Early morning Cruise —Canals all to ourselves

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Experience hosted by Captain Dave

90 mins, Hosted in 5 languages
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Private groups available for up to 12.
Includes food, drinks, transportation, and equipment

What you'll do

We will have an exclusive Morning boat tour through the Amsterdam canals before the city comes alive. Discover the stillness of the canals while enjoying the early morning fog, the singing birds, and the beautiful morning sun.

In the early morning, the reflection of the houses accentuates in the canal water, like a natural mirror creating a dreamlike reversed image of reality—an incredible sensation.

We offer an Early Morning boat tour at 8 am and 10 am (90 minutes each) including food & drinks: coffee, tea, fresh orange juice, and croissants on board.

PRIVATE TOURS on request. Private boat tours are also available in the afternoon and evening. Drinks, lunch, dinner, and snack plate on demand. Please send a message to info@captaindave.nl with your wishes.

Your captain is your host and guide in-one, giving you a unique perspective of the city in our 1928 former Dutch Government boat —toilet on board. The boat is 100% electric and for any weather conditions comfortable. Rain or shine!

See you onboard!
Captain Dave

#captaindaveamsterdam

Other things to note
We are experts but do not give a masterclass in history. The tour will be relaxing, informative and fun. We cruise like a local in a small setting with many photo opportunities.

—Award Winner Best Boat Tour Amsterdam 2019 & # 5 best-rated Airbnb Experiences Worldwide
We will have an exclusive Morning boat tour through the Amsterdam canals before the city comes alive. Discover the stillness of the canals while enjoying the early morning fog, the singing birds, and the beautiful morning sun.

In the early morning, the reflection of the houses accentuates in the canal water, like a natural mirror creating a dreamlike reversed image of reality—an incredible sensation.

We offer an Early Morn…

What's included

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  • Food
    Freshly baked croissants from the local artisan bakery —gluten-free and veg...
  • Drinks
    Coffee, Tea and Fresh Orange Juice
  • Transport
    We cruise in an incredibly special boat; the 1928 former Dutch government b...
  • Equipment
    —Fully electric boat, emission-free
    —Boat with insurance and official...

Meet your host, Captain Dave

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 2,406 Reviews
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Hi, here Captain Dave. As a fully licensed captain I am happy to show you my passion for Amsterdam and share the amazing early morning views. To be the only one on the canals is a great thrill you must experience.

Since 2021 we cruise in the former Dutch Government boat, the Jonckvrouw (Lady), from 1928, which was used by heads of state, mayors, and our Dutch royal family. Our boat is fully electric, has a sunroof, sliding windows, open aft deck, and toilet on board.

Thanks to our guests, we:
—have over 3000 five-star reviews in total
—are listed in the Top 5 of Airbnb's Highest Rated Experiences Worldwide
—are prize winner 'Boat Tour of the Year 2019 for Amsterdam'
—are featured in 'Weekend Breaks With Gregg Wallace' S1 Ep4 - Amsterdam

See you onboard,
Captain Dave Amsterdam

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Hi, here Captain Dave. As a fully licensed captain I am happy to show you my passion for Amsterdam and share the amazing early morning views. To be the only one on the canals is a great thrill you must experience.

Since 2021 we cruise in the former Dutch Government boat, the Jonckvrouw (Lady), from 1928, which was used by heads of state, mayors, and our Dutch royal family. Our boat is fully electric, has a sunroof, sliding windows, open aft deck, and toilet on board.

Tha…
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Mon, 9 Aug
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Where you'll be

We start our boat tour at the Prinsengracht, crossing the three main canals with their luxury 17th-century houses. We stop by The Seven Bridges for a stunning photo opportunity, we go on the famous canals and enter the small canals where the big boats can't come and more.

Because we are non-scripted guides, we decide our route based on the group composition and the time of day.

Whichever way we choose, there will be many photo opportunities

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 2,406 reviews.

Youba
October 2020
If you are coming to Amsterdam and thinking about to do a canal tour this experience is the best you can do. Captain Dave is a phenomenal human being with great sense of humor mixed with a high level of professionality and knowledge. Highly recommended must DO in Amsterdam
If you are coming to Amsterdam and thinking about to do a canal tour this experience is the best you can do. Captain Dave is a phenomenal human being with great sense of humor mix…
Alexandru
September 2020
Calm and relaxing cruise on the Amsterdam canals. Like riding a boat with a friend discussing all types of facts about the city
Crystal
September 2020
I had a super nice and extraordinary morning on the Canal!! It’s totally out of my expectation!! I knew Amsterdam is so beautiful but I didn’t know it is even prettier than ever in the morning!! Captain Dave is super friendly, humor and knowledgeable. You could experience different Amsterdam with Captain Dave. Totally recommended!!
I had a super nice and extraordinary morning on the Canal!! It’s totally out of my expectation!! I knew Amsterdam is so beautiful but I didn’t know it is even prettier than ever in…
Christine
September 2020
Eine launige Bootstour, die allen viel Spaß gemacht hat. Wir bekamen einen eindrucksvollen Einblick in die Welt der Grachten. Auch für das leibliche Wohl war bestens gesorgt, und hat zur guten Laune an Board beigetragen. Wir haben die Tour sehr genossen. Sie war jeden Cent wert! Unbedingt buchen!
Eine launige Bootstour, die allen viel Spaß gemacht hat. Wir bekamen einen eindrucksvollen Einblick in die Welt der Grachten. Auch für das leibliche Wohl war bestens gesorgt, und h…
Angèle
September 2020
I definitely recommend it! Everything was perfect, we had such a good weather, and all our needs were taken care of. Really a great experience, and a unique way to visit the city 👌🏼
Juliette
September 2020
Just the best experience in Amsterdam ! We booked this activity by curiosity but this was a unique tour. There were no other boats, everythings is quiet, Captain Dave is super interesting and friendly, breakfast is served on board, ... This is a thing to do if you are in Amsterdam, I strongly recommend it !
Just the best experience in Amsterdam ! We booked this activity by curiosity but this was a unique tour. There were no other boats, everythings is quiet, Captain Dave is super inte…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 2 and up can attend.