises. They have a variety of options including a general tour, a Red Light district tour (with an open bar), and a wine and cheese canal tour.

Their open boats are clean and comfortable with great captains that provide wonderful information along the way. But there are many operators, so read on for our other favorites!

One of Our favorite open canal boat cruises in Amsterdam

One of the top canal cruises in Amsterdam is the open boat tour with Captain Jack. It’s an all-inclusive experience, so it’s a bit more expensive at about $45 per person.

A great Amsterdam canal cruise including drinks & snacks

This family-friendly cruise tour guarantees a more personal experience with the use of a small boat that comfortably accommodates a maximum of 20 passengers. As you leisurely sail through the canals, take this opportunity to mingle with fellow travelers while indulging in included beverages and snacks.

Engage in lively conversations as the knowledgeable guide educates you with a fascinating commentary about the city’s history and culture.

See the amazing views from the open boat as you navigate through Amsterdam’s renowned UNESCO-listed canal ring, catching glimpses of iconic landmarks such as the Rijksmuseum and the historic Anne Frank House.

Allow yourself to be by intriguing anecdotes and trivia about Amsterdam that will leave you both entertained and informed. This particular tour has two convenient departure locations near the Rijksmuseum or Central Station.

Best private canal tour for couples or small groups (Including Dinner)

Cruise the canals with a private boat tour including dinner! There is no better way to experience the iconic sights and charming canal houses than booking a private or small group canal boat tour.

We’ve done this with a small group of friends and everyone is delighted to see the sights of Amsterdam aboard the boat without having the distraction of large groups. A 2 private tour is a perfect way to see Amsterdam with friends and family

We love the concept, although it’s quite expensive (Expect to spend $250 or more per person). If the price isn’t an issue, it will make for an amazing and memorable experience. This is one of our top choices!

Our favorite “Booze” cruise in Amsterdam

You can have a drink in any bar, but there’s nothing quite like sipping beer and wine (or soda) on a nearly 2-hour tour of the historic waterways with what locals affectionately call a “booze cruise”.

Bottomless drinks, new friends, and good fun are what this tour is all about. With over 900 reviews, this tour gets an average of 4.5 stars which is impressive for a tour like this!

Depending on the time of the year that you are visiting Amsterdam, you have options:

You can go on a 1 hour covered canal booze cruise.

For cheese and wine lovers, there is a 90-minute cruise .

If you happen to be visiting Amsterdam during December or January, we suggest booking an Amsterdam light festival cruise with unlimited drinks.

Best dinner cruise Amsterdam

True “Dinner Cruises” on the canals of Amsterdam are not as common as you’d think! So the few options that there are, only one we currently recommend, but it’s not for everyone.

The dinner canal tours are longer than most others at 2 hours. The boats are very comfortable and take you through some of the best spots to see from the canals!

It’s good to know, however, that because the tours sell out, it’s possible that you may end up sharing a table with another couple. This isn’t uncommon in European restaurants, but it might make Americans uncomfortable.

In reality, it’s actually good fun and an opportunity to meet other travelers (and locals!).

It’s important to know the food that’s being served is usually pretty good, but customers feel that it’s mediocre with smaller portions. There are choices for everyone including vegans!

So enjoying a 3-course meal with beer and wine while touring the canals is an amazing experience as long as expectations are tempered. We still love this Amsterdam canal tour and think the food is actually pretty good given that it’s being served on a small boat!

Night canal cruise in Amsterdam

Try a tour that takes you through the iconic canals at night. Seeing the historic buildings light up in the evening is a great way to see the amazing city from a unique perspective. 

Daytime canal cruises are great, but there’s something truly magical about seeing the city all lit up at night.

Picture this: you’re gliding along the tranquil canals, sipping on a drink, and taking in the mesmerizing views of the iconic Amsterdam architecture.

The twinkling lights reflecting on the water create this dreamlike atmosphere that you just can’t experience during the day. And let’s not forget about the cozy vibes – the city feels quieter, more relaxed, and just plain enchanting at night.

Once you’ve experienced an Amsterdam night canal cruise, you’ll be hooked – it’s like stepping into a fairytale. So, ditch the daylight hours and let the nighttime magic whisk you away! 

Is it worth doing a canal cruise in Amsterdam? Frequent questions we are asked about canal tours:

With the huge number of options, it’s important to pick the right canal tour. But a good tour is DEFINITELY worth it! It’s a unique experience that almost no other city has to offer.

What is the best time of year for the canal cruise in Amsterdam?

Mid-April to the end of October are the best times for a canal cruise. The days are longer, the weather is nicer and our favorite open-boat canal cruises are more comfortable.

However, there are plenty of options during the winter as well. Just be sure to look for a closed-boat cruise option! 

What is the best time of day to do the Amsterdam canal tour?

There’s really no BAD time, but late mornings or early afternoons are usually the best for seeing the city before the madness of mass tourism floods the streets.

Where do Amsterdam canal tours leave from?

There are many locations to board a canal tour. However, most larger tours start just south of Central Station. It’s impossible to miss the many docks.

The smaller canal boat tours usually start from side streets behind hotels in the city center. Each tour will have a specific meeting point but expect them to be either near the Dam Square off of one of the many side streets or by the Anne Frank House. 

If you’ve arrived at the Amsterdam Cruise Port / Passenger Terminal Amsterdam , the canal tours are within about a 15-minute walk of the port.

How long is a canal cruise in Amsterdam?

Most tours are 1-1.5 hours, but specialty canal cruises can be much longer when they include dinner or private tours.

Is an Amsterdam Canal cruise better at night or day?

Both are totally different experiences and if you have the time, it may be worth doing both! A daytime canal tour in Amsterdam gives you the opportunity to see the monuments and bridges while learning about history from the captains

A nighttime canal cruise in Amsterdam allows you to experience the city from an absolutely unique perspective seeing the historic canal houses lit from within, almost seeming like a fairytale.

How much is the canal boat tour in Amsterdam?

A good canal cruise in Amsterdam usually starts at around $20 and goes up from there when they include an open bar or snacks. An all-inclusive drinks & snacks tour can be had for less than $50!

Do Amsterdam canal boats have bathrooms?

The larger canal boats usually have toilets where as the smaller, more intimate tours are on boats without a toilet. On the tour booking sites, they normally specify what facilities are available.

This is a post by Guest Contributor Phil

About the Author: Phil Crane is a former business owner & founder who ditched the office to see the world. After traveling to more than 25 countries, he became a full-time expat, experiencing culture by living abroad.  He’s had the opportunity to live in some amazing locations including Hawaii, The Netherlands & The United Kingdom. He lives for exploring new cultures, local foods, and unique experiences. Travel, Food, & Stories are the passions that he hopes to share with readers from around the world on his current blog focused on cruise travel .

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FAQ about the canal cruise in Amsterdam

Prices for a canal cruise in Amsterdam vary, as it depends on the tour you have chosen. Tickets are already available from € 19,95 per person, including skipper and host.

A canal cruise in Amsterdam usually lasts around 60 minutes. During this time, you will sail past beautiful sights and monumental buildings in the heart of Amsterdam.

With a canal cruise, you experience Amsterdam from a beautiful sloop, or saloon boat that takes you through the – UNESCO World Heritage listed- canals. This will take you past the famous Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) and the impressive Golden Bend.

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What does that mean, a Travellers’ Choice Award for Flagship Amsterdam? Guests who have taken a canal cruise Amsterdam or boat tour Amsterdam with Flagship Amsterdam have rated it outstanding . With over 40,000 5-star reviews, we guarantee you will have an unforgettable boat tour. Boat tour Amsterdam is the ideal getaway when you’re visiting the capital for a day, and especially when you are living here for a while and want to discover the city from the water. Want to rent a private boat? Read more about boat rental Amsterdam!

The city from the water

Amsterdam boasts over 100 kilometres of canals and more than 1500 bridges. During the Golden Age, many of the canals were built, including the popular Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht. Amsterdam’s canals are unique and are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. An Amsterdam boat tour lends itself perfectly to admiring the symbol of the capital from the water.

Did you know that the canals were, and still are, incredibly important for Amsterdam for several reasons? The canals kept buildings dry, allowed merchants to transport goods through the city more easily, and made it easier to defend the city. Nowadays, the waters are still crowded with, for example, our canal cruise Amsterdam or our private boat tour. It gives you a unique view of the characteristic canal houses. From elegant mansions on the Keizersgracht to converted warehouses on the Brouwersgracht. Our experienced and local boatmen will tell you the best facts about them.

