route Vecht River

What we offer

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LUXURY PRIVATE TOUR

Embark on a unique culinary and sightseeing experience with a luxury private tour & boat cruise on the historical Vecht River. This river was favored by the wealthy Dutch Golden Age merchants to escape the bustle of Amsterdam. Includes pick up & drop off from your hotel in/around Amsterdam for a seamless and memorable day trip.

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DINNER CRUISE

You will make a stop with the classical semi open boat at a great local restaurant with a terrace at the river for a multi-course dinner/lunch/high tea of your choice.

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TAILOR MADE

We can also tailor the tour for your specific interests, the Vecht River has many different -also UNESCO- type of sight seeings, and is considered as one of the most beautiful rivers of the Netherlands.

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Testimonials

Booked my husband and myself in for a canaltour for the Winter lightfestival in the canals of Amsterdam and it was a blast!! We had actually missed our boat, but we were there for the next and asked nicely if we could use it ! Our host was Martien and he was truly a wonderfull host, first he cleaned and tidied the boat, welcomed us aboard, gave us loads of blankets and cushion, so we would comfortable and not be cold! Offered us warm chocolate and Gluhwein and told us loads and loads about Amsterdam in general and the Festival of Light especially. We had a truly magnificent evening thanks to him!

 

– ColetteEP, Castricum, NLD, January 2018

Martin was a friendly host/skipper and he told us lots of interesting facts about the Winter light festival and the city of Amsterdam. Boat was half-covered but was nice and warm with the blankets and the mulled wine that were provided. Definitely worth a trip while in Amsterdam!

 

– Emmycharley, Manchester, UK, December 2017

SERVICES

Sunset Dinner cruise

“17th century summer life along the Vecht river”

Starting from your hotel in Amsterdam or a central location of your choice at 17.00pm, your private party will be picked up by the guide with a comfortable car and driven to the Vecht river in order to board on a classical open-topped boat. Next toast with a glass of bubbly, enjoy the next two hours cruising by scenic castles, old draw bridges and 17th century river estates with their tea domes and colorful gardens along the route. As your local skipper/guide spins tall tales of life on the river, you will get a good impression of the summer life of the wealthy merchants in the dutch golden age. Next, enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner of your choice at a classy restaurant with a terrace at the river. After this relaxing private tour of around 5 hours in total, you will be returned around 22.00pm to your hotel.

 

From EUR 145.00 all-in

BOOK SUNSET DINNER CRUISE

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Afternoon High Tea tour & cruise

Dutch Golden age along the Vecht river

Starting from your hotel in Amsterdam or a central location of your choice at 13.00pm, your private party will be picked up by the guide with a comfortable car. The guide will take you to the river and next via an ‘insider route” along the banks of the river to various tiny villages with old draw bridges and beautiful historical estates. Next board on a classical open-topped boat, toast with a glass of bubbly, enjoy the next two hours cruising by scenic castles and 17th century river estates with their tea domes and colorful gardens along the route. Your local skipper/guide will spin tall tales of life along the river from now and once. Enjoy a delicious High Tea at a classy restaurant with a terrace at the river. After this relaxing private tour of around 5 hours in total, you will be returned around 18.00pm to your hotel. 

 

From EUR 125.00 all-in 

BOOK AFTERNOON HIGH TEA TOUR & CRUISE

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Day tour & Lunch cruise

“Windmills along the Vecht river”

Starting from your hotel in Amsterdam or a central location of your choice at 10.00am (don’t forget your camera), your private party will be picked up by the guide with a comfortable car and driven to Muiden where the river Vecht flows into the IJ lake. After a welcome drink from the guide at an old dutch cafe with river view, you will be taken, along a ’insider’ windmill route, passing small old villages, to various historical windmills. The miller and guide will explain you how these powerful machines operate. Next a stop in order to board on a classical open-topped boat to enjoy the next one and a half hours cruising by scenic castles and 17th century river estates with their tea domes and colorful gardens, as your local skipper/guide spins tall tales of life along the river. Enjoy the delicious 2-course lunch of your choice at a great local restaurant with a terrace at the river. After this relaxing private tour of around 6 hours in total, you will be returned around 16.00pm to your hotel.

