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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 €16), 2 hour candlelight cruise with cheese and wine (€39) and a 2 hour evening dinner cruise with drinks (€79).

rederij lovers amsterdam

Lovers also operates the hop-on/hop-off "City Sightseeing Amsterdam" boat which covers 7 stops around the city. A 24 hour ticket costs €22, children €11.

Stromma/Grayline - Offers a 1 hour 100 Highlights Cruise from the Stromma (formerly Canal Company) jetty at Prins Hendrikkade between central station and the Victoria hotel. Price is €16 (summer) or €14.50 (winter), children half-price. Personal audio is available in 19 languages.

It also has an Amsterdam Harbour Cruise (€15, 90 minutes) which travels around the IJ river.

canal bus amsterdam

Stromma Hop On/Hop Off - Stromma has a hop on/hop off tour around Amsterdam's main sights. 8 stops around the city. Runs approximately from 1000 to 1800. Day ticket costs €21, 24 hour ticket €24, 48 hour ticket €27; children 4-12 half-price.

Blue Boat - Located at Stadhouderskade 30 opposite the Hard Rock Cafe. 75 minute City Canal Cruise (€16, children 5-12 €8.50) with audio recording in 20 languages. There is a speical lids audio available in Dutch and English.

Other cruises include a 90 minute evening cruise (€19.50, children €15.50) and a 2 1/2 hour à la carte dinner cruise (€77.50, children 5-12 €55).

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 €10.50 for adults, €6.50 for children 4-12. The 2 hour candlelight cruise is €29.50, children €14.75. Commentary in 10 languages. Private hire (€280 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.