Utrecht Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Utrecht Cruises & boat tours

Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

1. Utrecht: City Canal Cruise

See the highlights of Utrecht's medieval inner city during a cruise on the Oudegracht canal. Learn about the city's history as you pass centuries-old buildings, canal houses, wharf cellars, and the Dom Tower. Exchange your voucher at the ticket office and collect your audioguide. Then, descend the 21 steps to the waterside to board your boat. Once you are settled, the boat will set off along the Oudegrachtn (Old Canal). Admire the oldest part of the city, which dates back to Roman times. Then, pass the highest church tower in the Netherlands, the Dom Tower. Marvel at other significant historical buildings along the route. After half an hour, arrive at the city's outer moat, a former defensive structure. Learn about the old strongholds and casemates there. Take photos of the beautiful Zocherpark. See the Railway Museum or Hoog Catharijne, the largest mall in the Netherlands, from the water. Return to the Oudegracht canal and watch people enjoying themselves on the wharves. Try and spot the typical wharf cellars. Once back on dry land, you will have a good idea of what you want to visit next.

Vecht River: Private Tour Sightseeing Cruise

2. Vecht River: Private Tour Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a private tour and a sightseeing cruise along the Vecht River. Admire the views of scenic castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates with their tea domes and colorful gardens along the route. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at an exclusive restaurant, overlooking the river. Start from your hotel or a central location of your choice in Amsterdam. Your private party will be picked up by the guide with a comfortable car and driven to the Vecht river to board on a classical open-topped boat. Toast with a glass of bubbly and enjoy the next two hours cruising by stunning castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates with their tea domes and vibrant gardens. Listen to tales of life along the river by a local skipper/guide, and get a good impression of the summer life of the wealthy merchants in the Dutch golden age. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner of your choice at a classy restaurant with a terrace at the river. After this relaxing private tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Vecht River: Full-day Cruise with Lunch

3. Vecht River: Full-day Cruise with Lunch

Start your journey from your hotel or a central location of your choice in Amsterdam. Your private party will be picked up by car and driven to the Vecht River to jump aboard a classical open-topped boat. Cruise along the Vecht River, one of the most beautiful rivers in the Netherlands on this full-day private tour. Admire the iconic sights of mesmerizing castles, old draw bridges, and 17th-century river estates. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at an exclusive restaurant, overlooking the river. Best of all, with this customized tour, you can choose to make a stop to visit one of the museums, windmills, or take a guided tour around Slot Zuylen. The flexibility allows your party to see the sights that you want too. Make sure you bring your camera as you don't want to miss taking great pictures.

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What people are saying about Utrecht

It was a lovely autumn day so great time for the boat tour & to get out in the country. Pick up and drop off were good for us. Only difficulty for us was access on & off boat. Also, we would suggest option of some photo ops in small towns instead of the lunch.

Great tour, informative, our Captain was friendly and funny and the boat ride was comfortable. Only 4 people on board so he went out of his way to make the experience more personal for us

Nice experience and also possible in wet weather as it is covered. Nice captain and interesting sights from the water perspective.

Great little boat trip. Very picturesque and really informative. Great value for money, would definitely recommend

Good to go for the first boat trip of the day, good to get an idea of Utrecht before exploring on foot.