Tailor-made experience in Amsterdam on the canals and/or the rivers IJ and Amstel. By the local guide and unusual organizer Lex and the City.

Guided tailor-made company boat trip on the canals and on the rivers IJ and Amstel

This is a great starting point for your custom boat tour in Amsterdam. You do not see it on the picture, but it is next to the city windmill of East AMS. :) The other Amsterdam.

For your custom boat tour Amsterdam you can choose between a private local guide on a classic saloon boat or for a barge; an open, however comfortable boat.

We are specialized in international companies based in Amsterdam or in tourist and foreign corporate groups, because of our international background in tourism and group guiding.  For them we’d love to make it a customized boat trip in Amsterdam.

Lex and the City has started it’s guiding on private boats on river Seine in Paris a long time ago. We have also been active in the city of light with tailor-made experiences.
You can feel our international spirit and we speak 4 languages: French, German, English and Dutch. (If desired, spoken mixed up during one single Amsterdam boat tour. Yes, we will make it a personalised tour in Amsterdam for you.)

However we are locals and Lex and the City is a Amsterdam based dutch tour guide company; meaning we have been living and guiding here for a very long time.

Customized boat tour in and around Amsterdam with a tour guide and/or DJ:
+31655337726 | lexperiences@lexandthecity.nl


Review on custom private guiding in Amsterdam


Private guide during SAIL Amsterdam 2025 on the water (or earlier;) ) | Custom boat tour on the “Drift Away” (max. 8 persons)

Unusual local guy-guide Lex and the City offers locally custom tours during SAIL Amsterdam 2025. We are also specialized in “Amsterdam Lexperiences” in the area, the Eastern Docklands. (Oostelijk Havengebied.)

The Drift Away is a solar powered ship and has space for max. 8 persons. 
More about private guiding during SAIL Amsterdam 2025  and a quotation.

An example of a customized tour in Amsterdam on the boat for both a local and international company

Custom boat tour starting in East Amsterdam with local private guides from Lex and the City for EY Ernst & Young – May 2019 – Tour guide: Tijs

The track with the private boat started in East Amsterdam, next to the Windmill, at Mooie Boules and Kop van Oost.
This tailor-made experience finished next to Central station. (Oosterdokseiland; nice area.)
Drinks were included, as was our private Amsterdam guiding on the canals and on river Amstel.

People from the offices of EY in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam had gathered to discuss business, however to mingle and relax afterwards as well (On the water with us). The review of EY of this customised tour in Amsterdam is to be found beneath.

This is a typical corporate group client for us, as we have a tour company background in Paris and the owner of Lex and the City, Lex van Buuren has studied European Tourism Management on the Bournemouth University.

So with Lex and the City you have
4 languages on board to choose from: French, English, German and Dutch. In the case of Lex van Buuren himself he even has done boat trips speaking those 4 languages mixed up. :p. A typical example of a tailor-made experience in Amsterdam. 

Review from Ernst and Young after their custom boat tour in Amsterdam

One of the three “EY barges” – East Amsterdam, next to the city windmill. Guide: Hans. Tailor-made experience.

Hi Lex,

Thank you so much for the organization guides and tour route for us. I have received positive feedback about the boat tour.  Some about the highlights, that the English level is good, nice stories and good sense of humour.

Especially thank you for being flexible and responsible. We are sure that your contribution added up to the people experience and they have learnt more interesting facts.

Best regards,
Ruzana Gareeva | Manager EY



Relaxed approach of the tailor made experience in Amsterdam over the river IJ, the canals and the river Amstel

So great to sail around this so-called Oosterdok area – Amsterdam center. (And we do; hopefully with you. :))

Starting at the windmill in East, we will first discover the Oosterdok area. Sailing further in the direction of the Marine area and Nemo. Than south heading for Blauwbrug and Herengracht. And so on. A lot of highlights together during this customized tour Amsterdam. :)

The last part of the tailor-made experience we will fill up with the (new) treasures along the river IJ: Eye, Adam tower, Westerdok, Maritime terrain, Muziekgebouw….adding some “New Amsterdam” to it.

Or, if you finish at Oosterdokseiland, we will finish with a round, including the library (OBA), Maritime area, Nemo, Amrath “Amsterdam School” Hotel…
It is a safe idea: we are already there and still can have as much custom boat group fun as is possible within our time schedule.
If you desire, we will walk your group to the restaurant afterwards and tell something on the way on the street if one desires that. It is an example of the way we personalize your company outing on the water.

On the day itself it might also be necessary to change things because of traffic, temporary regulations etc.
We know what is your aim and it is up to us reach it for you.
And as “Lexperienced guides” we have got stories on every stretch. Our private guides also will make the time on board interesting.
Route proposal on the map for a 2 hour boat tour in Amsterdam


Starting your customized private boat tour in East Amsterdam is cool, modern en relaxed.

Having a drink “on the water” at “Kop van Oost”; East Amsterdam; with the group and private tour guide Lex.

We propose to start the custom boat tour in Amsterdam-East. As you might have seen on this website East Amsterdam is one of our sightseeing specialties.
The new terrace at Kop van Oost a is pretty cool and still unknown spot, as it is pretty new.

We have been sitting there lately with a group of Internations expats for which we have organized a tour, a Lexperience, as well.
It is an interesting area as it contains quite some triggering hidden treasures.

As this is a tailor made experience in Amsterdam, this is nothing more than a proposal. ;)


Want to chat offline with Lex and the City about sailing in and around Amsterdam with your international group? That is OK.

Lex captured his favorite city windmill after the thunderstorm | June 2019. Great start for a custom boat tour Amsterdam.

