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


Due to the unusual tourism situation currently developing, we have temporarily suspended this tour.

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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The Amsterdam Boat Tour 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



This tour doesn‘t run today

Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Expert local guide
  • 1-hour boat tour
  • Drinks
Additional Information
  • As of January 1st 2020, participants on all tours and activities (no matter which provider) in Amsterdam have been subject to a €1.50 "entertainment tax". This additional cost is already included in the price of your tour. Please note that this tax is not retained by SANDEMANs, nor by the freelance guides leading your tour, but is a compulsory, additional tax that is passed on directly to the Amsterdam municipality. Thank you for your understanding
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
  • 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
The Amsterdam Boat Tour starts in front of the Sea Palace Restaurant (Oosterdokskade 8) Open in Google Maps
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What is a Select Tour?


Select Tours focus on a particular area or district of a city, a certain aspect of its history or culture, or take you outside the city on a day trip. Select Tours are perfect for those who have enjoyed an introduction to the city and wish to delve deeper into the stories the city has to offer. These tours often venture further afield and make use of local public transport.

As with the Free Tour, Select Tours are provided by local freelance guides in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, who bring their personal flair and expert knowledge to these specifically themed tours. Select tours have a fixed ticket price - we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance, either during a Free Tour or online.

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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