Each year 5.5 million Amsterdam visitors take a canal cruise, making a boat tour of the canals the city’s most popular tourist attraction.
No visit to Amsterdam — also known as ‘Venice of the North’ — is complete without taking to the water, hands down the best way to see the city.
In fact, many people take more than one cruise: a daytime tour is a good introduction. A romantic candlelight cruise at night creates another lasting impression.
And then there are the many specialty tours: dinner cruises, cheese and wine tastings, combination boat tour and museum entrance… whatever floats your boat.
The Floating Dutchman was billed as the ‘most splashing way to see Amsterdam.’ But the concept, launched in 2011, fizzled.
Now the company, which operates in Rotterdam under the name Splashtours, is ready to try again. Starting next year, its amphibious bus — bright yellow this time — will sail the waters of the River IJ.