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Amsterdam: Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Countryside E-Bike Tour

1. Amsterdam: Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Countryside E-Bike Tour

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam by taking a ferry to the countryside and embarking on an e-bike tour just outside the city. Cycle through Broek in Waterland past canals, bridges, and historical farms with a guide. Then, visit an authentic cheese farm to see how cheese and clogs are made. Start your bike tour by taking the ferry to the north side of Amsterdam. See the Amsterdam Tower and the Eye Film Museum, a unique introduction to Amsterdam's Old Holland area. Afterward, cycle through the natural area of Waterland. This flat landscape offers views of moments that feel lost in time, as you encounter expansive fields and traditional Dutch farmers going about their daily lives. Cycle through the ancient villages of Broek, where time seems to have completely stopped. The land is protected by kilometers of dikes and pumping stations, allowing picturesque villages to blossom, and the region to become a hot spot for outdoor activities on land and on water. Finally, visit a windmill, and a local farm that produces cheese that is exported around the world.

Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

2. 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.

Amsterdam: Historical Highlights Walking Tour plus Tasting

3. Amsterdam: Historical Highlights Walking Tour plus Tasting

Beginning at Dam Square, discover Amsterdam with the best local guides and hear about the city in your own language. Your expert guide will make history come alive with stories and lively commentary in your chosen language, as you stroll through the beautiful streets of Medieval and Golden Age Amsterdam on a 2-hour walking tour. Admire the architecture and hear about the city's long history of commerce and trade. Some highlights you'll pass include: The Royal Palace, The New Church, the most important canals, bridges and locks, iconic squares, Begijnhof, the Mint Tower, the Flower Market, the LGBT street and the Amstel River. To complete this tour you will also enjoy a local Dutch food tasting!

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

4. 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. Meet your guide in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city. Start in the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and about some of the city's oldest pubs. Hear stories and take a look inside famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' Mandje. 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. Find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Hear what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District and find out about liberal laws. 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: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

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

Enjoy a guided walk through the unique cultural and historical sites of the Jordaan neighborhood on this guided tour. Dig into enough samples to comprise a substantial meal as you stop in for foodie-delighting samples at 6 tasty eateries along the way. Meet your guide at a family-owned cafe on the canals bridge and begin your mouth-watering adventure. Learn how Jordaan went from a working-class neighborhood to a sought-after area to live. Stroll through streets that are lined with specialty shops and charming restaurants. Admire the 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. Be enthralled with stories and insights into Amsterdam’s culture and history from an experienced local guide. End your tour full of good food and just a stone throw away from the Anne Frank House. 

Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems

6. Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems

Experience Amsterdam like a local with a bike tour on the city's well-maintained bike paths. Ride through the Jordaan area, Vondelpark, and reach the stunning Museum Square (Museumplein). Meet your guide to collect your bikes, and head off to find some of the city’s hidden gems. Start with the popular Jordaan area, riding the safe backstreets to cross over canals. Go to courtyards and churches that are often missed by tourists. Listen as your guide shares with you the origin and history of each site along the way. End your tour of the Jordaan area at Anne Frank’s House and learn about one of Amsterdam’s most famous and heroic former residents. Enjoy a relaxing break at a charming café where you can purchase something to eat and drink. Cycle to Vondelpark and cruise through Amsterdam’s favorite urban oasis. Head to Museum Square (Museumplein) to learn about the city’s most popular cultural attractions, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Concertgebouw. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

7. Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

Indulge in a delicious 3-course meal for lunch or dinner inside the former first class waiting rooms which have been renovated to their elegant and glamorous interior of the late 19th Century. Feel the historic atmosphere inside this hidden gem as you sit down to dine on your choice of dishes from an enticing menu. Grand Café Museum Restaurant 1e Klas, dating from 1885, is located on platform 2B and occupies the space which formerly housed the first-class passengers' waiting rooms. The restaurant space was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, whose work includes the iconic Rijksmuseum as well as the entire Amsterdam Central Station.  Admire the architecture inside the restaurant which has been thoughtfully and elegantly renovated to give you the glamorous ambiance of yesteryear as you savor some of the restaurant's delicious offerings. 

Amsterdam Private Welcome Tour with a Local Guide

8. Amsterdam Private Welcome Tour with a Local Guide

Meet the local guide at your accommodation in Amsterdam and head out on a 2 to 6-hour walking tour to explore the city. You’ll be in good hands with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. On this customized tour you’ll see some of the top attractions and hear about more that you can visit on your own after the tour. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident you have all the information you need.

Amsterdam: Food Tour in the Albert Cuyp Market

9. Amsterdam: Food Tour in the Albert Cuyp Market

Enjoy a guided tour in the Albert Cuyp, the biggest day market in the Netherlands, with a local foodie guide. Hop between the best stalls of the Albert Cuyp market and taste the most delicious snacks that Dutch cuisine has to offer. Enjoy funny and engaging stories about the history of the food and Dutch culture in an easy manner from a local guide. The vibe of the tour is open and easygoing, so feel free to ask any questions you might have about the Dutch cuisine, culture or anything for the rest of your stay. Experience a new side of Amsterdam with a local craft beer tasting and many delicious local snacks, so come hungry.

Amsterdam: Sex, Drugs, and Freedom Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Sex, Drugs, and Freedom Walking Tour

Discover Amsterdam’s fascinating history, renowned architecture, liberal laws, and coffee-shops during this 2-hour expert-guided walking tour. Gain insight into Amsterdam’s peculiar drug regulations, including the history and origins of the coffeeshops, and the use and manufacturing of soft drugs. See the Old Church, the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, The Dam Square, and sites known only to locals. Discover how Amsterdam grew into an inclusive city welcome to everyone. Learn about the Dutch fight for gay rights, social awareness, and sexual liberty. Explore sights off the beaten track while learning about the city’s liberal attitudes. Uncover the facts about Amsterdam's sex industry, the history of Red-light District, and what it's like to work as a prostitute.

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The restaurant is beautiful, the dishes are very good! The 3-course menu is really worth it, because the separate dishes end up being more expensive, there the price is not so cheap. The dishes are so well served and it arrived at the end, I couldn't even have a cup of coffee. The description says it takes 2:30h, but we were there for just over 1h, the service wasn't very long.

It was just the three of us, we went to a pastry shop in the country side, tried a bunch of cheese, and out tour guide was wonderful and super nice and fun! It was our favorite experience in this trip so far. we also went to the windmill.. super easy to ride the e-bikes this is a must!

We were accompanied through the streets of the city by Petra, a very knowledgeable, friendly and nice girl who told us many anecdotes about the city making us feel like real Dutch for a couple of hours! Super recommended!!!

Really fun experience riding bikes throughout Amsterdam city. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable about history and stuff. Really recommend

Fab tour guide (Michael)- very informative and learnt loads about the history of Amsterdam and prostitution!