Amsterdam Canal Cruise: Max 8 Guests, All-Inclusive Experience with Captain Jack
263 Ratings
Join Captain Jack on an all-inclusive Amsterdam canal cruise with a maximum of 8 guests. Enjoy luxury, drinks, snacks, and intimate conversations while exploring the city's canals.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Amsterdam Canal Ring - All cruises are captained by myself as the captain/owner of the Drift Away.

We depart from the Singel no.7 and we will return to this location at the end of the cruise.

I do not offer a fixed route, depending on your wishes as guests I will tailor the cruise to you specifically.

Due to the custom design of the Drift Away we have access to even the narrowest canals of Amsterdam and are able to pass even the lowest of bridges.

If you do not have any preferences I will put together a route which will give you an overview of the canal belt, a few of the small less travelled canals, the Amstel river and the eastern maritime area.

As a born and raised
c I have a wealth of knowledge about Amsterdams history, culture and the Dutch way of life in general. I love sharing with you about my hometown in an easy going manner, with a good sense of humor and the typical Dutch straight forwardness!

What's Included
  • Snacks
  • Extensive open bar
  • Local beers, top shelf liquors, soft drinks, hot drinks
  • Specialty G&T with local gin
Additional Information

Embark on an exploration of Amsterdam via its canals, accommodating up to 8 passengers at once.

Each voyage is piloted and narrated by me, Boudewijn Metzelaar, or ¨Captain Jack¨ for those who find my original Dutch name challenging :-)

We’ll traverse the waters aboard a fully electric luxury salon boat. Irrespective of the unpredictable Dutch weather, rest assured there’s cozy seating inside and outside the ¨Drift Away¨

An assortment of (alcoholic) beverages and tasty snacks are provided. Feel at ease to partake in the drinks; we have a restroom onboard!

Born and raised in Amsterdam, I also hold the city close to my heart. My diverse upbringing and life choices have endowed me with a unique viewpoint on Amsterdam, one I take delight in sharing.

The limited capacity of 8 guests ensures a personal and pleasant conversation during the trip.

Singel 7
The dock where we depart from is located right next to the Koepelkerk (church with a dome) the dock is on the canal side ;-)
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(263 Ratings)
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Jun 5, 2024
Nice Canal Tour - Nice canal tour with a local captain. Jack was welcoming and gave a lot of interesting commentary. We appreciated a small group size (7) and a local's perspective. Had ample drinks (ok wine) and a few snacks onboard.
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Jun 1, 2024
Great tour, highly recommended - Captain Jack was very knowledgeable and interesting as he tortoise through the canals of Amsterdam. The drinks and snacks were just right and we enjoyed our time with him and the small group of other guests. It was much more pleasant for us than the huge groups on the typical Canal boats that we see in Amsterdam.
Review provided by Viator
May 31, 2024
Perfect little adventure on the canals of Amsterdam with a great local guy! - Very interesting and informative discussion about life in Amsterdam. Beautiful boat with all the comforts including a great variety of beverages, alcoholic and non, snacks, blankets if needed, and a little bathroom. Highly recommended.
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May 30, 2024
It was great! - We had a blast! Our tour guide was fun and funny. Great boat and service. Lots of good sightseeing to be done. The snacks and drinks were on point.
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May 30, 2024
This is the canal tour you are looking for - Touring the canals with Jack on the Drift Away is the antithesis to the standard, packed-to-the-gills canal tour one regularly sees. Jack provided a personal touch that is only possible in a smaller setting, bringing his vast knowledge of Amsterdam and his personal experience growing up along the canals. It was the highlight of our trip and we will definitely book with him again when we return. If you're balking at the few extra euros for this, the experience is absolutely worth the price.
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May 25, 2024
Outstanding small group canal cruise - Excellent canal cruise. Medium sized boat can go in smaller canal and under low bridges. Beautiful covered salon. Good rain or shine. Captain Jack is friendly and knowledgeable.
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May 20, 2024
Worth every penny----do take this trip with Captain Jack - Captan Jack was knowledgeable and entertaining with his facts about Amsterdam---both historically and of recent times We went on the day of my birthday---my husband and I + my brother---all from the UK---and on arriving, not only did we receive glasses of cava or wine or infact any type of drink that we wanted, but Captain Jack had also bought a simply wonderful cinammon based apple pie for my birthday Then the bar was "ours"---to drink whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted---all included in the cost of the trip And not only was the boat a pretty boat---but it also had a toilet on board---a luxury and a rarity on Amsterdam Boat tours ! All in all a lovely trip, and one that we would definitely recommend to anyone wanting something a "little more special"---and with a maximum of only 8 x passengers, it was very private Well done Jack Jo and Mike
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May 16, 2024
Best boat trip we have done and one of the highlights of our recent trip to Amsterdam - Really excellent trip from a knowledgeable and really friendly Captain Jack. He made us feel at home straight away. The included bar helped and we enjoyed a glass of wine even thought it was only midday. We saw some places we had not seen before and have places to visit on our next trip. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the 90 minutes flew by. We cannot recommend enough. For us this is the only way to see Amsterdam by boat.
Review provided by Viator
May 15, 2024
Outstanding Fun - Excellent cruise Fun, informative, great Captain Great drinks Nice and warm (w blankets) during rain Was awesome
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May 14, 2024
Captain is a Fountain of Knowledge - Captain Jack is a fountain of knowledge! The ride was great, the drinks were flowing and the narrative about Amsterdam was amazing. Only 8 pp total so highly recommend this tour.
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up to 8 guests
July 2024