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Best of canal boat tours in Amsterdam???




Hello everybody,

I'm soo excited because I'm going to visit Amsterdam for the first time in April.

I found lots of very helpful information in this forum, but I couldn't find insider tips for canal boat tours (smoking/non-smoking).

I'd like to go on a nice small boat on a short interesting canal tour.

Which boat/canal tour can you recommend?? Is there a special link, where I can get more information about the different boat tours??


linchen :-)
Check Saint Nicolaas Boat Club. You have to go through Boom Chicago on the Leidseplein. You give donations instead of paying outright.
I haven't done it yet, but plan on taking the tour next time, so let us know.
www.boomchicago.nl/Section/Real-Amsterdam/101
I have taken the tour with 2 different operators from the operators on Damrak. They took slightly different routes but were quite similar. You go round for about 30-45 minutes and there is a tape playing in 3 or so different languages. Its fun if you've never done it before. I ate some space cake before as well one time.

There are some different tours that are hop-on, hop-off different locations but I've never tried them. Also, I believe there is still a "Love boat" but I have not tried it. Its not a swingers boat (!), just a more romantic boat I think.
I also took one of the "standard" canal tours found not too far from Central Station and enjoyed it very much as well. I'd like to take one at night this time, just to see the light on the canals and such, if available.
I found lots of very helpful information in this forum, but I couldn't find insider tips for canal boat tours (smoking/non-smoking).

I'd like to go on a nice small boat on a short interesting canal tour.

Which boat/canal tour can you recommend?? Is there a special link, where I can get more information about the different boat tours??

linchen :-)

You might want to go and look at www.privateboattours.nl for a unique canal tour experience.
Great link banks except they have no prices which always worries me a bit. I have been trying to look into the lovers cruises for me & Mrs jaymod but thier site lovers.nl is in Dutch and French and I cant speak either language unfortunatly. I have heard that the Boom Chicago cruise is a bit of a giggle. I will be trying that for sure this time.
Here's a link to Canal-Bus, which I plan on using when I'm in town. Seems like a great way to get around, as long as you're not in a hurry. They have a 24 hour pass that you can use to hop on and off at spots around town, and they have lots of stops from Centraal down to Leidseplein.

If you're looking for a more intimate date kinda vibe the Jazz Cruise looks like fun. The night cruise to check out the canal lights is a great idea as well.

http://www.canal.nl/uk/bus.html

Have a great time!
Just a reminder here, the St. Nicholaas Boat club allows smoking and drinking. Their biggest boat only holds 10-11 people.
Pax
Just a reminder here, the St. Nicholaas Boat club allows smoking and drinking. Their biggest boat only holds 10-11 people.
Pax

BO knows! Primo canal cruises!

As for my above posted link, I know they don't post prices, you actually need to contact them. The prices aren't inexpensive... but the service and the accomodations are truly excellent, and the boats are very unique and beautiful. If you really want to do something this nice, you won't be disappointed!
Or you could go to the other end of the spectrum and rent, and pilot, your own boat. :) I've done both the self and guided canal tours and prefer the former to the latter. Move around at your own pace, take responsibiliy for your own piloting, and smoke as you like without fear of providing offense to any.

The little motor/engine on them keeps one to a slow pace, and the boats I've rented have all been completely open so one can be a bit cold on the water if one doesn't dress appropiately. But having said that, pushing your own boat around on the water makes up for bunches. :)

Ron
I totally agree with Ron, "renting" and piloting your own boat is a great experience and my preference as well. I was lucky enough to meet up with a new friend who would let you "borrow" his boat for a small Euro donation for gas and such.

Now I say borrow because there is currently a city bylaw that doesn't allow rental of small self pilot motorboats, however in true Amsterdam style, if your friend owns a boat a lets you borrow it, then I suppose thats still ok.

Needless to say I had the time of my life. Cruising through the canals under beautiful sunny skies was an absolute blast, I went about up and down the two main RLD canals then down and over to the Singel, up to Brouwersgracht down Prinsengracht and through some of smaller canals that run through the Jordan. total trip time was around 3 hrs.

Navigation through the canals wasn't nearly as daunting as I thought it would be, and my time out, Ams travel guide map was just fine for navigation.

MaxF

P.S. You Have Mail Ron.
my wife and i went on the lovers candle light night tour, it cost 50e per couple, basicaly it was the same trip as the day cruise, only difference was you got a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers. the tour lasted about a hour, it did go down the main RLD canal at night. all in all, i really do not think it was worth it.
I'd agree... I've seen your wife.
the boats across from the heiniken experience may be the only large tour boats that still have live commentary. neat to hear one person segue thru 5 or more languages. and the chance to ask a real person questions.

wd
From what I've read, the Nicolaas Boat Club (by boomchicago) sounds like what we're going to try in a few days! And it seems to me, you just make a donation (and/or tip to the LIVE captain), and they are smaller boats....blah blah
Also, I want to try the "water bikes" where you rent a little paddle boat that 2 people can pilot themselves, and I think I remember seeing they're only 8-10E per hour, with 3 or so drop off points (if you get tired or cold, you can just walk or bus back to wherever you want!)
:-)
We did the Boom Chicago in December, our first cruise in four trips. It was enjoyable but more like a boat ride with no narrative. I would do it again in warmer months but I would also like to do another cruise. I've seen plenty of folks smoking down on the back of other boats. After tip and all the Boom Chicago ran something like ?30 for two. (?10 per person minimum, I believe.)
hej :-)

you guys are sooo nice, thank you very much for sharing your boat experiences and information :-))

I guess we have to see how the weather will be and then decide on which kind of trip we are going, but the "boom chicago" and the "jazz tour" sound really good. What I'd rather avoid is this "tape in 3 different languages" thing.

Thanks a lot again,

linchen
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