Guided Alternative Tour2024-03-20T21:42:39+01:00

Alternative Tour Amsterdam

Private Alternative tour Amsterdam

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Booking FAQ

Why are certain dates unavailable in the calendar?2024-03-08T14:27:09+01:00

We accept booking requests up to 2 days prior to the tour date. In case you want to make a reservation on a shorter notice, you can contact us directly and see if we have availability.

In Amsterdam, we offer limited private tours on Saturdays during high season (May – August). They are not bookable via the booking system, please contact us to inquire about our availability.

If we shorten the 2-hour tour, do I get a discount?2023-05-06T14:41:27+02:00

No. Happy to explain;

Our guides are paid per given tour, not at an hourly rate. For this reason, we can’t give a discount if the tour is shortened or altered in any other way. We believe that our prices are fair and competitive, plus the guides also have to travel to & from the meeting point and are unable to take other shifts on the half-day of your tour.

We advise not to shorten the tours, two hours for a walking tour is a perfect time to get a quality tour at a relaxed pace. If you still desire to do it in less time, we are happy to give you the best tour possible in the requested time slot.

 

Can I get a discount or commission for booking a tour?2022-12-19T05:26:50+01:00

Instead of giving discounts, we offer our tours at competitive prices. We are transparent about these costs; they are required to cover our expenses for offering a quality tour.

We don’t work with commissions, as an independent tour company we work without affiliates, sponsors or commission-based travel agents. This is how we keep our prices competitive and our recommendations honest.

Can we choose our own date & time for the tour?2024-03-27T09:15:15+01:00

You can request a tour on any time & date, two days prior to the event.

  • For bookings on the same day, or next 48 hours, we kindly ask you to contact us directly.
  • In Amsterdam, we offer private tours from Monday to Friday during high season (May to August). We have no available guides on Saturdays & Sunday during these months.
  • In the rare case that your requested date & time is unavailable, we will suggest multiple alternative options.
How do I pay for the tour?2023-07-31T15:27:35+02:00

After confirming your tour details, you are taken to the payment screen. Choose your payment method here and complete the transaction as instructed. Aside from your booking confirmation, you will receive a booking order with your payment details.

Our system support the following payment methods:

  • iDeal
  • Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express)
  • SEPA Bank Transfer
  • KCB/CBC Bank
  • SOFORT Banking
  • Bancontact
  • Belfius Bank

After payment, you will receive a confirmation with an automated invoice.

If you prefer to pay per invoice, please request it in the form with the required details. Payment per invoice is offered with an additional administrative fee of €4,50.

How do I know if my booking is confirmed?2022-10-11T17:37:11+02:00

Fill in the form and it will be sent to us. We aim to answer your request within 24 hours.

  1. We will find the perfect guide(s) for your specific group and process your requests.
  2. You receive a confirmation of the details and a link for payment.
  3. After payment, your booking is secured and you will receive an automated invoice and confirmation.
How many people per guide?2022-10-28T12:29:31+02:00

For Amsterdam tours, local regulations state limit us to a maximum of 15 people per guide in Amsterdam. For a group of more than 15 people, we schedule multiple guides. The restrictions are strictly monitored by the municipality, exceeding the maximum per guide may result in a fine and us losing our license.

The other cities have no legal restrictions. However, we feel we can offer our best service with groups up to 20 people per guide in Rotterdam, The Hague, Haarlem, Utrecht & Delft. For a group larger than 20 people, we schedule multiple guides.

This way we can maintain the quality that our visitors deserve!

Can I change/cancel my reservation after booking?2022-10-11T17:21:05+02:00

You can cancel your reservation up to 14 days before your reservation free of charge. If you want minor changes for the tour, like the meeting point or number of people, just send us an email.

If your question is not listed in the Frequently Asked Questions, contact us directly and we will help you on your way!

Ya Chi Chung
Ya Chi Chung
2023-12-24
Otto was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. He explained everything in detail about Amsterdam. 10/10
Tony Chung
Tony Chung
2023-12-24
Joined the walking tour, and the tour guide, Otto is very nice and funny. We enjoyed the tour a lot.
Joey Goh
Joey Goh
2023-12-24
Great tour explanation with guide Otto!
Chung Sow Shinn
Chung Sow Shinn
2023-12-24
Had a fantastic tour with Otto
Brian Santana Overton
Brian Santana Overton
2023-12-24
Good tour
Amedeo Marciano
Amedeo Marciano
2023-12-15
Very nice experience with Otto that guided us all around Amsterdam , telling us about history , tips . Historical but also funny
Felipe Arcanjo
Felipe Arcanjo
2023-12-15
I had a great tour with Otto today - very pleasant and knowledgeable. Thank you!!
james w
james w
2023-12-15
Otto gave us a good tour

Explore The Real Amsterdam On This Special Tour For True Culture Vultures

Step away from the tired tourist track and immerse yourself into the real Amsterdam, its counterculture, the history of the Red Light District and its strange smoking habits. Dive into the fascinating world of Dutch cycling culture, a hallmark of the city. Wander through the authentic neighborhood of the Jordaan and gaze at thought-provoking street art and independent cafes and boutiques. Our tour starts and ends on Dam square and takes you right into the heart of the city.

*Guided Alternative Tour is suitable for all ages, wheel-chair friendly (please notify us) and dog-friendly

Half-Baked History

What We Cover On The Alternative Tour:

Step beyond the familiar tourist traps and into the whimsical world of counterculture, turning a conservative post-War city into the liberal hub it is today. On our tour, we peel back the city’s layers to reveal intriguing historic facts that aren’t touched upon by the conventional history books. On the Alternative Tour, we cover:

  • Half-baked history, the story of the marijuana policy of Amsterdam
  • Jordaan neighborhood
  • Street art & graffiti
  • Hippie history
  • Squatting story
  • LGBTQ rights & Gay Monument

Authentic City Vibes & Vibrant Street Art

Explore the captivating neighborhood of Jordaan in Amsterdam and immerse yourself in its rich history and irresistible charm. Walk its narrow streets lined with cozy cafes, art studios, and independent boutiques, and uncover the stories of rebellious artists, working-class heroes, and the struggles of a bygone era. Discover a world where creativity bursts from every corner and walls transform into captivating masterpieces. Engage yourself in the vibrant street art scene of Amsterdam, where the city’s walls become a canvas for artistic expression and social commentary.

Vibrant Street Art Scene

Read Our Guides’ Personal Recommendations

Visit our Recommendations Page for Amsterdam and meet our dedicated guides. Read their personal recommendations for places to visit & things to do, and find out why they are excited to share their stories from their beloved city!

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