Boat Cruise on Amsterdam River Amstel


Set sail on an unforgettable journey down the Amstel with Amsterdam Boat Cruises, starting from the historic NDSM wharf, a site reborn from the ashes of a once-great shipyard to become a bustling hub of culture and dining. This 4-hour voyage cruises past Amsterdam’s heart, offering unique views of iconic landmarks such as the NEMO Science Museum, the replica of the VOC ship ‘Amsterdam’, and the Maritime Museum. Navigate through the city’s arteries, under historic movable bridges, beside the lush Plantage neighborhood, the prestigious Hermitage, and along the stunning Amstel River, capturing sights like the Stopera, Blauwbrug, and the iconic Magere Brug. The journey takes you beyond the city limits, exploring the vital Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, showcasing the bustling waterway frequented by some of the largest inland ships. This extensive cruise blends the past, present, and future of Amsterdam’s waterways, offering an immersive perspective of the city’s rich maritime heritage.

What you'll see

Departure location: NDSM Wharf, Amsterdam North.
Return location: Same as departure location.
Tour duration: 4 hours.
Departure time: 10:00 AM
Tour type: Amsterdam Canal Cruises


The adventure begins mid-morning at the cultural hotspot of NDSM Wharf, from where our boat departs to meander through Amsterdam’s historic and contemporary sights. The journey kicks off weaving through the Amsterdam Harbor, unveiling views usually reserved for professional mariners, and swiftly transitions onto broader vistas as the vessel joins the IJ, showcasing modern marvels and architectural achievements. Passing under the city’s time-honored bridges, the cruise glides alongside the picturesque Plantage district, revealing the greenery of the Hortus Botanicus and the historic Artis Zoo. The elegance of the Hermitage briefly dominates the view before the Amstel River opens up, welcoming the boat with iconic structures like the Stopera and the idyllic Magere Brug. As Amsterdam’s bustling center falls behind, the cruise ventures into the tranquil waters towards Overamstel, charting a course through the Weespertrekvaart. The landscape shifts as urban sprawl gives way to serene riverbanks, leading to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal – a crucial artery of European navigation. Here, the scale of inland shipping comes to the forefront, offering an impressive display of maritime logistics. Turning homeward, the journey sweeps past the developing islands of IJburg and Zeeburg, threading through the reclaimed lands and residential wonders back to the NDSM wharf. Over four hours, this immersive cruise encapsulates the essence of Amsterdam’s riverine life, its historical significance, and its evolving relationship with the waters that shape it.
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What's included


Not included

Reservations details

Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Amsterdam’s waterways with our 4-hour Amstel Cruise. Departing from the vibrant NDSM wharf, this journey offers an unparalleled exploration of the city from its famous canals and beyond. Experience the cultural and architectural highlights along the Amstel River, delve into the pragmatic beauty of the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, and enjoy comfortable amenities aboard our ship. Make sure to book your spot in advance for this comprehensive canal experience, and remember to arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. Discover the heart of Amsterdam from its lifeline – the Amstel River.

Important Information:

  • Unfortunately, our boats and buses are not wheelchair-accessible
  • Pets are not allowed, with the exception of assistance dogs
  • Enjoy our 24-hour free cancellation policy
  • Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point on time for your reserved departure
  • Live guide in English and Dutch; audio guide in English, Dutch, French, Spanish, and Italian
  • Compatible headphones required for the audio guide on your smartphone
  • Please refer to our FAQ section for additional details and answers to common questions.

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