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The many green trees and romantic bridges give a soft character to the city centre. The Skinny Bridge is beautifully lit in the evening, decorated with hanging flower boxes and parked bicycles, and has been labelled as Amsterdam’s most romantic spot. It is definitely worth taking a photo as you sail past it during our canal cruise Amsterdam. Another photo-worthy bridge is the one on the corner of the Reguliersgracht and Herengracht. That’s not because the bridge itself is so beautiful, but because it gives you a great view over 15 bridges and many canal houses that are stated tight against the water. And if you’re already busy with taking pictures, then grab your opportunity to take a beautiful picture of the Golden Bend where Amsterdam’s most beautiful canal houses are stated.

A unique canal cruise in Amsterdam

At Flagship Amsterdam, we offer you a unique experience on Amsterdam’s canals. Our local skippers and friendly hosts are waiting for you on our public canal cruises. With the luxury saloon boat canal cruise with cheese and wine, you sail past many sights in the city centre and learn about the history and secrets of Amsterdam! The package with wine and cheese is highly recommended, according to many travellers on Tripadvisor: ”Very good wine and a cheese board were the icing on the cake”. On our public canal cruises, you will be on board with a small group of people, which allows you to interact with our skipper and host. They will tell you more about the secrets, facts, and history of Amsterdam in an accessible way, filled with humour. With the Amsterdam evening canal cruise, you will discover romantic Amsterdam and enjoy the illuminated streets and bridges on a 100% electric boat.

With a package of Flagship Amsterdam, you will create a unique experience on Amsterdam’s canals. Do you fancy a drink with friends, family, or colleagues on a sunny afternoon, or opt for a full meal with burgers or pizza? Take a look at our foodbook and look at the endless possibilities we offer.

Besides public boat tours and all-inclusive arrangements, you can also opt for a private boat tour. A private boat tour is ideal for many occasions, such as a bachelor party, a birthday party, a business trip or an ultimate tour through the city centre of Amsterdam. Decide where you want to go yourself, or be surprised by a beautiful route chosen by our skipper. A private boat tour is for anyone who is looking for a great way to discover the canals of Amsterdam. Read more about sloop hire Amsterdam.

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  • Fall in love with Amsterdam aboard a glass-roofed boat cruise along its UNESCO Heritage canals with an audio guide available in 19 languages.
  • Witness attractions like the Anne Frank House Museum where Anne Frank hid and she wrote her famous diary, the old Heineken factory, and more.
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  • Tip: Notice small gardens and green spaces along the canals. These hidden oases add to the city's charm and provide a refreshing touch of nature amidst the urban setting!
  • Audio guide available in Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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  • 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise in Amsterdam
  • Board your cruise and explore the canals of Amsterdam in the warm glow of the city illuminated at night.
  • You will be welcomed onboard the comfortable boat by the cruise staff and can kick off your journey by ordering a cold drink.
  • As you explore the UNESCO-listed canal belt, listen to the onboard audio guide with your free headphones, available in up to 21 different languages.
  • Learn about the history of Amsterdam, its former glory, and how it came to be what it is today.
  • The cruise will also drift past the canals that run through the district where most day cruises do not go - the infamous De Wallen or De Walletjes.
  • It is the largest and best-known red-light district in Amsterdam, and its interesting history allows for quite the cultural exploration.
  • 1-hour or 90-min canal cruise
  • Evening cruise with bar service
  • Multilingual audio guide in 21 languages
  • Central Station (map here ), Hard Rock Cafe Pier (map here )

Anne Frank House

  • Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • NEMO Science Museum


  • Centraal Station
  • A'dam Lookout

Magere Brug

  • Tip: Amsterdam is known for its vibrant street art scene. As you cruise along the canals, keep an eye out for colorful murals and graffiti artwork adorning the walls near the water.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility.
  • The audio guide is available in the following languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Turkish, Thai, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Indonesian, Cantonese, Swedish, Korean, and Hindi.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • 1-Hour Open Boat Amsterdam Cruise with Optional Wine & Cheese
  • Admire unobstructed views of Amsterdam and see the famous UNESCO Heritage-listed canals on this cruise with an expert live guide!
  • See the famed Seven Bridges, the crooked historic Dancing Houses, the prestigious Golden Bend, and the remarkable Anne Frank House.
  • Cruise by the famous Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), one of the most beautiful bridges in Amsterdam.
  • Get an understanding of Dutch history, and fun facts, and spot famous landmarks along the canals, with the help of your guide.
  • Choose to depart from Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, or Central Station in an open boat that takes you away from the city crowds.
  • Live guide and local skipper
  • 60-minute canal cruise
  • Drinks (see the menu here )
  • Anne Frank House (map here ), or Central Station (map here )
  • Jordaan & its famous Prinsengracht
  • Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)
  • the Amstel River
  • The Seven Bridges
  • Golden Bend
  • Tip: Bring a camera to capture the scenic beauty of Amsterdam's canals. You'll have stunning photo opportunities throughout the cruise!
  • The cruise is suitable for pram/stroller users.
  • Buggy is available on prior request.
  • Pets are allowed.

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  • 1-Hour Evening Luxury Salon Boat Cruise in Amsterdam
  • View the city of Amsterdam in the evening with all its bridges brightly illuminated on this charming luxury boat cruise along the Amstel River. - As compared to a day tour, this night exploration will prove to be very unique.
  • Learn about Dutch history, culture, and fun facts from your local and experienced skipper and guide.
  • Starting from the Anne Frank House, you’ll explore the stylish Jordaan neighborhood, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), and the Golden Bend – an impressive area with manor houses and prestigious buildings.
  • The Golden Age Canals are a part of this tour and they’re listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • 1-hour canal cruise on a luxury boat
  • Local and experienced skipper and English speaking guide
  • Blankets available
  • Meal and drinks inclusions
  • Anne Frank House (map here )
  • The Jordaan neighborhood
  • Amsterdam Cheese Museum
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum
  • Herengracht

The Golden Bend

  • Tip: If you need recommendations on how to explore more of the city, feel free to ask your guide!
  • Pets are allowed onboard.
  • Suitable for pram/stroller users.

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  • Combo: Rijksmuseum Entry + Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets
  • With this cost-effective combo ticket see the vast collections of Dutch art history and more at Rijksmuseum followed by a city canal cruise.
  • Skip the lines and enter Rijksmuseum, marvel at the exquisite architecture, and explore 800 years of Dutch masterpieces.
  • Gaze at stunning Dutch masterpieces like Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait and Vermeer’s Milkmaid .
  • Look forward to a 60/75 minutes cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval canal district.
  • As you sail on the Amstel River, listen to an audio guide, available in 18 languages, to know more about each iconic attraction passing by.
  • Enjoy a delicious snack box on an extended 75-minute cruise by upgrading your tickets.
  • Admission to the museum
  • Access to Permanent and Temporary exhibitions
  • Access to cloakroom facilities
  • Free WiFi at the museum

Canal Cruise

  • 60/75-minute canal cruise (optional)
  • Audio guide in 18 languages on board the canal boat
  • Snack box (optional)
  • Entry to Vermeer Exhibition
  • Multimedia museum tour (available for purchase at the museum for €5)
  • Food or drinks
  • Hotel transfers

Start Point

  • Rijksmuseum entrance (map here )
  • Stadhouderskade 550, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands (map here )

What You'll See

  • Grachtengordel (Canal Ring)
  • Heineken Experience
  • NEMO Science Museum (and more)
  • Tip: Visit the Rijksmuseum's library, which houses an extensive collection of art books, manuscripts, and prints.
  • The time slot you select is for entry to the museum.
  • Tip: Amsterdam is famous for its cycling culture. Keep an eye out for cyclists riding alongside the canals.
  • The cruise must be reserved upon arrival. Please check your voucher for more instructions.
  • The cruise audio guide is available in Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese & Russian.

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  • Combo: Van Gogh Museum Entry + Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets
  • Get a healthy dose of Dutch history and art thanks to this pocket-friendly combo ticket with a canal cruise and an entry ticket to the Van Gogh Museum.
  • Set sail on a 60 to 75 minutes cruise through Amsterdam's canals, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Float past top Amsterdam attractions such as the Anne Frank House and City Hall while enjoying your snack box by upgrading your ticket.
  • Enjoy entry to the Van Gogh Museum, where you can admire over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 750 letters from the Dutch artist.
  • Admire the famous works of Van Gogh's contemporaries such as Monet and Gauguin.
  • 60 to 75-minute canal cruise
  • Timed entry to the Van Gogh Museum
  • Van Gogh Entrance + 75-min Canal Cruise with Snackbox (optional)

Van Gogh Museum

  • Van Gogh Museum (map here )
  • Damrak 26, 1012 LG Amsterdam, Netherlands (map here )
  • Hard Rock Cafe ( https://goo.gl/maps/sVrCBDcHvNMJAXo19 ))
  • Heineken Experience (map here )
  • Tip: Pay attention to the chronological arrangement of the artwork. The museum showcases Van Gogh's evolution as an artist, from his early dark and somber works to his vibrant and expressive later pieces.
  • Your booked time slot will be your entrance time to the Van Gogh Museum.
  • Tip: As you cruise through different neighborhoods, be on the lookout for street art and colorful murals adorning buildings and walls.
  • The canal cruise time slot must be reserved upon arrival in Amsterdam.

