Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights
Festival of Light is the annual canal event. Don’t miss out!
During the Amsterdam FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (2 December to 23 January 2022), international light artists display their artwork and illuminate the city center.
The Festival of Lights is one of the ten best winter festivals in Europe.
— The Guardian
We follow a special route to see the best of the Light Exhibition: we go onto the Amstel River, the New Emperor’s Canal, Plantage Muidergracht, Entrepotdok, Eastern Dock and Old Rampart. We end at the same location as started.
The Captain will be your captain, host, and guide in-one and give you a unique perspective of the city.
Join us and enjoy a first-class view from our luxury boat!
—first class view at the festival of lights
toilet on board
—the festival of lights tour
- Most famous boat in Amsterdam
- 100% electric, no engine sound
- 6 love seats, 12 guests
- Toilet on board
- Covered lounge
- Sliding roof and windows
- Open afterdeck
- Heating system
- Heated seats
- Extra blankets
- 75-minute cruise
- A non-scripted guide/ captain
- Mulled wine and hot chocolate
- First class view of the canals of Amsterdam— Festival of Lights
Dock Prinsengracht 579, 1017 CE Amsterdam
5:00, 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30 pm
Returns to the original departure point.
- Adult (11+): 29 EUR
- Child (3-10): 21 EUR
- Infant (0-2): Free
- Private Charter: from 185 EUR
Bring a smile and a camera. We’ll provide everything else!
Plan your trip
—Prinsengracht 579, amsterdam center
HEAR WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE TO SAY
—ABOUT the festival of lights tour
Quite boats tour in the morning - you have the canals for yourself when the city is still asleep This was one of our highlights of our trip. We had the early morning tour and the canals were completely... read more165joanat
The cruise was very comfortable, even in the heavy rain. Excellent pastries and refreshments, my boys loved the hot chocolate!... read moreCarl
We enjoyed so much with Captain Dave, even in this cold weather, we had butt warmers, blankets and hot... read moreCatalina
This was our second time cruising the canals of Amsterdam with Captain Dave, and was every bit as enjoyable as... read moreChris And Mary
Wow! This was way better than I had expected. Capt Dave provided extras that made trip more comfortable... read moreAlexandra
When I first saw this listed I was excited to see that the Holiday Festival of Lights continued through January... read moreAndrew
Dave was very quick in response but unfortunately fell ill before our canal tour and was able to reschedule our... read moreAisling
Captain Dave provided our group with an unforgettable experience. The stories Captain Dave told along with his awesome personality made... read morePaul
Great experience - must-do if you're in Amsterdam during the Festival of Lights! Cozy ride with blankets and heated seats... read moreMichelle
Such an amazing tour of the Festival of Lights with great stories and histories of Amsterdam and the canals! Highly... read moreShauna
We loved Captain Dave and his tour of the light festival. Was a great combination of cultural education and hilarity.... read moreJessica
Captain Dave was absolutely exceptional. Not only were his stories of Amsterdam great to hear, his boat creates a personal... read moreMiriam
Captain Dave is passionate about providing a wonderful environment for his guests. He is humorous and knowledgeable and goes out... read moreKim
Ahoy there Captain Dave!
Exceptional trip with the Cap, free flowing mulled wine and clever bum warming seats ensures even... read moreVictoria
Captain Dave was the perfect host. His craft was a perfect size for a nice (almost private ) night tour... read moreJoseph
Great way to spend an evening, learning about the city and experiencing the light festival. Dave was great fun and... read moreSiobhan
This was a great tour of the light art festival, captain Dave is a great entertainer.Claus
It was a wonderful evening. Captain Dave was very proud of his heritage and willingness shared it with us.Joseph
Dave is certainly exceptional ! Although we booked our cruise for the light festival and it was shutdown on the... read moreArvind
Dave is super cool, you can lean some really awesome knowledge about building, culture, people... we took the trip on... read moreLin Shan
Great experience, the boat tour during the light festival is special with many beautiful artworks. Captain Dave is welcoming... read moreCo
Book this! It’s a fun cozy boat with heated seat pillows, blankets and a great captain! Dave know... read moreAlisa
Captain Hans filled in and did an amazing job! The sunrise looked absolutely beautiful in the canals and there was... read moreJacob
Dave was well organised, friendly and informative. He got us on the boat very quickly once the previous group were... read moreRobert
Great tour! Good way to see the light show. Captain Dave was very knowledgeable about the different art pieces. He... read moreEne
what a fun tour! we loved the boat and the coziness with warm blankets, hot chocolate etc. thanks Captain Dave! ✈️Stefanie
Fantastic adventure, must do while in Amsterdam! 🙂
Captain Dave’s canal cruise was the best way to discover real Amsterdam with... read moreMJ, Yeju
Great boat tour with Captain Dave for the Light Festival! Always has the joke to make you laugh and we... read moreAlexandra
This was such a great experience which made our visit to Amsterdam really special. I would really recommend this boat... read moreNadine
The tour started at Herengracht 605, opposite a museum. This was easy to locate and instructions from Captain Dave were... read moreVeena
Captain Dave was very personable and funny. He created a magical experience for us and our fellow passengers, and allowed... read moreCasey
It was hard to find experiences in Amsterdam that suited both myself and my teenage daughter, but this small group... read moreLana
The canal tour was wonderful! Captain Dave was friendly and made all of us,including my kids, feel welcome! We loved... read moreAshley
A great way to enjoy the Christmas lights. Captain Dave is a wonderful host who goes out of his way... read moreAlasdair
Captain Dave does a wonderful job of sharing his passion for his city. We learned a lot, enjoyed seeing the... read moreDanelle
Super fun trip looking at the light festival. Dave was able to give background info on the displays which added... read moreRyan
Ride with Captain Dave was one of the highlights of our Amsterdam trip, learned so much more than we could... read moreMichal
Great tour to see the lights of Amsterdam! Dave made it personable and fun for the night. ... read moreCris
An amazing boat ride! It was a very cold and rainy night, but we were warm with the heated seats... read moreJennifer
A ton of fun! And there was plenty of hot wine and hot chocolate aboard the boat!Jackie
CAPTAIN DAVE'S boat TOURS
—every day an adventure
—Canals all to ourselves
A must do when in Amsterdam! Empty canals, magnificent views. Early morning cruise with coffee, hot tea, fresh orange juice & pastries
—Before the hustle and bustle
Cruise the canals before the city gets crowded. Morning cruise with coffee, hot tea, fresh orange juice & small pastries
—explore the canals
Informative, fun, and entertaining cruise from noon till 10 pm. All-inclusive afternoon/ evening cruise with open bar, bitterballen and snacks
—cruise in style
Want to celebrate or sail with family, friends, or colleagues? Take a Private Tour. Champagne on demand
In 2017, Captain Dave decided to quit his job, rent a luxury boat and do what he loves most, sailing the Amsterdam canals.
Three years later, he got the chance to buy the former 1928 government boat! We now proudly sail in our first-class boat – The Royal Lady.
Our boat tours are informative, fun, and entertaining and are sure to be the highlight of your visit.
We cruise like a local in a small group environment. Rain or shine!
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