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    Great way to see watery side of the city

    by rivercalm Written Jan 12, 2012

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    An hour guided tour - boat ride around the city provides great insight (historical information, tips, interesting facts...). Boats have glass roof so you are safe in case it rains or is windy (it was the day I took the tour). Price was around 10 euros.

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    Canal Boat

    by ophiro Written Apr 25, 2011

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    Amsterdam is the known for the canals and what is the best option to see the entire city , fast and in a different way ? - Of course - from the canals.

    there are canal boats that offer a few hours ride , some of them you can go up and down in this time hop-on-off style.

    The view is different from walking in the streets.

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    The way to go around th canals

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The canalboats are a great experience and must

    Visiting Amsterdam is not complete without a canal boat tour. One can choose between the standard tours, where a guide is telling the group about everything he knows about the town, or choose for the canal "bus". In this category there are two firms operating a hop-on/hop-off service: the Canalbus (in the canal in front of the Saint Nicolas church) and the Museum boat (next to the VVV-office (tourist info). On both there are too guides telling several things about the passed highlights.

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    Tourist Boat Around Amsterdam

    by Designerartgirl Written Mar 19, 2011

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    The great thing about the canal boat experience in Amsterdam is that you can see pretty much everything from the canals. From going past the Anne Frank house & museum to the East India company's old headquaters. You get an introduction to all the places you are seeing and also get to experience what it must have been like for people when lots of transportation was via the canals.

    An hour trip varies from company to company but i have always ventured towards Tui. Always busy and full of people so to me that means generally good and i have not yet been disapointed. All the boats have glass roofs which allow you to see all the sights.. even when it is raining.. which it does a lot. Seats also allow weary feet an hour or so of sitting down and still seeing the sights :)

    Some of the canal trips include being able to jump on and off for 24 hours but generally everything in Central amsterdam is walkable and for me the extra premium is not worth the cost.

    To get to these boat trips simply walk out of centraal station, and they should be just past the engineering works outside. Cant fail to spot them all.

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    CANAL BOAT TOURS

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 16, 2010

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    One of the most popular ways to get an impression of Amsterdam is taking DE RONDVAARTBOOT (tourist boat).
    You find them at the South side of the Central Station, along the Damrak and Rokin.

    Kooij boats

    Plas boats

    Lovers boats

    Blue Boat

    Jewel cruises

    Waterlelie classical boat

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    Private canal tours in classical boats; SlingerTocht recommended

    Welvaren

    Jasmijn

    Rederij Vlaun

    De Nederlanden Company

    Water Taxi

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    Boats, cruise, waterbuses

    by June.b Written Jun 20, 2010

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    The city is an assemblage of small islands connected by more than a thousand bridges crossing the more than a hundred canals which makes boats a popular mode of transportation.

    There are several boat operators, cruise/leisure boats, hop-on hop-offs, waterbuses, and even boat hotels or accommodation. When you're in the city, chances are you'll be taking one of these.

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    Riding the Waterways of Amsterdam

    by flyingscot4 Updated Nov 13, 2009

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    As you might have guessed, there are other methods of travel on the canals. These methods usually come in the form of floating type things that range in size from little, to really big. First, of course, are the tour boats. There are a number of different tour boat companies. They all provide the same basic service of a guided tour of Amsterdam via canal. In some of the tours the driver presses a button and a prerecorded tour begins in three or four languages. In others the driver gives the tour and drives the boat. These tours are also in three or four languages. Many Dutch people are multi-lingual. Many speak Dutch. English, German, and French. This is out of necessity, not only for tourists, but the more important reason is the multinational corporations headquartered in the Netherlands and surrounding countries.

    The next type of tour is the dinner, brunch, or night cocktail tours. These are available from most of the canal boat operators. Finally, is the hop on-hop off tour which give you 24 hours to just travel the canals getting on and off at all of the major stops.

    There are also private tours offered by multiple organizations. Their literature is everywhere.

    The best tour of all is a friend that really knows the city and owns a boat.

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    Canal boats in Amsterdam

    by georeiser Written Aug 28, 2009
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    Canal boats are popular to get a view of Amsterdam. You can take a tourist boat (Rondvaartboot) from Damrak and Rokin close to the Central Station.