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  • Blue Boat: 75 Mins Amsterdam Canal Cruise
  • Take to the canals of Amsterdam and experience a whole other side of the Dutch capital from aboard the waters.
  • Watch iconic landmarks of Amsterdam float past you, such as the Heritage Museum and the Westerkerk Church.
  • Soak up the monumental buildings and rich baroque work along the banks of this canal cruise.
  • Listen to the audio commentary onboard and learn about the city's captivating history (available in 19 languages).
  • Upgrade your ticket to include a snackbox to your experience, which you'll receive before boarding the cruise.
  • 75-minute cruise
  • Audio guide (in 19 languages)
  • Food & Drinks
  • Seat Reservation

Start Point & End Point

  • Heineken Experience Pier
  • Heritage Museum
  • Westerkerk Church
  • Music Building
  • This experience is wheelchair accessible
  • The optional snack box contains chips, popcorn, cheese biscuits, salted peanuts, and a soft drink of your choice.
  • The audio guide is available in English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Turkish, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Indonesian, Korean, Hindi, Traditional Chinese, and Chinese
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 12 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Amsterdam Canal Cruises | Sail Through the City's Iconic Waterways

The Amsterdam Canal Cruises provide a unique opportunity to glide along the city's waterways while admiring its historic architecture, famous landmarks, and vibrant neighborhoods. The canals stretch over 62 miles, encompassing over 1500 bridges, and about 90 islands. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these canal cruises are an intrinsic part of Dutch culture. Read on to know more about these canals, how to book Amsterdam Canal Cruise tours, and other details to plan your visit.

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Why Book an Amsterdam Canal Cruise?

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  • Immersive Sightseeing: Amsterdam canal cruise tours offer you a front-row seat to the city’s historic landmarks and charming neighborhoods. You can appreciate the city’s other-worldly charm in a unique manner from the waters, different from strolling around its lanes. 
  • Guided Boat Tours: Most Amsterdam canal cruises include audio guides, offering you valuable insights into the city’s rich history and culture. You will hear interesting stories and valuable commentary on the Golden Dutch era, the significance of various landmarks as you pass them by, the origins of the canals, and more. 
  • Provides Options: When booking Amsterdam canal cruise tours, you can choose from a variety of options- from evening sightseeing cruises, and lunch cruises, to daytime sightseeing cruises. Whether you want a relaxing family day out or a romantic dinner, there’s a canal cruise for everyone. 
  • Convenient & Efficient: Booking a canal cruise is one of the most budget-friendly ways to cover multiple attractions in a short period of time. Spot the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s House, and the famous canal houses, called the ‘Dutch gables’ from your boat. 

Which Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tour is Best For You?

Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruises

If You are on a Budget

Go For: Sightseeing Cruises

Duration: 60 to 75 mins, depending on the ticket you purchase

Guide: GPS audio guide in 19 languages

  • With these Amsterdam canal cruises, you can experience the city in a unique manner and spot several historic attractions on a budget. 
  • These canal cruise tours also include an audio guide to provide informative commentary on the iconic landmarks by the water. 

Recommended Tours:

Amsterdam Open Boat Tours

If You are a Foodie

Go For: Boat Cruises with Snack Options

Duration: 60 mins

Guide: Live guide & local skipper

  • Depending on the ticket you purchase, you can enjoy wine and cheese while cruising along the city’s UNESCO-listed canals. 
  • A professional guide would accompany you on the cruise, narrating important facts and stories about the attractions, as you pass by the Seven Bridges, the Dancing Houses, the Golden Bend, and more. 

Amsterdam Evening Cruises

If You are Looking for an After-Hours Canal Cruise

Go For: Evening Cruises

Duration: 1 hour

Guide: Experienced skipper & English-speaking guide

  • This night exploration cruise will allow you to experience the world-famous Amsterdam canals brightly illuminated in all its charming glory along the Amstel River. 
  • A professional English-speaking guide will also accompany you on this cruise and make for an informative and memorable experience. 

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Combos

If You Want to Explore Beyond

Go For: Canal Cruise Combos

Duration: Flexible

Guide: Audio guide in 18 languages on the boat

  • With this cost-effective canal cruise combo ticket, you can visit either the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum, and go on a 60 to 75-minute cruise along the Amstel River. 
  • You can enjoy access to temporary and permanent collections, free Wi-Fi, as well as cloakroom facilities at the Rijksmuseum. 

Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruises

If You are Short on Time

Duration: 60 mins to 90 mins, depending on the ticket you book

Guide: GPS audio guide in 19 to 21 languages

  • With these tickets, you can board a glass-roofed boat and cruise along the iconic Amsterdam canals. 
  • If you choose an evening cruise, you can kick off your journey with impeccable bar service. 
  • Take advantage of the multilingual audio guides, available in several languages, to learn interesting facts and anecdotes about the city’s landmarks. 

75-Min Sightseeing Cruises in Amsterdam

If You Want to Explore in Depth

Go For: 75-Min Sightseeing Cruises or Evening Luxury Cruises

Duration: 75 mins

Guide: Audio guide in 19 languages

  • The Blue Boat canal cruise tours allow you to get a closer look at the iconic landmarks situated along the bank. You can spot famous attractions like the Heritage Museum and the Westerkerk Church. 
  • A professional guide will accompany you on the evening cruise and make your experience more informative. 

Discounted Tickets

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets are available at a discounted price for children and various age groups. You can save almost 32% on the 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise in Amsterdam by booking these canal cruise tickets online. For further information, please check your tickets.

Flexible Cancellation Policy

Most Amsterdam Canal cruise tour tickets can be canceled or rescheduled. If you book these tickets online, you can cancel them up to 24 hours before the experience begins to get a refund on your purchase.

About Amsterdam Canals

The Amsterdam canals date back to the 17th century, when the city was rapidly growing as an economic and trade warehouse, and its leaders sought to improve its transportation. The famous ‘Canal Ring’, also known as the ‘Grachtengordel’ was constructed during those days. These canals were meticulously planned and played a key role in boosting the economy. 

The canals are central to Amsterdam's cultural identity. The canal houses, with their distinctive gabled facades, are an iconic symbol of Amsterdam. The canals are not only a historical treasure but also a living testament to the city's ability to adapt and thrive while preserving its heritage.

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Docking Stations for Canal Cruises in Amsterdam

Blue Boat Company

  • Hard Rock Café
  • Central Station

Sights Covered On Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Canals are over 100kms long and are built alongside 1550 monumental buildings of Amsterdam. Here’s a list of some of the interesting sights you get to see from your Amsterdam Canal Cruise.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

Amsterdam Canals

Enjoy a relaxing and memorable cruise experience on the iconic Amsterdam Canals that was built in concentric circles alongside the historic and important sites of the city to facilitate trade and transportation.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

Maritime Museum

Dedicated to the country’s maritime museum, Amsterdam National Maritime Museum houses artifacts related to shipping and sailing, including paintings, scale models, weapons, and world maps. Constructed in 1656, it is located in a former naval storehouse.

NEMO Museum Tickets

NEMO Museum

Built in 1923, it is located in Oosterdokseiland. It is known as the largest science center and eight-most visited museum in the Netherlands, housing five floors of science exhibitions, which attracts several tourists and visitors from around the world.

Anne Frank Tours

The house now serves as a biographical museum honoring the Jewish wartime diarist. The building once [preserves the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family, throwing light on the persecution faced by her people during that period.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

Amstel River

Known for being the site of the iconic Amsterdam Canals, the Amstel River plays an important role in the identity and ambiance of the city as most of the major landmarks, historic buildings, and bridges are found beside the river.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

One of the iconic bridges on the Amstel river of Amsterdam, the Magere Brug is also known as the skinny bridge due to its narrow width. Made of white-painted wood, this important landmark connects the river banks at Kerkstraat.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

De Negen Straatjes

Nine Little streets is a small neighborhood in Amsterdam, within the larger western canal belt comprising nine side streets. Constructed in the early 17th century, the area features several shops and restaurants.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

Dancing Houses

Known for being one of the important symbols of the city of Amsterdam, the dancing houses are crooked houses found along the Damrak canal. Its unusual structure has led to the origination of its name and thus become a tourist attraction.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

Also known as the Gouden Bocht, it is the most prestigious part of the Herengracht Canal as it is home to some of the richest citizens of the city. The area is known for its city palace houses with classicist facades of well-to-do families.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

Hermitage Museum

Located on the banks of river Amstel in Amsterdam, it is a branch of the Hermitage Museum of Russia. It opened on 20th June 2009, with two permanent exhibitions, focusing on the relations between the Netherlands and Russia and the history of Amstelhof. 

