Festival of Lights

—Edition #10

Light Festival Amsterdam Boat Tour 2


small group, up to 12
75 minutes
dec 2, 2021 to jan 23, 2022
mulled wine & hot chocolate
adult €29, child (3-10) €21

Festival of Lights

—Edition #10

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

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covered lounge
open afterdeck
toilet on board


your captain
your guide
your Host


boat tour


small group

Why choose

—the festival of lights tour

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You get a first-class view of the open-air light art exhibition while enjoying a mulled wine or hot chocolate. In one word; AWESOME!
  • 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

Departure Point
Dock Prinsengracht 579, 1017 CE Amsterdam

Departure Time
5:00, 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30 pm

Return Details
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

—Real-time availability

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meeting point

—Prinsengracht 579, amsterdam center


—ABOUT the festival of lights tour

  • 5 star ratingQuite 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 more

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    Chris And Mary
  • Wow! This was way better than I had expected. Capt Dave provided extras that made trip more comfortable... read more

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    Dave was very quick in response but unfortunately fell ill before our canal tour and was able to reschedule our... read more

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    Captain Dave provided our group with an unforgettable experience. The stories Captain Dave told along with his awesome personality made... read more

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  • Great experience - must-do if you're in Amsterdam during the Festival of Lights! Cozy ride with blankets and heated seats... read more

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    Such an amazing tour of the Festival of Lights with great stories and histories of Amsterdam and the canals! Highly... read more

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    We loved Captain Dave and his tour of the light festival. Was a great combination of cultural education and hilarity.... read more

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    Captain Dave was absolutely exceptional. Not only were his stories of Amsterdam great to hear, his boat creates a personal... read more

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  • Captain Dave is passionate about providing a wonderful environment for his guests. He is humorous and knowledgeable and goes out... read more

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    Ahoy there Captain Dave!
    Exceptional trip with the Cap, free flowing mulled wine and clever bum warming seats ensures even...
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    Captain Dave was the perfect host. His craft was a perfect size for a nice (almost private ) night tour... read more

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    Great way to spend an evening, learning about the city and experiencing the light festival. Dave was great fun and... read more

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  • This was a great tour of the light art festival, captain Dave is a great entertainer.

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    It was a wonderful evening. Captain Dave was very proud of his heritage and willingness shared it with us.

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    Dave is certainly exceptional ! Although we booked our cruise for the light festival and it was shutdown on the... read more

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    Dave is super cool, you can lean some really awesome knowledge about building, culture, people... we took the trip on... read more

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  • Great experience, the boat tour during the light festival is special with many beautiful artworks. Captain Dave is welcoming... read more

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    Captain Hans filled in and did an amazing job! The sunrise looked absolutely beautiful in the canals and there was... read more

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    Dave was well organised, friendly and informative. He got us on the boat very quickly once the previous group were... read more

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  • Great tour! Good way to see the light show. Captain Dave was very knowledgeable about the different art pieces. He... read more

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    what a fun tour! we loved the boat and the coziness with warm blankets, hot chocolate etc. thanks Captain Dave! ‍✈️

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    Fantastic adventure, must do while in Amsterdam! 🙂

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    Great boat tour with Captain Dave for the Light Festival! Always has the joke to make you laugh and we... read more

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  • This was such a great experience which made our visit to Amsterdam really special. I would really recommend this boat... read more

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    The tour started at Herengracht 605, opposite a museum. This was easy to locate and instructions from Captain Dave were... read more

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    Captain Dave was very personable and funny. He created a magical experience for us and our fellow passengers, and allowed... read more

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    It was hard to find experiences in Amsterdam that suited both myself and my teenage daughter, but this small group... read more

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  • The canal tour was wonderful! Captain Dave was friendly and made all of us,including my kids, feel welcome! We loved... read more

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    A great way to enjoy the Christmas lights. Captain Dave is a wonderful host who goes out of his way... read more

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    Captain Dave does a wonderful job of sharing his passion for his city. We learned a lot, enjoyed seeing the... read more

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    Super fun trip looking at the light festival. Dave was able to give background info on the displays which added... read more

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    An amazing boat ride! It was a very cold and rainy night, but we were warm with the heated seats... read more

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    A ton of fun! And there was plenty of hot wine and hot chocolate aboard the boat!

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