Discover Amsterdam's canal ring aboard a unique open-top boat (retractable in the event of rain) and cruise down some of the tightest avenues of the historic city centre. Thanks to its diminutive size, the boat can access hidden gem locations that regular canal boats can’t. You will sail the wide channels of the Amstel River in the 17th-century heart of Amsterdam, as well as some of the narrow canals of the infamous Red Light District of De Wallen.



  • Every day from March 22 - October 28, 2018.
  • Except King's Day - April 27.


  • 19-language GPS audio guide.

Departure Times:

  • 11:00 to 17:00, every 30 minutes.

Please arrive at the departure pier at least 15 minutes before your desired departure.

Departure Point:

  • Pier at Restaurant Loetje, across from Amsterdam Central Station - View Location.

Remember to first validate your cruise pass at the Tours and Tickets office on Damrak 26.


  • 1 Hour.

Ticket Types:

  • Adult tickets aged 13+ years.
  • Child tickets aged 4-12 years.

Children aged 0-3 travel free of charge.

About The Semi-Open Boat Cruise:

Think you have rent a private boat to see the hidden corners of Amsterdam's canal ring? This handy small boat cruise is a great value alternative to the larger sightseeing vessels that normally ply the Amstel and Grachtengordel. Not only will you sail these wider waterways you'll venture down the narrow canals right at the heart of the city centre, such as those running through De Wallen - better known as the Red Light District. This lesser sailed route offers passengers unique views of the Oude Kerk (Amsterdam's oldest building), as well as historic bridges and stunning 17th-century merchant homes.

Hear fascinating stories about each of the landmarks as you pass them. The captain will offer an English-language explanation, but there's also a GPS audio guide to keep non-English speakers in the loop.

Other qualities that set the small boat cruise apart are the vehicles themselves. The boats run on quiet hybrid engines, partly powered by solar energy when not in use. The absence of a rumbling motor makes the captain's live commentary clearer and leaves more room for passengers to absorb the natural ambience of the Dutch capital.

When it's a glorious sunny day the small boats can be seen with their retractable roofs slid back, adding a breezy open-air element to the cruise. In the event of rain this rolled back, keeping you an your fellow sightseers dry and cosy.

Select your ticket type(s)

Helpful ticket usage instructions are listed below.

Important Information & Usage instructions

Once you've completed your purchase an electronic voucher will be sent via email. Present this to staff at the Tours & Tickets Office on Damrak 26. You can either print the voucher out or show it on a mobile device.

After you have been issued with your semi-open boat pass[es] simply head along to the pier at Restaurant Loetje (across from Amsterdam Central Station) and join one of the regular departures.

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