We love water, Holland is full of it! And because we love water and canal cruises so much, we put together a list with the best options to discover Holland from the water! In this list you can find a few different options. So if you are in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Leiden or Maastricht and you feel like doing something on the water pick one of our options. Especially during the hot summer days, water is the solution to provide us some coolness during the hot days.
Water Bikes/ Pedal Boats
Amsterdam is the No. 1 cycling city in the world where you can even cycle through the canals. Canal biking has been the city’s top canal attraction since 1984. Make your way through the canals at your leisure whilst taking in the city and the atmosphere of the canals. Great fun for the kids and a much cheaper option to taking your children on a standard Amsterdam canal cruise.
You can even pedal over the water in Utrecht! Since 1991, pedal boats have been the most fun canal attraction in the city. It is also enjoyable to hire a pedal boat with the children and take in the atmosphere on the Utrecht canals in this way. The little terraces on the quay, the intriguing consoles and the beautiful canal buildings invite you to go on a lovely pedal boat tour.
Hop on Hop off canal boat Amsterdam
Cruise around in Amsterdam while learning everything about the city! Are you a fan of museums and you would love to visit as many as possible but you would also like to enjoy the beautiful city by taking a canal tour? Combine transportation with a tour on the water and get on the hop on hop off canal bus! On this boat you can enjoy stunning views, take pictures of the beautiful Amsterdam canal houses and get off at the museums that you’re interested in. Get off and on as often as you like. Ahoi Amsterdam lovers!
Harbour Cruise in Rotterdam
Experience one of the world’s largest ports in all its glory! Among the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, this trip is a special journey through one of the largest harbours in the world. You can see Rotterdam’s impressive skyline with its imposing buildings glide by, and then get a unique view of the harbours shipyards, docks and the hypermodern transshipping of thousands of containers. Last but not least the tour will end with a view of the steamship ‘Rotterdam’, the former cruise flagship of shipping company Holland America Line. An exciting 75 minutes with clear descriptions of everything you see.
Cruise like a local in cultural Leiden
At the company Bootjes and Broodjes in the heart of Leiden it is possible to cruise around like a local. You can choose between a variety of different options. It is possible to rent a boat yourself. If you don’t like to sail the boat yourself it is possible to get a skipper. The skipper is also the guide and will tell you all the nice things about Leiden.
Maas cruise Maastricht
Last but not least the Maas river Cruise. Discover Maastricht in a very special way. Get on a boat and cruise along the river ‘De Maas’. On your way you will see the historical St. Servaas bridge, the beautiful Wilhelmina bridge, the government building and many more highlights of the city. Did you know that Maastricht has ancient caves and remains from the Roman era? Make your trip to Maastricht special and enjoy the beautiful view this cruise offers. A brunch cruise, Pancake cruise or Saturday night river cruise. It is all possible at Rederij/ boating company Stiphout.
Lets float together!