Salonboot of sloep huren in Amsterdam voor boottocht over de grachten met Sloepvrienden

Private Boat Tours in Amsterdam

Private Boat Tour Amsterdam

Salonboot of sloep huren in Amsterdam voor boottocht over de grachten met Sloepvrienden

a private boat tour in amsterdam, what’s that like?

For a private boat tour, without any others on board, there are two options. The most economical option by far is to rent a self-drive boat. However, that comes with a couple of restrictions: these boats are small, a skipper is not included, the location is fixed and there is no catering. If you want a more customised boat tour and don’t fancy driving yourself, or if you want to take a large group on one boat, then you should rent a private boat with a skipper. The skipper can pick you up and drop you off wherever you like and you can enjoy catered food and drinks. The duration is up to you and -if you want- you may also choose the route. Below is our selection of decent private boat tours. For the luxury version of a private boat tour, please have a look at our luxury/VIP private canal tour section.

a private boat tour in Amsterdam

For a private boat tour there are two options. The most economical option is to rent a self-drive boat. However, these boats are small, a skipper is not included, the location is fixed and there is no catering. If you’re a large group, if you want a more customised boat tour or don’t fancy driving yourself, then you should rent a private boat with a skipper. The skipper will pick you up and drop you off wherever you like and take care of food and drinks. The duration of the boat tour is up to you and the skipper will try to honor any route requests you mah have. Below is our selection of decent private boat tours. If only the very best is good enough for you, have a look at the luxury/VIP private canal tours as well.

pros of a private boat tour

+ just your group and the skipper
+ flexible in duration, routes and stops
+ many catering options
+ pick up and return wherever you like

cons of a private boat tour

– not allowed to drive yourself
– relatively expensive for small groups

private boat tour, the pros

+ no others on board
+ flexible (duration, stops, routes)
+ catering as you like
+ pick up and return wherever you like

private boat tour, the cons

– not allowed to drive yourself
– expensive for small groups

Our selection for a decent amsterdam private boat tour with a skipper

‘Zonneboot’ Private Boat Tour

‘Zonneboot’ Private Boat Tour

This classical saloon boat is relatively small (maximum 12 people) and has a very charming appearance. It has a cabin mainly made of wood, large windows and a cozy open air seating in the rear of the boat. It has a friendly and flexible captain and music and drinks on board, but no toilet. Catering can be ordered in advance.

'Zonneboot' Private Boat Tour
‘Suzanne’ Private Boat Tour

‘Suzanne’ Private Boat Tour

The Suzanne combines the design of a vintage saloon boat with the materials, practicality and comfort of a newly built boat. The hull is made from blank aluminium and the propulsion is electric. The roof has a very clever construction. It allows for an open roof when the weather is nice, and in case of rain the roof will close so all (max. 24) passengers stay dry. This is the only saloon boat that does not require a minimal rental period of two hours and lets you bring your own food and drinks. The Suzanne has a toilet, heating and music on board.

'Suzanne' Private Boat Tour
‘Sloepvrienden’ Private Boat Tour

‘Sloepvrienden’ Private Boat Tour

This sturdy, newly built aluminium lifeboat offers excellent value for money for large groups (maximum 43 people). Although the boat has a partial cover, you may cancel for free of charge in case of rain. Catering is provided for on demand. Alternatively, it is also allowed to bring your own food and drinks, which is rather exceptional. There is a toilet on board.

'Sloepvrienden' Private Boat Tour
‘Manhattan’ Private Boat Tour

‘Manhattan’ Private Boat Tour

After a life as a rescue boat on a cruise ship, the Manhattan started a second life as a private tour boat in Amsterdam. Completely refurbished, it can take up to 24 people on an open air tour on the canals. It is equipped with an electric engine, lounge pillows and large cooling box. Catering can be arranged. This boat has no toilet.

'Manhattan' Private Boat Tour
Canal Barge Bota Fogo

Canal Barge Bota Fogo

The Bota Fogo is a large classic barge. It was built in 1890 and completely renovated a couple of years ago. It has a large saloon, a kitchen, a bar, a toilet and a flexible roof that can be opened in case of nice weather. This is the perfect boat for large group tours (up to 75 people) and dinner cruises.

Bota Fogo Canal Barge