Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise

About this tour
  • 90 minutes
  • Family friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible
€ 26,50
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About this activity

€ 26,50
Wheelchair accessible
Please check the information in the description below for more information on how to book a wheelchair accessible boat.
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You will immediately receive your vouchers in your e-mail
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Official Amsterdam Light Festival audio guide
Dutch and English
Departure location
Stadhouderskade 501, 1071 ZD Amsterdam (opposite Hard Rock Cafe)

Important information

Are you looking for tickets for the Amsterdam Light Festival? Then you’ve come to the right place! We offer the official Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise, where you’ll explore Amsterdam in a heated, covered canal boat. During this cruise, you’ll not only experience the unique atmosphere of Amsterdam at night, but also spot the most beautiful light artworks.

For Amsterdam Light Festival 2023-2024, artists have been asked to consider the effects of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) on our everyday lives. The ways in which we communicate, engage and create are all impacted by technology and AI. What is the impact on the human condition? How does society change because of this digital evolution? And where are the boundaries? The different perspectives will be highlighted during Edition 12, with the theme: LOADING… Revealing Art, AI and Tech.

From the comfort of our heated boats, you’ll enjoy a 90 minute canal cruise past all of the light artworks. During the cruise, you’ll listen to the official Amsterdam Light Festival audio guide which we offer in English and Dutch.

NB; some of the photos used show artworks from previous editions.

What can you expect during our Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise?

Amsterdam is already magical at night – the city is just a bit quieter and the lights of the bridges give it a beautiful atmosphere, but during the light festival there’s even more magic. The beautifully lit artworks will pass you one after another during our 90-minute canal cruise. So keep your camera ready, because you’ll be photographing a lot of beautiful sights!

During our Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise, you can listen to the official audio story which tells you all the stories about the artworks and the artists.

When does Blue Boat offer the Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruises?

During the entire period of the Amsterdam Light Festival (November 30, 2023 to January 21, 2024), we offer our Amsterdam Light Festival cruises. Our boats depart from our dock opposite Hard Rock Cafe at Stadhouderskade 501. Please check our booking widget for the actual departure times.

Please note: we do not offer cruises on Christmas Day (25-12-2021) and New Year’s Eve (31-12-2021).

Optional: add a snackbox or our wine and cheese offer to your booking and enjoy some snacks and drinks during your canal cruise! The snackbox includes chips, popcorn, stroopwafels, salted peanuts and a drink of your choice (soft drink, beer or wine). The wine and cheese offer includes two cans of wine, cheese biscuits and Dutch cheese.

Are the Amsterdam Light Festival cruises wheelchair accessible?

Yes! Blue Boat is the only canal cruise company with wheelchair accessible boats. However, not all our boats are wheelchair friendly. This means that if there’s a guest in a wheelchair in the group, a reservation must be made in advance. Select one of the following time slots to get on a boat that is wheelchair accessible: 7 PM or 9 PM. Then indicate during the booking process via the ‘note’ field that there is a wheelchair in the group or contact our reservations department to inform us of this. Our reservations department can be reached by email at You can also call us daily between 9AM and 5PM at 020 – 679 1370.

Is the Amsterdam Light Festival also fun for kids?

Yes, kids love watching the beautifully lit up artworks in the canals of Amsterdam!

If you are looking for a cruise specifically for children, we also recommend our Kids Cruise. Please note: this is a regular Kids Cruise that doesn’t pass by the Amsterdam Light Festival artworks.

Where can I buy tickets for the Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise?

You can easily buy your tickets for the Amsterdam Light Festival on our website days or hours in advance. After your booking, download our app and you’ll have your tickets directly on your phone. You can simply show this at the ticket office, so you don’t even have to print your tickets. Handy, right?

Of course, you can also decide at the last minute to buy tickets at our ticket office. However, to avoid crowds, we always recommend booking your tickets in advance.

Where do I hop on for my Amsterdam Light Festival cruise?

Our Amsterdam Light Festival cruises depart from Stadhouderskade 501, opposite Hard Rock Cafe.

Are you ready to cruise through the canals and see stunning works of light art? Book your Amsterdam Light Festival cruise tickets now at Blue Boat!