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Amsterdam River Cruising in a luxury canal boat

Being in Amsterdam comes with plenty of activity options. You can not just enjoy some of the worlds famous Museums like the Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum, but also some Amsterdam river cruising! But why is an Amsterdam river cruise so special? And which boat should you choose for the perfect experience? This article will help you to make the right decision!

1. Hire a private boat for your Amsterdam river cruising

Renting a private boat is the ideal way of exploring the Amsterdam rivers. Our historic saloon boat Undine from 1920 is the perfect small boat to discover the river with your own group. This comes with the benefit of deciding yourself how long you would like to sail through the river and when to change the direction to a canal route.
Amsterdam river cruising with private boat Undine – exploring the Amstel river!

Furthermore, the boat is equipped with all amenities. Such as minibar, heating, double glass, fleece blankets and dining table. So you can even combine your river adventure with a private dinner cruise!

2. Did you know that Amsterdam only has one river?

A lot of people are not aware that Amsterdam only has one river – the Amstel. All other water streets are canals. In fact, Amsterdam counts 160 canals and 1 river in total. But this doesn’t mean that you can not feel like Amsterdam river cruising while floating through the Amstel river. The river is 31 km long – so there is enough time to be spent on the Amstel river! The Amstel is also a few meters deeper than the canals, around 7-8 meters. This makes it possible to have also much bigger houseboats located. You can see spectacular 2 or even 3 floors high water villas like nowhere else in the city!

3. Why to choose a private boat for the river cruise

Cruising with a private boat comes with advantages that should not be neglected:

  1. Coronaproof set up
  2. Not sharing the boat with other strangers
  3. Not being concerned about disturbing other passengers
  4. Choose your own route
  5. Enjoy the attention of your private captain
  6. A well stocked minibar
  7. Experience a historic saloon boat from 1920 with monument status
amsterdam river cruising
Classic Boat Undine cruising the river of Amsterdam

How to book

You can make use of our online reservation system to book your amsterdam river cruise. Do not be confused about the package name canal cruise. As mentioned before, the private boat tours have all possibilities in terms of routes and we always also pass the famous Amstel river! If you have any further questions feel free to send us a mail to or give us a call via +31 6 45 25 1000.