18 Best Amsterdam Cultural & History Tours 2020 - Best Tours in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Private Boat Tour with Drinks Included!
Tour ∙ 1.5 hrs
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37 EUR

Amsterdam Private Boat Tour with Drinks Included!

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Have the ultimate Amsterdam experience: admire the city from the water! We own a luxurious historic 'saloonboat' and can show you all of the highlights. This boat can be open in the back or fully covered with heating! During the tour we’ll serve beer, wines, soda and water (all included).
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37 EUR
Historic Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals
Tour ∙ 1.2 hrs
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29 EUR

Historic Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals

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See the best of Amsterdam from its historic canals, as you relax on board a 100-year-old traditional Dutch boat. Follow in the footsteps of Rembrandt and get to see the iconic painter's favorite streets and neighborhoods. Enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee and stroopwafel.
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29 EUR
Open Your Eyes! Visit the Van Gogh Museum with a Qualified Art Historian
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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35 EUR

Open Your Eyes! Visit the Van Gogh Museum with a Qualified Art Historian

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A local art historian will tell you about Vincent’s life and art in an inspiring way as you explore the museum’s collection and temporary exhibitions.
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35 EUR
Walking Tour Through Historical Amsterdam
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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35 EUR

Walking Tour Through Historical Amsterdam

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Experience the highlights of Amsterdam as well as its unknown treasures on an entertaining walking tour with an art historian who has been living in the city for more than 30 years.
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35 EUR
Experience Amsterdam Rijksmuseum with an Entertaining Art Historian
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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35 EUR

Experience Amsterdam Rijksmuseum with an Entertaining Art Historian

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Experience the Rijksmuseum with an entertaining art historian. It’s easy to get lost or bored in such a big museum, but not with an experienced local guide!
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35 EUR
Historical Jordaan Walking Tour
Tour ∙ 1.5 hrs
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15 EUR

Historical Jordaan Walking Tour

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Travel back in time and get to know what Amsterdam used to be like in the 17th century! See famous historical landmarks, hear heartbreaking stories of the past, and discover the vibrancy of the Jordaan neighbourhood!
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15 EUR
Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum Tour with a Local Art Historian
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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35 EUR

Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum Tour with a Local Art Historian

Enjoy modern and contemporary art and design with a local art historian! Take a tour of the temporary exhibitions or the inspiring collection of modern art and design. A fabulous experience!
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35 EUR
The Red Light District from a female perspective
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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35 EUR

The Red Light District from a female perspective

Amsterdam is known as a tolerant and liberal city. But what is myth and what is still typical for the Red Light District.
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35 EUR
Plantage area to Museum Willet-Holthuysen (outside the touristic paths)
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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10 EUR

Plantage area to Museum Willet-Holthuysen (outside the touristic paths)

A promenade a bit outside the touristic paths. This walking tour will start at the Scheepvaart museum (shipping museum) and will end on Museum Willet-Holthuysen - Herengracht 605.
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10 EUR
Golden Age Architecture Walk
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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53 EUR

Golden Age Architecture Walk

Amsterdam was booming in the 17th century. In our walk a specialized arthistorian will present fun and facts of the Golden Age.
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53 EUR
Amsterdam Hidden Gems by Bike+25 Photos
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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28 EUR

Amsterdam Hidden Gems by Bike+25 Photos

We'll visit the oldest parts of the city beginning at Dam Square, the red-light district, and the Vondelpark. We will take you from the most colourful streets to the streets full of black and white art. We will pass by the several art cafes and the beautifully designed places.
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28 EUR
Canal cruise & Amsterdam Light Festival
Tour ∙ 1.2 hrs
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28 EUR

Canal cruise & Amsterdam Light Festival

Sit back in one of our small & heated private boats while we guide you through the Light Sculptures of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Enjoy warm mulled wine along the art route. Different from other tour companies we will also cruise the canal area and 7 bridges. Extra time & interesting scenery!
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28 EUR
Explore hidden streets with a friend
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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30 EUR

Explore hidden streets with a friend

Escape the crowds and explore tranquil places in a historic neighbourhood. See Amsterdam with the eyes of a local.
From
30 EUR
Sustainability and circular economy tour of de Ceuvel
Tour ∙ 1 hr
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20 EUR

Sustainability and circular economy tour of de Ceuvel

The tour covers the story of De Ceuvel. You will learn about sustainability & the circular economy, urban renewal strategies, architecture and communal experimentation and bottom-up development. Every last Sunday of the month on 16:00.
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20 EUR
Alternative Amsterdam
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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25 EUR

Alternative Amsterdam

Alternative Amsterdam will lead you away from the busy city center and lets you discover the rapidly changing, trendy neighbourhood of Noord. In Amsterdam North, old factories and shipyards dominated the skyline for decades. Nowadays it is full of art spaces, alternative markets and cafés.
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25 EUR

