Amsterdam Light Festival Canal Cruise


Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Amsterdam Light Festival, a dazzling annual event that transforms the city’s canals into a glowing art exhibition from November 28, 2024, through January 19, 2025. Aboard a 100% electric canal boat, witness 20 unique light artworks from international artists, each illuminating the eastern part of Amsterdam’s center in spectacular fashion. This 90-minute cruise offers a curated route through the IJ and along the Amstel river, providing unparalleled views of illuminated historic buildings, bridges, and contemporary art installations. Enhanced by live commentary from your local skipper in both Dutch and English, and supplemented with an informative brochure, this tour unravels the stories behind each artwork and the city’s iconic sites like Nemo and the Maritime Museum. As an official partner of the Amsterdam Light Festival, this cruise promises a uniquely magical experience, celebrating art, light, and Amsterdam’s winter charm.

What you'll see

Departure location: Badhuiskade, Amsterdam.
Return location: Same as departure location.
Tour duration: 90 minutes.
Departure time: Various times throughout the evening.
Tour type: Amsterdam Canal Cruises


Your journey into the heart of the Amsterdam Light Festival begins at the futuristic Overhoeksplein, where our welcoming host escorts you onto a modern, earth-friendly electric boat, setting the stage for an unforgettable night. Wrapped in the warmth of the boat’s heated interior, you embark just as the city transitions from day to twilight, ready to embrace the illuminated spectacle. As the cruise advances through the waters of the IJ river and towards the Amstel, each turn and twist of the canals reveals a new piece of awe-inspiring light art. Your attentive local skipper provides enriching live commentary, shedding light on the backstories of the installations and the centuries-old cityscapes that serve as their backdrop. Within your hands, an informative brochure acts as your personal guide, detailing the inspiration, artists, and execution of the 20 majestic artwork installations that define this festival. Passing by historical landmarks like the Skinny Bridge, the Maritime Museum, and making a close approach to the Artis Zoo, the carefully chosen route ensures no highlight is missed. Not only do these sights host the festival’s artwork, but they also stand beautifully lit against the winter night, offering a unique view of Amsterdam’s rich heritage and architectural beauty. With drinks available on board, you can toast to an evening of culture, history, and artistic ingenuity as Amsterdam’s waterways and skyline shine in luminous celebration. As an official partner of the festival, this cruise not only promises a spectacular viewing experience but also supports the continued success and preservation of this cherished city tradition.
Raster effect view

What's included


Not included

Reservations details

Experience the bewitching beauty of the Amsterdam Light Festival on a special canal cruise, complete with insightful live commentary and a comprehensive guide to the artworks. From November 28, 2024, to January 19, 2025, witness the city as it is transformed into an open-air light art museum. Secure your spot on this exclusive tour as capacity is limited. With no hidden costs or booking fees, this official partnership cruise offers an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate the festival’s splendor while supporting its future. Book now and let the lights of Amsterdam illuminate your winter nights. Important information: Dogs are not allowed on board (with the exception of assistance dogs).

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