24 Best Amsterdam Cultural & History Tours 2019 - Best Tours in Amsterdam

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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
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
LGBT History Tour Amsterdam
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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35 EUR

LGBT History Tour Amsterdam

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The Netherlands was the first country in the world with a monument for LGBT victims and the first country where same sex marriages were legal. How it all happened, from the 17th Century till 2001 gay marriage.
From
35 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.
From
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
VIP Red Light District Tour
Tour ∙ 1.5 hrs
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35 EUR

VIP Red Light District Tour

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Get an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Red Light District of Amsterdam during this 1,5-hour walking including a meet & greet with a real sex worker and take a look inside one of the window brothels.
From
35 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!
From
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!
From
28 EUR
Explore hidden streets with a friend
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
 ∙ From 
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

Customer feedback about Cultural & History Tours in Amsterdam

Rating 4.8 based on 33 reviews

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Henk is a walking library!
I was fortunate to be the only one in the tour today and thus had so much time chatting with Henk and asking questions. Henk’s tour is probably the best I’ve had in the life so far. In the 2hr walk, the introduction of the history in Amsterdam was very organized and chronological, along with the views.

I was brought back to the 17th, WWII, and living in the presence. Henk taught and reminded me that the progress and liberty we enjoy today are from a surviving and struggling past and certainly should not be forgotten.

Henk also shared lots of stories and fun facts that turned over my original thoughts. The most surprising part was probably when Henk took out his books and read the paragraphs and poem to me. It was just beautiful, as we relived in the historical moments. I almost got tears several times.

Being a tourist from Taiwan where we’ve only legalized same sex marriage very recently, I was deeply touched by the works of the pioneers in the history. I also truly appreciate the dedications of Henk that he’s trying the best to spread out the knowledge.

Top highlight of my Amsterdam trip! :)
LGBT History Tour Amsterdam
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!
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
T
Excellent Tour and Friendly Guide!
I took this afternoon tour in May 2019. Henk is welcoming and very knowledgeable. The group size was perfect and the tour is just the right amount of time. It's a great way to learn about Dutch history, culture, and why Amsterdam was a leader in LGBT rights. Henk will tell you about the brave men and women through history who fought (and sometimes died) for their rights and show you the places where important events happened. It's a great tour for all, straight or gay. Be sure to sign up for Henk's LGBT walking tour of Amsterdam!
LGBT History Tour Amsterdam
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!
S
Excellent tour, knowledgeable guide
I took the LGBT history walking tour with Henk. He is an excellent guide, very friendly and knowledgeable about Amsterdam, and passionate about history. He took me and my friend to some interesting sights in the city center and gave us information about the sights that we would not have found on our own. Afterward, Henk took us to a great local bar where we continued chatting. I highly recommend this tour.
LGBT History Tour Amsterdam
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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
L
Amazing tour
It is my first time in a LGBT tour ever and I found it very interesting. Henk has a lot of knowledge about the city, history in the city and LGBT hystory. It was just amazing to hear him tell stories in different places of the city from the LGBT perspective. And having a beer with him and the other participants at the end and share stories was just the perfect ending.Totally recommended!
LGBT History Tour 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

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