Set out in the afternoon with a history-savvy guide on this 2.5-hour Amsterdam walking tour, departing from the Damrak in the historic city center. Stroll past cultural highlights including the Royal Palace, Dam Square, Maison Descartes and the Begjinhof as you learn about Amsterdam’s storied past, spanning more than 800 years.
Hear tales of the city’s humble beginnings as a small settlement on the Amstel River, and learn how the Golden Age helped develop it into a unique, multifaceted metropolis. You’ll get a comprehensive overview as you meander down side streets and explore major areas including the Jordaan district and the infamous Red Light District, showcasing Amsterdam’s provocative side.
Midway through your tour, stop to sample typical Dutch specialties including herring, cheese, waffles and jenever (Dutch gin).
Wander on foot by the old city gates, the Floating Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) and Munt Tower (Munttoren) in Muntplein Square. Explore the busy pedestrian shopping street of Kalverstraat and the bicycle-clad street of Rokin.
View, too, the exteriors of the Anne Frank House, Rembrandt House Museum and Amsterdam Museum. Consider returning to visit them (own expense) after your tour concludes back at the Damrak, with the option to add on a cruise along Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed network of canals.
Optional Canal Cruise
For a more in-depth Amsterdam sightseeing experience, opt to continue your tour with a 1-hour canal cruise. Drift along picturesque tree-lined canals past classic houseboats and gabled merchant houses built in the 17th century. See charming stone bridges and pass through Amsterdam's old harbor before returning to the pier.
My husband had to delay his departure day at the last minute, so I went ahead and kept our tour and cruise bookings anyway. I'm so glad that I did - I met interesting fellow tourists and got a great lay of the land on my first day in town. By the time my husband arrived, I was able to show him around like I had lived there! The land area and history covered by this tour are vast but our guide kept it very interesting. I'd definitely recommend this to any Amsterdam first-timers.
Nice, comfortable narrative tour
It was a fun experience getting to know about Amsterdam from a local
This tour was great. The guide had aweome knowledge was higly skilled at what he did. Definately the best way to get an understanding of the city.
The only down side was that the cruise was too packed - but you can choose when you want to use it so I would recommend you wait for a less busy time of day.
This was brilliant! Our guide Stephen was very knowledgeable ! He made the tour interesting and humorous !
I highly recommend this tour!
Jose was a great tour guide. Even though this particular tour was in both Spanish and English he was thorough and answered all questions.
Our guide was very informed and personable.He provided a good historical perspective but also included humorous anecdotes and stories. The tour was just the right length and very interesting.
Very good an knowledgable group leader. Learned a lot
This tour was amazing!
The walking tour was extensive and fantastic - the guide was entertaining and informative about the history and attractions giving us a huge insight into Amsterdam. Loved it!
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