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Amsterdam: 3 Course Dinner in the Dark

1. Amsterdam: 3 Course Dinner in the Dark

Re-awaken your senses at an unusual 3 course dinner in Amsterdam, and discover what it is like to eat in complete darkness! Unlike any ordinary restaurant, the experience plunges you into a world of sensitivity you may never have felt before, and takes you on a journey through taste, sound and touch. You will be seated in a pitch-black dining room and served by blind or visually impaired wait staff. They have been specially trained to serve meals in the dark, and will offer guidance and reassurance for sighted guests. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed in a lighted lounge area. Check your coat or bag in the cloakroom, as you won't need anything but your senses. Once you have ordered, you will be guided into the darkened dining room. Then, experience your food as the visually impaired experience it; and discover new taste sensations with the rest of your senses.

Amsterdam: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

2. Amsterdam: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

The tour provider will organize the locations for the photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or a livelier one with friends. Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the infomation you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on the day and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Photographers are handpicked and highly experienced. As local experts, he will share his knowledge of the city like an old friend. Once your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour allows you to look back over your travels with fond memories, when all too often you are left with rusty memories of your journeys. Make sure that the next time you travel you have mementos that will last a lifetime and beyond.

Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

3. Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

Start your tour with a convenient, pickup service from your accommodation. After being picked up from Amsterdam in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver, travel to one of the most beautiful villages in Holland, Giethoorn. Take a lovely canal cruise through the village, known as the Dutch Venice. The elongated village is located in one of the largest areas of continuous fenland in northern Europe. The village is an excellent starting point to make a canoe trip through the area and there are a number of special museums and art galleries to discover.  After exploring Giethoorn, you will visit the Zaanse Schans. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops. Enjoy a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops, or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. After the windmills, you will visit Volendam, a small fishing village with 22000 citizens. Walk along the beautiful harbor and marvel at the typical Volendam shops before enjoying lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants in Holland (at own expense). Depending on the amount of time remaining, you can take a boat trip with the Volendam-Marken express. For over 80-years the Volendam-Marken Express has operated a ferry service between Volendam and Marken. The boats sail all year round and every year thousands of travelers use the ferry to enjoy a relaxed trip on the water and to visit the historic towns and harbors of Volendam and Marken. After a day full of adventure and excitement, your driver will return you back to your accommodation for an evening of well-deserved rest.

Haarlem: Interactive City Discovery Adventure

4. Haarlem: Interactive City Discovery Adventure

Your challenge starts at Grote Markt, in front of the church’s entrance. All the information you’ll need for your exciting adventure will be found in an email delivered to you before the game. You’ll then embark on a special mission of solving 12 unique riddles, each leading you from one hidden location to the next and unlocking local recommendations and fun facts about Haarlem's history along the way. Discover unique locations around town that even most locals don’t know about. See renowned landmarks from a different angle, literally. Find independent cheese and candle making shops, discover the cutest courtyards and learn about the city’s curious statues.

Private Ganja & Coffee Shop Walking Tour with Snacks

5. Private Ganja & Coffee Shop Walking Tour with Snacks

Hippie, stoner, and pothead are all negative stereotypes of ganja smokers that aren’t part of the marijuana culture in Amsterdam. Get an insight into the coffee shop culture and ganja scene in Amsterdam on a 3-hour private walking tour. Your guided tour begins outside the legendary Dam Palace, as you start your exciting introduction to the local world of cannabis at one of the oldest coffee shops in Amsterdam. Your guide will lead you through the streets of the city, to famous coffee shops, pubs, and secret medieval sites on the way (rest assured, all locations have passed the tour operator's quality check). Visit 3 coffee shops and a great Irish pub (O reilly's), walk down the legendary gay street Reguliersdwarsstraat, learn about history and drug policies, and explore the menus and samples from a few of the shops. Your tour will end near the Rembrandtplein. As a current resident of Amsterdam, your private guide is super knowledgeable about the best ganja finds in Amsterdam – so don't be shy to ask!

