Amsterdam Lights Festival: Water Color Cruise

Starting from
Centrum, Amsterdam

Your Experience

This winter, Amsterdam will light up once again during the Amsterdam Light Festival. Enjoy a 75-minute cruise through Amsterdam’s iconic canals and be amazed by the beautiful works of "light-art" by contemporary artists from around the world.

During the darkest days of the year, the city is brightly illuminated with sculptures, projections and installations using light as the universal language. The festival is best seen from the water and with the Water Colors Cruise by Lovers Canal Cruises, you will enjoy exclusive front row seats.

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  • The Water Colors Cruise will take you on an evening cruise with spectacular views of the enchantingly lit up city during the Amsterdam Light Festival, which takes place during the city's darkest and coldest months of the year.
  • With over 35 exclusive pieces of art from select artists, architects and designers from all over the world, this is the perfect opportunity to take some stunning photographs of this unique festival.
  • Onboard, you will be able to gather information about the displays as you take in one masterpiece after another.
  • With this year's theme being "The Medium is the Message", your cruise gives you the chance to get up close and personal and see all the lights from the best angle possible and to really see the medium in a whole new light.
  • Take advantage of our exclusive, limited offer which offers a discounted price that's valid from November 29th, 2018 to January 20th, 2019! Grab your tickets early and don't miss out on the special cruise that includes sights of the light artifacts and sculptures of the Amsterdam Light Festival.

Know Before You Go

Important Information

The cruise has two departure points - Prins Hendrikkade and Leidsekade. Please choose the departure point at the time of booking as per your convenience.


This tour is approximately 75 minutes long. Please note that you might have to wait for about 30 minutes to board, depending on the crowd.

The tour departs every 20 minutes from Prins Hendrikkade, from 5:00 PM to 9:40 PM. The tour departs every 45 minutes from Leidsekade, from 5:00 PM to 9:40 PM.

Reduced Price Tickets

Children below the age of 4 enter for free. Child tickets (4-13 years of age) are available at a reduced price of €10.

Please select the right profile type for your group during checkout. Warning: Ensure that you are carrying a valid ID of the members in your group if you select any reduced price tickets during checkout.

Getting There

The tour departs from Prins Hendrikkade and Leidsekade.

By Public Transport: Prins Hendrikkade is a 2-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. Leidsekade is 16 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station.

By Car: You can park your car at the parking lot below the quay of Lovers Canal Cruises.

Audio Guide Languages

English | Dutch

Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

You may cancel this experience up to 24 hours prior to the tour.

How to Redeem Your Tickets

You will receive an email with your Amsterdam Lights Festival: Water Color Cruise vouchers shortly. You may display your voucher on your mobile phone with valid photo ID at the box office/ticketing counter at the venue to collect your physical tickets.

Meeting Point

To get to the box office/ticketing counter, proceed to the Lindbergh Tour and Travel office located at Damrak 26, 1012 LJ Amsterdam to redeem your mobile vouchers for physical tickets. You will have to go to the start point of the cruise on your own.


The exclusive discounted offer is available from November 29th, 2018 to January 20th, 2019.

  • A special cruise that passes alongside the sculptures and light artifacts of the Amsterdam Light Festival.
  • Information onboard the cruise is available in English.
  • Audio guide in Dutch and English.
  • Special discounted offers valid till 30th November, 2018.
  • Kindly arrive 20 minutes before the specified time to exchange your vouchers.

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