Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise

Amsterdam, Netherlands

From USD 17.09

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Absorb the canal-front sights of Amsterdam on a leisurely 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Take a seat in a comfortable, glass-topped boat, and enjoy the views as you glide along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals and listen to the informative audio commentary. Drift by top Amsterdam attractions such as the Anne Frank House and City Hall, and drink in the gabled townhouses, bridges and leafy canalsides from the peaceful vantage point of the water. A relaxing way to get to know the pretty Dutch capital for first-time visitors.
  • Glide around Amsterdam’s UNESCO-protected canals and admire the passing sights
  • Take photos of sights such as the Golden Bend and Westerkerk, the church where Rembrandt is buried
  • Enjoy front-row views of the 17th-century gabled houses, bridges and leafy canal paths
  • Hear tales of Amsterdam's heritage via the recorded commentary, available in 19 languages

What's Included

  • Audio commentary
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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What To Expect

Anne Frank House (Pass By)

Westerkerk (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • The ticket for your City Canal Cruise board is a TIMESLOT ticket. You chose one of below mentioned docks to depart from:
  • The first dock is located at Stadhouderskade 501 opposite the Hard Rock Cafe. Take tram 1, 2, 5,11 and 12 stop at Leidseplein. from there the dock is a 2 minute walk.
  • The second dock is located at Stadhouderskade 550, opposite Heineken Experience. Take tram 2, 5,and 12 stop at Rijksmuseum. from there the dock is a 5 minute walk or take metro No. 52 and stop at Vijzelgracht. From there the dock is only a 2 minute walk.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveller Tips

Start with the canal tour to get a good feel for the city overall.
I was told that I would have to wait an hour because the boat with full with a German tour group.
The tour location was difficult to find, even knowing it was across the street from Heineken.
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Excellent commentary both...
Shirley_D, Mar 2023
Excellent commentary both from the audio and the skipper. Very comfortable boat. Easy to find and friendly staff
Lovely river tour
Mark_C, Mar 2023
Lovely river tour with good commentary via headsets. A great way to understand Amsterdam and its history and waterways.
Mike_L, Mar 2023
The commentary was almost non existent and we were expecting it to be more informative about the city. very disappointing
Nice trip - bad experience
Saurabh_S, Mar 2023
Nice tour. But they mention 2 different departure points. When I went to the first one, she told me that was not correct and I had walk 15 minutes to the other one. Fortunately, I was early so I could make it. To make matters worse, at the second departure point, he told me that both were the same and maybe I was sent on a walk in the cold because the boat at the first place may have been full. Not sure what is the truth - but very bad management. Note that I had a Pre-paid ticket for a particular time.
Worth it
Kamel_J, Mar 2023
Very therapeutic and worthwhile way to explore the canals of Amsterdam. There are around 20 different language options for audio and you can also bring food on board. Best to go during the day to capitalize on the sunshine.
Enjoyable Cruise
Timothy_W, Mar 2023
My wife and I took the cruise to explore the canals, our guide/driver was very informative and keep the entire ride upbeat. We learned things about the canals and Amsterdam that we were surprised to hear, good stuff!! In you come to Amsterdam, the canal trip is a must and we could not have asked for a better guide at Blue Boat. Thanks, Chicago, USA
Relaxing way to see the architecture
Michael_H, Jan 2023
Great captain, great tour, informative headphone information, perhaps a bit more background history would improve the experience
Pleasant ride and tour to guide you around Amsterdam
Bethany_S, Jan 2023
It was an easy way to explore Amsterdam and see different beautiful sites. Earphones were given for the tour guide to explain what historic buildings and sites we came across. Only thing I would wish is if someone pointed out which buildings the automated person was referring to. Sometimes it wasn’t easy to follow. Overall it great experience and pleasant ride.
Well worth it
Sharon_O, Jan 2023
Lovely tour takes yoy around the heart of the city there's not much that isn't covered. Tour guide friendly and easy to find as it starts straight across from the heineken experience.
I recommend canal cruise...
Minjung_P, Dec 2022
I recommend canal cruise who want to see overall Amsterdam city. Blue boats provide various language service
Vey good cannal sightseeing experience.
MohdZubir_M, Dec 2022
The weather is nice, not many people on the boat (early morning) and no congestion in the canal. The boat captain is also nice.
Great trip
Paulette_P, Nov 2022
Information about sites, guide was very informative. Time and cost were great. Thanks for a great experience
On Amsterdams channels in November 2022
Marita_S, Nov 2022
It was a great journey. We saw the beautiful houses, monuments and more on the right and left side of the channels! We heard many about interesting und historical facts!
Between the Guide and the...
Carol_E, Nov 2022
Between the Guide and the audio, we learned fun facts and the trip was very enjoyable. The boat ride is a very good value for the money. Viator does a great job and provides excellent customer services. I will use them for all my future travel tours.
Relaxing and informative
sally_n, Nov 2022
Great cruise to see all the main parts of Amsterdam without having to walk everywhere and very informative with the audio.
good quality and value for money
Regina_L, Oct 2022
if you are interested to do the boat trip, buying the ticket online would save you €5 per person, and the tickets are confirmed instantly. there are more than 15 languages to be choosen from, and the explanation is interesting with the additional comments from the boat captain.
Great experience.
Vivian_L, Aug 2022
Very easy, worth every penny; Booked online for the 11:30am the night before; walked over to the departure site by Hard Rock Cafe the next morning; we got there an hour early and were able to get on the earlier boat; in summer the earlier the better because of the sun and heat; good overview of the city; good service, clean, easy
Joselyne_L, Aug 2022
First time in this busy buzzing city, people were friendly enough to ask for directions, the train from airport to my hotel in the city centre and was easy enough.Watch out for the hikes!
A must do in Amsterdam
Debra_L, July 2022
We were at the wrong location for our start time.. but the young lady was so nice and put us on the next boat at the location we were at. So informative and absolutely beautiful …. Do not leave Amsterdam without the canal cruise
Old meets modern
Shulli_G, July 2022
We loved the area where the canal meets the ocean and the old architechture meets the new. Great rout. One hour is just perfect.