This was a highlight of our visit to Amsterdam. Our tour guide was excellent. We were impressed that he recognized us in a crowd and greeted us by name. He was well-informed, witty and a great story-teller. His itinerary and route were well-planned and well-paced. He was so engaging that our time with him seemed all too short.
Doing what: Amsterdam Walking Tour
Good way to see Amsterdam overall and skp the line at the Anne Frank House. This museum is well worth the time.
We found this tour very emotional. With all the people that were there, you could hear a pin drop as we moved from room to room, floor to floor, reading the words of Anne Frank and her experience.
We loved that we got to skip the line - which was very long and would have been very time-consuming.
We loved the tour of the Anne Frank house. Not having to stand in line was worth the price plus. My only compliant was that we were taken to a Diamond Factory which I did not think was in the itinerary and kept there for some time. We did go to see a windmill, but only had 5 minutes for pictures. More time to see the windmill and no time in the diamond factory would have been much better. Our guide was ok, she spoke fair english, but being in the back of the bus it was very difficult to hear or understand her.
By all means everyone should see the Anne Frank House, it was a highlite of our trip.
The tour office is not well organized. Everyone had to stand outside in the rain waiting for the tour bus.. We would recommend an overhead awning for the people to stand iunder..We were happy we skipped the line for the Anne Frank House.
Enjoyed our trip very much. The Anne Frank House is a must.
We didn't have to wait long - and the lines were long - to get into Anne Frank's House. The newly renovated house is truly sacred. For the most part, except for some French teenagers, everyone toured the house in respectful silence. The city tour was great - except for the stop at the Diamond Center - which wasn't really that necessary. But I do understand why they have to do it. The tour in general gives you a bird's eye view of what you can do on your own - after the tour.
Firstly, more communication is needed at the meeting place. When we arrived we were not told to board the coach although most people had. Clear instructions needed. It very interesting to learn about the diamond industry but the real highlight of this tour was Anne Frank's house. Nobody should miss this. Overall the tour ws well paced and included all the plces of interest. Would recommend it.
The skip-the-line ticket is the only way to see the Anne Frank house. When we arrived the line was around the block with at least 200 people waiting to get in. We went directly to the front of the line - and saved time and aggravation. The sightseeing tour was ho-hum not much was pointed out.
the tour was good of Anne Frank house. But we were not happy to spend so much time at the diamond place and the coffee corner did not sell fresh coffee, and the tour should have ended where it started. this was not made clear at the start.
The City Sightseeing tour was ok. The skip the line to Anne Frank was terrific.
The bus tour of Amsterdam was of marginal value. That part of the tour is scheduled to last 2.5 hours. Of that, one hour is essentially wasted at the "diamond factory." The "diamond factory" is essentially a jewelry store where they briefly explain how diamonds are graded and show two guys who are allegedly polishing some. The remaining 45 minutes is essentially spent working you to buy some jewelry. You don't see a great deal in the 1.5 hours you are driving on the bus, since driving a bus around the streets of Amsterdam is very slow going. We saw about 80% of what we saw on the bus on our own walking around. I'd say you're MUCH better off with the Hop-on Hop-off canal bus, which is available for 24 hours and very flexible.
The Anne Frank skip-the-line worked. We didn't have to wait in line. I'd just find some other element to combine it with.
We were able to skip the line (which on our particular day was not long) but the coach trip was not particulary interesting because the traffic meant we were limited to the outskirts of the city. we glimpsed a windmill and spent time in the diamond museum which was definately a waste of tme. the interesting description was given in a large working area with several commentaries given at once, so impossible to hear. the rest of the time as a small grioup was simple a hard sell. Very disappointing. I did enjoy Anne Frank House
Great views from bus although the commentary from the guide was left wanting. Not able to take photos at Anne Frank house, but you can buy them at highly inflated price at the end of the tour. Also, was dropped of there with no help or directions to get back to tour office/central station. A bit daunting for first time visitor to Amsterdam.
The Anne Frank part was fantastic. It was organized and truly 'skip the line'. The City Tour was was not good because the tour guide gave his speech in 4 languages, resulting in minimal information. His English was not so good. The lady bus driver, Anouk, was FABULOUS! Best driver and attitude.
One more thing, the City Tour included a tour of a diamond factory. It was a diamond sales pitch. We were led to a locked (we could not get out of the room until the sales pitch was completed) room where we were shown diamonds. The room was too hot, and we were not happy with this arrangement. I realize that this is a way of making extra money, but we as customers, need to be told ahead of time what is what, so we can decide if we want to wait outside.
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