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Izabela wrote a review Aug 2019
We had a great time with Emma and her car was amazing! The tour was fun as well as educational for us and the kids. We loved the delicious chocolates she made for us as well! The tour was such a fun way to see the city, we highly recommend it!
Date of experience: July 2019
Ilona Baggerman wrote a review Jul 2019
While driving through all the little streets of Amsterdam and exploring the old centre it was also interesting to learn more about chocolate...Emma was a kind and passioned tour guide as well.
Date of experience: November 2018
karlconnolly wrote a review Jun 2019
Westborough, Massachusetts805 contributions118 helpful votes
As a lover of chocolate and a person unfamiliar with what Amsterdam had to offer I was excited to take this tour. The idea of nipping around Amsterdam with a local in a small cool car sounded like an awesome way to spend a few hours. In the days prior to the tour our guide asked us to move the tour from noon to 11am which we did. We made our way into the city early and waited at the designated pickup point. 11am came and went. At 11:20am our guide pulled up, and offered no excuse or even made reference to being late, which struck me as very odd, given we the guests, however, despite being tardy I was not going to let that ruin or sour my day. The guide, Emma, shared with us some of her background and informed us she is a model, who travels a lot, but her love of chocolate and Amsterdam inspired her to buy the Fiat and create the service. We had good conversations about chocolate, and life as we drove to the first stop. The first shop experience was rather odd. Having been on multiple chocolate tours usually the guide does all the introductions, and knows the shop keeper or staff and typically announces that she is with X, and Y who are her guests for the day. That did not happen, instead we were brought into the shop and very little was said. I struck up a conversation with the store keeper but the experience had me and my wife looking at each other, wondering what the protocol was. The chocolate tour usually starts with the store keeper offering samples such that one gets a sense of what is on offer. That did not occur and so we ended up just buying several chocolates, but it was all rather clinical and as if we had just walked in off the street and were not part of the tour. The next location we were driven to wasn’t opened at the time we got there, again we felt this was rather odd, why wouldn’t the host know what the opening times were, but she told us we’d come back later and so no big deal. The next store the guide seemed to know the store keeper more, and there was a little bit of interaction with us, but we again had to engage. That store is set up to make its own chocolate and they have lots of samples to enjoy and also fine packaged chocolate. Again the experience was nothing different to what would have happened had we walked in ourselves. One of the stops on the tour was a shop we had been in the day before which was now familiar to us and so again no explanation of the specialty or anything specific. The last stop, we were dropped off. I got the sense (as did other reviewers) that this tour was almost a bother to the guide, that was done out of necessity almost. The owner of the store who was supposed to be the real expert was not there, but the lady from Poland who worked there was lovely and we bought the hot chocolate and a lot of other chocolate bars for gifts. In general, the tour saved use time by bringing us to 4 different chocolate shops. The car was cool and people definitely looked at it and took pictures of it. The being driven part of the tour was an obvious time saver. What was lacking though was any personal interaction with the shop keepers, or any real sense of being guided on the tour. If I was asked by a friend I would simply say, if you want to do a chocolate tour in Amsterdam, consider flying solo. Google what is out there for stores, read up a bit on the chocolate making process, and simply walk around and engage the shop keepers yourself all of whom were friendly and willing to talk as little or as much as you want. …
Date of experience: June 2019
Alsa96 wrote a review May 2019
London, United Kingdom353 contributions113 helpful votes
Sadly this trip did not live up to our expectations and for the price was disappointing. Communication wasn't great and the trip was rushed. We went to keukenhoff but after wandering round for a while were then told we didn't have enough time to see the tulip fields and the chocolate shops were closed. If we had been given our options re timing it would have been better. The van is very sweet but we had very little opportunity for photos. Great shame as Emma is lovely and maybe it was just an off day. on reflection, I would have preferred to have taken a taxi for a fraction of the price, and had more time to see the gardens and the tulip fields.…
Date of experience: April 2019
Mleskinen wrote a review Apr 2019
Nurmijarvi, Finland21 contributions4 helpful votes
We went to Keukenhof with Emma and tour was very nice. Tulip farm was much more my style than Keukenhof and Emma was a good guide. And provided selfmade chocolate and Polaroid of us and tulips. And warned us not to feed tulips on ponies.
Date of experience: April 2019