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Best Amsterdam Light Festival Boat Tour

After going to the Amsterdam Light Festival three years in a row, this boat tour was my favorite way to see the festival.

The Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour happens in Amsterdam from last week of November to the first few weeks of January with over 36 installations and artworks from national and international artists, designers and architects. As the name exclaims, all the installations and artworks have lights incorporated in them, which make them dazzling to see at night!

I’ve gone to the Amsterdam Light Festival for three years in a row now. The first year, I biked around the canal loop. The second year, mainly because of my fibromyalgia, I walked around the walking portion, and this year, I went on a canal cruise! Yes, I’ve pretty much seen the Amsterdam Light Festival in every way possible.

Of those three years, my favorite way to see the Amsterdam Light Festival was by boat. There are so many reasons why seeing the festival by boat was my favorite, but if you keep on reading, you’ll find out the exact reasons why seeing it by boat made this yearly venture of mine so special.

Decided you already want to see it by boat? Buy your tickets here.


What You Get on a Amsterdam Light Festival Boat Tour

amsterdam light festival boat tour

Drink Service

As soon as we sat down, the hostess asked us what we wanted to drink. Mike got an espresso while I got a tea. We were barely done with these drinks, when we came around again. This time, we got warm gluhwein (aka spiced mulled wine). She kept on going around and around the group constantly refilling drinks, which were all included with our €20 canal ticket.

Over the whole night, Mike and I had Heinekens, hot Chocomel, glühwein, tea, and espresso. They also had soft drinks and wine as options!

Not only was she the drink hostess, but she also explained what the meaning behind each art installation to the group sitting on the inside of the boat. We couldn’t help but tip her €5 for the both of us for her fantastic service and attentiveness.

Friendly and Informative Tour Guides

You can walk around parts of the Amsterdam Light Festival or hop on a bike to do the entire loop. But this Amsterdam Light Festival cruise was my favorite way to see all these brilliant light installations because of the tour guides.

In the past couple of years, when I viewed the Amsterdam Light Festival on my own without a guide, I would start off looking at the lights, getting lost in them, and reading the full information boards that came with each installation, but as I moved on from each installation to installation, I would stop read the boards. They were information overload.

It was much more interesting and to the point with the cruise’s skipper and hostess giving us information in an engaging manner, making this tour great for both adults and kids.

You get free drinks included in your boat tour of the Amsterdam Light Festival and also top-notch service too!

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Comfortable and Intimate Boat Ride

I love that this Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour only takes in about 25 people on their boat rides. It makes it feel so much more intimate when you’re not packed into a giant boat, and you have access to chat with the hostess and the skipper if you want.

There’s soft cushions on the boat and blankets laying around everywhere so you can get really cozy with your friends and family while viewing the lights around the city.

I specifically decided to go on this boat tour because of their outdoor seating area, which is nice to sit out on to view the canals without a cover.

But don’t worry! If it rains, their boat has a clear cover on the sides and the top making it so you can still see everything around you.

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Enjoy this Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour like I did! You can get tickets here.

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