Staycation in Amsterdam

Now that we will fully enjoy holidays in our own country, it is also the perfect opportunity to get to know the capital Amsterdam better. We are happy to share our tips for a great day out with friends or a romantic weekend away with your partner.

Day out with friends

Scavenger hunt through Amsterdam
How well do you know Amsterdam? During a 2.5-hour scavenger hunt, topics such as the versatility of Amsterdam, the history of Amsterdam’s city center, crime, prostitution and drug trafficking are discussed. The route runs in a circle; the starting point is also the ending point. A scavenger hunt can be booked from €25,-, but wiht the Amsterdam Boats promotional code you will receive a 20% discount! Order your scavenger hunt here.

Craft beer boat tour
Would you like to relax and enjoy the canals on a boat? Then te Craft beer boat tour is the perfect option for you! Enjoy a 1.75 hour cruise through the historic Canal Belt while we serve three unique, locally brewed, craft beers. During the comfortable cruise, matching hot and cold finger food is served. You can book the Craft beer boat tour for only € 39 per person. Click here and book directly.

→ Final Touch Poolen en Snooker
Challenge your friends with a game of pool! In the heart of Amsterdam you can play snooker, pool, shuffleboard and other games. The cozy setting and the staff will make you feel as if you were at home. At the bar you can choose from a wide range of good beers, tap or bottle, soft drinks, great coffee and various snacks. Book your table now with 50% discount via 020 6209252 wit reference tot the Amsterdam Boats news letter. This offer is only valid in July.

A weekend away with your partner

→ Visit a museum
Up for a cultural activity? Amsterdam offers a range of great museums. Go back in time during a visit to the Rijksmuseum and discover the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to Mondrian. More interested in world cultures? Then plan your visit to the Tropenmuseum and be inspired by universal human themes. Learn about the vast cultural diversity of the world and discover that apart from the differences, we are all the same: human. More of modern art fan? Then the Moco museum is your pick! The Moco Museum exhibits a wide range of modern and contemporary art, from artists who especially excel at processing irony on thecontemporary society.

→ Luxury dinner cruise
To relax after your cultural trip you can experience the city quietly from the Amsterdam canals, during a 3 hour luxury dinner cruise. You will be welcomed on board a classic (salon) boat with a festive aperitif. Then the boat departs for a fantastic sailing route through the historic center of Amsterdam. While you enjoy the view we serve, à la carte, a 3-course dinner with a surprising appetizer. Dinner is served directly from the kitchen of a restaurant located on the canals. Book the Luxury dinner cruise here for only € 95 per person.

→ Book a romantic overnight stay
End your day and unwind in a luxurious hotel room in the center of Amsterdam. Take advantage of a Staycation deal at one of our favorite hotels such as Hotel Ambassade, InterContinental Amstel Hotel or Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.

Dining on the Amsterdam canals?

Book your table for the Luxury dinner cruise!

You will be welcomed aboard our atmospheric classic (saloon) boat with a festive aperitif, after which the boat departs for a fantastic 3-hour boat tour through the UNESCO historic center of Amsterdam. While enjoying the stunning view we serve an à la carte 3-course dinner with a surprising appetizer. Our exclusive dinner is served directly from the kitchen of a renowned canal-side restaurant. → More information

The luxury dinner cruise sails every Friday at  6:30 PM.

Craft beer boat tour

Last week on the 2nd of June the new Amsterdam Boats | Tickets website was launched, with the first two available sailing experiences. These experiences have already taken place a number of times and it has been a great succes time and time again!

Had a nice trip. Everything well arranged with snacks and drinks. Easy to find. Nice, helpful staff and nice skipper. Beautiful boat!
— J. van der Veen

What are you going to do?

You will be welcomed aboard our luxury classic boat with a surprising beertail, after which the boat departs for a 1.75-hour craft beer boat tour through the historic city center of Amsterdam.

While you enjoy a lovely cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage canal belt we serve three unique Amsterdam-brewed craft beers from three different breweries. During the cruise a selection of matching hot and cold fingerfood is served. Cheers!

The craft beer boat tour can be booked online and sails every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. May we welcome you on board?

Amsterdam Boats launches first ticket platform for luxury experiences on the canals of Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Boats has been renting out luxury (saloon) boats in Amsterdam to groups since 2009. With passion for classic boats, friendly service and good food and drinks, we have been ensuring that our guests leave with a smile for more than ten years.