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tickets

Royal Theater Carré

It is a Neo-Renaissance theatre that is located near Waterloopein, right next to the Amstel River. Founded in 1887, it is primarily used for musicals, concerts, and cabaret performances.

Plan Your Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tour

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Timings

  • Evening Canal Cruise on a Luxury Boat: 5:15 PM to 10 PM
  • Evening Canal Cruise in Red Light District with Open Bar: 8 PM to 9:15 PM  
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise with New York Pizza: 6 PM to 11 PM
  • Pancake Cruise in Amsterdam: 5:45 PM to 11 PM
  • Rijksmuseum Tickets + 1-Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise Combo: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Van Gogh Museum Tickets + 1-Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise Combo: 9 AM to 5 PM

The above cruises allow you to select a departure point based on your preferences. Their timings differ based on the departure point. Please check the exact timings at the time of purchase.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

There are multiple ticket options available for the Amsterdam Canal Cruises, each with a different departure point. The details about your departure point and specific instructions regarding departure will be provided in your ticket voucher. Please refer to the voucher for more information.

Please Note:

  • Kindly reach your designated departure point 15 minutes before the cruise begins to avoid missing it.
  • Please carry a valid photo ID for ticket redemption at the departure point.

Tips to Note When Booking an Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tour

  • Arrive Early: We recommend arriving around 15 minutes prior to departure to choose a good seat on the boat and settle in before the cruise begins. 
  • Carry ID: Make sure to carry a valid identification card with you during your Amsterdam canal cruising experience.
  • Choose Guided Cruises: It is best to choose canal cruise tours that include a professional tour guide or an audio guide for a more informative and memorable experience.
  • Check the Weather: Open boat tours are ideal to catch impeccable views of the surrounding landmarks, however, make sure to check the weather before booking them. 
  • Check Details Before Purchasing: Make sure to check all details before booking your Amsterdam Canal cruise ticket. Check the timings, departure points, exclusions, inclusions, and other details. 
  • Book in Advance: It's advisable to book your canal cruise tickets online or in advance to secure your spot, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Frequently Asked Questions About Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tours

The best way to secure Amsterdam canal cruise tour tickets is to purchase them online. Online ticket bookings are convenient and save time and money. You can secure your seats online, even during the busiest tourist season, with just the click of a button. 

The 1-Hour Amsterdam sightseeing cruise costs €15.5. You can save almost 32% if you book these cruise tickets online. You can also choose an Evening Luxury Salon Boat cruise priced at €21.15 to watch the historic canals illuminated in all their glory. The Amsterdam Canal cruise combo tickets are another budget-friendly option that allows entry to some iconic Dutch landmarks along with a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Amstel River. 

Yes, it is best to book Amsterdam canal cruise tours online. Booking tickets online is super easy and convenient. It also ensures that your spot will be reserved upon payment confirmation. 

There are 4 types of Amsterdam canal cruise tours available- sightseeing cruises, evening cruises, cruises with optional wine and cheese, and cruise combos. Most of these Amsterdam sightseeing cruises offer an audio guide or a professional tour guide to enrich your experience. 

Most Amsterdam canal cruise tours are around 60 minutes long. If you have a couple more minutes on hand, you can choose the Blue Boat Amsterdam sightseeing cruise , which is around 75 minutes long. 

Yes, the Amsterdam Canal cruise tours offer an audio guide available in around 19 to 21 languages to make your visit more memorable. Some canal cruises also offer a professional English-speaking tour guide and a local skipper to share interesting insights on Dutch history and culture.

Some canal cruise tours like the 1-hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise in Amsterdam, 1-hour Open Boat Amsterdam Cruise with Optional Wine and Cheese , 1-hour Evening Luxury Salon Boat Cruise in Amsterdam , and the Blue Boat: 75-mins Amsterdam Canal Cruise are wheelchair accessible. Visitors with limited mobility or using wheelchairs or strollers can enjoy these experiences. 

Yes, you can bring your pets to some Amsterdam canal cruise tours. Make sure to check the ticket details before bringing your pets along. The 1-hour Open Boat Amsterdam Cruise with Optional Wine and Cheese and 1-hour Evening Luxury Salon Boat Cruise in Amsterdam allow pets on board. 

Most Amsterdam canal cruise tours have a flexible cancellation policy. If you book these canal cruise tickets online, you can cancel them up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase. 

While most sightseeing tours do not include meals, you can upgrade your canal cruise tickets to include a snack box, which will be delivered to you after you board the cruise. 

The Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual festival, where renowned artists from around the world come together to create stunning light art installations along its historic canals. If you visit Amsterdam around November to January, you can book special Light Festival cruises to witness these installations. 

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The 14 Best Amsterdam Tours

Dive into this famously liberal city and its beautiful countryside with the help of a guided tour.

Best Amsterdam Tours

Exploring Amsterdam via its famous canals is a great way to see the city. (Getty Images)

Note: Some tour providers on this list may be running more limited operations due to COVID-19 or may impose testing or vaccine requirements. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.

There are so many can't-miss sights in Amsterdam , from the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum to the city's famous canals, houseboats and windmills. With the help of a friendly local, you're sure to see it all and gain some insider tips. After analyzing both traveler opinion and expert research, U.S. News determined the best Amsterdam tours. Whether you're hoping to walk or cycle your way through the city or even cruise its canals, you'll find each tour highlights the unique qualities only found in Amsterdam.

Stromma – Open Boat Tours Amsterdam

This cruise takes participants through the city's famous canals to view its top sights, including the Van Gogh Museum , the Amstel and more. Plus, because this boat is smaller than a normal tour vessel, you'll get to explore some of the lesser-seen waterways. Reviewers say this is a relaxing tour with captains who provide plenty of information. Boats run multiple times daily from three departure points; tours last about 75 minutes. Tickets start at 22.50 euros (about $24) for adults; children travel for half that. The company also offers dining cruises.

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Mike's Bike Tours Amsterdam – Countryside Bike Tour and Cheese Tasting

Get your fill of windmills and the beautiful Dutch countryside on this bike tour that runs up to 3 1/2 hours and covers about 10 miles. It also includes stops at a clog factory, a public park and a cheese farm, where cheese samples are offered to visitors. Reviewers praise the scenic countryside and the stop for the cheese tasting. They also appreciate the well-maintained bikes and the friendly guides. Tickets start at 42 euros (about $42) for adults and 39 euros (about $37) for youths ages 12 to 17; the trip is not suitable for children younger than 12. This tour runs daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The company offers many bike tours, including tours of the city and private cycle trips.

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With Locals – The 10 Tastings of Amsterdam

Get a "taste" of Amsterdam on this guided food tour that features 10 tastings, including beverage samples. In-the-know locals lead the three-hour walk that takes you through the De Pijp area of the city, as well as an outdoor market. Food samples could include a stroopwafel (a wafer cookie), herring and local cheeses. Reviewers highly recommend this tour, describing it as "fun" and "flavorful." They also extol the guides for their friendly, cheerful demeanor. Ticket prices vary depending on how many people tour; a couple can expect to pay around 95 euros (about $99) per person. The tour runs Monday to Saturday at multiple times each day. The company also offers tours of the city by bike or boat.

Free Walking Tours Amsterdam – Classic Tour

Learn about Amsterdam, its liberalism and the Dutch culture on this two-hour walking tour. Stops may include the red-light district, the canal belt area, the Waag building and more. Keep in mind each guide takes a slightly different route. Reviewers highly recommend the tour for travelers interested in a brief introduction to Amsterdam history. Tourgoers also applaud the guides for their engaging, funny storytelling. Tours depart daily at 10:30 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 4 p.m. The tour operates on a pay-what-you-wish basis, but you'll need to pay a city-mandated entertainment tax of 1.55 euros (about $2). The company also offers a food tour and an alternative tour of the city that explores Amsterdam's counterculture.

