River tourism and cruises
Getting to know one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands on board a houseboat will be an unforgettable experience.
Picturesque villages and famous flower fields stretch along the canals. From spring to autumn, the Netherlands is full of colours and atmosphere with its local fairs and festivals.
Start your cruise from any of the ports we have and navigate through the many canals of Holland to discover its nature, the famous mills, its cities … During your tour you can fish, walk along the banks of the river, have a picnic on board or beside the canals …
To the north, starting from the port of Woudsend, you will find the city of Sneek, the second largest city in Friesland, the main center of an agricultural area, as well as one of the largest yacht ports in the country. Ideal for water sports in its wide and beautiful lakes. You can also navigate to Workum to discover the picturesque houses that line the canal and disembark to stroll through its charming shopping streets. This area is ideal for resting and outdoor activities.
On the other hand, from other ports, take the opportunity to go to the canals of Amsterdam, where boating is a way of life. Discover its historical heritage, its charming canal cafes, its colourful markets and dairies. Amsterdam has an unparalleled network of cycle paths, so do not miss the opportunity to rent bikes and then visit this and other wonderful cities.
Further, south, sail to Utrecht, a rather small but very beautiful city. In addition, to the north, Edam with its windmills and splendid fauna.
Discover, thanks to river tourism, the richness of the Dutch heritage from a different point of view.
Discover the beauty of the Frisian-Amsterdam coast.
The water is inextricably linked to Holland, a country built by the sea and the rivers that flow through its bucolic plains. As you navigate the canals of Amsterdam, you will pass windmills, tulip fields of a thousand colours, fascinating cities and cosmopolitan cities, which you can explore without haste in a unique journey.
History and heritage
The Friesland-Amsterdam region is home to many places of historical and artistic interest, particularly in the cities of Amsterdam and Utrecht. In Amsterdam you can visit the Anne Frank house, the royal palace and the Dom square. In Utrecht you can visit the Stadskasteel Oudaen, a fortified house transformed into a brewery.
The Lake District is one of the most popular places in Europe for water sports. In Friesland-Amsterdam, sailing is not only a hobby, but a lifestyle. In Sneek and Grouw you can practice canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing.
Holland is famous for its flat terrain, tulip fields and restored windmills. It’s wonderful to cycle through the Friesland-Amsterdam region and stop in a small town to try steamed oysters and mussels, accompanied by a pint of beer.
Amsterdam was founded around 1200 as a fishing village, and the first dam was built at that time. By 1400 it had become an important trading port and continued to grow to become one of the largest financial centers in Europe in the 18th century. As a consequence of its expansion, three concentric canals were built around the center of the city. Narrow streets and secondary canals were added later, which ended up shaping the current image of Amsterdam, with more than 90 islands and 1280 bridges.
Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague … many cities in the Netherlands are famous for their beautiful canals. In the past they were mainly used for transport, water management or defence of cities, but today their use is mainly recreational. Rent a boat, canoe or Jet Ski and see the city from a very different perspective!
In Amsterdam there are also several places where you can rent water bikes and easily explore the beautiful canals of the city. You can rent your jet ski at the Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein Square, Anne Frank’s house and on the corner of Keizergracht and Leidsestraat.
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