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 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.