360 Amsterdam Tours – Anne Frank Walking Tour

See World War II through the eyes of Anne Frank on this two-hour tour through the Jewish Quarter. Highlights include the Portuguese Synagogue, the Hollandsche Schouwburg Museum and the Anne Frank House. Reviewers praise the guides' storytelling abilities and their knack for weaving in a substantial amount of information about Amsterdam and its role in World War II. Tickets start at 28.50 euros (about $30) per person and discounts are available for children. Tickets do not include entrance to the attractions on the tour. Tours operate daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The company also offers an Anne Frank bike tour, among other options.

Best Amsterdam Tours

Along this tour with Hungry Birds, you'll eat like the locals do and learn about their favorite spots. (Courtesy of Hungry Birds)

Hungry Birds – Original Experience

This delicious trip focuses largely on Amsterdam's street food and shares information about the city's culture, daily life and the people who make the dishes. During the 4 1/2-hour outing, you'll sample plenty of eats favorited by locals and you'll also try traditional foods like herring and Dutch cheese. Reviewers say the tour includes plenty of food and is a great introduction to local culture. Participants recommend coming hungry. Tours are generally available Monday to Saturday at 11 a.m. and start at 89 euros (about $93) per person; children younger than 6 can join for free. Food and drink samples are included in the ticket price. If you want to explore on your own, try Hungry Birds' self-guided bike tour.

We Bike Amsterdam – City Tour

Sightsee your way through the city using the preferred method of transportation among Amsterdammers: a bike. On this three-hour cycling tour, you'll see some of the most popular neighborhoods, as well as hidden spots frequented by locals. Top stops on the tour, which is limited to 11 people, include Vondelpark , the Jordaan neighborhood , the Western Church and the Rijksmuseum. Reviewers say this is a great way to see the city and that guides maintain a comfortable pace. Tickets cost around 30 euros (about $31) for adults with discounted fares for children. Tours depart daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The company also offers a private bike tour and a countryside tour.

Lovers Canal Cruises – One Hour Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

See how Amsterdam comes to life after dark on this hourlong cruise that tours the incredible canals, traveling under illuminated bridges and past the historic city center. Boats are equipped with panoramic roofs, sliding windows and audio commentary. Reviewers say they enjoy seeing Amsterdam by night and that the audio guide is informative. Others wish the boat was less crowded. Tickets start at 19 euros for adults (about $20); children receive discounted tickets. Tours leave daily every half-hour from about 5 to 9 p.m. Lovers Canal Cruises also offers a variety of daytime cruises.

Those Dam Boat Guys

Over and over again, travelers praise Those Dam Boat Guys for a fun and informative tour of Amsterdam. During the canal cruise, guides share information about their city and offer helpful hints to make the most of your stay. Tours run on either covered or open boats (depending on weather and boat availability), so you won't have issues seeing the amazing sights. Up to eight passengers will be on the boat – another aspect of the tour travelers praise. Trips last about 90 minutes and run multiple times daily. Fees start at 29.50 euros (around $31) for adults. Private tours for up to 10 are also available.

SANDEMANs New Europe – Free Tour of Amsterdam

Learn about Amsterdam's rich history, including the Nazi occupation, its trade heritage and the city's enthusiasm for biking, on this three-hour walking tour. The excursion will also take you by the city's incredible canals, over its bridges and to see some of its best architecture. Reviewers describe the tour as "amazing" and say the guides are passionate and energetic about their city. Tours are free, but you will need to pay an entertainment tax of 1.50 euros (about $1.50) per person. Additionally, you are welcome to pay your guide what you wish at the conclusion of the tour. Tours are available daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; keep in mind you must reserve your slot online in advance. If you want to learn more about Amsterdam's famous red-light district, take the fee-based Red Lights and Dark Amsterdam tour.

Best Amsterdam Tours

Wooden clogs are one of the best-known symbols of the Netherlands. (Getty Images)

Tours & Tickets – Countryside and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam – All-In Tour

Reviewers praise the number of activities packed into this nearly six-hour excursion and say the tour provides a great overview of the Netherlands. During the daytrip, you'll visit the village of Zaanse Schans to see more than 10 of the Netherlands' iconic windmills. Then, it's off to Volendam and Marken for a tour of a cheese factory and a wooden clog-making demonstration. Plus, along the way, you'll have access to an audio guide to enhance the commentary provided by your live guide. Tickets start at 45 euros (about $47) for adults and 22.50 euros (about $24) for children ages 4 to 13. Tours depart at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. from Amsterdam Central Station from spring through early fall. Tours & Tickets operates multiple excursions in and around Amsterdam and Belgium.

Eating Europe – Jordaan Food Tour

Once a working-class enclave with roots dating back to the 17th century, the hip Jordaan neighborhood is the focus of this 3 1/2-hour walking tour. Learn about Jordaan's history, discover hidden areas and sample about 12 local delicacies from Dutch beer to apple pie to herring. Reviewers, who rave about the food, say this is a great way to sightsee through Amsterdam. Tours are available daily at 11 a.m. Tickets cost approximately 90 euros (about $94) for adults, 70 euros (about $73) for teens ages 13 to 17 and 55 euros (about $57) for children ages 4 to 12. Eating Europe also offers a food tour that includes a private canal boat ride.

FreeDam Tours – Free Walking Tour

For a crash course in the city's history, the future of the red-light district, Amsterdam's famous bike culture and lenient drug policies, consider this free walking tour. Along the 2 1/2-hour, 1.5-mile tour, you'll pass by a variety of popular areas, including Chinatown, the University District and the Royal Palace, among others. Reviewers recommend this tour if you're hoping to see a variety of top landmarks with a knowledgeable guide by your side. Tours operate daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and start at the Stock Exchange. There is no cost for the tour, but you'll have to pay the city-implemented tourist tax of 1.50 euros (about $2). The company also asks you to tip what you feel the tour is worth at the conclusion of the trip. FreeDam Tours also offers a private walking tour of the city.

Babylon Tours – Rijksmuseum + Van Gogh Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Combo Tour

If you're hoping to explore the artsy side of Amsterdam, this semiprivate tour is for you. Guides take you and up to seven other participants through both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum to talk about famous and lesser-known Dutch painters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh, of course. The roughly six-hour experience includes tickets to both museums, which get you to the front of any queues that form. Tourgoers admit it's a long day, but the art smart guides and incredible works make it all worth it. Fees start at 199 euros (about $208) for adults, 179 euros (around $187) for kids 10 to 17 and 139 euros (approximately $145) for children 9 and younger. The outing includes a stop for lunch, which is at your own expense. Tours depart at 10 a.m. daily. If you're short on time, Babylon Tours also offers shorter, two-hour strolls that visit just one museum.

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It is a special feeling to cruise the city's historical canals in a boat that takes you around Amsterdam. Regardless of your choice of boat tour. Just imagine the movement of the water towards the boat and the closeness to it, and the guide – either in headphones or in person – who tells you all there is to know about this beautiful city. 

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Your cruise with Pure Boats will be a true local experience. From the feeling of cruising on your own private boat to the careful selection of our products. From our gin to our tasty bites, if it’s not local we most likely do not serve it. Our selection of seasonal craft beers and quality European wines are a big focus. Paired with our Dutch farmhouse cheese, the comfort of our unique boats and the amazing canal views, what’s not to enjoy? 

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Amsterdam is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, and it’s no wonder why. The history alone is fascinating, but then incorporate its delicious food, endless nightlife activities, beautiful architecture, and stunning canals and it’s incredible.

We’re going to focus a bit on the latter today, as cruises along the canal are one of the most popular activities to do. However, there are also a lot of tours available, so which one is the best? No need to wonder, as we have all the top canal cruises in Amsterdam right here!

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  • Best Romantic Tour: Amsterdam: Romantic Canal Tour with Bubbly
  • Best Budget Tour: Amsterdam Private Canal Booze Cruise
  • Best Value Tour: Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks
  • Best Evening Tour: Amsterdam Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night
  • Best Private Tour: Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam
  • Best Family Tour: Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise
  • Best Small Group Tour: Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

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1. best romantic tour: amsterdam: romantic canal tour with bubbly.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Departure: Keizersgracht 198, 1015 CZ
  • Departure Time:  4:00 PM
  • Includes: Expert romantic tour guide and skipper , blankets and heated seats , local cheese, grapes and crackers, small bottle of Prosecco and water

One of the best ways to see Amsterdam is from a canal cruise. There’s just something magical about floating down the calm waters as you pass by centuries-old buildings and under beautiful bridges.

The Romantic Canal Tour with Bubbly is one of the best if you’re looking for a great way to spend time with your significant other. What’s great about this tour is that you can customize it, depending on your specific interests.

Your guide will ask if you have any particular interests so they can tailor the experience to them. There are plenty of different departure times, and lasting 1.5 hours, it’s super easy to fit into even the busiest schedules. Whether you go day or night, it’s simply a magical experience you have to try at least once.

