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Amsterdam Private Guide


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Amsterdam Private Guide


Our private guide service is designed for travelers who want to discover the best of Amsterdam with a local insider. Your journey can be custom made, completely based on your general and specific interests. Everything is possible, from a 2-hour tour to several days. Get inspired by the suggestions below or in our Amsterdam Special Tours menu. If you want to visit some other amazing cities like Delft, Rotterdam and The Hague or pristine towns outside Amsterdam such as Edam and Marken please check our Holland Tours menu for inspiration!

I have to say that our tour with Tom completely exceeded our expectations, and our expectations were high. It was a fabulous, unique, fun, unforgettable experience that will be imbedded in our minds and hearts forever.
— Tania - United States - Tripadvisor
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Amsterdam Highlights Tour


Amsterdam Highlights Tour


If it’s your first time visiting Amsterdam and you want to learn how to navigate the city and see its most famous locations with a local insider, this is the tour for you! During this short walking tour you will get to know a big deal about the history and culture of Amsterdam, which make our hometown so special!

I highly recommend reaching out to Tom and his people if you are going as they are very helpful, really glad to see you, and will keep you from wasting time while in Amsterdam. My wife and I talked about our time with Ana and it didn’t feel like an introductory tour....it felt like a local friend walking us around on our first visit to the city in which they happened to live. That’s how it should be done.
— Craig - United States - Tripadvisor

We will take you to the most important locations in the ancient city center. You will get to see impressive buildings like the Royal Palace, but also other spectacular locations which are hidden to the rushed tourist like ancient courtyards and secret churches. You will understand why the canal houses are so famous and you will be amazed by the history and beauty of the Canal Ring -a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO-. You don't need to be a big shopper to get thrilled by the nicest boutique shops of the Nine Streets. (suggested tour time 3 hours)

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Our Favorite Itinerary


Our Favorite Itinerary


We used this tour company for a tour of Amsterdam. We had Simon as our tour guide and he gave us an excellent tour. He grew up in Amsterdam and it was so informative and enjoyable to be introduced to this city by a native Amsterdamer. We would highly recommend this guide and tour company. They were easy to work with. We had a very enjoyable experience.
— David - United States - Tripadvisor

We like to take our guests to the same places we like to go in our free time. That's why we like to share with you some time in the Jordaan. We love this neighborhood of Amsterdam. It's a residential area with beautiful old houses, cute canals and fairytale-like bridges. We really enjoy visiting some hofjes, old hidden courtyards that are a travel in time. We will go off the beaten track when we enter Prinsen island and Bickers island, this is an ancient ship wharf area. It is nowadays a residence miracle, and extreme peaceful, despite being beautifully restored and centrally located. A ferry will take us to the north of the city, where the most vibrant new projects are taking place. We will visit the NDSM, an art hub located in an old wharf surrounded by cool cafes and restaurants. We will pick one of them to have a well-deserved drink while enjoying the view over the city.

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Amsterdam Jewish Tour


Amsterdam Jewish Tour


Amsterdam is the city that has the largest diversity in the world when it comes to communities, ethnic groups and religions! Immigrants from all over built this successful and liberal city. Jews have been part of this process since the early days. Around 1650 a group of prominent Sephardic Jews started building a synagogue at the Daniel Meijerplein near the former Jewish quarter of Amsterdam; at the time it was the largest synagogue in the world. Opposite this stunning temple sits a complex of three synagogues built by Ashkenazi Jews. It now houses the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum. During this private tour you will go through the Jewish old town with a local insider, get to know about the people that inhabited this place and how they played an important role in the history of Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam Cycling Tours


Amsterdam Cycling Tours


Did you know that Amsterdam has more bikes than people and that only inside the city there are 400 kilometers of separate cycling paths? Amsterdam is the city of bikes! And by cruising the city on two wheels, you will feel like a real local!

Amsterdam can be also very busy and messy, and that's why we want to take care of you. We will navigate the city and show you how to cycle through Amsterdam like a pro.

We have some suggestions for your cycling trip in Amsterdam. We can go through some must see areas, take you to more quiet areas and give you an impression of the countryside by visiting surrounding villages.

