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Smidtje Canal Cruises

Unique Canal Cruises with local expertise

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Our cruises

Embark on a journey through Haarlem’s history, with Smidtje Canal Cruises.

Explore local gems with captivating narratives from our skippers. Sail past Haarlem’s iconic landmarks including Grote Kerk, Teylers Museum, the Adriaan Windmill, and Frans Hals Museum. Our experienced crew, seasoned in navigating Haarlem’s waterways for years, will guide you through memorable excursions.

Be surprised by unique stories from the skipper with a tour of all of Haarlem’s hotspots.

Enjoy refreshing drinks on our sunny terrace during summer, and warm up to hot drinks at our boarding location during winter.

Enjoy the spectacular views of Haarlem from the water’s edge and take the most stunning pictures.

Our story

Haarlem is the prettiest from the view of its waterways. We love to demonstrate this through our canal cruises. Since 2001, we sail with skippers with Haarlem DNA, and we are proud of that. With a warm welcome on board and a personal story along the way, we aim for an exclusive experience on board.


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‘Boothuys’ as heated boarding location

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Culinary cruises

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Friendliest skippers


Cruises with a personal touch

Why you don’t want to miss out on our cruises through Haarlem


Excellent, very friendly employees! We enjoyed the tour as well as the information shared during the trip. The kids enjoyed as well.

– Basel, Tripadvisor
Loved it!

I loved that this tour had very few people on the boat, and it felt like we could converse with the captain. We didn’t just have to listen to some earplugs… He was responsive and would answer our questions.

– Jane H., Tripadvisor
Great trip!

We had a great trip with smidtje canal cruises. We decided to do the longer Mill to Mill tour. We booked ahead and were warmly greeted on arrival. The captain was friendly, knowledgeable and very entertaining. We also had beers and snack along the way. I would definitely recommend this trip as an alternative to Amsterdam.

– Victoria A., Tripadvisor
Very informative!

Much information about Haarlem, even though I am from the Netherlands myself en visited Haarlem multiple times, I learned new things. The male captain/host did a great job telling about Haarlem with humor and enthousiasm. Also important, I was with my two kids (3,5 and 1,5) and they could walk around without an annoyed host so thank you for that!

– Saakje S., Tripadvisor
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