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discover the highlights of haarlem

Fall in love with Haarlem.

Meet Tomas, the founder of Smidtje Canal Cruises Haarlem. Float on its historic canals and discover the charms of Amsterdam’s sister city.


A man posing by a canal with a boat in the background

Who is Tomas?

Tomas is a boating enthusiast and proud local. After buying his first boat in 2001, he decided to launch his canal cruise company. Together with his team of hospitality providers, they operate in Amsterdam and Haarlem. They pride themselves on providing impeccable service and the authentic local experience.

What's This Experience About?

During this 50-minute canal cruise, you’ll float through the historical centre of Haarlem and be guided along the most beautiful highlights of Haarlem, like the Teylers Museum, Windmill de Adriaan, the Jopen Church and Frans Hals Museum. Learn more about the history and secrets of the city. Wanna experience the unexpected in Haarlem? Don’t miss this.

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“We have had a pleasant hour with this trip. For my wife and I it was a different view of Haarlem. (we live nearby). My sisters-in-law really enjoyed it. The skipper had a good story interspersed with funny anecdotes. The sun was a nice extra. Recommended.”


– Jos V

Great service. Staff really cares about the customers.
Great skipper too! He amused us with wonderfull stories and made the tour very personal by making the people interact.
We learned a lot about Haarlem and general history.
Truly enjoyed this tour!


– Danielle H

While we were in the Netherlands we did several boat tours in different cities and this I felt was the best! Our boat skipper was very good and shared a wealth of knowledge about Haarlem.This company has excellent service. We were originally scheduled to go on our tour on a different day but due to our late arrival in Haarlem from our missd flight, we missed our tour. They honored our tickets and allowed us to pick a new date and time without penalty. Would recommend this tour!”


– Julie B

WIA Family

Sustainability is a buzzword these days. But to Tomas, it’s not just business, it’s personal. During the lockdown of 2021, I (Alexandra) took up a sustainable tourism project with the city of Amsterdam and had the pleasure of interviewing Tomas. From the get-go, he was open, warm and passionate. I loved the way he views sustainability as a way to give back to the city he was born in and loves. His canal cruise companies were among the first to go green on the waters of Amsterdam and Haarlem. His enthusiasm and collaborative spirit in working with like-minded businesses are infectious. This is why we’re proud to have Tomas and Smidtje on board.

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