Boat tour local style

A canal cruise is a not to be missed, unforgettable part of your city trip. Dive into Amsterdam leisure local style on the most commonly used boat: a small sloop. As soon as the weather allows, the canals fill with these simple yet charming boats. This tour combines one of Amsterdam’s favourite relaxing activities with background stories of the sceneries you pass by.


* tour price based on 1,5 hours including VAT. For more hours the price will be adjusted accordingly. 


  • Your skipper is your guide as well
  • An electric sloop
  • Drinks and snacks on board
  • Unesco heritage canal ring
  • The river Amstel

Optional extras

  • Get off the boat along the route to visit a site you wish to see
  • Prolong and/or customize to your wishes

What our guests say about our tours

"See a different side of amsterdam"


If you want to see a different and fun side to Amsterdam, then you are in good hands with Amsterdam Odyssey. The team have great knowledge of different areas of the city and can introduce you to all manner of wonderful stories depending on which quarter you want to visit! 

Lisa, UK

"exploring beyond the obvious is very rewarding"


 Around every corner there was something to discover – which led to great conversations and insights along the way. We know there is more to a city than what is before our noses, how great to have some experienced locals reveal it for you.

Deborah, Canada

Amsterdam canal tour local style

Many Amsterdammers have their own boat. Or know someone with a boat. It’s always good to be friends with a boat owner. From the first sunny day in spring till the last sunny day in autumn, Amsterdammers take each chance they have to sail the canals. Alone, with the family or some friends. A small sloop is perfectly suitable for this activity. Like the locals do, we bring along a picnic basket, with some drinks and bites. You will truly feel like an Amsterdammer these hours!  

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride. Your guide will make sure you maneuver safely along some of the most scenic spots of the city. Meanwhile, we share stories about the history, architecture and other interesting themes of Amsterdam’s canals.   

Canal ring: Unesco World heritage

Since 2010 the Canal ring is listed as a Unesco World heritage site. The authenticity and beauty of these canals appeal to both Amsterdammers and visitors. The Canal ring is a unique masterpiece of water management, city planning and architecture. Once you are on board, you find yourself literally amid the scenery. Being below street level and right in the middle of the canals, gives you a whole new, unique perspective on Amsterdam.

Amsterdam has got around 1600 canals with a total length of over 100 kilometer. We can adjust the length and route of your canal tour to your personal interests and itinerary. Are you staying along one of Amsterdam’s canals? We can pick you up right at your hotel, or decide on the best starting point together. The same goes for the drop off point: this can be anywhere fitting your programme.   


Where is the meeting point?
Since we customize each tour, the starting point and route will be adjusted to your itinerary and wishes.

Which boat types are available? And how to choose the ‘right’ boat?
We have 3 different boat tour options, each one with their own characteristics, style and pricing.

Besides the local style boat, we have two other boat tour options. The classic saloon boat is most suitable if you are looking for a deluxe private canal tour through Amsterdam.

Are you looking for a more  authentic boat tour experience? Then a Plastic Whale boat might be most suitable for you. Once we are in touch to prepare your tour, we can talk all options through and decide what would be the best canal tour through Amsterdam for you.

I have particular interests and/or special needs. Can this tour be customized?
Yes. Please contact us, and we will be happy to come up with a tailor-made tour for you.

Is the tour suitable for young children?
This tour is suitable from the age of 12. In case you are interested in a boat tour with children under 12, please book through our family tours page.

Is this tour suitable for people with reduced mobility?
You have to be able to get on and off board of the boat.

The weather is bad, what happens now?
Amsterdam Odyssey tours will take place under any weather conditions, unless a formal warning regarding the weather has been issued by the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI). Dutch weather can be unpredictable. Make sure to pack and dress accordingly!


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