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A canal cruise in Amsterdam is the best way to experience the city. Join us for a magical cruise on one of our classic salonboats. Enjoy the ambiance of the past as you cruise through the highlights of Amsterdam. Our skipper will be your 'live' guide and he gives you a personalized tour of the canals including monuments of the golden era, the Anne Frank house and many other beautiful sights along the way. Free coffee and tea is available during the 1,5 hour tour.


Departure time:
11:30, 13:30 or 15:30 


About Henkjan:
My connection with the canals of Amsterdam started in 1996 when I had the good fortune to be able to rent a house on the Singel, the first canal behind Dam Square. At that time my cat liked being outside and would take a nap in the sun on the deck of a boat parked in front of my apartment. The boat owner saw this and offered me the use of his boat in return for a watchful eye over his property.


From the first moment of cruising on the beautiful canals of Amsterdam my heart was sold. It’s like moving through a living history past all the wonderful canal houses and quite an adventure navigating all the different canals, bridges and locks on the way. There is so much to see that even after many canal trips I always manage to see something I never noticed before.


After getting my skipper license I decided to apply at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam where I had seen some of those beautiful authentic “salon Boats”. It was quite a treat to drive these old boats through the canals and my customers seemed to enjoy it immensely whether they were from Amsterdam or visiting from out of town. There’s something special about a group of people being on a boat together, in Dutch we say “gezellig” which means feeling good!


After working as a skipper for a while and later in management functions for different companies I decide to start a business of my own in 2012. We have a nice little fleet of classic salon boats and open sloops. We specialize in custom made private tours for groups according to the wishes of the client.  


We are located in the center of town and are well known for our friendly staff who are always happy to advise you about whats going on and the best ways to see Amsterdam. 




€ 25,00




Dutch and English
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June 14th, 2017
Beautiful salonboat, great host and an amazing view!
July 12th, 2017
In all seriousness, this was an excellent 1.5 hour canal cruise. The captain, an Amsterdam native, was exceptionally knowledgeable, engaging, and welcoming. Watching the more "tourist-directed" cruises with only audio recordings made me so thankful that we chose to not only get a much more interesting and honest perspective of this incredible city, but also support a local business. Nick L Boston USA
July 12th, 2017
Bespoke tour. Small group. Knowledgeable captain. We had done canal tours in Amsterdam before, but this was by far the best. The captain knew his stuff, shared some interesting facts and took us to canals which the larger boats cannot get to. A nice personal service. Ana P Stratford UK
July 12th, 2017
Great, historic tour of Amsterdam canals Wonderful 1.5 hour canal cruise down and around Central Amsterdam. Captain Stuart was very informative, pointing out historic homes, business, history and folklore. We highly recommend taking this tour. Being Amsterdam, expect a least a little rain, non of which hindered our experience! Capevacation Hartford
July 12th, 2017
Stunning canal cruise A great view of Amsterdam from the water in a classic old saloon boat. Very knowledgable skipper who explained the history of Amsterdam from inception to the modern day. Highly recommend this, a little more expensive than the commercial cruises but well worth it. Lucy D torquay
July 12th, 2017
Excellent canal tour! Me and two friends took a canal tour with Amsterdam Boat Center - we ended up having the boat to ourselves, and our tour guide was awesome! He was so friendly and knowledgeable - thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend to anyone. Chris N


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