Meet up with your guide, and hop on board, where you’ll be acquainted with your local, certified skipper who is an expert in all things “Amsterdam”.

They’ll tell you all about the city’s history and specifically that of the canals. The district is UNESCO-listed, and it’s unique to just this area.

Not only that, but they provide insight into the locals’ way of life and how the canals are used present-day. There are many people who actually live in house boats docked at the sides of the canals, which is pretty cool!

As you’ll get to see so much of the city, once you’re on land you’ll find that navigating around is much easier.

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100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience, other experiences you may enjoy:, 2. best budget tour: amsterdam private canal booze cruise.

  • Departure:  Jungle Dock
  • Departure Time:  12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Includes:   Live tour guide, t ransport for activity duration: sightseeing cruise, b eer, w ine,  s oft drinks

Amsterdam is a city that’s known for having a good time, and if you’re looking for one, you’re in the right place. The Amsterdam: Private Canal Booze Cruise lasts 1.5 hours and is a great way to start off the evening or day of sightseeing.

Take a break to relax, but cruising through the gorgeous canals with a refreshing beverage in hand! Sure, there are tons of bars in the city, but trust us when we say this way is much more fun! If it’s your first time in the city, it’s a must-do!

If you’re traveling in groups, this is a nice way to get everyone together from some simultaneous excitement and sightseeing. It’s available for groups of 10 people and under. Meet up with your guide near Central Station, which is easy to get to from just about any part of the city.

Board your boat, where you’ll be able to relax on the padded seats with plenty of leg room.  There’s also a restroom on board, which is ideal if you’re going to be drinking!

Crack open a cold beer, pop open a bottle of champagne, or some simple mixed drinks while you cruise around the canals. Think of it as like an open bar because you don’t have a limit on how many drinks you can have.

You’ll pass through the Amstel River, under 7 stunning bridges and some hidden gems your skipper will point out to you. It’s a fantastic way to learn about the city, where famous landmarks are, and will make it easier to plan excursions on land based on this.

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3. best value tour: amsterdam small-group canal cruise plus snacks and drinks.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure: Keizersgracht 106, 1015 CV Amsterdam
  • Departure Time:  1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM
  • Includes:  Snack platter, unlimited drinks (open bar), professional guide, all taxes & fees, snacks, bottled water

The next one up is a bit longer than the other two we’ve covered so far. Clocking in at 2 hours, you’ll get to learn all about the local history, lifestyle, landmarks, and the canals, specifically.

Do it all while enjoying some delicious snacks and drinks on Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks . If you’ve just arrived in Amsterdam, it’s one of the best ways to get an introduction to the city.

The ride is relaxing and beautiful, and ideal for a small group (maximum of 9 people) for a customized experience and the ability to ask any questions you may have to the skipper.

Start out in Jordaan, which is a great place to explore if you want to escape the crowds and general hustle-and-bustle of the city.

It’s a lovely area to sit back, relax, and take the views in. They’ll offer you all kinds of local eats like a snack platter with fruit, cheese, cookies, and sausages.

Wash it all down with some craft beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Pass by the city’s oldest hat factory, called the Rode Hoed (Red Hat), which now serves as an event center. Your guide will tell you all about its interesting (and lengthy!) history.

They’ll continue offering an educational commentary on the canals’ history and heritage, and how important they are.

Not only that, but you’ll get to see the gorgeous side houses that line the canals, along with the enormous mansions that sit on the bigger main canals.

The route does vary a bit, depending on the weather and time of day you book for. However, each trip is a very enjoyable experience!

4. Best Evening Tour: Amsterdam Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

  • Duration: 50 minutes to 90 minutes
  • Departure: At the canals (white boat with blue tops)
  • Departure Time:  Variety Available
  • Includes:   Private boat cruise at night, c aptain/storyteller, g lass of mulled wine (winter), s mall bottle of Prosecco (summer), l ocal cheese, grapes, crackers, and waffles, b lankets

On the hunt for the perfect date night adventure? If so, there are a lot of choices to select from, but this next tour always seems to rank quite high.

The Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night tour is a great alternative to heading to a fancy restaurant, because you have it all right here on board! While the city is beautiful just about any time of day or with any weather, it’s really something different at night.

The city is all lit up, with the warm lights reflecting off of the rippling waters. It’s also a great way to preface dinner, as it won’t spoil your meal but will definitely satisfy any hunger pangs and quench your thirst.

Board your comfortable, private vessel for the next 50 to 90 minutes while you get settled and cruise down the canals. The glistening lights light the way, as your skipper tells you all kinds of fascinating stories about the city’s history, culture, and notable landmarks.

They’ll share facts about important people from here, as well as local legends that always are fun to learn about.

With cozy blankets provided, along with some sparkling champagne, wine, cheese, and waffles, we can’t recommend this tour enough if you really want to get in some quality time with that special someone.

It’s also perfect if you want to learn more about navigating the city and how to access certain tourist hot spots.

While it’s not required, you do have the option of having the guide play some romantic music as well. It’s all up to what you and your partner would like to do – they’re all very accommodating and there to ensure you have a wonderful romantic evening.

5. Best Private Tour: Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

  • Departure: Oosterdokskade 8, Oosterdokskade 8, 1011 AE Amsterdam
  • Includes:  Alcoholic beverages, soda

This next tour is perfect for couples or groups of friends and family, alike. You can reserve the boat for up to 12 people, making it a great way to spend some quality time and have a blast while doing it!

The Private Boat Tour: Champagne Canal Cruise in Amsterdam lasts 1.5 hours full of laughs, adventuring, and learning about this unique city!

Start out by meeting down at the wooden dock next to the “Sea Palace” restaurant. We found the boats to look brand-new, and are in excellent condition. It actually is one of the more luxurious boats we’ve seen, with the wooden sitting area sporting traditional windows and padded seats.

Actually, this traditional vessel is one of just a few in all of Amsterdam that holds the title of “floating monument status” due to its historic traits! If you’re curious, your guide will tell you all about this beauty.

Enjoy unlimited champagne and sip the bubbly while you watch out over the gorgeous canals, as you cruise under bridges and past elaborately-designed homes that line each side.

The boat’s owner will tell you all about the history of the city and offer interesting anecdotes and personal stories, as well.

Enjoy attentive service as you cruise by important landmarks such as the Anne Frank House, Magere Brug, the Red Light District, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience, Café de Sluyswacht, Bridge of 15 Bridges, and much more.

We highly recommend checking at least some of those out once you’re on land, and now that you know how to get to them!

6. Best Family Tour: Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

  • Departure:  Keizersgracht 198, Keizersgracht 198, 1015 CZ Amsterdam
  • Includes: Variety Available

If you’re looking for a fun and affordable excursion to take the entire family on, you’ve found it! The Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise tour is a fantastic way to explore the legendary Dutch canals, and see some of the most popular landmarks from a different perspective.

This is a must-do if you’re bringing the entire family along, and is great for all ages! With a max passenger limit of 10 people per boat, you can feel confident you’re going to receive personalized attention and be able to have any of your questions answered by a professional.

They captain will ask you if you have any specific interests, so they can tailor your cruise to them, too. While food and drinks aren’t served on the boat, you’re more than welcome to bring your own. After exploring, you may want to go grab some food, anyway.

This 1.5-hour tour offers quite a bit of flexibility with start times, making it easy to fit into busy schedules.

As you cruise down the charming canals, they’ll teach you all about the city’s history, modern-day attractions, and many stories with cultural relevance. They’ll show you some hidden gems that not many tourists get to see or even know about, too!

If you’re new to the city, they’ll offer some tips on places to visit later, including any restaurant recommendations! This is a fantastic way to learn about local lifestyles here, and how the canals impact them.

They’re an excellent mode of transportation and offer a bit of relaxation away from the crowds.

7. Best Small Group Tour: Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks

  • Departure: Keizersgracht 401, Keizersgracht 401, 1016 EK Amsterdam
  • Includes:  Snacks, alcoholic beverages, soda, bottled water, fees and taxes

This next tour is always a blast, super affordable, and one of the most highly-rated canal cruises out there! The Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise plus Snacks and Drinks tour is one everyone should try, even if you’ve already done a canal cruise before!

Lasting 2 hours long, it’s a fantastic way to have fun, eat some delicious traditional snacks, and enjoy the views without the crowds. Located right in front of the Museum for Photography, you’ll meet up with your guide where you and the rest of your group will be escorted to the boat.

Due to the space, you will be limited to groups of 12 people. We really enjoyed the configuration of this boat, which is open on the ends but has a glass covering to keep you protected just in case of rain (which can happen even in the summertime!).

