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Explore Amsterdam

Tickets for Water Colors Cruise - Amsterdam Light Festival

A great way to enjoy the city by night

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± 75 minutes
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Departures every 20 minutes between 17:00 and 21:40 (22:00 on Fri & Sat)
  • See the spectacular sculptures of the Amsterdam Light Festival from an angle you won't see on a walking tour
  • Stay snuggly and warm in the comfort of a heated Water Colors Cruise boat, with a Dutch or English audio guide to explain the sights
  • From 1 December to 22 January get a rare and magical view of Amsterdam. It happens but once a year, for just 55 days

From 1 December until 22 January, experience Amsterdam in a different light. Literally. This year, The Amsterdam Light Festival's theme is 'A View on Amsterdam', and that's exactly what you'll get from the heated bliss of a special canal boat on this tour: the very best view of Amsterdam. On for a limited time only.

The Amsterdam Light Festival consists of over 40 sculptures covered in twinkling lights, dotted throughout the city. They'll be illuminating the waterfront from 1 December to 22 January, turning the city into a flickering wonderland. This is one of the best times to take a canal boat tour of Amsterdam.

The Water Colors Cruise is full of magical atmosphere. As you float around the storybook canals, the reflections of these custom artworks - all created by select international artists - turn the canals of Amsterdam into dancing nighttime rainbows.

Listen to your audio guide in Dutch or English as you snuggle up and take in the views of the art and the city.

After your cruise, explore the events, performances, and workshops that create the magic of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Light up your life with one of the best things to do in Amsterdam this winter!

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What's included
  • 75-minute Water Colors Cruise
  • Food and drinks

Take this voucher to the Lovers Ticket Shop across from Centraal Station (when facing Centraal Station, walk to your left) and receive your tickets. Address: Prins Hendrikkade 25

Departure is from the Lovers Canal Cruise port, right beside the ticket shop. We advise you to arrive 20 minutes before your chosen timeslot.


The timeslot you book is just an estimate. Depending on the time of day and demand, your actual cruise time may vary.

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English and Dutch
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Getting There

Any public transport to Amsterdam Central.

Address: Prins Hendrikkade 25.

Insider tip

Yes, it might be a bit cold, but you'll enjoy the cruise a lot more if you sit in the back, where the boat is partially open. Just make sure to bring a good winter coat, a pair of gloves and a scarf.

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Desiree, Netherlands
Jan 20, 2017
This was a very great trip through the canals of Amsterdam, where several art items where on display. Our captain Flip moved his boat swiftly through the canals and paused at every art work to give people the time to take pictures. He also gave the necessary (humourous) explanation about the objects and buildings along the canals. This cruise is definitely worth it! If you're staying at Amsterdam between December and January you should try it out! My compliments to Flip, thanks for the lovely evening.
Birte, Netherlands
Jan 9, 2017
We had to wait in line for over an hour, although the ticket had been sold with a specific time of departure. Clearly they just kept selling tickets without having the space for the passengers, resulting in longer and longer waiting times. Asked why this was the case and why they were selling tickets indicating a time at all then, the service people could not give an answer.
Katherine , United Kingdom
Jan 8, 2017
This was an absolute highlight of our visit. My two teenage daughters loved it - as did I!
Ankit, Ireland
Jan 3, 2017
Great !!
Dieke, Netherlands
Jan 2, 2017
The light festival was gorgeous and I loved every minute of it.
Waiting to get into the boat (30+ minutes) was less than wonderful despite a DJ who did what he could to make the time go by more quickly. Towards the end of the trip we also noticed that there was a 'traffic jam of boats' so that the final part of the journey went slowly. Many of the children on board found this 'difficult'. Having said that, I enjoyed the trip enormously and loved seeing the lights. I would have given this trip a five star if I hadn't had to wait in line so long. I guess no one much likes that and I am no exception. I have recommended the trip to others and included the info about waiting. That way, it is not an unpleasant surprise...
Evdokia, Netherlands
Jan 2, 2017
Feelings was very special, many mystical. The capitain was very funny.
Linda , Netherlands
Dec 30, 2016
Long lines, long wait
Patricia , United States
Dec 29, 2016
Unique, sometimes pretty, some different history. Smelly boat (mildew), loud voiceover, stale jokes, soporific.
Michele, Netherlands
Dec 27, 2016
We picked our tickets up from the Lovers terminal no problem. However there is no priority boarding or beat the queue, everyone wAits for the next boat. The tour was good but the Captain could of done with being trained about what we were seeing, he told us he could not tell us. We were on the Nemo boat that had disco lights on the ceiling.
NABIN KUMAR, Netherlands
Dec 26, 2016
Excellent arrangement. Keep up

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