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Amsterdam: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

2. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

Join a guided tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans which is an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop and a cheese-making demonstration. Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Get a sense of Zaanse Schans' prosperity from the 18th and 19th centuries in the windmill village. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue. Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: VIP Tour of Johan Cruijff ArenA

3. Amsterdam: VIP Tour of Johan Cruijff ArenA

Visit the home stadium of Ajax Football club, named after their most legendary player. Johan Cruijff ArenA is the largest stadium in the Netherlands, and this tour gives you access to the most exclusive areas. Follow your guide to the Ajax dressing room, where world-renowned players get prepared on match day. Head to the boardroom, where powerful decisions are made and an area that is only accessible to management during matches. Ascend to a skybox and enjoy the most fantastic views of the pitch alongside your free drink. Head home with a unique scarf of the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

4. Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

Visit famous sites of Amsterdam downtown and get an overview of the city on this walking tour dedicated to culture and history. Profit from tips every adventurous traveler needs to know and make the best of your trip. Find out which food you should taste and which districts can be discovered independently by bike. Listen to your guide telling you which architectural designs were popular in the past and get an idea of the people of Amsterdam. Hear stories about how merchants, salesmen, and the poor used to live in the Middle Ages, why the world of art blossomed in the Golden Era, how World War II has changed the people of the city and what it feels like to live in the tolerant, multicultural city today. Start your tour in the heart of the city at Dam Square, where Amsterdam was founded. The tour leads you past the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the New Church Nieuwe Kerk, and past the former main post office, to Torensluis Bridge. See one of the tiniest houses of the city and learn more about the colonial times at the statue of Multatuli on Torensluis Bridge.  Stroll past romantic canal-side houses and cross Spui Square to get to the pearl of Amsterdam – Begijnhof. With its entrance hidden in a narrow side street, this very special hofje is waiting for you to be discovered. On the way back to Dam Square you will see the river that the city owes its name to: the Amstel. The city tour ends at the national monument that was originally built to remember the victims of World War II but is now a memorial to all victims who lost their lives in any war worldwide.

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Day Tour with Boat

5. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Day Tour with Boat

Your experience begins as your guide meets you near Amsterdam's Central Station, from where you travel to the typical Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum complete with a cheese farm, clog factory, diamond museum, bakery museum, and Kuiperij, where barrels were made to transport goods, green timber houses, traditional crafts, and windmills. Next, head to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to learn about the history and significant elements in the Giethoorn region. The journey will take roughly 2 hours, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons and contains a simple beauty that hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Your captain will serve as a guide throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town. Get to know everything about Giethoorn, with extra time after your boat trip to walk or bike along a narrow footpath, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back in Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

6. Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

Enjoy a guided walk through the unique cultural and historical sites of the Jordaan neighborhood, as well as a substantial meal in the form of a doze. Learn how Jordaan went from a working-class neighborhood to a sought-after area, full of specialty shops and amazing restaurants. Admire its picturesque network of canals and buildings. Discover local haunts, and meet the families that are keeping Dutch food traditions alive. See historical sites that few tourists ever experience, and be entertained with stories and insights into Amsterdam’s culture and history from an experienced local guide.

From Amsterdam: Bruges Full-Day Tour

7. From Amsterdam: Bruges Full-Day Tour

Climb aboard an air-conditioned coach for a full-day tour of Bruges in the West Flanders region of Belgium, and discover the Belgian capital of chocolate and canals, with plenty of free time to amble. Depart Amsterdam in the morning and drive across the Dutch border. Upon arrival in Bruges, admire scenic streets and the canals that gave Bruges its nickname, "The Venice of the North." A guide will take you on a 3-hour driving tour of the city center, revealing highlights such as the Church of Our Lady on the banks of the Dijver Canal, Sint Salvator’s Cathedral (one of the few buildings to have survived the onslaught of the ages without damage), and Burg Square with its impressive City Hall. Continue on foot for approximately 30 minutes, and enjoy an optional 1-hour boat ride along some of the canals, before your return transfer to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

8. Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

Discover infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub. Begin this tour in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city in either a shared, public, or small group. Start with a walk around the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and tell you about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Hear stories about famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' mandje. You also get the opportunity to take a look inside. Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, peep shows, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Here, you will find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Your guide will tell you what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District, liberal laws, and many interesting facts about sex work in Amsterdam. Then, walk to Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub.

Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

9. Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Learn about Dutch culture and history as you discover the area of Zaanse Schans on a half-day bicycle tour from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station and travel to Zaandam by train to start the bicycle tour. Cycle past industrial windmills and admire the beautiful landscape. Stop at a sawmill to learn how it operates, and visit a paper mill to see how paper was made in the 17th century. Pedal through the stunning wetlands, painted by Monet at the end of the 19th century. Pass the neighborhood of Domineestuin, filled with authentic wooden houses, before arriving in Zaanse Schans. Park your bicycle and enjoy a demonstration of how clogs are made. Take the opportunity to taste delicious Gouda cheese, a local specialty. After a fantastic half-day experience, return by bike to Zaandam and board the train back to Amsterdam Central Station, where your tour will end.

Amsterdam: 3 Course Dinner in the Dark

10. Amsterdam: 3 Course Dinner in the Dark

Re-awaken your senses at an unusual 3 course dinner in Amsterdam, and discover what it is like to eat in complete darkness! Unlike any ordinary restaurant, the experience plunges you into a world of sensitivity you may never have felt before, and takes you on a journey through taste, sound and touch. You will be seated in a pitch-black dining room and served by blind or visually impaired wait staff. They have been specially trained to serve meals in the dark, and will offer guidance and reassurance for sighted guests. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed in a lighted lounge area. Check your coat or bag in the cloakroom, as you won't need anything but your senses. Once you have ordered, you will be guided into the darkened dining room. Then, experience your food as the visually impaired experience it; and discover new taste sensations with the rest of your senses.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How hard is it?

    Amsterdam is small and flat, but the labyrinthine layout of the city's canals and narrow streets mean even the shortest of walking tours will last at least two hours (although they're unlikely to last more than three). That said, you'd probably end up walking a lot longer trying to navigate the streets without an expert. The Dutch capital is an easy city to get lost in!

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

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James was very informative and took the group to see the various sites on World War 11 which was interesting and harrowing to see. Excellent 2.5 hours of culture and walks. Thank you James and my niece Grace really enjoyed the history and took away so much information.

Loved this quick overview of the culture of Amsterdam. Our guide was really great - can't remember her name, but she was from Croatia. Knowledgable about the history of Amsterdam and gave us some good recommendations for food during our visit.

It was really interesting and enjoyable for all ages. Nice to see the windmills working. Lots of information and history to see and hear about. Guide and the driver where both really helpful.

Very good everything is wonderful amazing! I will coming back for sure thank u so much

Great guide who knew so much She was friendly and interesting.