From Loosdrecht

Boat hire around Amsterdam and Holland

Departing from our base in Loosdrecht, you can easily sail north up to Amsterdam and its surroundings. Alternatively, go south and discover beautiful historical cities such as Utrecht or Gouda.

Amsterdam boat hire and Holland cruises in a few words…

As you travel along the canals, discover Holland’s iconic heritage: windmills, canal bridges, and tulip fields that inspired paintings by the Delft artist, Vermeer. After you have crossed the Loosdrecht Lake, follow the River Vecht and tie up in the two capitals of art: Amsterdam and Utrecht. Stroll along beside the terraces beside the canals, explore hidden away shops in what used to be cellars and discover the authentic brown cafés, turned brown by the town’s chimneys. For mooring in Amsterdam, you are spoilt for choice: the marina in the centre of the town and two others on the outskirts. Taking a Pénichette® through the city’s canals is simple enough with a little care. In the Venice of the North, take a stroll through the Joordan, the trendy, former workingclass district, place of Anne Frank House. For an impromptu picnic, spread out your blanket in the Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s “Central Park”, a green haven in the heart of the city.

The
highlights of Loosdrecht

  • Cruise to Amsterdam and its canals on board your Pénichette®
  • Many round trips are possible, so you don’t go over the same spot twice

our routes departing from Loosdrecht

The routes shown are only suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.

Canals for Rembrandt

Itinerary LoosdrechtAmsterdam UithoornWoerden Gouda Oudewater Utrecht Loosdrecht

Itinerary

Loosdrecht...Loosdrecht
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
5h30 / day
Distance traveled
168 km return trip
Number of locks
14 + 48 lifting bridges
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Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, the marina is in the town centre, but it's peaceful. Separated from the central station by the grand canal, it's served by a ferry that operates day and night every 10 minutes. Cruising by Pénichette® on the town’s canals is easy but you need to be careful.

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Woerden

As well as its rich heritage, you'll find one of the five traditional cheese markets here (Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden).

Gouda

Historic Gouda is a town in Holland’s southern province, known worldwide for its cheese, candles and stroopwafels (caramel waffles).

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Oudewater

Make the most of your cruise through Oudewater to visit the Waag Museum, better known as the Heksenwaag (Witch-weighing House), According to legend, before these "weighing houses" were used to weigh merchandise, they were used to check whether women were witches or not.

Utrecht

You'll love Utrecht, known as Holland’s cultural treasury, with its old castles and palaces, wildlife park and many shops. You'll also enjoy arriving in the town on your licence-free boat, past the terraces that border the canal.

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In the country of Windmills

Itinerary LoosdrechtAmsterdam Edam Alkmaar ZaanstadAmsterdam Loosdrecht

Itinerary

Loosdrecht...Loosdrecht
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
4h30 / day
Distance traveled
164 km return trip
Number of locks
9 + 28 lifting bridges
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Loosdrecht

Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, the marina is in the town centre, but it's peaceful. Separated from the central station by the grand canal, it's served by a ferry that operates day and night every 10 minutes. Cruising by Pénichette® on the town’s canals is easy but you need to be careful.

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Edam

Edam’s cheese is known worldwide. The town, 20 km from Amsterdam, offers a wealth of historic heritage, as well as many activities connected with cheese: markets, museums and cheese factories.

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Alkmaar

The village of Alkmaar has 12 windmills, including the Roode Hert, a grain mill still in working order. On Fridays, one of the most famous traditional cheese markets in Holland is held in the village.

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Zaanstad

Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, the marina is in the town centre, but it's peaceful. Separated from the central station by the grand canal, it's served by a ferry that operates day and night every 10 minutes. Cruising by Pénichette® on the town’s canals is easy but you need to be careful.

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Northern and southern light

Itinerary LoosdrechtAmsterdam Alkmaar Edam Amsterdam UithoornAlphenGouda Oudewater Utrecht Loosdrecht

Itinerary

Loosdrecht...Loosdrecht
Duration of stay
10 / 11 days
Navigation time
5h15 / day
Distance traveled
250 km return trip
Number of locks
13 + 76 lifting bridges
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Loosdrecht

Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, the marina is in the town centre, but it's peaceful. Separated from the central station by the grand canal, it's served by a ferry that operates day and night every 10 minutes. Cruising by Pénichette® on the town’s canals is easy but you need to be careful.

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Alkmaar

The village of Alkmaar has 12 windmills, including the Roode Hert, a grain mill still in working order. On Fridays, one of the most famous traditional cheese markets in Holland is held in the village.

culture
Edam

Edam’s cheese is known worldwide. The town, 20 km from Amsterdam, offers a wealth of historic heritage, as well as many activities connected with cheese: markets, museums and cheese factories.

Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, the marina is in the town centre, but it's peaceful. Separated from the central station by the grand canal, it's served by a ferry that operates day and night every 10 minutes. Cruising by Pénichette® on the town’s canals is easy but you need to be careful.

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Uithoorn

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Alphen

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Gouda

As well as its rich heritage, you'll find one of the five traditional cheese markets here (Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden).

culture
Oudewater

Make the most of your cruise through Oudewater to visit the Waag Museum, better known as the Heksenwaag (Witch-weighing House), According to legend, before these "weighing houses" were used to weigh merchandise, they were used to check whether women were witches or not.

Utrecht

You'll love Utrecht, known as Holland’s cultural treasury, with its old castles and palaces, wildlife park and many shops. You'll also enjoy arriving in the town on your licence-free boat, past the terraces that border the canal.

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our boats available

Departing from our Loosdrecht base, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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Your departure
base Loosdrecht

LOCABOAT HOLIDAYS
Bloklaan 22 A
1231 AZ – Loosdrecht
PAYS-BAS

If you have already booked your cruise and you want to reach your departure base:

+ 31 (0) 294 237 742

loosdrecht@locaboat.com

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