Amsterdam is a city that is renowned globally for its labyrinth of canals that surrounds it. These were constructed back in the 17th Century to improve the transportation system of the city. Now they have been converted into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hence, while in Amsterdam, you must experience a boat ride in these canals too, apart from the usual Van Gogh Museum tour. Below are some of the best options for boat tours in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Canal Bus
This is one of the best choices to experience the canal systems of Amsterdam. The bus covers the whole network, halting at all major attractions including Rembrandt Square and Albert Cuyp. They also offer an elaborate audio commentary to keep you informed about the attractions and their special features. With three lines and a total of 16 stops, this is surely one of the best and easiest ways to know the city outside the private Amsterdam tours. The tickets cost €23 for a day, €25 for a 24-hour ride, and €35 for a 48-hour travel.
The Lovers Canal Cruises Amsterdam Tour
Despite being a 24-hour tour of the Amsterdam city, this day cruise takes the traveler to many important attractions within the city. It covers locations like the docks, the VOC ship, the Skinny Bridge, and the Zevenbogenbruggengracht. A complete audio narration of the locations is also available and these can be downloaded in 16 languages as well. The tour starts every 20 – 30 minutes from 09:00 am to 10:00 pm. The cost of a ride is €16 for adults and €8 for kids in the age group of 4 to 12.
Blue Boat Company’s Historic Tour
This is the ideal option for history and art enthusiasts. The organizers of the tour program have joined hands with the Rijksmuseum to make this a cruise exclusively made to showcase the artistic and historic side of the city. The trip includes a stop at the famous artist Rembrandt’s home, the place where he completed the painting “The Nightwatch”. Furthermore, there is also a comprehensive souvenir booklet of places in Amsterdam handed out, as well as a detailed audio commentary of the important locations during the tour.
There are cruises from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm in every 30 minutes during the summer season, and in 1 hour from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm in the winter. Opt for the deluxe package that costs €46 per person, and you will get the information booklet as well as a granted entry to the Rembrandt Huis and Rijksmuseum.
Champagne Cruise with Friendship
The Red light District was like a forbidden locality for boat cruises until recent years. However, the custom has been broken now, thanks to the Friendship Cruise Company. With their Champagne canal tours, you can not only explore the Red Light District in all its glory, but also navigate through the Maritime Museum, the Skinny Bridge, the Hortus Botanicus, and the Amstel River.
The ride costs €15 per person, and offers a complimentary soft drink; other drinks can also be purchased on the boat. The charges for children in the age group of 3 to 10 is €7.50, and it is free of cost for those below 3 years, but only if they do not need any extra seats.
Romantic Tour with Amsterdam Jewel Cruises
This boat tour would suit couples who are willing to spend a little extra for the privileges provided on board. The attractive boat itself is an 1898 construction and one boat has a capacity of just 20 people. Similar to other major cruise rides on the Amsterdam canals, this one also offers a detailed audio commentary. The captain also explains the course of the tour. However, the real treat is served at the end; a sumptuous 3-course meal that excites your taste buds in every possible way.
Renowned for being a peaceful and enjoyable cruise ride, it lasts for about two hours and 45 minutes. The standard rates are €110 to €130 per person, but the pricing also depends on the season and time.
Pannenkoekenboot’s 75-Minute Cruise
This boat tour conducts a family ball during its 75-minute voyage along the IJ River. This is slightly different from the landscapes usually witnessed during the other boat cruises, but it will keep the grown-ups engaged. Worry not, kids will also love this ride as they offers amazing pancakes on the boat. You also have the option of trying any amount of apple or plain ham pancakes along with other complimentary treats.
The service runs on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during different times of the day. Every tour costs €18.50 for adults and €12.50 for children in the age group of 3 to 12.