Customer feedback about Cultural & History Tours in Amsterdam

Rating 4.7 based on 29 reviews

Fascinating and informative guided tour
Fascinating and informative guided tour about the history of the old Amsterdam neighbourhood ‘De Jordaan’. Guide Breklyn takes you to places tourists would not normally find by themselves, and some other hidden gems. Interesting places: the corridors of Willemstreet, Johnny Jordaan Square, Begijnhof (former Béguinage), Westerchurch, Homomonument, and so much more.
Historical Jordaan Walking Tour
Lovely tour of Amsterdam
This was such a lovely tour! It was so nice to do a tour of the canals with just my family. Vanessa told us interesting stories as went thru the canals. With her small boat she was able to take us down some of the quieter canals that the larger tour boats can't travel down. Wet had our teenagers and Grandma with us and everyone enjoyed this tour.
Historic Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals
Don’t hesitate! This is the boat you want :)
Carl was an amazing host. He made me and my friends feel at ease and made the entire experience perfect. He offers great local insight to Amsterdam and some interesting history along the way, but clearly reads the group and delivers whatever will make the trip most enjoyable for everyone. Cant recommend it enough.
Amsterdam Private Boat Tour with Drinks Included!
A master class taught by an expert.
Karla was remarkable. She spent three hours with us. First setting the stage in the museum cellar, then ascending into the rest of the building. She got us through crowds and positioned us to enable getting a senses not just of the art but if the historical context. Karla is outstanding.
Experience Amsterdam Rijksmuseum with an Entertaining Art Historian
Van Gough museum
Karla was amazing, her knowledge made the tour highly entertaining.
She is a wonderful lady and also gave some insights of the city on the way to the Museum which was a real bonus.
Highly recommend booking Kala.
Open Your Eyes! Visit the Van Gogh Museum with a Qualified Art Historian
Wonderful experience!!!
From the boat ride to the scenery everything was amazing including these great guys. They were really helpful with our travel and history questions. We will definitely bring our friends next time we visit.
Amsterdam Private Boat Tour with Drinks Included!
The Best way to visit Amsterdam city center!
Historic Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals
Great tour! :D
Amsterdam Private Boat Tour with Drinks Included!
Fantastic tour - made the entire experience more interesting
Experience Amsterdam Rijksmuseum with an Entertaining Art Historian
M
If you want to visit the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum and come away with a rewarding experience, I highly recommend Karolina. We only had one day to see both. She showed us all the highlights and provided just the right amount of in-depth details without information overload. We are not art buffs but we felt like ones after the tour. Then she took us for a lovely hands-on street tour of some of the Amsterdam neighborhoods. Very knowledgeable, great personality, and a real pro. Thanks Karolina.
Experience Amsterdam Rijksmuseum with an Entertaining Art Historian
An insider's tour through the Amsterdam canals
Vera gave us a fantastic tour across the canals of the Amsterdam city centre. She had great stories, anecdotes and information about the city that you can only really get from a local.

The boat was a brilliant, 100 year old vessel that was very comfortable and came equipped with drinks and refreshments. My guests loved it and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to try something different from the regular canal tours outside Centraal Station.
Historic Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals
Fantastic!
This was an fantastic afternoon. Not only is a canal cruise the best way to see Amsterdam but our guides were excellent. Karl and his partner were fun, laid back and full of information about Amsterdam. They filled up our drinks, provided great conversation and took us to all the great spots. I've been on the canals before and this was by far the best one. Highly recommend these guys! I'll be booking again when we have other guests.
Amsterdam Private Boat Tour with Drinks Included!
L
If Dr Karlonia isn't already a national treasure, she needs to be. Superlatives do not begin to paint the picture. she is all of that and more. Great communicator. Steeped in historical and local knowledge. Worldly in triangulating history (art, literature, architecture, social, political) and the human stories. a rare treat and worth sharing with others. two enthusiastic thumbs up for karolina !
Walking Tour Through Historical Amsterdam
R
Best boat trip ever!
We had a 2 hour lovely tour in the Amsterdam canals. I felt like a celebrity as lot's of people took pictures of the boat (and us)- no surprise as this is really the cutest boat in the canal. It is over 100 years old and the schipper shared the history with us which is fascinating. Best thing: it's all electric which is so soothing and quiet cruising the canals. Highly recommended

Historic Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals
A pleasant time
Karl and his partner run a lovely job, and you can feel that atmosphere. Since the beginning he was available on several emails exchanges to make all doubts cleared. The tour itself was nice and comfortable. He explain main things but also let you enjoy the view and the peace around the canals while tasting a french red wine. Super! Thanks buddies!
Amsterdam Private Boat Tour with Drinks Included!
V
Karla provided our group with a historical walking tour of Amsterdam as well as a guided tour of the Van Gogh and Rijks museums. Her knowledge is only surpassed by her wonderful personality. The background information that she provided was at the right level i.e. not too little but not too much. She was absolutely OUTSTANDING!
Open Your Eyes! Visit the Van Gogh Museum with a Qualified Art Historian
Exactly what I had hoped for.
Karla was lovely. Very friendly, knowledgeable and personable. The pace of the tour was perfect. Really enjoyed getting to know the city through Karla's eyes. She has lived in Amsterdam most of her life and can therefore share the old and the new Amsterdam through personal experience.
Walking Tour Through Historical Amsterdam
M
Take It From A Local, This Is THE Boat!
I live in Amsterdam and have been on many boat tours. After discovering this tour during the Lights Festival in December, we keep coming back with our visiting friends and family to explore the canals with Vera. She makes the experience so special and the boat is gorgeous too!
Historic Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals
K
Fun and informative
The historical boat tour was a great orientation to Amsterdam. Our tour guide's enthusiasm and sense of humor brought light to a rainy day. And the boat stayed cozy and dry. The tour balanced historical facts and current events. We would strongly recommend this tour to all!
Historic Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals
The Dutch Masters with a Master!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Karla. Her approach to our tour of the Rijksmusuem was unique, personal and illuminating. So many interesting details shared with warmth and charm. Our appreciation of the Masters has increased immensely. Be sure to ask for Karla!!
Experience Amsterdam Rijksmuseum with an Entertaining Art Historian

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