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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
  • Visit Amsterdam's highlights away from the busy crowds
  • Wander the Red Light District and visit the Royal Palace and Dam Square
  • Learn about Amsterdam's history, culture, and architecture from your local guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Visit places that coaches can’t reach on this introductory walking tour, perfect for first-time visitors.
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Professional guide
PPE for guides- Hand Sanitizer for guests
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Beursplein 5 , Beursplein 5, 1012 JW Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beursplein 5 is the starting point address. This is the entrance to the NYStock Exchange. The small square is between the Central Station and Dam square in the center of the city. You are in the right place if you can see the Body World museum across the street.

Amsterdams Lieverdje , Spui 14, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Your walking tour of Amsterdam begins in the morning in Dam Square, where your informative guide leads your small group around the historical center. Learn about Amsterdam's history, arts, culture, and architecture, from the city’s humble beginnings on the Amstel River to the glorious Golden Age to today.

View the Royal Palace, the famous Dutch East Indies company, the Begijnhof courtyard with its hidden church, the Amsterdam Museum and the old city gates. Admire perfectly preserved 17th-century gabled houses and peaceful tree-lined canals dotted with traditional Dutch houseboats.

Wander down the bustling shopping street of Kalverstraat, and in the Jordaan district, note the many upscale art galleries, specialty shops, and restaurants. Your guide also takes you into the alleys of the notorious Red Light District (de Wallen).

End your tour at Westerchurch, with plenty of time left in the day to continue exploring on your own.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Damrak
This is where your tour will begin- on a small square next to the Damrak.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dam Square
The Dam square is the heart of the downtown and we pass by this monument during the tour to talk about some historic buildings.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Kalverstraat
This is the largest retail space in the nation. We will pass by this on our walk
Pass By:  
Westerkerk
This monument is in the Canal District and can be seen during the tour for some great photos.
Pass By:  
Red Light District
There is more then one red light in Amsterdam. We will pass through a less known district but not interfere in the business going on. We give you some of the basic information in respect to the workers no stoping here.
Stop At:  
Royal Palace Amsterdam
The Palace is on our tour route. We tell some history of the building and its relativeness in todays city.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Maison Descartes
Some of our guides, on nicer days, will go west of the city center to the Jordaan. If you request at the start we will make the journey.
Stop At:  
WOW Tours
This is the starting point of the tour.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nieuwmarkt
This neighborhood is in the middle of our tours in the East part of downtown. Here you will see and hear about the citys expanding history.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Portuguese Synagogue
Very Close to the New Market area is the heart of the Jewish district of Amsterdam. We will point out this historic Landmark as we discuss our historic link to Jewish immigration.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. The average tour size is between 4 and 8 people.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Your health is our top priority, and we have put special measures in place to keep all guests safe both during and after your activity. * **Stringent Cleaning** - We’ve increased the frequency of disinfecting surfaces and high traffic areas between each tour, and hand sanitizer will be available to all of our guests. * **Social Distancing** - Guests will stay at a safe 6-foot distance during all points of the tour. We also ensure that all staff members will be wearing the necessary PPE. * **Wellness Checks** - Employees receive daily wellness checks to ensure they are healthy and symptom-free. If you or anyone in your group is experiencing symptoms, we will work directly with you to cancel or reschedule your tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
  • OPERATED BY WOW Tours Amsterdam
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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "It is a lot of walking, but well worth it!" See review
  • "Avoiding the overload that can happen with some tour guides." See review
  • "Highly recommend WOW tours, small group and great great guide!" See review

