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Small-scale tours run by locals offer a unique insider’s view of a city. Go beyond the normal tourist itineraries with our suggested tours of Amsterdam.
Boat tour. Plenty of boat companies ply Amsterdam’s famous canals, generally offering a similar one-hour tour with commentary. For a more leisurely view of the waterways, reserve a table on the Henry Schmitz, a beautiful antique riverboat that serves up an evening canal cruise with a three-course dinner.
Duration: 3 hours. Price: €99 per person.
Photo tour. See Amsterdam from a different angle on a photo tour founded and led by professional travel photographer and Amsterdam native Tom van der Leij. In groups of up to six people, he teaches beginners and experienced photographers to see and capture his city through the lens of a camera.
Duration: 4 hours. Price: €35 per person (including coffee and Dutch apple pie).
Food tour. Feed your curiosity and body on an Amsterdam food tour. Explore the city’s streets and canals on foot while learning about the spice trade that made the city rich, sample Dutch cheese, bite into crispy Vlaamse frites (fries, topped with mayonnaise of course) and sip on a traditional spirit from a 17th-century distillery.
Duration: 3 hours. Price: €36 per person (including four or five snacks and a traditional drink).
Beer tour. Explicitly not a pub crawl, this beer tour eschews the global Heineken and Amstel brands for small-batch and seasonal beers produced by the city’s microbreweries and sold in a number of specialist bars.
Duration: 3-4 hours. Price: €40 (participants must be 18 or over and able to prove it).