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Amsterdam Private Guide


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!

Had an amazing tour with Saskia in amsterdam, she showed us all the hidden local spots and really knew her history! We had a great time and she gave us great tips on food places and answered all our questions. This was a great experience and we would definitely recommend it!
— Erika - United States - Tripadvisor

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.


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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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.

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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

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I gave a 5 star rating because Trip Advisor won't allow 6! We wanted to see more of Amsterdam than just the center and Tom delivered. We wanted a focus on the food and beer and some of the neighborhoods. (…) Tom customized this tour for what we wanted to see and he delivered. In addition to a bike guide, we got a lot of great history and information and some awesome photos too. (…)
Scott - United States - Tripadvisor

Bikes and Beer

Cycling is our way of transportation and our pleasure! We also enjoy our beautiful terraces with a beer in the sun or the brown cafes in winter. And yes, we love our local breweries. So let’s combine them! During this tour we will show you the most beautiful ingredients of Amsterdam! We will cycle along the Canal Ring and visit the most notorious beer bar in the area. We will also visit the best beer shop in town. The highlight of your afternoon will be visiting an outstanding organic microbrewery. You will sip your well-deserved beer while sitting next to a fantastic ancient windmill.

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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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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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.


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!"


Museum Tours

Museum Tours

Toms Travel Tours offers museum tours you don’t want to miss. Amsterdam has museums with outstanding collections which you should discover guided by a specialist. The most famous among those are the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

A visit to the Rijksmuseum will drive you through the Dutch history and you will get to know Amsterdam's cultural Heritage in depth. You will see the most famous paintings from the Golden Age (Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals) and some other impressive items such as amazingly detailed doll houses and an unbelievable library. You will look carefully at the paintings and discover the meaning and techniques behind them.

The Van Gogh Museum has the most important collection from arguably the most famous Dutch artist. You will get close to his paintings and get to know about the materials, techniques, use of colors, sources of inspiration and influences in his work.

If you have interest in any other museum or gallery in Amsterdam, please send us an inquiry and we will arrange a specialist for you.

There are over 70 museums to explore in Amsterdam, here is a list of the most important museums, canal houses, churches and art galleries in Amsterdam!


Hermitage Amsterdam, The Hermitage collection in Amsterdam displays rotating selections of works and artefacts from the Hermitage collection in Russia. These include paintings, graphic works, sculptures, applied art and archaeological discoveries.

Stedelijk Museum, The Stedelijk Museum's collection contains ca. 90,000 artworks and objects, dating from 1870 to the present. A visit to the Stedelijk Museum takes you on a journey through the last 150 years of art, presenting the best of modern art in Amsterdam. Iconic works by Karel Appel, Marlene Dumas, Kandinsky, Edward Kienholz, Koons, Malevich, Matisse, Mondrian, Picasso, Pollock, Gerrit Rietveld, Warhol and many others are on show.

MOCO Museum, The Moco Museum (Modern Contemporary) aims to reach out to a wide, international audience in Amsterdam by featuring works created by the ‘rock stars’ of the art world, such as Banksy, Warhol and Basquiat. It is a private initiative, and the pieces on exhibition are made available thanks to individual loans.

EYE Film Institute, this institution is admired by film fans, as EYE showcases the very best of cinematic history. Alongside the classics, it also screens new independent releases and hosts special evenings dedicated to experimental film and other genres. Not just an architecturally exciting film spot, the EYE’s café and restaurant is a beautiful waterside location for relaxing. In summertime, when the weather is nice, few places in the city enjoy more direct sunlight, from morning till sunset.

Rembrandt House Museum, The Rembrandt House Museum has been restored to its 17th-century majesty and offers a glimpse into the everyday life of Rembrandt in Amsterdam. You can visit the studio where the artist created many of his most famous paintings, in addition to his living quarters. The house also contains dozens of his etchings along with several items recovered during a recent archaeological survey of the grounds.

FOAM Photography Museum, Foam is an internationally renowned Amsterdam museum that exhibits all genres of photography in a beautiful canal-side setting. The museum has showcased some of the biggest names in the field, including Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt, Anton Corbijn, Alex Prager and Cy Twombly.

History & culture

Scheepvaart (Maritime) Museum; The National Maritime Museum invites visitors to discover how the sea has shaped Dutch culture. In this freshly modernized museum, stimulating, interactive exhibitions let visitors explore 500 years of maritime history.