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star-5
Wonderful experience
shivang_b
, Jul. 2022
Good tour, all details covered. Very good guide. All details were explained. Guide answered the questions and was very joyful
star-5
Great introduction to Amsterdam
ee99rsp
, Jun. 2022
The tour with Shaun was great. He was very knowledgeable about the city and enthusiastic. I did a canal tour in the morning and nothing we visited overlapped which was great. I recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the architecture of Amsterdam.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Walking the Heart of Amsterdam
Cindy_G
, Jun. 2022
Loved learning about the architecture, history and neighborhoods of Amsterdam. A small group so very conversational. A great way to experience the city for the first time. Great tour guide!
star-5
Outstanding
David_A
, Jun. 2022
Local knowledge of the area was outstanding. Very entertaining and packed full of interesting facts of the city
star-5
Great Intro
Christi_B
, Jun. 2022
Sean and Tolkien were excellent guides. The tour was perfect the intro/welcome to Amsterdam. Highly recommend for getting your bearings in the city.
star-3
Disappointing
Susan_S
, Jun. 2022
I was looking forward to this tour to get a physical orientation to Amsterdam and to understand something about its history and culture. After 3 hours though, I was even more confused about its layout. I didn’t learn very much about its history. I did learn about a number of restaurants to try, although I couldn’t find them.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Its good to share these thoughts. Perhaps when others read this review they can think of bringing a map along rather than relying on a phone. I am always available to clarify any confusion, especially at end of tour.
star-5
Confusion ... but it ended in a private walking tour
Dawn_O
, Jun. 2022
When we arrived at the designated spot, there was no tour group. I called the phone number on the ticket and within 10 minutes (after we sorted out the confusion) we were on a private walking tour that far surpassed our expectations! very informative and a great 5-mile hike! We saw it all, I think and would do it again. Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hay Dawn I would take you guys around again anytime as well - great company!
star-5
Great overview tour of Amsterdam
Ngayan_L
, Jun. 2022
The tour was just the right length but covered a lot of the history, architecture, and other interesting stories about Amsterdam. It gave us a great overview of the city and it was wholy interesting. Sean was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was a wonderful guide and we thoroughly enjoyed the time on the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you for mentioning the overview I believe people will appreciate this review.
star-5
Relaxed and highly satisfying
Richard_W
, Jun. 2022
Sean was funny and crazy knowledgeable. Very relaxed and very responsive to questions. Adjusted our route to deal with crowds and (only a little) rain. Would recommend to anyone but particularly those who appreciate informality.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Yes informal! Great way to put it. Just you, me, (possibly the dog) and the city. And only a little rain, we like our flowers blooming. Cheers for the write up.
star-5
Best 3 hours walking Amsterdam you will do.
Susan_A
, May 2022
Fantastic guide & best 3 hour walking city tour to understand culture & history. Loved it This city is safe & easy to love
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Wow! very exciting review. I believe others will get excited to book this tour now. This city IS easy to love.
star-5
Great tour, nice guy.
Antony_G
, May 2022
This was a great tour, our American guide (Sean), was very funny with great humour, but also very knowledgable and made the walk a fun experience but educational as well so got the balance just right. We visited a lot of places and Sean pointed out places of interest, both historical and entertaining. Great tour, nice guy.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Personally I want to thank you for the complement. Also good way of describing the general feel of the tour. I love it.
star-4
Good overall history of Amsterdam
Bonnie_H
, May 2022
The guides explanations of the history of Amsterdam and the construction of the homes in the city we’re interesting
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Creating interest in the city is something I like giving to our visitors. Thank you for sharing this comment with others thinking about taking an interesting tour.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Tour guide focused on a...
Fred_K
, May 2022
Tour guide focused on a lot of the less touristy sites which provided a lot better view of what life in Amsterdam is like. We were a small group so got a little special attention
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Well Fred it was great taking your group around. Super happy you shared your thoughts with others here.
star-5
Fantastic tour guide !
Jerry_J
, May 2022
Our guide shared a lot of history by way of many good stories. It was fantastic! We highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Our aim is to make history and culture fun. Thank you for the shout out.
star-5
Great walking tour
Mona_A
, May 2022
Great walking tour with loads of history, useful tips, anecdotes & a few laughs. Relaxed guide who clearly knew the city well and brought it to life! Shame he couldn’t bring the sunshine!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Admittedly the weather is not great sometimes for touring, it is however wonderful for the tulips. Good note for visitors to the NL always be prepared to wear layers. Thanks for the good time.
star-4
City centre tour
Brent_M
, May 2022
Seeing and hearing about the city in a different way Good information Tour guide was very knowledgable
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Short and sweet- thank you
star-5
Would Recommend
nyccitygirl1118
, May 2022
Very happy with tour & guide. He was an expat from America & my fellow travelers were also American so he gave us great tips! This tour helped me understand Dutch culture & learn about the area!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I like your review name. Of course. Thank you for the review. I believe other travellers will find it insight-full.
star-5
Great tour!
Lorraine_C
, May 2022
Shaun was a great guide with lots of interesting facts and sights about Amsterdam. Really loved the walking tour, more so than a canal tour I took a couple of days later. It was great to get the personal experience of someone who has lived there for so long.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Well the canal ride would give you more of a new perspective on the buildings -looking up from water level. I am glad you took our tour before to have some context at what you are seeing. Other guests should take note, great review.
star-5
Great day tour with lots of info
Jaclyn_W
, May 2022
Walking around and listening to the history of Amsterdam. Lots of great info. We really enjoyed the tips and tour of the city. Great tour!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
It was a pleasure. Sounds like you took some of my advice. I will keep passing it on. Thank you for that comment.
star-4
Great time
Demus_L
, May 2022
Nice being able to get a detail history of the city. Would recommend to anyone visiting. Definitely will do it again.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I tend not to focus on the History, but it is refreshing to have a chat about some facts when the audience is receptive, so thank you.

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