With the corona crisis, it soon became clear that we had to adapt to new circumstances. Before the crisis started, we increasingly received the question whether people could use our services without hiring an entire boat. The past 2 months have been hard work and June the 2nd at 13:00 we launched a unique ticket platform for luxury experiences on the Amsterdam canals. Take a quick look at:

Amsterdam Boats Tickets

Now everyone can buy an individual ticket and step on board to enjoy one of our exceptional sailing experiences on the Amsterdam canals. As of today, the first two experiences can be booked:

  • Luxury dinner cruise: 3-hour cruise with elegant à la carte 3-course dinner on a luxurious boat including appetizer and aperitif
  • Craft beer boat tour: 1,75-hour cruise with a tasting of three different, Amsterdam-brewed craft beers on a luxurious boat including a surprising ‘beertail’ and matching fingerfood

New experiences will be added the coming period and we will keep you posted.

It’s almost time to start sailing again!

Amsterdam Boats will be happy to welcome you aboard! From the 1st of June we can start organising boat trips again and of course, given the current circumstances, we will make sure this happens in a responsible, comfortable and hospitable way. To celebrate that we can welcome you back aboard we have some special June offers!

BBQ Boat
Experience the summer of 2020 on the historic canals of Amsterdam and aboard your private BBQ & Drinks Boat! While you enjoy a 2 hour boat trip and a drink, the private chef provides you with the most delicious BBQ dishes, directly from the electric grill. Now for € 39.50 p.p. including drinks and BBQ*

Amsterdam Borrel Boats
After weeks of having virtual drinks, we can now meet in real life again.
During this 2-hour tour through the historic center of Amsterdam, we happily provide you with unlimited drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks) and tasty snacks. Bubbling and sailing in one: it couldn’t be more fun. Now for €21,50 p.p.*

Dinner on board
3 hours of sailing, 3rd hour for free! The icing on the cake of your trip / stay / day in Amsterdam! While you enjoy the beautiful scenery, the à la carte 3-course dinner is served directly to you aboard from the canal side kitchen. Now for €56,00 p.p.*

*Excluding VAT and boat rental

Valid in June 2020

Self-drive boat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a few boat rental companies where you can rent a small boat to drive yourself. A nice and affordable way to explore the canals with your family or some friends!   
For that kind of boat tours Rent A Boat Amsterdam recommends Boaty Boat Rental and Boats4rent Boat Hire. They have decent boats and provide friendly service at the best rates in town.

How does it work? It’s recommended to book your boat in advance, in particular for weekends and holidays. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail and the boat rental staff will await you at the time of your booking.

You don’t need any license to drive a small rental boat on the Amsterdam canals. The staff will give you a proper briefing about the handling of the boat and the basic rules on the canals.  Your rental also includes a map of the canals (with suggested routes on it), foam seats to sit on and life vests for the kids and others on board that cannot swim.

Your canal tour with a self-drive boat always starts at the dock of the boat hire. Boaty’s dock is located in ‘De Pijp’, a popular and lively neighbourhood in the southern city center. It’s only a few minutes walking from metro station ‘De Pijp’.  If you prefer to start and end your rental in the western city center, you’d better go for Boats4rent. That has a dock at the cultural hotspot Westerpark, close to the northern Jordaan neighbourhood.

All rental boats are electric. They are zero emission, silent and easy to drive. Full batteries are included in the rental price.  Catering is not included in this kind of boat rental. So it’s recommended to bring your own food and drinks.

The maximum number of people per boat is limited to six, due to the license and insurance. Rates start at € 79,- per boat for a three hour rental.

Are you ready to book your self-drive boat rental? Or do you want some more information about it? Please get in touch directly with Boaty Boat Rental or Boats4rent Boat Hire. Enjoy!

Christmas in Amsterdam

Are you coming to Amsterdam during the Christmas period. Enjoy the many Christmas markets. Such as the Ice Village Amsterdam on the Museumplein. From December 13 to December 26 you can discover the cozy Christmas village. The winter chalets and skates are certainly skate a on the ice ring. Free entrance. Hopefully you can also skate on the canals of Amsterdam this year. It is also nice to visit the Amsterdam Winter Paradise at the RAI Amsterdam. From December 21 to January 5, you can go on après-ski, ride the Ferris wheel, go to the cinema or theater or listen to the performances that take place. Admission is 5 euros.

