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Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise
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Amsterdam 90-Minute Private Family Canal Cruise

By Rederij Paping - Book a Tour
Recommended by 97% of travelers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Take this in-depth Amsterdam canal cruise and benefit from the captain and skipper’s knowledge of the area. Pass by top city attractions, and feel free to make requests. This tour benefits from a flexible itinerary that can be customized to suit its small group’s interests. Sail at a time that suits you, with convenient departure times throughout the day.

Ages 0-100
Duration: 1h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Dutch
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Highlights
  • With multiple departures, select the Amsterdam cruise that suits you
  • Pass top attractions and enjoy a flexible itinerary, based on group interest
  • Learn more about Amsterdam with commentary provided by the captain
  • Receive tips and recommendations for the rest of your visit

  • Live commentary on board
  • Eco-friendly sightseeing cruise
  • Small-group tour (max 10 passenger per boat)
  • Local certified skipper
  • Entry/Admission - Amsterdam Canal Ring
What's not included
  • Food and drinks (may be taken on-board)

Begin your eco-friendly cruise at a central location in Amsterdam, at a departure time that suits your schedule. Feel free to bring your own food and eat it as you sail past Amsterdam’s top attractions. Explore the smaller canals and Jordaan district, and hear personal insights from your crew about the region’s landmarks and history. Interaction is encouraged on the small-group tour with a maximum capacity of 20, so feel free to discuss points of interest with the crew, who may take sightseeing requests. Benefit from your crew’s local knowledge and receive tips and recommendations for the rest of your trip in the Dutch capital. Conclude your journey back the original point of departure.

Start:
  • Prinsengracht 375, 1016 DN Amsterdam, Netherlands
    The skipper will be at the waterside at the exact start time of your tour. You can recognise the boat by: White boat, Blue Roof, Turquoise blue seats, Heart logo on the side, Boat Name is Gordita.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 19891P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation in case of extreme weather. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Blankets and optional roof available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 19891P2

