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Our story


 

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Our story


 

Toms Travel Tours is a boutique tour company founded with great enthusiasm by two avid travelers and reliable guides. We work with a select team of good friends and excellent guides. All of us have a passion for Amsterdam and understand the word Hospitality at its best!

We are a Dutch-Argentinean couple that met in the white beaches of Mozambique. We fell in love and after some dating all over the world (literally!) we settled down in the nicest city that there is, Amsterdam.

Born and raised Amsterdammer Tom is a travel photographer and Ana a historian but our real passion is to travel. We know how beautiful it is to experience new places, interact with the locals, enjoy the diversity of the food and get thrilled by the cultural differences. Some years ago we decided to use our passion to show Amsterdam and The Netherlands the way we would like to experience it if we were visitors ourselves.

You can guess the rest of the story. Our country is so beautiful and we like our work so much that it could only get better and better. Some of our very good friends, excellent, funny, knowledgeable and reliable guides decided to join us in this adventure. Nowadays we only miss you in joining our tours and to discover the best of The Netherlands with us!

Tom and Ana were charming, knowledgeable and willing to shape their tour to our requests.
As a result we really enjoyed our day with them and would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to see some of Amsterdam’s hidden treasures.
— Roberta - United States - Tripadvisor

We have a great team we trust for our Dutch, English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian, French, Greek and Portuguese speaking guests.

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Press


Press


Some of the international media is writing about Toms Travel Tours. Get inspired by the various publications about Toms Travel Tours. Check out a selection of articles published in blogs, magazines, websites, books & more...

 

JustLuxe, October 2017, Amsterdam Offers Touring, Wining and Dining Done Your Way, by Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Man's World, May 2017, 48 hours in Amsterdam, by Prachi Joshi

Tom van der Leij, Beau Magazine, 2017

Travelgirl Magazine February 2015 Edition

Travelgirl Magazine February 2015 Edition

Macblogster, june 2013, Bijzonder Amsterdam ontdekken met Toms Travel Tours

Verkeersbureaus.info, april 2013, Lancering Toms Travel Tours

Our tours can be useful for different media purposes. We are always interested in contributing to new pieces. If you would have any media inquiry please feel free to contact us, we can give you information, images and all other sort of material. We would like to help in all kind of ways.

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Tom's tips


Tom's tips


We know you are excited about your next trip to Amsterdam! We will help you with the most useful recommendations concerning food, shopping, activities and much more! We want to make the best out of your stay in Amsterdam. From drinks to design, you can find some fun and original options.

Where to stay

The Dutch capital has plenty accommodations to offer, from exciting private houseboats to suites in luxurious hotels.

Located in one of the oldest canals, the stunning building of the Sofitel Legend The Grand is an absolute gem full of a very rich history. It's outstanding hospitality management and gastronomic offer make it a great place to stay in Amsterdam.

The four star Hotel Boutique Estheréa is housed in a row of 17th century buildings on the Singel. The 93 rooms all have rich, colorful interior and are accessible by elevator.

If you want to enjoy a stay out of the ordinary in a perfect location, you should consider The Toren, a boutique hotel located in an almost four hundred years old building at the Keizersgracht.

If you like to go local and feel homely, you should seriously consider to stay with Oki and Frank, who are amazing hosts. Le Quartier Sonang is a perfectly located small B&B with two luxury rooms and the best homemade breakfast waiting for you.

One of the newest five star hotels is located right behind the royal palace. With the nicest roof terrace in Amsterdam -including a narrow but splendid swimming pool-. W Amsterdam hosts 238 stylish guest rooms, including WOW suites!

If you are looking for a unique and typical Dutch accommodation during your stay, we highly recommend to rent a houseboat in Amsterdam. Watch the swan and geese swim by while you sit back and relax, enjoying the reflection of the water dancing on the ceiling. No hotel room in the world that can beat this.

Right next to the Vondelpark and the most important museums of the country, lays Museum Suites, a small boutique hotel that offers luxury rooms in a nineteenth-century mansion.

 

Where to eat

Amsterdam is the most international city in the world and when it comes to food, for us everything is about diversity. There are superb restaurants where fusion is the magic word.

If you like fish, Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam is a great option. It's located near our favorite park, you may want to go earlier to enjoy the Westerpark with your family and friends.

Located in a set of greenhouses, restaurant & nursery De Kas believes that food tastes best when it is prepared with the freshest, local ingredients. So they grow their own herbs and vegetables in the greenhouses and gardens at the restaurant and on their farm in The Beemster. An absolute must.

Next to the main University buildings, in a narrow street named Gebed Zonder End (Prayer Without End) lays the music cafe restaurant Kapitein Zeppos. A hidden gem in the city center with a Mediterranean kitchen .

Why not to take the free ferry to the NDSM? Here you will find the coolest cafes and restaurants with the best views over the water. The IJ Kantine is a family friendly restaurant with good food in an awesome location in Amsterdam Noord.

Indonesia was the colony that brought the most diverse and interesting flavors to Holland. You should not leave Amsterdam without trying one of the delicious rice tables at Blauw!

We also recommend Bordewijk and the romantic restaurant Belhamel as great places to go.

 

If you are thinking about Michelin star and top end restaurants, please click here

 

Gratitude tip: Although tipping is highly appreciated, you are not obliged!

 

Where to drink

With more than 500 cafes in the center alone, Amsterdam has enough places to enjoy a good espresso or genuine draft beer.

Blue 360° is one of the few top terraces with a 360° view you can enjoy in Amsterdam.

The Brouwerij 't IJ serves great organic beers in an old bath house next to a beautiful windmill.

