Tours & activities in Amsterdam

Boat Tour of Amsterdam

Cruise down Amsterdam's famous canals & take in the best views of the city on this 1-hour boat cruise

ABOUT THE Boat Tour of Amsterdam

There are many boat tours in Amsterdam, but only one comes with the local and entertaining SANDEMANs experience! Join us for a beer, soft drink or glass of wine as we take you on a 1-hour journey through Amsterdam’s best canal route.


Your SANDEMANs Boat Tour of Amsterdam starts and finishes in front of Sea Palace Restaurant, Oosterdokskade 8. 


Your experienced local guide

The guides who work with SANDEMANs are known for being informative and entertaining. Whether you choose to join one of our walking tours, or you take the canal boat tour with us, you'll have access to one of the best guides in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam and its canals

There’s a lot to be seen from the Amsterdam canals. Keep your cameras at the ready as we sail through the famous Seven Bridges, past some incredible houseboats, and under the Vaz Diaz bridge, with its poem underneath.

You'll hear about what it’s like to live on the houseboats, what the rules are when it comes to all those drawbridges, and how as much as 17% of Holland’s land is man-made!

Other major sites, like the Hermitage Museum, Science Museum and Stopera are also featured on our Amsterdam canal cruise.

A relaxing experience on board a small open boat

While we'll cover the boats in the event of rain, on clear days the boat is completely open, which makes for a much closer experience to the sites, and infinitely better pictures.

The boats are small (maximum 35 people), so you’ll be able to hear your real-life guide, without the need for an audio guide or microphone. Plus, we'll give you a beer, wine or soft drink to enjoy while you're on board!

While we do have blankets on board, please remember to dress warmly on cold days, and to bring sunblock, sunglasses and sun hats on hot ones. 

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Your Boat Tour of Amsterdam starts  in front of the Sea Palace Restaurant, Oosterdokskade 8

  • Hear from an expert local guide
  • Relax with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink
  • See some of Amsterdam’s most amazing houseboats and bridges
  • Take incredible pictures from an open top boat
  • Enjoy the relaxed and personal experience of a small vessel


2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Expert local guide
  • 1-hour boat tour
  • Drinks
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the boat tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 1 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Please note that this boat runs on a strict schedule, and we cannot wait for latecomers
  • As the boat also has limited capacity, we can likely not rebook you onto a tour on another day should you miss your scheduled departure. Therefore, ticket holders are strongly advised to arrive 15 minutes early to avoid disappointment
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Delve deeper with themed select tours


Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot on the boat!

Where the famous FREE Tour gives you a good overview of the city, the themed select tours give you a more in-depth look at some of the most fascinating periods or neighbourhoods of Amsterdam.

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Amsterdam's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style.

Discover Amsterdam on an open boat canal cruise

  • Enjoy your boat cruise with a real-life guide
  • Get a free drink on board
  • Relax & enjoy a personal experience on a small open boat
  • Discover Amsterdam's best canal route


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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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