Royal Palace Amsterdam; The Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) on Amsterdam’s Dam Square is one of three palaces still in use by the Dutch royal family. It is used for state visits, award ceremonies and other official receptions. When the palace is not being used by the royal family, it is open to the public. Visitors can explore the magnificent interior and discover the rich history of the building.

Dutch Resistance Museum; The Dutch Resistance Museum, known to locals as the Verzetsmuseum, details the history of the Dutch resistance in World War II during the country’s occupation by Germany from May 1940 to May 1945.

Allard Pierson Museum; Located in the heart of Amsterdam, this archaeological museum was inspired by the career of its namesake, Professor Allard Pierson. Here you’ll find artefacts from around the world, spanning thousands of years of human civilization.

Tropenmuseum; Amsterdam's Tropenmuseum (Museum of the Tropics) is a museum about people, housed in an impressive listed building overlooking Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. The extensive permanent display and regularly changing exhibitions feature objects that all have a story to tell about humankind.

Jewish Historical Museum; The Jewish Historical Museum is located at the heart of Amsterdam's former Jewish quarter. Although not as famous as the bigger art museums, it is in fact one of the city’s most acclaimed museums due to its incisive programming. Housed in four former Ashkenazi synagogues dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, its permanent exhibition reflects the versatility of Judaism in the past and present. It also has its own dedicated children's museum with exceptional educational facilities.

National Holocaust Museum; The National Holocaust Museum presents a range of exhibitions and events that introduce visitors to the multitude of stories about the Holocaust. These stories are told in an artistic form, illustrated by authentic objects and based on personal accounts. The museum is still in development and will pass through several stages over the coming years.

With kids

Jewish Historical Museum for kids; The Children's Museum is home to the Hollanders, a Dutch Jewish family. The various rooms in the house reflect the family's concerns and key elements in Jewish tradition: that each person has a responsibility for the world in which they live and that everyone can contribute in their own way. Younger visitors can explore everyday subjects such as food, study, memories and music.

Artis Royal Zoo; Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo was the first zoo to be established in the Netherlands, and it’s located right in the center of Amsterdam. It  is home to 750 species of animals, including zebras, giraffes, elephants and chimpanzees, making it an immensely popular attraction for kids and animal lovers.

Micropia; Making the invisible visible: Amsterdam’s Micropia is an innovative museum dedicated to the imperceptible world of microorganisms. Micropia is part of ARTIS and is recommended for ages 8 and upwards.

NEMO Science Museum; At NEMO’s children can playfully experience science and technology all day long. The museum is situated in an unmistakable, sloping green building, set amidst the city’s Eastern Docklands. Its five floors are filled with continuously updated exhibitions, theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations, making it a favorite of kids in Amsterdam.


Nieuwe Kerk; Located opposite to the Amsterdam Royal Palace on Dam Square, this 15th-century church has hosted countless events over the years. In addition to being used for the wedding and investiture of Willem-Alexander, the current King of the Netherlands, it serves as an exhibition space.

Oude Kerk; The Oude Kerk (Old Church) is both the oldest church and the oldest building in Amsterdam. It dates back to about 1250 and is incongruously located in the red light district.

Portuguese Synagogue; Dating back to 1675, the Portuguese Synagogue is one the world’s largest synagogues. Its architect, Elias Bouwman, was supposedly inspired by the Temple of Solomon.


Ons' Lieve Heer Op Solder; This hidden church dates from 1663, when it was prohibited for Catholics to celebrate mass. Explore the narrow corridors of this uniquely preserved seventeenth-century house and climb the stairs to discover living rooms, kitchens and bedsteads furnished in Dutch Golden Age style, leading up to the literal highpoint of the museum: an entire church in the attic.

Museum van Loon; The former house of the regent Van Loon family, is situated in the heart of the Amsterdam Canals. The first inhabitant of the house was Ferdinand Bol, a student of the famous painter Rembrandt. In the rooms one finds beautiful portraits, impressive pieces of furniture and silver and porcelain from different centuries. Behind the house lays a beautiful garden.

Houseboat Museum; The Houseboat Museum gives you the unique opportunity to experience what life is like on board a houseboat in an Amsterdam canal.


Museum of bags & purses; Travel through time, history and fashion as you explore the impressive collection of handbags and accessories at the Museum of Bags and Purses. As the world’s only museum with such an extensive and specialized collection, it tells the story of the humble handbag from the late Middle Ages to the present day.

Tip: If you are thinking of visiting four or more museums in The Netherlands, you should consider to purchase a Museumjaarkaart.