The best canal cruises in Amsterdam’s canals

Boat rental amsterdam

Rent a luxury open sloop for a beautiful cruise through Amsterdam’s canals

The sun on your face, a nice drink in your hand, while overlooking the beautiful mansions and houseboats. With our electric sloop you glide silently through Amsterdam’s canals. With a private captain and an optional hostess, you can enjoy all the beauty Amsterdam has to offer completely unburdened.

At the Amsterdam Boat Company, we go for a luxurious and relaxed look that fits the authentic Amsterdam picture. At the Mosi Jo, we offer several packages. Sound good? Book your boat now!

Our packages when you rent a boat in Amsterdam

Of course, with a nice drink in hand, it is even more enjoyable. From cocktails, wine, soda or a nice cold beer. Something for everyone! Also some snack to go with it? We have small bites like bitterballen to large platters of fruits de mer. Pizzas, burgers or put something together yourself? Send us a message for options.

  • Drinks

  • Snacks & drinks

  • Pizza & drinks

  • Gin & tonic

  • Wine & cheese

  • Compose your own

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Join us on board to get a great impression of what a trip with the Amsterdam Boat Company is like.


Highlights during Amsterdam canal cruise

Amsterdam is full of historical gems, from beautiful bridges and churches to world-renowned museums. Are there certain hot spots you would like to see? Let the skipper know and often the route can be altered a bit.

The skinny bridge

When Amsterdam was prospering in the Golden Age, a monumental wide bridge (made of stone) was planned on this spot during the fourth city expansion of 1663. This would connect Kerkstraat (which had the function of a transit street) to the other bank of the Amstel River. However, the disaster year of 1672 threw a spanner in the works, causing a major economic setback. As a result, the demand for building land decreased sharply. The other side of the Amstel (Nieuwe Herengracht, Nieuwe Keizersgracht, Nieuwe Prinsengracht) remained virtually undeveloped for a long time. A bridge was therefore unnecessary. Later, when some construction did occur in the late 17th century, it was decided to still build a bridge, but much cheaper (made of wood instead of stone) and narrower (leaner). From this came the name “Skinny Bridge.” (Source: Wikipedia)


The Prinsengracht in Amsterdam is a canal, which runs parallel to the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam Center. The canal, named after the Prince of Orange, is the fourth of the four main canals belonging to the ring of canals.

Construction began in 1612, at the initiative of Mayor Frans Hendricksz. Oetgens, after a design by city carpenter Hendrick Jacobsz Staets and city surveyor Lucas Jansz Sinck.

The part between Leidsegracht and Amstel belongs to the 1658 explanation. The last expansion included the section east of the Amstel River. This section was named Nieuwe Prinsengracht.

Continuing the Prinsengracht, between the Brouwersgracht and the Westerdok, is the Korte Prinsengracht.

Amstel Hotel

The U-shaped building was commissioned by Samuel Sarphati and designed by Cornelis Outshoorn in 1863. The original main façade was planned on the boulevard, now called Sarphatistraat. Despite problems with financing, the hotel opened in the summer of 1867. Although the original building plans envisioned four wings, it remained at one.

The Amstel Hotel in 2012 is a five-star hotel with 55 rooms and 24 suites. There are also a bar, a brasserie, a restaurant, a gym and a swimming pool, which may also be used by outsiders.

Our boats

  • Zaza (New!)

    • Number of passengers: 35
    • Includes captain

    • Toilet available

    Rent from €220 hourly

    • Elektrische open sloep
  • Mosi Jo

    • Number of passengers: 35
    • Includes captain

    • Toilet available

    Rent from €220 hourly

    • Elektrische open sloep


What do others think?


We’ve sailed with the Amsterdam Boat Company multiple times. The snacks and drinks are always well-catered and delicious. The boat is chic and very spacious; we regularly take clients along for an outing, and it’s always a great experience. Nothing is better than cruising through the Amsterdam canals.


Great service, beautiful boats, and very pleasant communication. We keep coming back!


We have had the pleasure of using the boats from Amsterdam Boat Company for various events. Very pleasant collaboration, good communication, and always beautiful boats.