The best way to discover Amsterdam is by boat. As you know, Amsterdam has a lot of canals. Canal tours are the most populair tourist attraction, it seems like the city was build to be seen from the water!
The first pleasure canal cruise took place in 1621, queen Elisabeth was welcomed into the city this way. The residents of Amsterdam cheered to the royalty from bridges en canalsides. Nowadays the canalcruises are no longer only for royalties and celebrities.
Near the Central Station of Amsterdam and the Leidsenplein you will find a lot of tourboat companies. They offer you similar tours, the tours take about 1 to 1,5 hours. All of the boats have an electronic tourguide in several lenguages on the boat. These electronic tourguides will tell you more about th ecity of Amsterdam and the history of this lovely city.
How to choose from all of the tourboat companies?
If you want a regular cruise to discover the city you can choose a company by price and the length of the tour. But there are tourboat companies that offer more. For example, since 2011 almost 20% of the canal tours are electrically powered, this isn´t only better for the enviroment is aldo better for the tourists that want to videotape the tour. This way, no noises will disturb your tape.
A special recommodation for disabled tourists is the blueboat company. All the canal tourboats of this company are equipped with wheelchair elevators.
To make your canal cruise extra special, you can choose for a cocktail canal cruise or a dinnercruise. For example at the Amsterdam Jewel Cruise you can book a table and enjoy a romantic á la carte menu while you set eyes on the city of Amsterdam.
The cocktailcruise offers you the best cocktails and snacks, you will see Amsterdam by night while enjoying delicious cocktails.
it´s also possible to rent your own boat, for groups of a romantic cruise for 2. For example a Sing-a-long cruise, a percussion cruise, a comedy cruise or a romantic cruise.