Sail 2020

See the Tallships and Harbour of Amsterdam from the water.

Every five years dozens of tall ships and hundreds of thousands of tourists descend on Amsterdam for SAIL. Can you imagine a better way to see these spectacular ships while avoiding the quay-side madness than by being on a boat of your own? Book our SAIL tour to get your own luxurious front row seat to all the water-bound vessels and festivities!


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Even in festival-rich Amsterdam, SAIL is a special treat. Every five years, a fleet of sailing ships fills Amsterdam’s port; giving us a sense, even if only for a few days, what it must have been like here during the city’s golden age. 

During this festival, it’s a real treat to wander through the city, walk the shoreline, and get up close and personal with antique three-masters, stylish skiffs and the rest of the sailing ships.

But if you really want to appreciate SAIL at it’s best, then you have to get out on the waterways yourself to float among these historical behemoths and the beautifully restored ships. For only there will you truly appreciate their beauty, their immensity and craftsmanship that went into building each and every one.

Come and taste the magic of this bygone era. Come take a SAIL tour with Rederij Paping.

Our boats fit up to 10 guests in comfort and in style. We have space for your refreshments as well as a roof, heating and blankets for the chilly and rainy days (it is the Netherlands after all – where the people are predictable and the weather is not). The time duration of this tour is 3 hours.


  • August 12 at 18:00 
  • August 13, 14 and 15 at 11:00, 14:30, 18:00 

Time Duration

The time duration of this tour is 3 hours.

Maximum Group size

Our boats fit up to 10 guests

Language of the Tours

This tour is available in  English and Dutch. 

Food, drink and smoking

We have a fridge on board, so feel free to bring food and drink to relax by as you cruise through the World Heritage canal district. Do make sure that you also bring cutlery, plates and cups. We do try to have these on board, but sometimes they run out. Besides, if you bring your own then we’ll use less plastic. And we’re all for that! Do note, for safety reasons we don’t allow glass on board.

You can smoke on board, though please be considerate to other people on the boat if you’re on a shared tour. Ask them if they’re okay with you smoking and offer to go onto the balcony if they object. If that’s still not okay, please wait till the tour is over.

Thank you for being so considerate.

Age & Fitness & Accessibility

We welcome all ages to attend this tour. Do keep in mind we’re not wheelchair accessible.
Let us know if you have trouble with walking stairs as the docks can sometimes have stairs.

What If It Rains?

Please dress weather appropriately. We do have a roof, windows and heated seats.
We sail all year round in all weather conditions.

Cancellations & Refunds

We are unable to issue refunds; however, we can often reschedule your tour to the next available date. If you need to reschedule a tour, you must contact us within 4 hours, before your tour starts. Our tours run rain or shine. NOTE: we are unable to hold tours longer than 10 minutes. If you are running late, or if you are unable to make your tour, please let us know, so we won’t be waiting for you to arrive.

We depart (and return to) from the following address:

August 12, 13 and 14August 15
per ticket€ 39€ 49
Whole boat, private tour (10 guests max)€ 240€ 250

*Payable by credit card during online booking

price is including Cava and some snacks.

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Marcus Koppen