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Our most recommended North Holland River & Harbor Cruises

  • Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

    1. Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise

    Climb aboard a canal boat to experience Amsterdam at its most beautiful - when the sun goes down and the city lights are switched on. Thousands of lights highlight the hundreds of bridges and the iconic buildings alongside the canals. You will cruise along some of the most scenic waterways of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt, passing the illuminated buildings, bridges, and boats that give the city an almost fairytale appearance. Enjoy an open-air space in both winter and in summer.  A host will welcome you aboard and tell you many stories, legends, and historical facts about Amsterdam as you sail. Sit back to learn about the local hotspots, including notable restaurants and nightclubs.

    Great value for money. The boat was clean and the captain was friendly and funny. There are better options for more private or open-boat cruises, of course, but for this amount of money this is probably the best you can get.

  • Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

    2. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

    Sit back and relax whilst you enjoy a 1 hour and 15-minute city cruise that will acquaint you with the city's famous landmarks, culture, and entertain you with stories from its rich trading history. Seeing the city of Amsterdam whilst aboard a covered and heated boat is the best way to discover one of Europe's most exciting cities.  During your cruise, your skipper will take you through to many of the city's highlights, as you relax and take in all the sights and sounds. This cruise is conducted in a group with a maximum of 24 people, and will provide you with both an immersive and interactive tour. There is also enough time during the tour for questions and recommendations you might require for the rest of your stay as you enjoy this beautiful city. Choose between a standard option where you can add unlimited drinks, or book right away with Dutch cheese, wine and other beverages all i...

    The boat was super comfortable and our hosts were welcoming, funny and they gave us interesting information.

  • Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience Ticket

    3. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience Ticket

    Purchase a combined ticket to the Heineken Experience and a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals to enjoy 2 of the city’s must-see attractions. You are free to decide which part of the ticket you would like to use first. Admire beautiful, traditional merchant houses, numerous bridges, and typical houseboats as you soak up the unique vibe of Amsterdam on a 75-minute canal cruise. Then, avoid the lines to enter the former Heineken brewery, which now hosts the Heineken Experience, an interactive exhibition where you will learn all about the brewing and bottling process during a fun, 90-minute, self-guided tour. The combined ticket will save you time and money on individual purchases.

    Great education and friendly staff. A great way to see Amsterdam. The beer was good too. Lol

  • Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise

    4. Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise

    Experience and discover the beautiful historic city center of Haarlem from a unique perspective as you cruise around the Old Town's canals on a 50-minute cruise. After meeting your professional skipper and boarding the boat in the city center, begin your journey of discover of Haarlem's unique architecture, picturesque buildings, and romantic canals. Once onboard, admire attractions such as the Molen de Adriaan, the Teylers hofje, Frans Hals Museum, and the Jopenkerk. Munch on complimentary snacks and drinks as you sail in the company of a crew with many years of experience on the water of Haarlem. The boat is heated for your comfort.

  • Amsterdam: Canal Day Cruise

    5. Amsterdam: Canal Day Cruise

    Admire Amsterdam’s historical center on a canal cruise dedicated exclusively to GetYourGuide customers. Experience the most relaxing way to sightsee in Amsterdam for 1 hour and 15 minutes, free of traffic noise and congestion, and providing unmissable photo opportunities.  Get incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks from the water vantage points as you hear informative tidbits as you listen along with your personal audio guide. As the trip begins, take in breathtaking views of the 17th-century buildings lining the central canals, as well as views of more modern buildings showcasing the influential 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. Sail past the Golden Bend and over to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter. Continue onto the Museum Quarter and see the Skinny Bridge, which boasts a unique architectural style. Glide onward to the harbor, where you will spot the city’s ...

    The best way to explore Amsterdam. The commentary made it all the more interesting and the captain added to it with his knowledge and humour. I would highly recommend

  • Amsterdam: Semi-Open Canal Boat Cruise

    6. Amsterdam: Semi-Open Canal Boat Cruise

    This semi-open canal boat is brand new type of cruise boat that features all the comforts of a larger vessel. When the weather is good, the partially open roof makes it possible to enjoy an open boat experience. In the event the weather is not so favorable however, the boat’s top can be closed while still ensuring spectacular views of Amsterdam’s sights from the canal network. The boats run on solar energy, are silent and completely emission free. Your 1-hour experience will be enhanced by an audio guide that’s available in 19 different languages. There are frequent departure times, so planning your sightseeing itinerary easy!