The Amsterdam Light festival can still be visited! The Light festival is best viewed from the water. The tallest Christmas tree in Amsterdam can be found in the inner gardens of Pulitzer Amsterdam. Are you more interested in some classical music? Like every year, music is played in different places. This year you can even enter the Gashouder for free if your name is “Maria”.

Are you still looking for a unique location for a beautifully arranged Christmas dinner? Our team at Rent A Boat Amsterdam have developed a delicious menu together with our partners. Enjoy together with your loved ones, friends or colleagues a delicious 4-course menu on one of our heated saloon boats. Do you want a little less formal? Then view the options together with our account managers.

Inspiration for a luxurious dinner

Are you looking for inspiration for a luxurious dinner? If you want to enjoy high quality food on the canals. Then you must be with Amsterdam Boats. We are known to serve delicious meals together with our catering partners. We are specialized in creating a tailor-made experience for you and your company.

You can enjoy a 3-course dinner or a buffet on Amsterdam’s canals. We have been working together with our caterers for many years and through our long history of working together we can guarantee the quality of the food. If you choose the 3-course dinner then you choose from a menu that you will receive on the boat.

Because of all our different caterers we can of course also offer a large assortment. From sushi to Indian, but also the traditional Dutch kitchen. We can bring the world to you in a culinary way. We can respond to all your needs. Our wide wine assortment will always find the matching wine for your dishes. Here you can enjoy a Chardonnay, Sangiovese and mutch more.

Do you want to enjoy a totally unique experience? View the options together with our account managers.

Enjoy a Luxury dinner together with us. See you on the water.


The event that emerged from the jubilee celebration that the city of Amsterdam existed for 700 years. Will be back in 2020! SAIL2020 gives us all the chance to admire all the beautiful Tall Ships up close. You’re coming too, right? This event, once every 5 years, gives a unique look at the ships history. It is possible to even sail with them due the SAIL-In parade. We do know from experience that this package is the most wanted of the weekend. Early booking is therefore justified. SAIL that started as an anniversary celebration for the city of Amsterdam has grown through the editions into a national event with even international prestige.

During this anniversary edition of SAIL, 40 iconic Tall Ships and more than 600 ships will come to Amsterdam. The boats such as ARC Gloria from Colombia, Santa Maria Manuela from Portugal and the flagship, the Clipper Stad Amsterdam are also back. SAIL also tries to guarantee its free character in this edition. “The freely accessible nature of this event is unique and we must cherish that. That is only possible with the support of a large number of suitable partners and the sale of business and private arrangements, “says Reineke Boot, director of SAIL Event Partners.

Please note that you are definitely renting from an accredited party such as Amsterdam Boats because only those can give you access to the Orange Ocean (IJhaven) with the Tall Ships.

Enjoy SAIL2020 together with us. See you on the water.

Amsterdam Light Festival 2019-2020

The most famous light festival in the Netherlands is back in Amsterdam. For 53 days, Amsterdam’s canals have been illuminated by art. The exhibition called “Disrupt!” will focus this year on the disruption of life and the world. Think of an earthquake or an economic crisis. A very radical event. With this theme in mind, artists from home and abroad have been inspired. They use light to be disruptive and to give us as a spectator a new impulse for our lives.

Gabriel Lester, one of the collaborating artists, draws his inspiration mainly from “mysteries” and “things that are unsolved.” His artistic ability embraces every medium. His work is implicitly narrative, explicitly visual or both at the same time. It is often about a way to relate to the world.

The work of Krijn de Koning often has a disruptive character. With his work he tries to break through the usual way we look at an object. De Koning’s art is not just a spatial intervention; his work can best be described as a mix between installation art, painting and architecture. For edition # 8, he transforms a famous Amsterdam landmark. This time not with bulkheads, but with light.

You can admire this exhibition on foot or from the water. The sailing route has been changed from previous years. We have developed wonderful offers for you so that you can enjoy the art and also the city of Amsterdam in style. It is also important to mention that the Amsterdam Light Festival takes place in the winter. You do not have to worry about the cold. Our boats are in fact heated.

Enjoy the exhibition together with us. See you on the water.