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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Amsterdam Private Tour

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


See Amsterdam in a unique light on this private tour of the port city’s most notable landmarks, plus tucked-away treasures that most visitors miss. Join up with a local guide to learn the fascinating history behind highlights like the Flower Market, Red Light District, and Rembrandt’s house, and discover hidden gems that lie off the beaten tourist track for an eye-opening exploration.
  • Private walking tour of Amsterdam's highlights
  • Learn the fascinating history behind the city's famous landmarks
  • Stroll through the beautiful Flower Market
  • Visit a hidden medieval chapel in the Begijnhof
  • Savor a favorite local snack from a historic family restaurant
  • Hear the stories behind Rembrandt's house and the Red Light District
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

What's Included

  • Private Tour
  • Local Guide
  • 1 local drink/tasting
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Beursplein
    Beursplein, 1012 JW Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Meet the host in front of the Bistro Berlage before starting your journey

Return Details

  • Waag
    Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands

    End your tour in the old city center.

What To Expect

Enjoy an atypical introduction to Amsterdam with the help of a savvy local on this private tour. After meeting up with your guide in Beursplein, set off on a leisurely stroll through the city’s most interesting quarters. Along the way, learn the history behind these iconic spots and hear tales of famous former residents and curiosities like the Red Light District.

Visit a hidden chapel in medieval Begijnhof, admire the colorful stalls of the famous Flower Market, and pop into one of the city’s oldest family restaurants for a taste of kroketje (croquettes) or bitterballen (meatballs). Hear some little-known artistic history that surrounds a statute near Rembrandt’s house, and learn about Amsterdam’s diverse cultural heritage on a walk through the old Jewish district.

Feel free to ask all the questions you like on this private tour, and enjoy the personalized attention of your guide. Learn interesting trivia and quirky history that can't be found in any guidebook, and discover the places that locals like to eat, play and relax. The tour concludes in one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods boasting boutique-lined streets—a great place to continue exploring on your own.

Dam Square (Pass By)

Meet & Greet: Say hi to your local host at the lively Beursplein in the city center and get the perfect introduction to your tour as you hear about the invention of the stock market Dam Square: Walk around the biggest square in Amsterdam home of the Royal Palace, the National Monument, and the hippies who used to occupy it in the ‘60s!

Royal Palace Amsterdam (Pass By)

Famous Canal: Cross the Torensluis to discover one of the most famous and important canals in Amsterdam, the Singel once served as the outer limit of the city circling the boundaries of it.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Private tour: only you & your local guide
  • CO2 Neutral: all tours carbon emissions are offset
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Post Covid-19 regulations are applied to this product with regards to the number of participants, delivery methods of the tour and content of the tour.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Amsterdam Private Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Amsterdam Private Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Amsterdam Private Tour?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Olga was great!
Casey_A, Jul 2022
Olga was great! Very knowledgeable about Amsterdam’s history. We saw beautiful sights and she gave us great restaurant recommendations.
Walking tour with Anna
Deb_M, Jul 2022
Anna was very knowledgeable and engaging. We walked away with a much better understanding of the history of Amsterdam, as well as tips on where to shop and enjoy the local culture.
Always get a guide in a new city
Bill_P, Jul 2022
The guide was very soft spoken which made him difficult to understand in the noisier locations on the tour. He knew the city and its history but was seemingly obsessed with telling us about the prostitution trade. We achieved a full understanding of the subject after the second explanation. The subsequent ten became a bit tedious. To the positive, he provided a great orientation for our later exploration of the city.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi there, my name is Lieke from Withlocals and I am part of the quality and support team. At Withlocals we want our guests to have the best experience of their trip so we are very disappointed to find out about your negative tour experience. As we cannot directly get in touch with you from here, please email us at and we will make sure to follow up on this issue. We are looking forward to your email. Thank you and please accept our apology on behalf of Withlocals. Have a great day, Lieke | Withlocals
Great Overview of Amsterdam with a Great Guide: Anna
Ursula_R, Jul 2022
Anna was so knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour with her very much. She told us so many things about Amsterdam - the buildings, local history, art Plus More! She tailored the tour to our interests and took us to areas were hadn't seen before (like the Jewish quarter where we saw bricks dedicated to Anne Frank and her family's names - plus many other people who died tragically only because they were Jewish). We told her that right after her tour we needed to meet someone and she made sure that our tour ended at that meeting point (you can imagine not knowing Amsterdam how helpful that was).
Walking Tour Amsterdam
Chris_J, May 2022
Great tour. Wonderful tour guide and a great way to learn about Amsterdam. Giovanni was a terrific guide. Patient with our questions and gave us great insight into the City.
Great detailed Amsterdam history from a great knowledgeable guide
Dawn_B, May 2022
Arun provided a very good and detailed tour and overview of Amsterdam. If you are looking for historical and contextual information about how people in Amsterdam lived in the past and live today, this is a great tour. We covered all parts of the central city at a good pace but not too quickly. The tour was very interactive, with the guide stopping frequently to ask for and answer our questions. We could tell he loves the city and is a good and accurate teller of its stories.
Wonderful and Informative Tour
Steven_K, Mar 2022
Friendly and Knowledgeable Tour Guide willing to go above and beyond to provide a tailored experience
Good Tour
Kelly_G, Nov 2021
Our tour with Marten was fun. He was an interesting guy and his love of his hometown was apparent. He spoke a lot about the economy and how the Netherlands play a large part in the financial world (which was right up my husband's alley! LOL). It was a nice walk through some very sweet neighborhoods while learning about the laid-back, relaxed lifestyle in Amsterdam. We walked by the Anne Frank house and heard that story and well as a stroll through the red light district. Not sure we found any hidden gems but all in all, we enjoyed our day.
Insider For Sure
John_H, Oct 2019
Helena’s knowledge of Amsterdam and overall culture of Amsterdam was outstanding. She showed us both the expected and truly unexpected of Amsterdam with humor and a good pleasant nature. Well worth the time with her.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Mireille_T, Sep 2021
La convivialité de la visite et un résumé rapide et condensé de l'histoire d'Amsterdam. Le petit verre prit ensemble sur un beau point de vue
Rasender Rundgang ohne Information
Egon_R, Jun 2019
Informationen nur auf Nachfrage, die Gruppe ( 6Personen ) wurde nicht aktiv informiert. Es fehlten stops für Hintergrundinfos. Guide wurde darauf angesprochen, es änderte sich nichts. Schade, denn Amsterdam bietet so viel Interessantes. Große Enttäuschung!!!
Ausgewiesene Stadtführung in Ansterdam
Roland_K, May 2019
Hervorragend, nett, interessant . Es wurden alle wesentlichen Punkte eindrucksvoll erläutert. Gerne wieder 😂😂😂😂


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