    Wonderful boat ride through the canals. It’s definitely a must trip when visiting Amsterdam. The crew and captain at Lovers were fantastic.

  • Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

    7. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

    Amsterdam is best seen from the water, and on this 1 hour 15 minute canal cruise you’ll experience the best of this historical city. You’ll come across new buildings, bridges, and much more in a city that’s rooted in history but continues to change. The Amsterdam City Canal Cruise offers you fantastic views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals and also shows off the growing 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. You’ll see Amsterdam the way it really is – from the Golden Bend to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter, and from the Music Building in the harbor to the VOC ship, the Amsterdam.

    The cruise is pretty enjoyable and peaceful, you get some historic insights on some monuments/places of the city, which is quite nice, but could be ameliorated. Overall it’s really cheap for the experience.

  • Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

    8. Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

    Enjoy a tour for 70 minutes on a unique electric boat, and see the sights of Amsterdam’s historic center. Start out in the heart of the Red Light District, one of the most popular locations in the city, and sail through the central area, the Herengracht and Prinsengracht canals, the Seven Bridges, the river Amstel, the Skinny Bridge, and the Dancing Houses before returning to where you started. The boat can accommodate up to 24 people. Whatever the weather, the boat is set up so passengers will have an enjoyable time. All windows can be opened, ensuring full visibility of Amsterdam’s iconic landmarks and monuments. Sip on your favorite drink (2 free drinks are included) and you can even bring your own music on a USB stick or on your phone to add to the party atmosphere. Feel at home with no parental controls, rules, or any form of stress on a 420-friendly boat tour. A hookah/shisha is ...

    My partner and I had a great time on this tour. We took it at night and it was absolutely stunning. The hosts were so kind and helpful, they were also careful with not having too many people on the boat at once and keeping the distance between us due to COVID-19, which was a relief. I only wish it would have lasted even longer. Will definitely be doing again next time we come to Amsterdam!

  • Amsterdam: Private Canal Booze Cruise

    9. Amsterdam: Private Canal Booze Cruise

    You can drink in a bar in any city in the world, but for a true Amsterdam experience, you can’t do better than a boozy canal cruise along the world-famous waterways, taking in the sights with a cold beer in hand. Your booze cruise will take off near Central Station, from where you will cruise into the heart of the city where the main canals are. You will then pass through the Amstel River, passing the 7 bridges and some more hidden gems that only a local skipper and host will know how to find. Your cruise will eventually result in the same spot in which you started, right next to the Red-Light District and a 5-minute walk from the famous Dam Square. This is exactly where you will want to be after 1.5 hours of an open bar.

    Great hosts and a pleasant boat party. As a group of hens we had a fab time. Staff went out of there way to ensure we were all happy, even stopped off to buy some more wine for us

  • Amsterdam: 1.25-Hour Canal Cruise to Jordaan

    10. Amsterdam: 1.25-Hour Canal Cruise to Jordaan

    Admire Amsterdam’s famous canals from a unique perspective aboard a 75-minute cruise sailing through the Jordaan neighborhood, which features live commentary and a snack bar.

    Start from the most famous canal in Amsterdam, the Prinsengracht, and glide past important landmarks like the Anne Frank House. Enjoy a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Amsterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. 

    Cruise through Jordaan and admire the 3 islands that form the Mokum Archipelago. Here, discover a different side of the city, full of warehouses and shipyards, and photo opportunities around every corner.

    Throughout your cruise, enjoy a live commentary from a native Amsterdammer and discover secret stories and local history. Your guide for the day is Harry Slinger, a famous Dutch si...

    If you have already sailed the waters of Amsterdam or not, no matter. Now you have the opportunity to take an alternative route, from a local guide who is also passionate about it. You will learn more and take great photos from a very close distance and the captain will take care of it.

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What people are saying about North Holland

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 27,843 reviews

Was very nice, enjoyed the trip due to the detailed explanation from our guide julliet rainmaker. Some of the facts if travelled ourselves, we would have missed out. Beautiful city view of delft, Rotterdam and hague is worth the visit. Will defenetly travel more of these guided tours.

Wonderful boat ride through the canals. It’s definitely a must trip when visiting Amsterdam. The crew and captain at Lovers were fantastic.

The boat was super comfortable and our hosts were welcoming, funny and they gave us interesting information.

A nice trip to join in Amsterdam. Yummy cheese and a good wine or other Softdrinks.

Everything was perfect. I can recommend to everybody ❤️