Walking Tour of Amsterdam

Price
from 51 USD
Duration
4 hrs
Activity Level
MODERATE
Tour Category
Private Tours
Walking Tour of Amsterdam

Discover the inspiring city of Amsterdam on a comprehensive walking tour from the narrowest house to the widest bridge of this beautiful city built on hundreds of canals and wooden foundations. 

      

Highlights
(Click on the name to see Photo)
  • Canal district & Houseboats
  • Red Light District
  • Dam Square
  • Basilica of St. Nicholas
  • Royal Palace
  • Central Railway Station

Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel. The most exciting feature of the canals are the houseboats. By origin houseboats were a way to deal with the Amsterdam housing shortage, however, nowadays they are still in high demand. Some of the houseboats once were cargo vessels and are now converted into houseboats, other boats were built specifically for this purpose. In Amsterdam you find these houseboats along the canals and the Amstel river and in the former Amsterdam docklands

1 hour

De Wallen or De Walletjes is the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam. It consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights. These "kamers" are the most visible and typical kind of red light district sex work in Amsterdam and are a large tourist attraction. De Wallen, together with the prostitution areas Singelgebied and Ruysdaelkade, form the Rosse Buurt (red light areas) of Amsterdam. Of these De Wallen is the oldest and largest area. The area also has a number of sex shops, sex theatres, peep shows, a sex museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops that sell marijuana.

40 min
Dam Square is a town square in Amsterdam. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city and the country. On the west end of the square is the Royal Palace, formerly a city hall. Beside it are the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. The National Monument, a white stone pillar erected in 1956 to memorialize the victims of World War II, can be found on the opposite side of the square. Also overlooking the plaza is the upscale department store De Bijenkorf. These various attractions have turned the Dam into a tourist zone.
30 min

The Basilica of Saint Nicholas is located in the Old Centre district. It is the city's major Catholic church. The basilica has a collection of religious murals. Above the high altar is the crown of Maximilian I, which is a symbol seen throughout Amsterdam. Inside the newly renovated church, there is a 19th-century Sauer Organ, on which concerts are given and mass is accompanied.

20 min

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament. It was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. The palace is located on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk. Most of the year, the Royal Palace is open for visitors with audioguide or pre-booked group tours. It's closed for the special royal events.

20 min

Amsterdam Centraal is the largest railway station of Amsterdam. It was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, who is also known for his design of the Rijksmuseum, and first opened in 1889. It features a Gothic/Renaissance Revival style building and a cast iron platform roof spanning approximately 40 metres. It's the main transportation hub of the city, linking the railway, the metro of Amsterdam and the city buses.

30 min

Detailed Program

Time Description
Meeting time: Usually 30 minutes after the ship docks but no earlier than 09:00 am.
00:00 - 00:10 Meet your guide and driver outside the main port gate. 
  

We will enjoy the rich culture, history and striking architecture of Amsterdam as we visit the Dam Square, infamous Red Light district, Old and New Church and the Royal Palace. We will also pass the unique house boats lining the waterways and Begijnhof Covent courtyard, known as Amsterdam’s oldest inner courts — and one of the city’s best known landmarks.

  

Tour Highlights:

  • Scenic views of Amsterdam waterfront streets
  • Highlights of the Dutch architecture
  • Red Light District
  • Dam Square
  • St. Nicholas Basilica
  • Royal Palace
  • Hidden courtyards & passages
  • Canal district & houseboats
  • Canal boat tour

03:00 - 04:00 Our walking tour comes to an end by the Central Railway Station, where you will board a canal boat for a memorable journey on the waters of Amsterdam.

Before leaving you to enjoy the boat tour, your tour guide is pleased to give you instructions for returning to your hotel/ cruise ship after the boat tour ends in the same central location by the Central Railway Station.

Included

  • Professional tour guide for 3 hrs 
  • Walking City Tour of Amsterdam
  • Please choose your language: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Join-in public boat tour at the end of the walking tour
  • Smiles and positive experience

NOT Included

  • Tips/Gratuity
  • Any other admissions/donations 
  • Transportation from/to the port
  • Other languages are available on request. A surcharge might apply. Please inquire with our managers.
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.

Important

Please don't be late to meet your guide as your tour will be shortened proportionally.

DISCOUNTS:  
Children under 3 y.o. = FREE
Children 4-12 y.o. = 5 USD OFF
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