Amsterdam North

We would love to take you to the north part of Amsterdam, where we can visit new projects that are taking place in this completely different, old industrial spacious area in our city. We will cycle over the Nieuwedammerdijk with ancient wooden houses to Durgerdam. Since everything in Durgerdam occurs at a slow pace and in a homely manner, there is still a unique feeling of centuries-old Waterland harbor village along the former Southern Sea.

I've traveled around the world and taken a number of tours but Tom is the only tour guide who has driven me to return for another tour.  Roberta - United States - Tripadvisor

I've traveled around the world and taken a number of tours but Tom is the only tour guide who has driven me to return for another tour.
Roberta - United States - Tripadvisor


The ultimate Amsterdam cycling tour

Tom is charismatic and a wealth of knowledge on his home town and it was an absolute bonus that he is a professional photographer and not only able to show us Amsterdam’s hidden secrets but to also give us a photo memento of our cycle tour was just above and beyond.  — Greg - Canada - Tripadvisor

Tom is charismatic and a wealth of knowledge on his home town and it was an absolute bonus that he is a professional photographer and not only able to show us Amsterdam’s hidden secrets but to also give us a photo memento of our cycle tour was just above and beyond.

— Greg - Canada - Tripadvisor

As you might already know, Amsterdam is a compact city filled with intrepid cyclists. If you don't have much time in our city and want to know all about it or if you like the adrenaline rush, this is a tour for you. In a few hours you will get an overall idea of the city. You will see the most iconic sights of our city, like the Museum Square (where the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh are located), Dam Square and a traditional Dutch windmill. You will cycle along the canal ring. It’s the most beautiful area in town! But not everything is about the highlights. You will be delighted by the beauty of some laid back areas like the Jordaan. It's a residential neighborhood with beautiful old houses, cute canals and fairytale-like bridges. There we really enjoy visiting some hofjes, old hidden courtyards that allow you to travel  back in time. A ferry will take you to Amsterdam Noord which is the most fun part for us! We will visit the NDSM, an old wharf which nowadays hosts creative design and art projects, surrounded by super cool cafes and restaurants. We will pick one of them to have a delicious drink in while enjoying the view over the city.

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Amsterdam Photo Safari


Amsterdam Photo Safari


The Amsterdam Photo Safari will take you to the tourist highlights of the Dutch capital as well as the less well known hidden gems. During this private tour you will learn how to make great pictures of the city and the locals with the professional travel photographer Tom van der Leij.

See Tom's personal website for travel inspiration all around the world: tomvanderleij.com

“My aim is to show my guests how easy it is to take photos just with some very handy tricks and tips. Amsterdam is beautiful, especially when the seasons change and the flora and fauna are in bloom. People change with the seasons, their clothes, the way they walk and look.” Learn by practicing the basics of photography, your shutter speed, aperture and get some pro photos of yourself, made by Tom. "I will teach you how easy it is to dare to take photos of locals. These short interactions are actually a lot of fun and you can use this skill for the rest of your life!"

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Go Bohemian in De Pijp


Go Bohemian in De Pijp


Having investigated via TA and other sources as to the best options for a private tour guide company in Amsterdam, we choose Toms Travel Tours. It was our best decision of the whole summer holiday! (...) Simon did a GREAT job showing us everything but whilst staying off the streets where a few uncomfortable questions may have been asked of us by our younger children. Simon kept it interesting during the whole tour, even for the younger children, constantly asking them questions to keep them on track.
— Graciela - Mexico - Tripadvisor

The Pijp neighborhood is stuffed with fantastic cafés, restaurants and tiny coffee bars. Of course, a visit to Amsterdam wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the Albert Cuyp market, flanked by over 100 shops with the most diverse offers. In the old times, the Heineken Brewery attracted workers from diverse countries, making a multicultural hub out of this area, followed by students and artists. During our tour we will be amazed by the particular architecture of the area, enjoy some of the most popular Amsterdam street food and even allow some time to walk to the Museum Square and the stunning Vondelpark.

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De Wallen


De Wallen


This is a very old area in Amsterdam filled with narrow canals and alleys, but better known because of the “Red Light windows” and coffee shops. The Red Light District is famous due to the offer of sex and soft drugs, which make this area an extravagant place and a must see for many tourists. We will give you a lot of insight into the history, culture and the best kept secrets of this interesting part of Amsterdam while walking alongside beautiful monumental buildings such as the Old Church and De Waag.