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Amsterdam: Private Crime Tour

1. Amsterdam: Private Crime Tour

Start of this tour from Amsterdam central station where you will meet your private guide. From here, head to the China Town area where your guide will tell you about the Amsterdam heroine epidemic and Chinese mafia in the 1970s. Next, walk to the Red Light District area where you will explore the many narrow streets and where you will learn about the human trafficking and prostitution of Amsterdam. Walk past the first coffees hop of Amsterdam and learn why marijuana got decriminalized and how there is still a lot of criminality and violence involved in the marijuana production. You will also learn about the current situation of the Netherlands and why some people call the Netherlands a narcos state, how the Moroccan mafia in Amsterdam and Rotterdam is very powerful and control a big part of the international drug trade of Europe, as well as what the police does to fight the criminality and mafia organisations.

Amsterdam: Seven Deadly Sins Guided Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: Seven Deadly Sins Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide, then set off on an alternative adventure around Amsterdam. Start off with a stroll around the town center, with its old buildings and picturesque streets. Pass by some of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks, including Beurs van Berlage, Zeedijk Street, and Condomerie. Along the way, learn about the tales and legends of this interesting city, including the Ghost of Helena, who still haunts the city’s medieval buildings. 

Cultural Coffeeshops and Walking Tour in Dutch or German

3. Cultural Coffeeshops and Walking Tour in Dutch or German

Experience how marijuana became an institution in Amsterdam, and go beyond the Rasta cliché of ganja culture on a unique walking tour of the city. Discover the special atmosphere of the coffeeshops where the drug is legally sold, starting with an introduction to the cannabis scene at one of Amsterdam's oldest coffeeshops on Dam Square. Stroll around the city with your knowledgeable guide, stopping at some of Amsterdam's best coffeeshops, pubs and other sites that only a local can know. Visit 3 different coffeeshops and an Irish pub, hearing about the history of the drug and the drug policies of the local authorities. End your ganja tour at the Rembrantplein. Choose the optional rolling tutorial on booking, and get a short walking tour of the Red Light District, followed with a tutorial on how to roll a joint. Choose to spend an extra half an hour and explore the famous flower market and a hidden side of Amsterdam, with a bonus coffeeshop.

Amsterdam: Positive-Impact Alternative Walking Tours

4. Amsterdam: Positive-Impact Alternative Walking Tours

Understand the city's history in order to fully grasp the present. Help to create a positive future by going on a private walking tour, where you will have the opportunity to learn about and give back to the local communities in Amsterdam. Pick one of four tour options, which cover a variety of contemporary issues. While visiting local neighborhoods, discover the Amsterdam most people never get to see. Connect on a personal level with people and places and help to preserve the beauty and culture of Amsterdam. Start at the meeting point and be welcomed by your local guide to get you started and answer any questions that you have. Your guide will give you an introduction and discuss the challenges so that together with your guide you can explore the area and meet the changemakers during two meet-and-greets with local projects.  There are 4 different tours available, each with their own themes and neighborhoods: NDSM Wharf - Counterculture Take a free 15-minute ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station and discover the stories of Amsterdam's counter-culture on the old NDSM wharf. Go to an area of Amsterdam where you can see the past, the present, and the future combined in a single space. Learn about how the area developed from a Dutch shipbuilding hub to a breeding ground for creative talent. Hear stories about city nomads, craftsmen, and artists and answer questions about the commercialization of the district. Amsterdam East - Colonialism and Fair Trade Delver deep into the history of Dutch Trade, the "Golden Age", and the dark colonial past. Walkthrough the beautiful and little-visited neighborhood around Czaar Peter Street in East Amsterdam. Learn about mistakes from the past and how this can create the possibility to do things differently in the future. Visit the Cacao Museum and taste samples of the best single-origin chocolate the world. Red Light District - Beyond the Curtains Look beyond and not just behind the curtains. Learn about the long history and the complexities of prostitution. Encounter another side of the Red Light District and hear the stories of local pioneers. Listen to change-makers share their future vision of this area with you. Amsterdam Green East - Urban Agriculture Get inspired to change the way you think, eat, and consume. Discover new ways of urban farming and the rising potential of green cities. See how agriculture in the city is thriving, visit local gardens, and learn about their harvests.

Amsterdam: Rembrandt City Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Amsterdam: Rembrandt City Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

Your self-guided walking tour adventure begins at the famous Dam Square, in front of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Listen to your audio-guide introduce you to the dynamics that fueled the booming development of the city and the so-called Dutch Golden Age during the 17th century. Continue the walk towards the De Wallen neighborhood, the medieval heart of Amsterdam and home to the lustful red-light district. Here, marvel at the oldest church in Amsterdam, where Rembrandt’s children were baptized and the place where his beloved wife was buried. Move onto the Waag building next and admire its fascinating architecture while listening to stories about the background of Rembrandt’s celebrated painting, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. Discover more about the dominant position of the guilds in Amsterdam’s economy as you enjoy a beautiful stroll through the scenic city streets. Stumble upon the beautiful canal houses of some of Rembrandt’s most affluent clients, such as the Trippenhuis, the Star House, and Jan Six’s house. This is a great opportunity to see some of the places where Rembrandt painted his famous portraits and learn about his professional contacts and career evolution. Throughout the tour, admire an array of prominent symbols of the thriving Golden Age, including the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company. Follow Rembrandt’s rapid rise to a first-rate master painter and his later financial collapse as you move from his house to the places that inspired him, including the stunning Zuidekerk and the dreamy Blue Bridge. The tour ends in from of the Rembranthuis Museum where the great painter lived a large portion of his life and where he produced a selection of his masterpieces.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 22 reviews

This was an amazing tour, a real eye opener!! We visited Amsterdam several times, so we wanted to do something different. It was very interesting and we never knew some of the extreme crime this city has. We learned about the old Dutch mafia but also about the new Moroccan mafia that is getting more powerful in the Netherlands. In recent years there was even a decapitated head found of one the mafia members in Amsterdam! This tour is a must do for anyone that is interested in crime!! You will get a real insight of the current situation of crime and mafia in the Netherlands. Crazy stuff!

Erik, Jeevan and Selman gave us an amazing tour of local coffee shops and a great amount of interesting facts and trivia about the city, its culture and everything in between. The visited locations were hidden gems with next to no tourists and a great atmosphere. I can highly recommend this tour for anyone at all. Very friendly and competent guides.

The tour was beyond great. Erik Our guide was really a joker. He made the tour with so much fun, wit, energy and commitment that you would like to spend the whole day with him. In addition, he is an absolute language genius, so you can talk to him in German, English, French and Dutch.

We had Peter as our guide. He did a great tour with us through the old town of Amsterdam. We went off the typical tourist destinations and learned a lot about crime in Amsterdam and how it was/is dealt with. 5/5, I do recommend this tour.

Such a great experience with the best and open minded guid i have ever met! So nice & It was so inspiring to see a different side of Amsterdam and to experience the cultural background, far away from the mainstream. thank you so much!