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Amsterdam 'Rondvaart' Canal Tour Cruises

 

Amsterdam is very much a city of water with around 50 miles (80km) of canals, and well over 1,250 bridges. Taking a canal cruise on a glass-topped boat is really a must-do when visiting Amsterdam. Known as a 'rondvaart' (literally boat 'round trip') these tours will give you a different perspective on the city with its grand canals and beautiful 17th century houses.

Amsterdam's canal ring area is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

There are a many canal boat tour operators offering similar types of trips, from 1 hour daytime cruises to evening dinner cruises. Multi-lingual commentary recordings are available in many languages, depending on the operator. Getting on a boat can be quite relaxing if you have been walking around for a few hours.

Some of the main boat tour companies are listed here:

Rederij Lovers - Located at Prins Hendrikkade 25 near central station, Lovers offers a variety of options from 1 hour day and evening cruises (from €15), 2 hour candlelight cruise with cheese and wine (€35) and a 2 hour evening dinner cruise with drinks (€75). The company also offers its Floating Dutchman trips (€22) using an amphibious bus.

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Lovers also operates the hop-on/hop-off Museum Line boat which covers some of Amsterdam's major museums including the Hermitage and the Rijksmuseum. The loop takes 2 hours with full commentary and runs between 1000 and 1700. A 24 hour ticket costs €22, children €17.

Holland International - Part of the Canal Company group with jetty at Prins Hendrikkade between central station and the Victoria hotel. Their #1 Canal Cruise (€15, children 4-12 €7.50) has personal audio available in 19 languages.

Other regular cruises on offer include a 1 hour "100 highlights" cruise (€15), 2 hour cheese-and-wine candlelight cruise (€35), 2 hour evening cocktail cruise (€35) and a 2 1/2 hour dinner cruise with on-board chefs at €75. Free WiFi is available on board.

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Canal Bus - This is Canal Company's hop on/hop off tour around Amsterdam's main sights. 3 different routes with 16 stops. Runs approximately from 1000 to 1800. Day ticket costs €20, 24 hour ticket €22, 48 hour ticket €33; children 4-12 half-price.

Blue Boat - Located at Stadhouderskade 30 opposite the Hard Rock Cafe. 75 minute City Canal Cruise (€15, children 5-12 half-price) with audio recording in 17 languages. 90 minute evening cruise (€17.50), 2 1/2 hour à la carte dinner cruise (€67.50, children 5-12 €45) plus a number of other custom cruise possibilities for groups.

Rederij Kooij - Main jetty at Rokin (near Spui), this company has been running since 1922 and has had many famous faces on board their boats over the years. 1 hour tour costs €10 for adults, €6 for children 4-12. The 2 hour candlelight €27.50, children €13.75. Commentary in 10 languages. Boats powered by bio-diesel. Private hire (€240 per hour) also possible.

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Note, combination tickets with various museums are also offered by many of the canal tour operators which could save you a couple of euros if you plan to visit that particular museum. However, for museum visits we do recommend the purchase of a Museum Card.

 

See Amsterdam Canal Travel for other options including private boat hire, canal bike pedalos, water taxis and gondola tours.