It also offers unobstructed views of this gorgeous city, where you’ll be able to fully enjoy the incredible architecture and canal views.

To keep your thirst and hunger at bay, they provide mulled wine and authentic Dutch snacks like the “bitterballen” and “stroopwafel” which are delicious and perfect if you like sweets! Start out in the old quarter of the Jordaan, which is arguably one of the prettiest areas.

Cruise along and spot landmarks such as the Anne Frank house,  Red Light District, National maritime Museum, Hortus Botanicus, and even the East Indiaman ship dating from back to the Golden Age!

You’ll even get to see various “hidden gems” that not too many tourists know about, and can go back to visit them once you’re on land.

Why You Should Take an Amsterdam Canal Cruise Tour

Taking an Amsterdam canal cruise is a great way to experience the city from a unique perspective.

  • See the city from a different angle : Amsterdam is of course famous for its canals but taking a canal cruise/tour allows you can see can see sights that visitors walking around don’t get to see. You will get to see the city’s narrow streets, historic buildings and picturesque bridges from the water.
  • Learn about Amsterdam’s history and culture : Most canal cruise tours have audio guides or live commentary which can provide interesting information about Amsterdam’s history, architecture and culture. You’ll learn all about the city’s most famous residents, its trading history and its most famous landmarks.
  • Relax and unwind: A canal cruise is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening. have a glass of wine while you enjoy the sights. Most canal cruises have food and drink options so you can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the views.
  • Ideal for all ages : A canal cruise is a great activity for families, couples or groups of friends. It’s a good option for families and is an enjoyable experience for everyone.

What Will You See on Canal Tour/Cruise?

  • Architecture : Amsterdam’s canal ring is home to many stunning buildings, including 17th-century merchant houses, grand public buildings and its modern architecture.
  • Bridges : Amsterdam has over 1,200 bridges many of which are historic and offer unique views of the city.
  • Houseboats : Amsterdam is famous for its houseboats which line the canals and give you a glimpse into the city’s unique culture.
  • Landmarks : A canal cruise will take you past many of Amsterdam’s most famous landmarks, including the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and of course the Van Gogh Museum .
  • Bustling streets : As you cruise through Amsterdam’s canals, you’ll also see bustling streets and neighborhoods, giving you a feel for the city’s vibrant energy and lively atmosphere.
  • Red Light District – This area is probably one of the more obvious neighborhoods to go adventuring around at night. The iconic red windows and notorious coffee shops are everywhere and while this area is full of tourist traps. You should take a Red Light District tour so you can see all the cool spots like Belushi’s, Hill Street Blues, and Aepjen.

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This charming half day tour begins with a scenic drive through the Dutch countryside to the village of Zaandam. Arriving at the village, your guide will lead you through the faithfully re-created town of Zaanse Schans. This carefully designed open air museum was built to replicate the Zaan community of around 1700 and today is a very popular attraction. As you stroll through the cobbled streets watching craftsmen practicing the trades of yesterday, you'll get a glimpse of what Dutch life was once like.

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9 Best Canal Boat Tours In Amsterdam & Your Questions Answered! [2023]

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Amsterdam has many canal cruises, but which is best for you? Which one is the most worth taking? No one tour caters to all. We’ve taken some of the best canal tours and will share how to pick the best one for yourself, professional tips, and answer all your questions.

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Which Canal Tours to Take?

This post provides additional information to help you choose the best canal trip. Click here if you wish to see the best boat tours in Amsterdam right away .

Most Asked Questions When Booking A Canal Tour

You might have some questions about Amsterdam canal tours; we have listed them here.

Is It Worth Doing A Canal Cruise In Amsterdam?

Yes, especially if you visit Amsterdam for the first time.

Taking the canal tours allows you to see the historical and beautiful canal houses, understand Amsterdam’s history, and experience the Dutch vibe on a boat.

You might hear some people saying it is not worth it, but they probably didn’t pick the most suitable tour for themselves and didn’t join a good rating tour. That is why we write this post, so you have the best canal tour experience.

Is It Necessary To Book The Tickets In Advance?

Yes, especially if you take small boat tours or evening dinner cruises . Why?

You won’t find ticket offices selling small boat tours; most only sell big ones. That is why you need to book in advance. In addition, the tours we recommended in this post are top-rated, so be sure to book them in advance.

For dinner cruises, there’s only one boat per evening. Spots are limited!

Do Amsterdam Canal Boats Have Bathrooms?

There’s a toilet on board for big boats, but we advise you to use the bathroom before taking the tour. (You can find the public toilets in Amsterdam here)

For small boats, unfortunately, no restrooms!

How Long Is Amsterdam Canal Ride?

In general, it takes around 60 to 90 minutes. Some tours, like dinner and evening cruises, can take about 3 hours.

Where Do Canal Cruises Leave From In Amsterdam?

There are three places: Damrak, close to Amsterdam Central Station; Near Anne Frank House, and Rijksmuseum.

Most tours depart from Damrak, but we recommend boat tours from Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum since it’s less busy, and you can rest more on the boat after visiting the nearby attractions.

Is the Amsterdam Canal Cruise Better At Night Or Day?

It depends on personal preference.

A day cruise offers better visibility, and the natural light during the day provides excellent lighting conditions for capturing the city’s beauty.

An evening canal cruise offers a romantic and enchanting atmosphere, with the city lights illuminating the canals and landmarks. It is also a good option if you want to see the sunset views in Amsterdam. It’s more relaxing, too, since fewer people are on the street than in the daytime.

Taking A Big Boat or A Small Boat Cruise In Amsterdam?

It depends on what you prefer and what you like; here are the pros and cons of taking big and small boats:

Pros And Cons Of Taking A Big Boat Canal Trip

Some benefits:

  • More affordable as more guests are on board
  • Have multiple language audio guides for the guests, great for people who need more confidence in English.
  • Have semi-open boats, which means you won’t get wet or need a raincoat when it rains. The captain closes the deck once it rains and opens it when it’s sunny.
  • The heating system is on in winter; there is no need to bring an extra coat to get on the boat.

Some disadvantages:

  • More than 80 people are on board, and the guests don’t get much interaction with the captain/guide
  • The tour is with an audio guide, not a live guide
  • The standard route might be a bit boring for some people

An excellent choice for people who see comfort as their first priority.

Pros And Cons Of Taking A Small Boat Cruise

some benefits:

  • More chances to interact with the guide as there are much fewer guests
  • Have a live guide on board
  • Some tours include drinks and snacks
  • Some tours might be canceled due to heavy rain; please check the details when reserving the spots. However, don’t worry about it from May to early September
  • Although some boats have a heating system and most provide blankets, it might still be cold for some guests.
  • It’s highly recommended to reserve before leaving for Amsterdam, as there are limited spots only.

A perfect option for people who like fun, interactive tours and want to have local experiences.

Best Canal Cruise Tours In Amsterdam

Here are the best canal cruises in Amsterdam; they are with high rating reviews, and we experienced some of them ourselves:

Cheapest 1-Hour Canal Tour In Amsterdam

Big boats are the cheapest option since more people are on the boat.

It costs EUR 16. Stromma and Lovers are the leading companies offering canal cruises in Amsterdam.

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Suppose you book the canal tickets together with Rijksmuseum or Heineken entrance tickets. In that case, you get the highest discount for the canal cruise!

Pro Tip When Getting On The Boat

Take the seat in the middle of the boat! It’s a bit noisy at the front since the captain is constantly on the intercom checking the traffic, and it’s smelly if you sit in the back.

Luxury And Environment-Friendly Canal Boat Tours

Friendly, knowledgeable staff made this comfortable canal cruise very enjoyable. I would recommend this tour. Irmgard_C ( read more reviews )

If you prefer a luxury boat with a maximum of 30 guests, this tour is for you.

You can sit comfortably with the cushion by taking this electric, gas-free boat. In addition, there’s a live guide introducing the landmarks in Amsterdam, so you can ask any questions you have!

A big boat trip costs EUR 16, but this tour with a much smaller group only costs EUR 20. It comes with great value and good ratings; no wonder it sells out quickly.

Their boat departs from Central Station, Anne Frank House, and Rijksmuseum!

Fun And No Smoking Canal Tours With Food And Drinks

Can’t say enough how I recommend this tour! James did an awesome job in giving us a tour, with just enough historical information that didn’t make it boring. The food was light but tasty. Dr inks were plenty. A.must do activity! Annette_T ( Check the more reviews )

This is the best canal tour we’ve joined. It has a high rating from past guests as well.

