Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise (1+ hr)

Open Boat Canal Cruise: How Does That Work?

More and more traditional canal tours are now offered on large open-air boats. Some of these are completely renovated lifeboats, while others have been newly built for this purpose. Compared to standard canal cruises on large tour boats, the seating arrangements on these open-air boats are less rigid. Additionally, the view is better than from a large tour boat with a roof. And with a local guide on board, the sightseeing experience becomes more personalized.

For comparing canal cruises on open-air boats, please refer to the overview below, which includes brief profiles of all individual companies, along with pictures of their boats.

Open Boat Canal Cruise – the Pros

  • Efficient: good impression in a short time
  • With skipper and guide
  • Drinks on board

Open Boat Canal Cruise – the Cons

  • More expensive than a large tour boat
  • Dependent on the season
  • No fun in the rain

Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruises

Open Boat Tour with Local Guide & Bar by Mokumboot (from Central Station)

Open Boat Tour with Local Guide & Bar by Mokumboot (from Central Station)

This open boat tour combines the best of the Amsterdam canals with the highlights of the Amstel River. Grab some pillows and relax on this eco-friendly electric boat. Order a drink from the bar and listen to the stories told by the knowledgeable local guide. Mokumboot boasts outstanding reviews on Google and Tripadvisor, provides blankets and ponchos if needed, and offers very flexible conditions (reschedule or cancel up to 2 hours in advance).

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Flagship Open Boat Tour from Rijksmuseum

Flagship Open Boat Tour from Rijksmuseum

This one-hour canal tour on Flagship’s open boat is very popular and highly rated. The location is close to the Museum Quarter, Vondelpark and Leidseplein. The view from the open boat is always good, the cushions are comfortable, and the guides are extremely nice and informative. There is a bar on board where you can purchase drinks and snacks. Truly relaxing and comfortable!

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Stromma Open Boat Tour

Stromma Open Boat Tour

The Stromma Open Boat Tour departs near Central Station and takes 75 minutes. On top of the main canals it also includes some smaller canals. The skipper is your guide, providing interesting information about the Amsterdam canals in English. 

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Boat Amsterdam

Boat Amsterdam

Boat Amsterdam offers relaxed 70 minutes open boat tours from its central location in front of the Amsterdam Hermitage. Free drinks and a guide on board are included.

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Blue Sky Boat Canal Cruises

Blue Sky Boat Canal Cruises

The Blue Sky Boat is owned by Blue Boat Company. This is a refurbished lifeboat that goes out several times a day during summer. The 75 minute tour starts and ends at their dock near Leidseplein, Museum Quarter and Vondelpark.

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Those Dam Boat Guys Open Boat Tours

Those Dam Boat Guys Open Boat Tours

Those Damn Boat Guys are the most unconventional and slightly rebellious canal tour company. They offer an entertaining, humorous and relatively long (90 minutes) boat tour that starts and ends near the Anne Frank House. Open boats in summer, covered in winter.

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Friendship Open Boat Canal Cruises

Friendship Open Boat Canal Cruises

Boaty Bootverhuur ligt aan de zuidkant van het centrum, op loopafstand van het Museumplein, de Albert Cuypmarkt, de Heineken Experience en de RAI. Je kunt bij Boaty twee soorten bootjes huren: volledig open of gedeeltelijk overkapt met zonnepanelen. Boaty heeft maar 12 bootjes beschikbaar. Om zeker te zijn dat er een boot beschikbaar is, raden we je aan vooraf online te reserveren.

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