NOTE: Due to the Amsterdam Light Festival there will be no 1-hour canal cruises after 16:30 from November 29, 2018 up to and including January 20, 2019. After 16:30 the Water Colour Cruise will run instead.
About The Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise:
This one-hour sightseeing cruise guides you through the UNESCO World Heritage canal district of Amsterdam. Feast your eyes on the elegant merchants’ houses dating from the Golden Age, the fabulous gables, beautiful churches, the iconic Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) and many more highlights. The cruise features GPS located audio commentary in a choice of 18 languages (see below). Boats depart every 20-30 minutes from the Lovers Company piers at Central Station West.
Cruise + Attraction Tickets:
Save time and money by booking a 1-hour canal cruise and major attraction tickets together in one package. There's eight to choose from: Rijksmuseum, Icebar, Ripley's, Heineken Experience, Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam Dungeon, Body Worlds and the Red Light Secrets Museum.
Combo tickets are sent immediately via email and can be collected at the Tours & Tickets Office on Damrak Street. They're issued separately, meaning you can do the cruise and visit your chosen attraction on different days.
- All Year Round, Daily | Except King's Day (April 27).
- 18-language GPS audio guide: English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Thai, Javanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
Tour Departure Times:
- Oct 29 ('18) - Mar 17 ('19): 09:30 to 21:00, every 30 minutes.
- Mar 18 - Oct 27, 2019: 09:00 to 22:00, every 20 minutes.
- Lovers Company (Prins Hendrikkade 25) - View Location.
- 1 Hour.
About Amsterdam's Canals:
Amsterdam's canals were first constructed in the early 17th century for the practical purposes of water management and defence. Over time, the multi-layered rings, known locally as Grachtengordel, began to serve as transport routes for imported and exported goods. It was during this burgeoning era of maritime trade that the now iconic town/warehouses sprang up along the canal edges. Looking at their inspiring façades one can still see hoist beams jutting from ornate gables. These were once used by merchants to haul goods into their storerooms.