Amsterdam: Private Crime Tour

6. Amsterdam: Private Crime Tour

Start of this tour from Amsterdam central station where you will meet your private guide. From here, head to the China Town area where your guide will tell you about the Amsterdam heroine epidemic and Chinese mafia in the 1970s. Next, walk to the Red Light District area where you will explore the many narrow streets and where you will learn about the human trafficking and prostitution of Amsterdam. Walk past the first coffees hop of Amsterdam and learn why marijuana got decriminalized and how there is still a lot of criminality and violence involved in the marijuana production. You will also learn about the current situation of the Netherlands and why some people call the Netherlands a narcos state, how the Moroccan mafia in Amsterdam and Rotterdam is very powerful and control a big part of the international drug trade of Europe, as well as what the police does to fight the criminality and mafia organisations.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

7. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

Experience the enchanting and iconic tulip fields at their purest. You will enjoy a drive-it-yourself trip through the famous flower bulb region, taking in the colors and smells, and stopping as often as you want for a selfie among the tulip and flower fields. You will drive in a tough open-cab Twizy over a 20-kilometer rout among the colorful tulip and flower fields. The road will lead you through the the famous flower bulb region and through to an authentic flower bulb nursery. Throughout your tour, your audio guide will inform you of all the ins and outs of the area, whilst also sharing with you some cool tulip facts. You will cruise down country roads through the flowering tulips and park your Twizy beside the road to admire the sea of flowers up close. Driving a Renault Twizy is super easy and fun, and on the road you will be sure to attract a lot of attention.

Amsterdam: Jordaan Area Private Walking Tour

8. Amsterdam: Jordaan Area Private Walking Tour

Join this 2-hour private walking tour and learn all you need to know about the Jordaan district. This unique experience gives you the chance to see the area through the eyes of a local. The Jordaan district is known as one of the hotspots of Amsterdam. Explore many of its beautiful and historical sights along with your knowledgeable guide. Learn about the history of Jordaan and how it was built for workers and immigrants in the 17th century. Walk past many beautiful sights in the area including, Noordermarkt, Westertoren, Anne Frank House, and Westerstraat. Your private guide will tell you many stories and anecdotes about the rich history and culture of this beautiful district, including the most famous places, but also about the hidden spots only known by the locals.

Amsterdam: Street Art Alternative Guided Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: Street Art Alternative Guided Walking Tour

Visit street art and graffiti halls of fame, squats, cool independent galleries, and funky shops while learning all about the alternative side of Amsterdam on a 2.5-hour tour that’s priced for a group of up to 4 persons. Take this tour at the beginning of your visit to Amsterdam, as your friendly guide will be pointing out places to eat, drink, smoke, dance, and visit during your stay. At the start of the tour your guide will ask you what you’d like to see and do while you’re in Amsterdam. The guide will point out your places of personal interest and their top local recommendations during the tour. The tours are all led by enthusiastic, friendly guides. The guides are passionate and involved in their field of expertise, whether it’s street art and graffiti, coffee shops, local bars, or squat culture. Groups are kept small so that everyone gets personalized attention, and can enjoy a more intimate, localized experience.

Amsterdam: City Centre Beer Tour and Discovery Game

10. Amsterdam: City Centre Beer Tour and Discovery Game

The tour starts at the Cafe de Bekeerde Suster on Kloveniersburgwall, where your interactive adventure awaits. All the information you need for your challenge is available through your phone’s internet browser, the rest is up to you… The adventure takes you through the charming city center as you solve puzzles and riddles to unlock clues to your next destination. Discover parts of the city that not even the locals know about, and see popular sights from a new angle, literally! Solve 16 riddles that take you from one hidden location to the next. Unlock local recommendations, fun facts, and fascinating stories about Amsterdam’s rich history. As you wander around the city, visit a brewery, beer tasting room, and a terrace with a beautiful view of the canal. Once you’ve solved a riddle, don’t forget to celebrate with a few beers along the way.

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What people are saying about North Holland

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Wow this was a very interesting look into the world of sex workers and strip clubs in Amsterdam. Our hostess was extremely cool and she had so many funny Stories. This is definitely a must. In the group that I went with was pretty chill

Fabulous experience, owner was terrific and very helpful. The tour itself was amazing and fun. Lots of tulip fields and fun drive!!! A definite to do while visiting the Netherlands.

This tour was great. We got to see multiple Tulip fields ! You can get very close to the flowers to get pictures . Very easy to use and navigate

Martin was great. The market was so awesome and he introduced us to great local foods.

You must see those places. You must spend one day.