A trip to Amsterdam is not complete without having a boat tour. There are numerous types of boat cruises in Amsterdam. Depending on your preferences you may choose the one which will suit you best. All boat tours include a professional guide who will take you to the hidden gems of the city and its history. Here are our recommendations for the best boat tours to have in Amsterdam:

Pedal boat tour

It may sound smaller than a boat cruise but it is something really nice and interesting to do in Amsterdam. Pedal boats due to their size allow you to explore smaller canals and maneuver in places where bigger boats can’t go. And of course it’s a nice workout along with the opportunity to plan your route by yourself. Grab some snacks and enjoy the view of the sunset on Amstel river. These leg-powered boats are available for 90 minutes and embark from three piers around Amsterdam. 

Pancake Boat

If you love pancakes you may count yourself as the lucky one as Dutch pancakes are magnificently delicious! Dutch pancakes are traditional and worldwide famous, and there is a reason for that. There are more than 25 varieties of pancakes in the Netherlands. During this picturesque trip passengers can enjoy an unlimited range of tasty, freshly baked pancakes and stunning views over the waterside of Amsterdam.

Lounge boats with unlimited drinks

If you are traveling with a group of friends this will be the perfect option for you. A lounge-boat, usually with soft music and complimentary drinks is the most epic tour through the canals of Amsterdam. You’ll even go to the Amstel River where you can enjoy a relaxing swim during the summertime. In winter, hot pillows plus blankets are available. 

Afternoon tea boat cruise 

Have a luxurious cruise with a classic Amsterdam sailing boat combined to afternoon tea full of luxury treats for you and your friends or family. The captain explains the city’s history and makes a pleasant cruise on Amstel, the Jordaan, the IJ and the East. 

Lounge and smoke tour

Enjoy a few drinks and smokes in a 70-minute social, relaxing and enjoyable boat ride! You can smoke on board a genuine Hookah/Shisha and marijuana products. 

It’s not a typical guided tour, but you will be told some interesting facts about the city and will get to see the city’s highlights and most beautiful spots.

Pizza boat cruise 

Tasty pizza directly from the oven and ice cream will let you enjoy the canals of Amsterdam in a different way. There are six varieties of pizza available and complimentary soft drinks, beer and wine.