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    Itinerary
    • Prinsengracht 375, 1016 DN Amsterdam, Netherlands
      The skipper will be at the waterside at the exact start time of your tour. You can recognise the boat by: White boat, Blue Roof, Turquoise blue seats, Heart logo on the side, Boat Name is Gordita.
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      All of our tours are optimised for the season, time of day and customer wishes. Our tours cover many of the standard highlights, as well as provide insight about the unique Amsterdam way of life.
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    • Rederij Paping - Book a Tour
      933
      The Netherlands
      Joined in October 2013
    • chrismT8293SA
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoyable & Relaxing Experience!
      Papa did a great job of introducing my fiancé and I to the Amsterdam history with a unique canal tour. It was very interactive and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
      Written July 21, 2024
    • munchkinandpebbles
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Experienced skipper who clearly loves his job and city
      We had a great tour with Paap. He met us on time at our meeting spot. He accommodated for our young kids with a stop for a bathroom break, a route by the zoo so we could spot giraffee and zebras and stops to feed the ducks/swan which was the highlight for our kids. Paap was very knowledgeable and a great introduction to Amsterdam
      Written July 19, 2024
    • djgregd
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstanding experience
      Outstanding experience with a wonderful skipper. We learned so much and really enjoyed the canals. This is the second time we've cruised with this team and highly recommend it.
      Written July 6, 2024
    • 757iank
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful sunset cruise
      Skipper Paap was friendly and accommodating during our cruise. He was very personable and taught us a lot of history about the area. I highly recommend him.
      Written May 13, 2024
    • freecell2017
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth it for the small boat and private tour!
      We had a great time on this private canal tour for our group of 6. It is definitely worth it to do a private small boat vs a large tour. In the end the price was the same. It is a beautiful way to see Amsterdam and they did a great job telling us around the area as we passed by certain sights. Highly recommend!
      Written May 5, 2024
    • TECLWR
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great
      Deep was a wonderful guide and this small boat tour is so much better than the giant boats that can’t go everywhere we went
      Written May 3, 2024
    • 407SusanS407
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Informative and personal canal cruise
      Our canal cruise was relaxing, informative, interactive, easy and just simply the best. Paap was so accommodating and a huge source of knowledge. He made us feel welcome the minute we arrived and we had lively conversation throughout.
      Written April 26, 2024
    • Lauren W
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful sunset canal cruise with an amazing guide!
      We had the best time! He was a wonderful guide and the experience was incredible! He provided wine, played music and had heated seats in the boat. He had a covering for when if it rained and we stayed warm and comfortable the whole time! He took pictures of us together as well! He had interesting tidbits to tell us about the city, gave us great recommendations for things to do, and showed us some unique spots around the city. He even brought us back to our hotel via canal when the tour was over! Would have booked him for a second time if time had allowed for it on our trip!
      Written April 26, 2024
    • GoPlaces40671693419
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent private tour
      We loved the tour! It is an excellent way to explore the old town and the surrounding areas. We also got a nice bottle of white wine and some very interesting insights into the hidden gems of Amsterdam! Highly recommended
      Written April 25, 2024
    • Frostiedaniel
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience Great Compnay
      Amazing trip. The skipper was so friendly and gave us some great knowledge of the city. He even took us to his favourite coffee shop! Highly recommend
      Written April 23, 2024
    • A8637LPmichaelh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Canal tour with nice atmosphere
      Very friendly and nice Skipper, we had our dog with us, which was not a problem. A tour with nice views and interesting stories about amsterdam. Drinks and some little Snacks were on the boat.
      Written April 3, 2024
    • Justin F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A beautiful afternoon around Amsterdam
      Spent a beautiful afternoon around the canals with Skipper Paap who gave us a nice overview of the city. So glad we did this instead of a group tour. Amsterdam is a unique city and seeing it through a private tour made it extra special. Highly recommend this.
      Written March 19, 2024
    • M5552MRleonr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best trip ever
      The views are amazing, and the guide was extremely professional and friendly. The trip showed us the different side of Amsterdam.
      Written March 5, 2024
    • keet0042
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amsterdam Light Festival
      Another fabulous trip with friends. As always the skipper was very well informed about the light sculptures and Amsterdam in general. Since discovering Rederij Paping a few years ago we never went back to touring the Amsterdam canals with a big boat.
      Written January 26, 2024
    • rubberf2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful tour!
      We had an amazing tour during a long layover. We were running late and the tour guide waited for us. He gave us a great tour and kept cool when our baby who was exhausted from travel had a meltdown. Thank you so much for the beautiful memories!
      Written January 25, 2024
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    Dave R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    We were a group of 6 looking to tour the canals of Amsterdam. We could not have asked for a better tour. First, some of our group missed the boat landing. Instead of taking off, Rederij cruised around to find them and get them on the boat. The boat is large enough that you do not feel overloaded, and it is open so you can see all the sights. He not only showed us the sights, but gave a very interesting talk about the history and growth of the canal systems in Amsterdam. We all agreed this was a highlight of our time in Amsterdam.
    Written May 5, 2022
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    N.Paramita
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2024 • Family
    We love it very much! Mr Paap took us to different parts of Amsterdam through different canals. We see the bustling city area and also the quiter part. We catch a glimpse of botanical garden, the zoo, the university…
    We see the dam and also the river. He told us story about how Amsterdam city grows, and practically everything that we asked him.
    Although it was stated that there will be no drink provided, but there are several kind of drinks provided for free.
    We were very satisfied with the cruise, and would recommend it to everyone.
    Written July 10, 2024
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    kkmcdea
    Tucson, AZ6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Family
    We had a lovely cruise with skipper Cynthia on our first night in Amsterdam. It was an excellent introduction to the city, as we had never been here before, and gave us the lay of the land before our vacation here. We would highly recommend this relaxing to her with his skipper Cynthia, or her husband, Mark.
    Written September 6, 2023
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    Heather L S
    Middletown, NJ14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2022
    We had a wonderful time exploring the canals, architecture and history with Skipper Paap on a private 90 minute canal cruise. Skipper Paap is wonderfully knowledgeable, informative and funny. We were even offered complementary beverages! I cannot recommend this tour enough. It's a great way to comfortably see so much of beautiful Amsterdam. And, at the end, we were dropped off at a location convenient for us. Book now!
    Written September 12, 2022
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    Melissanmart
    London, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023 • Family
    Really recommend this boat trip - our guide was very informative. We learned a lot about Amsterdam in 90 minutes (without it being too much information - more like a friendly conversation.) Recommend you do this near the start of your visit as it really informed the rest of our stay. Comfortable boat and we all enjoyed the complimentary cava with our picnic lunch. Thank you!
    Written April 4, 2023
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    Jill L
    Baja California, Mexico12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Family
    Loved this cruise. We had a family of 8- to Include grandparents and young children. We could bring on drinks and asked Pop as many questions as we wanted and took great pics. It was so perfect and since we had limited time in the city so hit the ground running. Fantastic location for lunch and dinner once you're done. Highly recommend!
    Written April 25, 2024
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    Jim M
    Sonoma, CA86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Couples
    This was our second trip with Rederij Paping. Both tours were outstanding. Pap is a class act - a very nice man who shares his deep knowledge in an engaging way. He is also priced very fairly. I look forward to a third chance to sail with him.
    Written April 18, 2024
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    AlexNI
    N Ireland72 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2018 • Couples
    Amsterdam is a beautiful city but I didn't feel that our tour did it justice.I had read all the previous excellent reviews & reviews from competitor tours & decided on this one even though the price was more expensive.We were a small group of 18. The guide didn't introduce himself or interact with the group. His English was very good but I felt he missed out on places of interest & constantly complained about the traffic on the canals which was understandable as the weather was very warm.He travelled on the same route a few times which left long silences. Overall I am sorry to say I was disappointed & wouldn't recommend.
    Written April 20, 2018
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    Hi Alex, We're very sorry the tour was not what you expected. I'll be talking with the skipper to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen again. If you're still in town, I'd love to make it up to you. Please contact booking@rederijpaping.nl so we can try to set this straight. My apologies. Paap
    Written April 22, 2018
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    worldtraveler838
    Corolla, NC100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    just returned from an awesome Sunday Canal Cruise. It was spectacular. Hot tea on board, extremely knowledgeable captain, blankets, coffee stops, cookie stops...awesome way to spend an afternoon!
    Written March 15, 2020
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    James A
    March, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2019 • Couples
    Fabulous cruise. So interesting learning everything about the history of the canals in Amsterdam. We opted for an evening cruise, as I wanted to see Amsterdam at night. Didn’t disappoint.
    Written March 6, 2020
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