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.

Amsterdam under the leaves

The 400,000 trees that connect the canals of Amsterdam give a magical image of our city. It makes Amsterdam one of the most leafy cities in Europe. We can no longer wait for the warm after summer days to share the last BBQ with loved ones and friends. Not in the mood for a BBQ? No problem! For the cooler days you can enjoy a piece of apple pie with warm chocolate milk. View the nice hotspots for hot chocolate milk here!

From 16 to 20 October, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will also take place in Amsterdam again. At more than 120 participating locations. Dancing outside until the late hours, you can also immerse yourself in dance music during the many interviews, discussions and various pop-up events. For ADE we have developed a “Happy Hour” offer so that you can enjoy a unique experience from the canals.

Are you more in a sporty mood? The Amsterdam marathon takes place on October 20th. The route starts in the Olympic Stadium and brings the runners under the Rijksmuseum, along the Amstel and through the Vondelpark back to the Olympic Stadium. This sporting spectacle provides a unique view of the city of Amsterdam not only for the participants but also for the spectators.

From November 28th you can enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival again. The Amsterdam canals will be illuminated by numerous artists. Such as Gabriel Lester, Krijn de Koning and many others. With the exhibition “Disrupt!” The disruption is central. The artists were challenged to question the surroundings of the city with their light artworks, to test them and to wake them up. This exhibition is best viewed from our luxury boats. Enjoy the exhibition in peace. Be quick, we know from experience that these trips are very quickly fully booked.

Looking for something unique for bigger groups? Look here for our offers!

Enjoy the last months of 2019 together with us. See you on the water.

Location page fully up-to-date

In due course we have discovered a lot of boarding / disembarking location throughout the city of Amsterdam and surrounding area. Numerous location that we didn’t display on our website. Until now! We have decided to expand our locations database. And, to keep our website visitors properly informed we have updated our location page too. It is now possible to cruise for example to Beach West, Restaurant Noorderlicht or Restaurant Breitner!

All boarding (and disembarking) locations in Amsterdam

Curious what the other boarding locations are? Have a look at the most complete boarding locations guide at: Boat Boarding Location in Amsterdam.

Blog in new design

The Rent A Boat Amsterdam blog has been given a completely new look and feel. The new design has a set of distinctive features that enhances the experience of our readers. To be hones the “old” blog didn’t comply any longer with the 2010 standards. Integrated latest Tweets, RSS subscription possibilities, a proper search tool and commenting tools are, as you know, a must.

With the introduction of the new design we would like to make a second announcement. The Rent A Boat Amsterdam Blog has always suffered a little bit from lack of attention compared to the Rent A Boat Amsterdam website itself. Since we as a company have developed we will now focus on providing more useful information to our readers. As soon as new features are added to the website we will let you know. When we have stumbled upon a great video about sailing through the canals of Amsterdam, we will let you know. When we have drawn a new itinerary though Amsterdam using Google maps, we will let you know.

Amsterdam canal cruises

In 2009 Rent A Boat Amsterdam has received loads of different requests asking our team to organize many different Amsterdam canal cruises. Using the wide variety of canal cruises and tours that we have organized the Rent A Boat Amsterdam team has developed a unique selection of canal cruises that are now available though the website.

We have focused on creating cruises that vary in all possible ways enabling our clients to select a package no matter what the occasion of your specific cruise. Whether you are celebrating a family outing with kids and would like to enjoy our lovely pancake cruise or when you and your best friends would like to learn more about champagne or wine during our wine tasting or champagne tasting cruise we have the perfect package for you. Many of the Rent A Boat Amsterdam canal cruises are very well suited for the corporate outings or team building events. And on the other hand we have the perfect tourist cruise visiting the Anne Frank house as well as the Gassan Diamond Factory.

Having developed our new exclusive canal cruises does not mean we will not keep adding new cruised. Therefore please check back on a regular basis and check the latest cruises added online. We have already received requests for an Amsterdam Houseboat canal cruise. If you would like us to keep you posted on the latest and Amsterdam canal tours you feel free to subscribe to our newsletter and if you still aren’t satisfied please contact us and let us know what Amsterdam canal cruise would be perfect for you!

The Architectural boating tour for up to 20 people (4 hrs)

The tour starts at the Passenger Terminal where your cruise ship will dock for the day. You will met by our architectural expert guide and taken aboard the 11 meter long classic canal cruise boat called The Swan. Swaen Built in 1909, the Swan was designed and build for a rich Amsterdam doctor who demanded luxury canal boat for him, his family and friends. The workmanship is reflected in the beautiful Javanese teak interior.

The Swan is an floating monument and offers the exclusivity of your own small cruise ship, which will take you along Amsterdam’s 17th century canals and surrounding waterways in order to give you an idea of the different architectural elements through the last 5 centuries. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s foremost architecture and design cities and as the city is not a very big we will be able to show you all sites of interest within our architectural boating tour.

During the canal tour you will be explained the different architectural influence and schools whilst we will take you to visit several important architectural masterpieces in Amsterdam as examples. The tour has been organized in a chronological way, starting with some important 17th century canal residences of wealthy merchants, doctors, lawyers and politicians.

We will then have a look at the end of the 18th century classicism monumental buildings, with the most interesting called Felix Meritis by Jacob Otten. We will then continue into the Historicism period, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. We will view several landmark city buildings which show gothic and renaissance elements such as Central Station and the Rijksmuseum (State Museum). We will continue our boating tour into the Art Deco period, marked by buildings of the hand of PJH. Cuypers. Art Deco was popular at the turn of the 19th century in the whole Europe and left several interesting buildings in Amsterdam with the American Hotel as its foremost example.

From the American Hotel we will continue our tour to have a look at the modern architecture in Amsterdam. Today’s architecture in Amsterdam is among the most interesting in the world and people from all over the world come to see the work by famous architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Sjoerd Soeters, Wiel Arets, Benthem & Crouwel, Ben van Berkel, Ton Alberts, Renzo Piano, Sven-Ingvar Andersson, Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz. We will first pass by the new Nemo Museum, followed by many Houseboats and the new Music Hall. We will then pass the old warehouse buildings overlooking the IJ water, pass under the revolutionary Sporenburg bridge A bridge at Sporenburgand explore the newly build Amsterdam Islands.

During the tour you will be offered local snack, sandwiches and drinks.