 

From EUR 135.00 all-in

BOOK DAY TOUR & LUNCH CRUISE

Tailor made tour & cruise 

 

One size doesn't fit all, so we are more than happy to tailor the tour on your request. The Vecht River area has almost too many interesting things to visit, but you are touring with an insider. So if you are for example interested in a specific theme in relation with the river, such as the historical Unesco water defense line ('Stelling van Amsterdam') and the related 'Hollandse waterlinie', we can adjust the tour for that in particular. Perhaps you would like to follow your ancient family roots in these area, or you want to combine a private boat cruise with paying a visit to the unique Healey sports car museum in Vreeland including hotel pick up/drop off. 

 

Another suggestion, to pay a visit to and do a guided tour with the Slot Zuylen Castle and his gardens, situated in the tiny pittoresk village of Oud-Zuilen and known by its most famous resident Belle van Zuylen (Isabelle de Charrière), writer of fame and feminist avant la lettre. 

 

Just let us know what you would like to do, and we will come up with a custimized proposal meeting your own dream day. 

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ABOUT US

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Vecht-River-Tours provide off the beaten track luxury private tours and boat cruises with a personal touch.

Our goal is simple; to give your private party a great relaxing, comfortable day with valuable memories to take home from the beautiful and historic Vecht river area. 

OUR TEAM

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Martien

Martien is a guide who has a big heart for the Vecht region. Born and raised along to the river Vecht, he is a real 'insider' with an extensive knowledge of both the Vecht region and Amsterdam. With cheerful enthusiasm, he makes sure as your host that you get to know the area. Living in Amsterdam, Martien is also a guide/skipper on the canals from Amsterdam and started his company Vecht River Tours in 2017.

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Bernadet

Bernadet is our secret force, with her partiality for delicious food and style, she makes sure that the food and beverages are excellent, either as dinner or lunch or high tea in great local restaurants, or with her famous “Bernadet's picnic basket" with tasty healthy food, fruits and drinks to enjoy in the stylish, classic boat. And non da ultimo.., Bernadet loves to practice her favorite language Italian.

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FAQ

We have some frequently asked questions and answers listed below, but if you have questions which are not answered on these site, please feel free to sent us an email or to give us a direct call.

What do you exactly mean with a private tour?

Vecht River Tours offers only guided tours for private parties (up to 4 persons). We offer your private party a seamless combination of a guided tour with a local guide by private car and boat including a tasty dinner, lunch or high tea. 

What can we expect to see during the tour and boat cruise?

You can expect an off the beaten track boat tour. The river Vecht is like a pearl necklace with various smaller and larger pearls of different colors. Medieval Castles, old windmills, historical river estates, romantic gardens with tea domes, traditional drawbridges, industrial heritage... All of this and more can be found along the river.

What are the language options for these tours?

Your host/guide speaks the following languages: English, Dutch, German and Italian*.  (* please notify us upfront if Italian) 

Can we tailor our private tour?

Sure, we like specials!. One size doesn't fit all, so we are happy to modify the tour depending on your wishes. We can tailor the tour to a specific theme of your interest, like maybe the UNESCO Dutch defense water line, or maybe you want to visit the unique Healey sports car museum, or maybe you want to follow the trail of your ancestors in these area. To give you an idea about what we can tailor: the times (possible throughout the day), the route by car and boat, the stops, the restaurant visit. If you for example want to visit a specific castle or typical local sight seeing, and/or want to skip the restaurant visit, we can arrange that. Just let us know and we will come up with a suggestion to meet your wishes and our possibilities. 

Can we choose the pick up/drop off location and time?

We are happy to adjust the pick up/drop off location in greater Amsterdam at your convenience. Same for the departure/return time.

 

What can you tell about the boats?

We perform our cruises with classy, wooden half open boats made for smaller private parties. We can accommodate up to 6 passengers in a comfortable way. The classical semi open boat has a top which can be fully opened with sunny weather, or can be closed in case of unexpected rain. Just relax on the soft pillows with a drink and enjoy the boat cruise with beautiful sights.

 

And finally what can you tell about the restaurants?

We have a selection of excellent local restaurants, each with a great combination of nice ambiance and tasty food, and each with a terrace at the riverside. You can compile you own multi course menu. There is off course also an vegetarian option available. Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

 

Contact

If you have questions which are not answered on these site, please sent us an email or please feel free to give us a direct call. 

 

+31 6 14178720

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