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Reviewed 5 days ago

I just went to Amsterdam with my boyfriend and a couple of friends and we decided to book a private, 3-hour tour of the canals with Pure Boats. I highly recommend it -- it was one of the highlights of our trip!

Geertje was my contact for all online coordination and she was very helpful with my last-minute tour request, including arranging for beverages and a delicious lunch aboard the boat (totally worth it, by the way -- we received several tasty sandwich options, Caesar salad, potato salad, desserts, and a great selection of beers, mimosas, etc). She was quick to reply via email and made the planning very easy.

James was our awesome captain of the Schollevaar (an amazingly restored and comfortable 1912 cruiser -- and electric, meaning super quiet, which made the ride really peaceful and we could hear each other talk). He was the nicest guy and took us around all the different neighborhoods of Amsterdam. Around every turn, he had interesting and historic info about the region, the architecture, the houseboats, etc. He answered all of our questions but he also just let us enjoy the peaceful ride and wasn't overly chatty like a lot of basic tours. It was very customized to what we were interested in and didn't feel like a cookie cutter tour. James also had some great suggestions of local places to eat, get drinks, etc.

I'd HIGHLY recommend Pure Boats to any friends headed to Amsterdam! It's a great, unique way to see the city, they're a smaller company so you get a personalized experience, and the owners are awesome.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey!

Oh my! Where do we start - I guess with a massive thank you for your AMAZING review. It was an absolute pleasure to have you onboard the Schollevaar and we are so pleased that our customized approach was appreciated by all of you.

We strive to offer a truly tailored and unique experience and therefore we are so pleased to have done it successfully in your eyes. The fact that you also felt our recommendations and personal service was helpful is a huge compliment and something we work hard to try and offer! Thank you so much and we really appreciate everything you have said. We would love to welcome you again sometime in the future!

All the best,
James and Geertje

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked an exclusive tour with Pure Boats as we had 2 days before leaving on our Viking Rhine Cruise and we were thoroughly impressed with their operation. Our boat was the SCHOLLEVAAR, a beautifully restored 1912 electric salon cruiser. Our guide picked us up in front of our hotel and he was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It's a great way to see Amsterdam and learn about its history. So much better than one of the cattle car tours that you see going by.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Robins!

Thanks so much for your kind words! We are extremely pleased to read that you felt your experience with us was entertaining, enjoyable and represented great value. It is wonderful that you loved the Schollevaar so much and hopefully, we can see you again in the future.

Kindest regards,
James and Geertje

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can very highly recommend Geertje and James' business – Pure Boats — for their boutique services. I have experienced all three of their beautiful boats which are all hand crafted by James himself. Geertje provided me with an amazing, unique and tailored package for the day of my proposal; coordinating the perfect location, timing, drinks, flowers and photography! She managed the event with precision and elegance which made the moment perfect and special in every way. It truly was an unforgettable Amsterdam canal cruise. I now consider Geertje and James my closest friends from Amsterdam and will, without doubt, cruise the canals on 'The Geertje' again in the future. Thank you, with love. Harry & Indigo

Date of experience: July 2019
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Harry & Indigo!

Thank you so much!! Everything that you have mentioned is exactly what we strive to offer through our private canal cruises and therefore we are so delighted to hear of your appreciation. We are very proud to have been able to contribute to making your special moment as memorable as possible and hopefully one that will stay with you for a long time. It was a pleasure for us to have assisted you in various aspects of planning your perfect cruise. We wish both of you all the best back home in Australia and for your upcoming wedding! Congratulations!

See you in the future!
James and Geertje

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked the Schollevaar boat for a 2 hour private tour for 8 of us. Booking was easy. We were met on the dock in front of our hotel. The boat is gorgeous. Our captain Sander (hope I am spelling it correctly) was a delight. The snack platter was generous and delicious. It was a perfect A+ evening.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank SBHgirl
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey!

Thanks incredibly much for your amazing review! It was a pleasure to have you and your group on the Schollevaar with our captain Sander (yes you spelled it correct:), and we are glad that you enjoyed the dutch snack platter and had an overall lovely evening! Thanks again!

Kindest regards,
James and Geertje

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t be like sheep and follow the crowds to big tour operators with large boats with large crowds of people floating down Amsterdams canals. Join Pure Boats with their beautifully restored boats from the early 1900’s. Having a small group of folks brings a personal feel to the tour, meeting travelers from other countries and having conversations, getting to know one another will absolutely make it a memorable outing. Captain James guide and owner keeps a fully stocked cooler with local beers, wines and drinks for every person and age, drink until your heart is content. He also provides snacks from a local deli that will ease your hunger for the two hour tour. Captain James is knowledgeable and full of history about Amsterdam that will keep you entertained as he maneuvers through the maze of canals. He even took an opportunity to pause for a few minutes so that people can take dip in the cool waters of the canals. All I can say excellent excellent excellent! You won’t find this experience on a large boat tour!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Gabe!

Wow! We cannot explain to you how large the smiles on our faces are when reading your review. What we strive to offer at Pure Boats is a personalized and pure experience to truly appreciate the beautiful city of Amsterdam away from the crowds. Therefore we are so happy to hear of your appreciation towards our customized cruises onboard boats that we have tried to restore as beautifully as possible. Also, it was super that you had a chance to take a small dip in the canals! Thank you so much again for your brilliant words!

All the best,
James and Geertje

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of riding on a newly renovated boat through Pure Boats. The boat was absolutely beautiful! Upon arriving on the boat, Captain James laid out a beautiful charcuterie board that was delicious and we also had some fantastic wine! My husband and I accompanied Captain James as he showed us through the canals of Amsterdam and gave us some history background on the city. Amsterdam is a magical place and there is no better way to see the city than on a private boat ride on Pure Boats. Captain James was super friendly, hilarious and the communication/ booking was incredibly easy. Do not hesitate to book a tour, rain or shine, with Pure Boat! You won't regret it!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Chantel R
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Geertje_PureBoats, Owner at Pure Boats, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

dear Chantel,
thanks a lot for writing this extensive review!

We always strive to provide customized experiences that are connected to words like ‘beautiful’, ‘fantastic’ and ‘amazing’, so naturally we’re glowing with pride when reading we accomplished this goal! Thanks again for choosing our company, we do hope to see you aboard whenever you’re in magical amsterdam again.

all the best,
James and Geertje

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