"Canal Cruises" Canal Boat Tours Tip by codrutz

Canal Boat Tours, Amsterdam: 196 reviews and 320 photos

  Rederij Noord-Zuid Boats
by codrutz

Of course Amsterdam must be visited on its canals, by boat tours. I suggest you to start the trip with one such boat tour, to see the main canals and hear the captain's comments about Amsterdam, then a walk on the other canals that the boat did not visit, and in the last day in Amsterdam, a last cruise with the boat, to review the sights you've already visited.

The company that I can reccomend to you is Rederij Noord-Ziud, with its long blue boats. I think these are the longest boats in Amsterdam and it stresses the most of the captains and are like the top lenght allowed by the canals sharp (90 degree) bends.

I can tell you the driving this kind of boats is pretty difficult .. you will see that the canals are very narrow and the stone bridges very low .. you'll have to watch your head .. and watch the captain master the art of turning the boat at "intersections". He makes use of a tiny camera on the back of the ship .. to watch the boat's tail .. so he will be gratefull to tourist not to stay in the camera's way :)

I liked Rederij's boats because they have tables inside, it has a nice interior (see picture), allowing you to open or close windows, as well as a small open portion at the tail, where you can feel the wind and smell the water when going off on the Amstel, behind the Centraal Station, heading to the North Sea (for a little bit).

Address: Various Canals in Amsterdam
Directions: Along the Canals
Phone: +31 20 624 7635
Website: http://www.amsterdam.info/tours/canalcruise/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 16, 2004
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