Kick off your tour at Amsterdam Centraal Station in either the morning or afternoon, depending on the departure time selected at checkout. As you stroll towards you first sight, listen to commentary that reveals the idiosyncrasies of Dutch culture: discover the significance of tulips, why Dutch windows are so large, and what happens in Amsterdam’s secret basements
Your first stop is St. Nicholas Church, one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful cathedrals, from where you’ll proceed to a small gallery dedicated to young Dutch designers. After shopping for unique souvenirs, continue exploring the alternative Amsterdam by visiting areas frequented by street artists: chase an ever-changing tableau of murals and graffiti with your guide.
Then, head towards The Spui, a picturesque square home to a flea market brimming with eclectic products, before you continue Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter, full of grand Renaissance architecture and secluded squares.
See, too, Bloemenmarkt, a visual feast of flower stalls floating on the river, and learn about the Dutch population’s fixation with the tulip. In Chinatown, Dutch cultural influences explode into vibrant restaurants inspired by Asian cuisines: opt to purchase a meal at one of many Chinese or Vietnamese restaurants.
Your final stop is Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District, an illuminated area that stretches alongside Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed network of canals. From here, you’ll return to your original departure point and bid your guide farewell.