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Canal Tour, Alkmaar: 3 reviews and 12 photos

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The first time I visited Alkmaar, I went with some friends and we decided to take the canal tour. The boat is a bit smaller than the boats in Amsterdam and doesn?t have a canopy, but that just lets you get that much closer to the town during the tour. We didn?t realize how much closer until we started passing under bridges. Some of the bridges are high enough that you can actually remain seated. A couple of the bridges are low enough that you have to lean over in your seat to pass under. One bridge in particular we had to get down between the seats because the height of the boat alone barely made it beneath the bridge. No one was hurt (they hardly ever loose a passenger) but there was some nervous laughter after that last bridge.

There are some canal boats in Alkmaar with canopies but these are from Rederij de Schans which puts on a cruise from Zaanse Schans to Alkmaar (and return) for the Friday cheese market.

Address: De Overtoom 54
Phone: 072-5117750

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  • Written Dec 9, 2006
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