You get to interact highly with the tour guide and ask any questions you have during the cruise. Most important of all, you get on a non-smoking electric boat!

We don’t like smoking and even hate the smell of it; this tour does not allow guests to smoke, while some other small boats only prohibit it if the guests mind.

Their boat departs from Central Station and Rijksmuseum!

Very funny and informative boat ride; not only could you smoke/drink on the boat, but our guide, Anthony and Graham, were amazing. Anthony was a hilarious host and even rolled a customers joint for them! Which I thought was pretty good customer service; the boat itself is stocked up with drinks, and it’s electric, so you can charge your phone, etc, while on tour. Would 100% recommend it as an eccentric alternative to a regular canal cruise! Morad_A ( read more reviews )

Want to take small boats in Amsterdam but also plan to smoke and have drinks? You need a smoke-friendly boat tour!

This tour is more than just a smoke-free boat trip; the tour guides ensure you have a fun ride and see plenty of Amsterdam in a chill way!

Since it is a top-rated tour, be sure to book the tickets in advance in case it is fully booked.

Usual Boat Trip: Pedal Boat

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If you already experienced the canal cruise or want a different experience in Amsterdam, the pedal boat is for you.

Most tours come with a captain navigating the boat; this time, you can pedal the boat yourself.

You can design your own route and explore Amsterdam at your own pace. In addition, while most small tours do not allow bringing your own food, you can do that if you rent the pedal boat!

The best part is that one pedal boat can have a maximum of 4 people; it’s also an excellent choice for small groups and families!

There are two locations for the boat: Rijksmuseum and Leidseplein

Hop-on And Hop-Off Canal Boat Ride

Amsterdam is a canal city; it is perfect to experience it by taking the hop-on and hop-off boat service.

It is ideal for people who want to enjoy a different type of transportation in Amsterdam. There are 8 stops in Amsterdam city center, so you can easily access the attractions by boat!

After Covid, only one company offers unlimited hop-on and hop-off boat service.

You can also buy a combination ticket to enjoy the Amsterdam street view by taking their sightseeing bus!

Private Canal Tours With A Tour Guide: For Small-Groups And Families

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If you travel as a family or with friends, joining a private tour with a guide, who is also your captain, is a great idea.

Why not navigate the private boat yourself? There are many private and tourist boats in Amsterdam canals; you need quite some skills or talent if you are new. Besides, with a local guide, you can fully immerse yourself in Amsterdam and enjoy the beautiful canal view like a local.

Remember to bring your own food and drinks as they are not included in the tour!

Evening Dinner Canal Cruise

After a long day traveling in Amsterdam, you should have some good food and quality time to have a perfect ending to the day! That’s why the Evening Dinner Cruise is popular!

This 2-hour tour lets you enjoy a fantastic canal evening view and symbolic buildings in Amsterdam while savoring the local three-course menu dinner.

We joined this tour with some colleagues a few years ago, the atmosphere was cozy, and it was an evening we will never forget.

Luxury Dinner Cruise

If you wish for more privacy and a quiet evening dinner, join this 3-hour long three-course dinner tour with a maximum of 16 guests only . Most importantly, a private table is guaranteed!

Romantic Private Canal Cruise For Couples

Amazing! Relaxing and informative! The tour guide was patient, knew everything about the area, and included complimentary drinks and blankets. Absolutely wonderful would definitely recommend it. Jason_G ( Read more reviews )

Want to have an unforgettable canal tour with your loved one?

This private tour is only for you and your partner, no other guests onboard. Besides, the guide can customize this 90-minute route based on your preference, giving you a special and unique canal cruise experience.

This tour is very popular from April to October; if the evening private tour is not available, try their day tour!

In Conclusion: Which Canal Tour is The Best?

Many options exist, but we like Captain Jack Canal Cruises after taking big and small boat tours.

If you prefer to take tours without drinks, join the Flagship luxury boat tour , which has a high value in terms of price!

If you wish to have a dinner canal cruise, this tour offers a great experience . This private table dinner canal tour is perfect if you want more privacy.

Want a romantic evening with your loved one? Book this romantic private tour with a customized canal route!

Want to explore Amsterdam in an unusual way? Pedal Boat is for you!

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Basel (Board Boat) Upon arrival in Switzerland you’ll transfer to your floating hotel for seven luxurious nights aboard the award-winning S.S. Antoinette.

Freiburg, Germany Enjoy a leisurely morning as you sail the scenic Upper Rhine to Breisach. Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road and your launching point for an excursion along the celebrated Route des Vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range, or a city tour of Freiburg. A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening. Included options: Alsatian villages OR Freiburg city tour

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Day 1: Depart USA Day 2: Lake Lucerne, Switzerland Upon arrival in Switzerland you’ll transfer to Brunnen, a quintessential lake side town surrounded by towering peaks on stunning Lake Lucerne. Here you’ll call the Waldstaetterhof Hotel home for the next three nights. Tonight, get to know your fellow group members over a welcome dinner. (Dinner included)

Day 3: Lucerne, Switzerland This morning after breakfast, board a boat to Lucerne to take in the beautiful surroundings. A guided walking tour will get you acquainted with this famous seaside town before enjoying some free time for shopping and lunch on own. (Breakfast Included)

Day 4: Exploring the Swiss Alps Today you’ll explore the majestic Swiss Alps! Travel by bus to Stans where you’ll board a train on an old funicular dating back to 1893. Then a modern double-decker cable car takes you the rest of the way to the top of Stanserhorn for 360 degree panoramic views of the Alps. For lunch, Swiss specialties, fondue, bratwurst and Alplermagronen (swiss mac and cheese) are on the menu. Later today we’ll head back to our hotel with the rest of your day on own. (Breakfast & lunch included)

Day 5: Bern – Board Boat After breakfast, you’ll make your way through the Swiss countryside to Basel. Along the way you’ll stop in the Swiss capital, Bern, for a guided tour the UNESCO-designated 12th-century “old city.” Prepare to be wowed by its sandstone buildings, charming alleys and impressive monuments. (Breakfast included)

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Booking.com Launches Cruises in the U.S.

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November 9th, 2023 at 10:51 AM EST

There doesn't seem to be much of a downside for Booking.com getting into cruises. As with flights, which it launched in 2019, we can only say — what took you so long?

Dennis Schaal

Known for many years as primarily a Europe-focused accommodations business, Amsterdam-based Booking.com on Thursday launched cruises in the U.S. through a partnership with cruise agency World Travel Holdings .

For Booking.com, which is the flagship brand of Booking Holdings, the deal to offer a white label cruise site powered by World Travel Holdings in the U.S. punctuates the company’s commitment to be a larger force in the U.S., where it competes with Expedia and Airbnb. The U.S. is the largest cruise market in the world, representing 58% of all cruise bookings, the company said.

Booking Holdings’ initial brand, U.S.-based Priceline.com, likewise offers cruises with World Travel Holdings, the largest cruise agency stateside, as its partner.

Booking.com Cruises’ Differentiation

Asked how Booking.com Cruises would be different from the rest of the pack, a spokesperson said: “Key differentiators for Booking.com Cruises are that customers will have access to exclusive offerings and deals on our platform as well as an enhanced onboard spend process. On Booking.com, when travelers make a cruise booking and board the ship, their onboard account will be automatically credited with the spend amount they can use to purchase food, beverages, spa treatments, excursions etc.”

Booking.com customers will be able to select from more than 10,000 sailings 30-plus cruise lines. Customers are eligible for “up to $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000” shipboard credits depending on how much money they spent to book their cruises, and on Black Friday the company is doubling these numbers.

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Best Price Guarantee

Booking.com also offers a 110% Best Price Guarantee. If a customer finds a lower price on a competitor website with 48 hours of making their booking on Booking.com Cruises, then Booking.com pledges a refund of 110% of the difference.

“Additional exclusive spend at sea deals will also be offered on select cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and several others,” Booking.com stated.

Cruise Phone Bookings

Most cruise bookings are done over the phone due to the complexity of typical reservations and World Travel Holdings’ agents will handle the bookings, support and customer emails. There’s also live chat on the website.

For now, Booking.com’s game plan is to launch cruises in the U.S. only, a spokesperson said, although the company wants to expand its customer base across all its verticals, including stays, flights, car rentals, attractions, airport taxis, and now cruises.

Some U.S. consumers will be able to view Booking.com’s new cruise site starting today, and that percentage will grow over the next few weeks, the company said. It will be available on desktop and mobile.

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    1 hr. Audio Guide Highlights Inclusions Itinerary Need to Know Cancellation Policy Fall in love with Amsterdam aboard a glass-roofed boat cruise along its UNESCO Heritage canals with an audio guide available in 19 languages.

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