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Blue Boat Tours

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Address: Stadhouderskade 30, 1071 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 679 1370
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Welcome to the perfect Canal Cruise Experience!Language guarantee!We...

Welcome to the perfect Canal Cruise Experience!Language guarantee!We strive to create a unique experience on our regular cruises (our City Canal Cruises, Evening Cruises and Blue Boat Dinner Cruise); all our boats are equipped with an extensive Personal Audio System that lets you select the language you prefer. On our City Canal Cruise we offer 17 languages choose from! We provide you with your own set of headphones, which are yours to keep. It also means you do not have to listen to any of the other languages, just to the one that you have selected. And because you only hear one language, we can tell you more!Blue Boat Company's fleet consists of luxurious party boats; six of our boats are fitted with wheelchair access en two are powered by electricity, using “green electricity” to make our contribution to cleaner air. All our boats have a glass roof that can be opened, an outside deck on the back (ideal for picture taking!)and in winter, we turn on our central heating!In summer, take our unique small open boat, the Blue Sky Boat, for a more intimate tour.And don't forget our unique 4 course a la carte dinner cruise, which combines a lovely meal, specially selected wines and the best views in one evening!

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We went on this tour as a purchase made with reypenaer tasting. At first it seemed very typically touristy, however it was really very enjoyable. The guide is electronic and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Grace H

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Katowice, Poland
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took the tour during the Festival of Lights in Amsterdam. Unfortunately it was raining outside and the windows were steamy, so we couldn't see much. The guide tried his best, but sitting at the end of the boat I couldn't hear much of what he was saying. The trip took 1,5 h. In general it was not that bad,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on this tour as a purchase made with reypenaer tasting. At first it seemed very typically touristy, however it was really very enjoyable. The guide is electronic and provided in a variety of languages and gives a history as you pass by certain places. Tip: grab a cuppa beforehand as there's no refreshments served on the boat. Would... More 

Thank Grace H
Staines, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

With our "I Amsterdam" card a cruise was included and this one was about 70 minutes, starting near the Hardrock cafe. It was 4pm and only six of us on board and well worth it. We started at dusk and returned in the dark with all the canals and buildings illuminated.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the 90 minute evening canal cruise for our first evening in Amsterdam. There were only 16 booked on the cruise for that evening so it was a nice intimate experience - the boat accommodates 100. We set off very punctually at 8pm, and were served drinks bu pleasant staff. The commentary is an audio commentary, but gives just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tours are given in several languages, which you can select. Each person gets their own in ear headphones. Spoken tour is only available from inside the boat not if you're sitting outside. I opted to sit outside hoping to get better photographs. The journey was pleasant, a nice way to see the city and have a sit down at the... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The single thing I wanted to do in Amsterdam was take a canal cruise. My husband and I recently visited Amsterdam for our honeymoon and because of a 10% off discount coupon we received from our hotel, we choose Blue Boat Tours; I was not disappointed! The tour itself was relaxing and it was so nice to see everything from... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had read that this was the company to use if you needed accessible boats. We were travelling with a friend in a wheelchair, so I booked with this company. We picked up our tickets a few hours before the cruise, and again we confirmed that we had someone in a wheelchair. When we arrived for the cruise, we were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's wonderful how different Amsterdam looks from the cMals and our hour's tour with Blue Boar Tours was delightful. A good if twee commentary, a very competent driver, and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a long flight from the states, I decided to start off my exploration of the city with a canal tour. It was a perfect start to my trip... and it was included with the iAmsterdam card!

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allentown, pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great way to see the city and understand a bit more about how it is laid out. A very good thing to do on your first day. It isn't a bad activity on a rainy day, as you are covered, dry and warm! The language options on the headphones are good--some of the boats (I think Rederij... More 

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