Historical Canal Cruise Amsterdam

Historic Amsterdam cruise from €67.50 p/p

The rich history of Amsterdam is reflected in the water. The breweries on the canals, the old merchant houses, the inconspicuous (sheltered) churches, the courtyards, the museums but also the houseboats along the canals give the city its unique character.

Rederij Mokum organizes a cruise through the history of Amsterdam in authentic salon boats. On board the salon boat, our Amsterdam guide will tell you about the secret, romantic and unknown places of the city.

Cruise through the history of Amsterdam

Sailing through Amsterdam, through wonderful stories from the skipper/guide, the history of the city comes to life. On board you can really experience the atmosphere of the city. Drink a delicious gin from Stokerij van Wees. Enjoy our Amsterdam snacks with real beef sausage and Amsterdam pickles from De Leeuw….

During a two-hour cruise you will get to know Amsterdam in a different way. Our guide will take you to places you normally wouldn’t go. Are you about to organize a company outing, or do you want to surprise the family with an original party, then inquire about our Historical Amsterdam Cruise.

Would you like to learn the secrets of the city? Book a Historical Amsterdam Cruise

What can you expect from Rederij Mokum

  • Private two-hour boat tour
    Including skipper and guide
  • Reception with Amsterdam drinks from ‘van Wees’
  • Unlimited Dutch bar
    Beer, good ones! wine and soft drinks
  • Well filled bowls with Amsterdam snacks
    – Authentic Amsterdam beef sausage
    – Real Amsterdam liver sausage
    – Amsterdam grill sausage
    – Amsterdam sour
    – Old and young cheese
    – Optional Amsterdam bitterballen
    – Vega also possible
  • Departure and arrival from our home port
    >Room Mate Aitana hotel, 10 minutes walk from CS)
  • Parking garagewith more than enough spaces
    Paid parking at your own expense
  • From price €67.50 per person ex VAT
    >Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 15 guests. span>
    We also provide packages for fewer guests. Please note that the price per person will then be higher.
  • Did you know that we are also the publishers of the one and only Amsterdam Sailing Guide?
    You will receive one upon departure.
Historical Canal Cruise Amsterdam

Our ships

The ships used for the Historical Amsterdam Cruise are at least 100 years old and have an impressive past. Whether it concerns a saloon boat, tow barge or former cargo ship, authenticity is paramount. The skipper and the guide know a lot about the ships.

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History of the Amsterdam canals

The Dutch capital Amsterdam is known for its canals. The 17th-century canal belt with the main canals (Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht) and a part of the surrounding area were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List on August 1, 2010.

A dam was constructed in the Amstel around 1270. The city center of Amsterdam emerged in the Late Middle Ages on both sides of the canalized and dammed part of the Amstel (modern Damrak and Rokin). Aeme Stelle Redamme is medieval Dutch for: “Dam in a watery area”.

After the growth of the city in the 16th century, the center was further expanded and new canals were needed. The origins of the canal belt as we know it today came during the Golden Age. In 1612, mayor Frans Hendricksz. Oetgens said that the city had to expand to accommodate all residents and traders. For this reason, the Keizersgracht, named after the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, the Herengracht, named after the Lords of the City of Amsterdam and the Prinsengracht, named after the Prince of Orange, were excavated.

Golden Age

Amsterdam’s three main canals were dug at the same time. An ambitious expansion project by ‘Stadstimmerman’ Cornelis Staets was accepted and implemented by the municipality in 1612. When completed 50 years later, the city was four times as large and had the most efficient and dense waterway system in the world. Through a spider web of connecting canals, merchant goods from all over the world could be delivered to the doors of more than a thousand warehouses. A fleet of thousands of barges and barges provided the ‘pipeline’ to the port. At that time, more freight was dragged through the canals by rowing, booming or with a pull-along rope than would even be possible today with trucks along those canals.

The skinny castle Amsterdam

On the Amstel near the Keizersgracht and the Prinsengracht you will find the Magere Brug. With the characteristic lights and narrow path, this is truly a unique bridge in the city. The Skinny Bridge got its name because of its width and the lean years in which the bridge was renovated. When you visit the bridge at dusk or sunrise, you will find out why people find the Magere Brug so enchanting.

The golden bend

This is the part of the canals where the wealthiest merchants, statesmen, artists and bankers used to live. And actually still live or have an office. The house of the mayor of Amsterdam, for example, can be found on the corner of Herengracht and Vijzelstraat. The canal houses on this part of the Herengracht are larger and wider than those of the rest of the canals. That is also why only really rich people could afford these houses. The canal houses in the Golden Bend are built in a style that harks back to the time of the ancient Greeks and have marble halls and high stucco ceilings. It’s definitely worth checking out! Both inside and out.