Guided Historical Tour2024-03-20T21:44:38+01:00

Historical Tour Amsterdam

Guided tour in 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

Discover The Dutch Capital With A Local On The Original Tour Of Amsterdam!

Get a total overview of our city’s history on this 2-hour tour, with the inside story from our local guides. After leaving the meeting point on Dam square, we will go from the birthplace of the city to some of the great landmarks. While strolling through unassuming alleyways and along the canals, our knowledgeable guides will tell you about Amsterdam’s history and culture today. Join our Historical Tour and find out about the pros and cons of our greatest touristic attraction, how it affects the future of our beloved city and how Guided Tours Holland promotes responsible & sustainable tourism.

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

What We Cover On The Historical Tour

With its stunning canals, historic archicture and labyrinth streets, Amsterdam’s city center offers an open-air museum with surprises to find around every corner. On our Historical Tour, we touch on the following:

  • The Royal Palace
  • The UNESCO Canal Belt
  • History of the Jewish Quarter
  • Origin of Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam in the Golden Age
  • Amsterdam during WWII
  • Modern-day Amsterdam and urban culture
  • Tips for getting around the city & places to visit

How A Small Fishing Village Became The Dutch Capital

Once upon a time, in the 17th century, there was a small fishing village in the province of North Holland. Find out how a small anchorage turned into a thriving transportation hub and how it affected the Netherland’s role in Europe as a traders country. Learn why Amsterdam became the Dutch capital, while the government isn’t located here and how the colonial era marked the rapid development of the city. Sail along with the explorers of the VOC (Dutch East India Company), bringing the rest of the world to Europe’s gateway and discover how WWII left its mark on the city.

What To Do And What Not To Do While In Amsterdam

As passionate ambassadors of the city, our guides will tell you where to go and what tourist traps to avoid. Find out where the city’s hotspots are and where the locals eat, drink and hang out. Learn about Dutch customs, why you should steer clear from the bike lanes, and what our favorite snack is.

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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