Amsterdam is a city practically surrounded by water with plenty of canals running through it. And the best way to see the city is from the water. To do that, skip the large canned cruises offered by the big boats and venture out on one of the smaller boats. We found two companies that offer reasonable and enjoyable options.
Those Dam Boat Guys – three West Coast guys from North America, now residing in Amsterdam, offer laid back and interactive canal tours for up to 11 people.
The entertaining and informative tours last about 2 1/2 hours and include a bit of history, a few significant sights, and details about life in Amsterdam. Almost anything goes on these boats, so feel free to pack a picnic and BYOB. Those Dam Boat Guys lead three tours per day; select your cruise time when you purchase your tickets.
Groups meet in front of Cafe Wester on Prinsengracht in the Jordaan Neighborhood, across from the Anne Frank House. Tour rates (20.00€ per person at the time of our visit) are reasonable and you may even get to man the helm.