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“Worst "city tour" in the world. DO NOT GO ON THIS TOUR !!!”

Touristbus Amsterdam
Ranked #287 of 354 Tours in Amsterdam
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Owner description: Unique in Amsterdam! Make a city tour through Amsterdam with an original American school bus. The glass rooftop can be opened up and provides you with a great view. The providing of information aboard of the bus is very modern and never before applied in Amsterdam. The bus has a GPS-operated system, so you will hear at every point the right information. And one can choose of 15 different languages. We speak your language!
Marburg, Deutschland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Worst "city tour" in the world. DO NOT GO ON THIS TOUR !!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

Unlike my regular practice I did not read any tripadvisor reviews beforehand. BIG MISTAKE in this case. I have done similar tours in many cities on all continents of the world and this one was BY FAR the worst ever. You see NOTHING of the city. As other reviewers wrote, of the 1:45h tour an hour is spent at a diamond "factory" which nobody tells you when you buy the ticket. Worthless. You then pass "nearby" some of the sights in Amsterdam, often not even close enough to even see the building from the outside !!!! When we passed the Royal Palace there was a tram alongside us blocking the view. The bus driver could have slowed down to allow the people to see the palace but he did not care and just kept going. The recorded "explanations" keep advertising other things the company offers. We only paid €7 for the tour, as we really wanted to go on the boat tour (which was good and worth while) and let them talk us into the combination ticket, so it was not so much the money but the time we felt we wasted since we only had a short time in Amsterdam. The hop on hop off bus also stops at the diamond factory so just go on the boat tour and skip all of the bus tours. Amsterdam is not big enough to make a bustour worthwhile and they really rip you off.
In addition, the busses were cramped and the earsphones very cheap and did not even last throughout the whole tour.

Visited May 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Waste of time and money”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

We had a combined canal and bus ticket. The canal trip was great but this bus tour was really disappointing. There was no mention when we bought the tickets that most of the tour is spent in a diamond "factory". Once we were there I thought maybe it would be interesting but we had about 5 minutes of seeing how they cut diamonds and then the rest was all about how they are priced. There must be better tours than this! Also the bus driver used his mobile phone while driving. I'm not sure if its legal in the Netherlands but either way completely unsafe and unprofessional.

Visited October 2012
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WAYNE, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Don,t go with them”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Uses an old bus. Little commentary. Too much time spent at diamond factory. Waste of time and money walking around is a bett alternative than these people.

Visited September 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Read the reviews!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

I made the stupid mistake of not reading the Tripadvisor reviews of this tour and instead relied on the good advice of a "Tours and Tickets" salesman.

Most of the tour was wasted at the mandatory "Diamond Factory" stop and much of the commentary on the remainder of the tour involved attempts at selling tickets to other attractions. I didn't end up learning much about Amsterdam at all.

I strongly advise you to do your research in advance (I trust you are doing this now) and avoid, avoid, avoid.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tour of Amsterdam”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

The bus tour was informative and had some stops. Decided to get off the bus and venture the City on foot a bit. It was fun.

Visited July 2012
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