Consider your customized company cruise in Amsterdam with us. Lex and the City is specialist for both private local guiding on the water AND for East Amsterdam. (C) picture by Lex van Buuren. – Click on the picture-after-the-storm for his role in East-AMS.

Yes, We’d love to discuss the sightseeing route & the private boat guiding in Amsterdam over a cup of tea with you or your colleague in your office, to talk the outing over.
Our pleasure, it is a customized tour Amsterdam after all..

We gladly offer that to you als an extra, in our case Lextra, service. ;)

We have strong links with good boat companies (with bargesor  with classic saloon boats) to talk about the kind of equipment we need and they have.


About our local Amsterdam guides:

The men and women are part of our team and/or have their own guiding service as well and they are of a high level with a lot of “Lexperience” (in our case that is the appropriate word.).
We have an extended network in Amsterdam because of our pretty long history with tours for groups.

I know you expect that as a firm who plays on a good level itself in your own sector.



Costs and payment of a private barge tour, for example on a classic saloon boat

A classic saloon boat could be used for your private guided boat tour. Picture by Lex and the City @ Werf Kromhout. (Great place for your tour as well.)

After listening to your thoughts, dreams, conditions and questions on your tailor-made experience in Amsterdam, we will tell you the price of the sightseeing.
The price of your customized tour Amsterdam consists of two parts: the guiding itself and the organization of the boat trip. It is EUR 195,-, including 21% VAT and local guiding tax (“VMR”)   per group on 1 boat.

Payment of your customised guided boat tour in Amsterdam over invoice; easy does it.

We are used to work for- and with- national & international companies.
Since 1998 we have been involved in corporate & private group sightseeing tours in both Paris and Amsterdam.

Have a nice day,
Fijne dag (= Dutch)





Contact and quotation for a guided private boat tour in Amsterdam for a company or family or group of good friends.

Local private AMS city guides Lex van Buuren and Bob Maas with son Linus in the Skylounge with view over Amsterdam – event: expedition Oosterdok 2019. Ready for your tailor-made experience in Amsterdam.

Call, app or mail Lex and the City for your high-end guided private boat tour in Amsterdam, Personal City Guide:
+31655337726| lexperiences@lexandthecity.nl

And possibly learn more about local private guide Amsterdam Lex van Buuren.

Let’s talk a private guided city cruise on the water. Because a tailor made experience in Amsterdam “suits you”. ;)

(Do you prefer to rent a bike instead of beforehand or AND/AND?)







Boat tour special in Amsterdam: DJ Lextase on board | Lounge or party on the river

Mobile “DJ Lextase” during an expat boat tour on river IJ, Amsterdam, a few years ago, together with DJ Eric so fine from Groningen.

Do you like the idea of a mobile DJ during your private party or lounge boat tour in Amsterdam?

DJ Lextase can entertain your group on river IJ, river Amstel and Markermeer; on a party boat.
For a dinner & dance party. And possibly with lounge music as well.
DJ Lextase has been educated by DJ School Amsterdam and has gained his first DJ Lexperiences with tailor made boat tours on the river Seine in Paris.

The 1st possible start of the private party boat trip is behind the central station of Amsterdam. The boat can go both directions: either direction West (direction IJmuiden) or to the East (Amsterdam Docklands, Oranjesluizen, Markermeer)

The second possibility for a party or lounge boat cruise is boarding opposite Café Hesp, a place where we have been organizing a lot of (sporty) private group outings over the years. This is the river Amstel; heading for the South.

(Basically you have to leave town in order to be able to organize a party-boat tour for a group in Amsterdam.)

An example of a medium size cosy boat who can be transferred into a party boat outside the canals. (IJ and Amstel outside the city.)
An exemple of a theme for a boat tour with a dance flour and DJ: a going away party.

Boat track of 1.5 hours through the canals of Amsterdam for a

private group in a saloon boat

This map shows a track on the canals of Amsterdam with a private saloon boat we have guided for a private, German-speaking group in 2019.
It is just a Lexample, we are fLex.

Would you like to go to page “Boat guide Amsterdam Light Festival on the canals”?

Page Lex and the City: “Private boat guide Amsterdam Light Festival” 

Tour guide in Amsterdam for (L) expats as well.

Private corona proof guided boat tour in Amsterdam for 2 persons | micro-adventure

Corona proof sailing on the Amsterdam canals with a guide and shipper

Small electric boat with you two on one side of the boat and me, private local guide AMS, on the other side of the boat. :) Corona-proof solution on the canals.

Micro-adventure in Amsterdam with Lex and the City. A Lexperience on the canals and on river Amstel.

EUR 215,-, including VAT and the new local tourist guiding entertainment tax.

2 hours of sailing, 1 hour of walking afterwards. (to stretch the legs AND brain. ;))
Several AMS starting points on the water are possible because if you like it, we also make this experience a customized tour Amsterdam.

Ask your tour leader here by what’s app for details, focusing on your situation. On order to make it customised boat tour in Amsterdam.

Do you prefer an electric private boat with a roof and drinks included?
Drop Lex and the City a mail and we will offer you a more luxury, and again, electric, alternative. Let’s make it a tailor made experience in Amsterdam
The price will be the same, however this time based upon 75 minutes of sailing and a one hour walking tour right after. (Starting en finishing next to the Renaissance Hotel.)

After all the local tourism industry is more than ever welcoming everyone who wants to come and enjoy this great town! :)

This is the time to visit Amsterdam. Yes, now,  2021, with micro-adventures on the water.


Temporary Hidden Gem in Amsterdam; for visitors, expats and for locals. We went looking for a 200 million sailing yacht in the harbour.

Other Lex and the City Amsterdam differently services in English.

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