Pllek is a charming bar and restaurant built out of sea containers next to the NDSM. The view is unbeatable. And they even have their own beach!

Last but not least, our favorite brown café in the Jordaan, 't Smalle.

 

Cycling in Amsterdam

The Netherlands has more bikes than people. 84% of the population owns a bike and together we cycle annually 15 billion kilometers. Obviously Toms Travel Tours organizes diverse bike tours in the city and to the surroundings, from a few hours to multiple days cycling tours in The Netherlands.

We always require from our guests that they are frequent and experienced cyclists, as moving on two wheels in the city center can be challenging.

Cycling the Amsterdam way: Blend in! Always cycle on the right side, never stop in the middle of the road, look first when you like to turn and give clear direction with your hand. Please remember to have lights on in the evening and don't forget to lock your bike properly!

Our favorite bike rental shop is called Star Bikes. It's located in a quiet street just behind the Central Station and the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, perfect place to practice before taking off! Be aware that the frames of our beloved Opafiets or Grannies bike have a different brake system!

 

Amsterdam Green

We are proud to live in a city that is  moving in the right way! Amsterdam is a great hub for diverse sustainable projects. We are happy to share some of them with you!

De Ceuvel is an innovative project in the north of the city that consists of offices located in restored old boat houses, displayed offshore. Not only a fairytale-like result, but a hip place to have a drink too!

If you want to get inspired, visit Vega Life, a creative shop full of the most original stylish sustainable (vegan!) shoes and clothes.

One of our favorite conscious beauty salon with strictly clean, natural and organic cosmetics is called Cosmetics & Care.

 

Some other recommendations

If you like to visit museums, we highly recommend you to book the tickets online way in advance, in order to avoid the queue, especially  in the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Make sure you book the Anne Frank’s tickets two months in advance if you don’t want to miss it.

However, it's not only about these museums. Amsterdam is quite a popular destination and busy city (with very good reasons!) and Amsterdammers like to plan their agendas ahead... if there is something that you don't want to miss (such as dinner in a well-known restaurant, a concert or festival), please make sure to make your booking ahead!

About visiting the Red Light area with your family… everybody has heard about this rough district in town and many people are curious about it. You should consider if you like to visit the neighborhood or not, in our opinion it’s a no-go for children…

Not all shops and restaurants in The Netherlands accept VISA so it's smart to bring some Euros in cash.

Please use ATMs from the well known banks; small ATMs in snack bars or tourist shops charge way too high exchange rates!

In The Netherlands people are allowed to smoke cigarettes on the terrace of a restaurant or bar. If you prefer a non-smoking area, just ask the restaurant staff for a smoke free table.

Last but not least, the funny and unpredictable Dutch weather. Please bring layers of clothes (always!) and be prepared with your sunglasses and your umbrella, you might need them both in a few hours. And don't forget some comfortable shoes of course!

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Events agenda in Amsterdam


Events agenda in Amsterdam


If there is something Amsterdam can be proud of it must be the amount of cultural events that take place in the city year round. Indoors and outdoors, for free or not and for all the tastes and ages. Have a look and choose what you want to do while you visit us!

Amsterdam in 2017-2018 month by month

December

1 December – 22 January – Amsterdam Light Festival – Various locations

Christmas markets – Various locations

16 December – Valhalla – RAI Amsterdam

21-30 December – Winterparade – Zuiderkerk

25 December – 1 January 2018 – Tango Train – Various locations

29 December – 1 January 2018 – Chamber Music Festival Amsterdam – Amstelkerk

31 December – New Years Eve Celebrations – Various locations

January

1 December – 22 January – Amsterdam Light Festival – Various locations

25 January – 28 January – Jumping Amsterdam – RAI Amsterdam

19 January – 20 January – Whisky Weekend Amsterdam – Posthoornkerk

13 January – 14 January – Paradiso Choir Days – Paradiso

13 January – 14 January – Amsterdam Hotel Night – Amsterdamse Hotelnacht

20 January – 27 January – IMPRO Amsterdam – Compagnietheater

17 January – 21 January – FIRST ART FAIR – Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA)

18 January – 22 January – FORREAL ART FAIR – Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA)

25 January – 4 February – Flamenco Biennale – Various locations

February

16 February – Chinese New Year in Amsterdam – Dam

16 February – 19 February - MONO JAPAN – Lloyd hotel

17 February – Markiplier – Amsterdam RAI

17 February – 25 February – Huishoudbeurs 2018 – Amsterdam RAI

23 February – 25 February – Sonic Acts – Various locations

24 February – 25 February – Chocoa Festival – Beurs van Berlage

March

7 March – 11 March – HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2018 – Amsterdam RAI

9 March – 11 March – Amsterdam Coffee Festival – Westergasfabriek

9 March – 2 April – Unfair 2018 – Westergasfabriek

24 March – Open Tower Day – Beurs van Berlage

Free concerts the whole year

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free "Workshop + Session" on Tuesdays at 20:00 (please check, this is not every week!).

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concert on Wednesdays at 12:30. Get there early to ensure admission (please check, this is not every week!).

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free lunchtime concert on Thursdays at 12:30 (please check, this is not every week!).

Netherlands Opera/Ballet – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer on Tuesdays at 12:30 (please check, this is not every week!).

Markets in Amsterdam

Noordermarkt – Every Saturday - Biological Market

Lindenmarkt – Lindengracht – Food, clothes and more in the Lindengracht

Waterlooplein – Monday to Saturday

Albert Cuymarkt – Monday to Saturday

Sunday Market - Sundays

Museum Market – Museum Square - Sunday market - Arts and crafts, food and music

IJ Hallen – Every third Saturday of the month