Choose from several daily departure options, and meet your private guide near Amsterdam’s Central Station. Begin with a stroll through the famous Red Light District, the center of the city’s legal prostitution industry that draws countless curious tourists but is often misunderstood. See the famous red windows and one of the world’s first condom shops while your guide explains the social and political background behind sex work and the marijuana coffee shop culture in Amsterdam.
Continue on to the charming and historic Jordaan district, a formerly working-class neighborhood that’s now home to trendy galleries, cafes, and shops tucked among its labyrinth-like streets. See the famous Anne Frank House and West Church, and learn about the Frank family’s captivating story. Relax and get a local Dutch lunch (own expense) at the Rembrandtplein, named for its most famous former resident, or the lively Leidseplein.
Next, head to the De Pijp district to wander among the diverse street stalls and vendors of the Albert-Cuyp Market, the largest outdoor market in the Netherlands where you can pick up anything from bargain shoes and accessories to local produce or a fresh-baked stroopwafel. Stroll past a few more sights including the 14-century convent complex of the Begijnhof and the city’s old Jewish quarter before concluding the 5-hour tour at Dam Square or another central location.