    Other canalboat companies:
    Blue Boat Company
    www.blueboat.nl
    +31 20 6791370

    Boat Rental Amsterdam
    www.rentaboatamsterdam.com
    +31 20 6247635

    Amsterdam Boat Events
    www.amsterdamboatevents.nl
    +31 20 4194141

    Private Boat Tours - Klassieke salonboten
    www.privateboattours.nl
    +31 20 6849338

    Jaap Hannis restaurant & boten
    www.jaaphannis.nl
    +31 20 4189690

    Boat Affairs
    www.boataffairs.nl
    +31 20 7748186

    Holland Sport Boat Centre
    www.hollandsport.nl
    +31 20 6947527

    Peter Bosgraaf Yacht and Boat Design
    www.yacht-design.nl
    +31 20 4191972

    HIBS Hobson Inflatable Boat Services
    www.inflatableboats.nl
    +31 20 6863118

    Cycletours Holidays
    www.cycletours.com
    +31 20 5218400

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    my absolute favorite being in Amsterdam

    by MATIM Updated May 21, 2009

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    My personal absolute favor to see Amsterdam is by canal tour.
    The cruise takes you along several canals and past the city’s most spectacular spots. As you glide through the historic city centre you’ll see elegant merchants residences, churches and warehouses, dating from the Golden age and steeped in history.
    Departure Holland international Canal Cruises at Prins Hendrikkade 33a (opposite Central station) 1012 TM Amsterdam

    Nov – March daily from 10.00 – 1900 every 30 minutes
    Dec. Jan, Feb, daily from 10.00 – 18.00 every 30 minutes
    The canal cruise takes 1 hour.
    No reservations required

    We took the cruise at Blue Boat Company at Stadhouderskade 30 (near Leidseplein)
    Tel: 020 6791370
    www.bleuboat.nl
    This city canal cruise takes 75 minutes.

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    Many tour boats

    by darkjedi Written Jan 29, 2008

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    100m outside Centraal Station to your right and straight on the canal cruisers ply their trade. I had a different cruise each day I was there, each with a different company. There is little interaction by the driver who just steers and operates a multi-language tape every few minutes. The exeption to this was the Holland International cruise, the driver told funny stories about many things we passed and made the journey ten times better. Of course this could have been because of the French TV crew on board. But if you like boat trips the scenery itself is its own reward. Each company has a slightly different route and they all last the best part of an hour. Great fun, even when its raining and an essential part of any Amsterdam trip no matter how short.

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  • Private boat cruise...

    by WrldTravExplr Written Aug 20, 2007

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    Amsterdam…a fantastic must do is to email Max before you go to Amsterdam so that you can set up a private boat trip of Amsterdam. Max has a small canal boat, which holds at most 6 people, that he uses to give private tours to “friends”. In order to become a friend you have to email him. The city of Amsterdam has stopped locals from giving private tours of the canals, so it is hard to find someone who is willing to give you such a unique glimpse of the city.
    We took Max’s “slow food” organic dinner cruise. The tour started with strawberries and cream, then on to homemade soup, next the main course of salad and lamb sausages. Of course all of this is accompanied by alcoholic beverages, which you and Max can work that out beforehand…we chose wine. The meal was just fantastic. At the end we had some coffee while all the while watching the city of Amsterdam slowly float by. The dinner meal changes depending on what he can find to make. Max will also ask if you are allergic to anything. As Max is very open minded he does allow his friends to smoke on board.
    We did not feel that the price was that expensive considering what the other small private boat tours cost, plus you get a chance to see Amsterdam as a friend of a local and not on one of these big bus-like-boat cruises. The cruise lasts about two and half hours long, which is longer than most cruises.
    Max is just a wonderful person, as is his wife Caro who rode along on our trip to help him out. During the day time Max works for a foundation that organizes music performances in children’s day-care centers. Max enjoys giving boat rides to friend of this project. Max’s email is… maxman@tiscali.nl

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    Tacky Tourist Tour

    by penumbra Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    The glass magnifies the sun but holds off the rain

    Almost as soon as you leave the central train station, you start coming across canal tours. Do you want to sit down for another hour and tour Amsterdam’s waterways or do you want to explore a bit first on your own? If you haven’t read any guide books, it might actually make sense to take a boat tour to help orient yourself to the city. The tour operators like to take your picture as you’re boarding the boat to sell you a souvenir when you return to the dock. Although the sale pressure is high, you’re under no obligation to buy the pictures.

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    See the city

    by Lord-Vini Written Oct 1, 2006

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    Make sure that you give yourself time to take a canal cruise. They are nice for relaxing and to see the city from a different point of viwe. Beware of Germans trying to take up areas of the boats for themselves.

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    Touristy but fun!

    by Jenniflower Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    The Canal Bus runs every 40 minutes or so from early till late, throughout the city.

    Day passes cost you 16 euros and are valid until 12:00 the following day.

    As mentioned before in other tips, this is really the favoured way to view this city of delights around every corner.

    From the bridges to the buildings and fantastic architecture, to the intimate glimpse into other people's live as they go about their daily business.

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    Follow the canals

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 14, 2006

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    Lapping it up!

    It doesnt have to be a specific tour eg. Museum tour or romantic night cruise. The ordinary cruises are possibly the best ones to go on. They cost less and are less rigid as to where they stop it seems.

    It is a lovely past-time to sit on the boat, watching life go by you on the banks .. and the same for them too! haha It must be interesting to see all these tourists gawking at them from the boat! ;)

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