We have made a selection of social tours for the participants to get to know our capital city and country a bit better. The participants and their partners will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Amsterdam, to ride a bike like a local and to see the windmills and tulip fields in spring time.
Half Day Tours
Half day Hidden Inner Courtyards City sightseeing tour of Amsterdam (including visit to the Rijksmuseum)
Meet your English speaking driver/guide for a tour which will include a most extensive drive through the centre and the modern suburbs and will give you a good idea of the most interesting sights and monuments Amsterdam has to offer. A stop will be made at a diamond factory (if requested) and we will visit the National museum of Amsterdam, “the Rijksmuseum”. This museum is world famous and here the largest collection of paintings by the Dutch old masters can be admired. The presentation of the Rijksmuseum collection is a journey through Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages and Renaissance until the 20th century. Work from Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Rembrandt (the Nightwatch painting) are assembled here.
Amsterdam city bike tour
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the centre of Amsterdam. Short walk (depending of location of the hotel), to a bike rental company. By bicycle you can reach places, which remain inaccessible to cars or coaches. This is a safely guided tour, which gives a fascinating picture of Amsterdam. You will pass the harbor, the charming, historic Jordaan quarter, the Anne Frank House, the Vondel Park, the “Skinny Bridge” and the Red Light district. See undiscovered Amsterdam with idyllic ancient canals, quiet hidden courtyards and photogenic views. End of the bike tour at the bike rental company. Your guide will walk you back to the hotel in the centre of Amsterdam.
The Zaanse Schans windmill village and Edam
We will start this tour with a short trip to the windmill village of the Zaanse schans, a characteristic living and working town on the banks of the river Zaan. Steep roofs, with windows and green timber are the characteristics of this little town. Homes and windmills from the 17th and 18th century. In museums, workshops and windmills you can experience how the Zaansiders lived and worked. The Zaanse Schans is a
fully inhabited, open-air conservation area and museum located 9 miles north of Amsterdam.
Original buildings vividly depict Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. The authentic houses, the historic shipyard, the clog-making demonstrations and, above all, the windmills, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Before returning to Amsterdam, we visit the medieval town of Edam.
Rotterdam attracts international interest as city of modern architecture. Within a few square kilometres of the city centre it offers a complete overview of what the twentieth century has produced in terms of modern architecture. Appealing examples of pre-war architecture include the Van Nelle Factory and the Huis
Sonneveld. The innovative and adventurous period after the war is expressed in such structures as the Groothandelsgebouw, the Cubehouses, the Arthall, the Luxor Theater and the Erasmus Bridge. Rotterdam is the location for important institutes as well as renowned architecture firms, such as the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) housing various exhibitions all year round, the Berlage Institute, the OMA agency run by Rem Koolhaas or Adriaan Geuze’s West 8. This tour includes an extensive drive through the harbour of Rotterdam, one of the world’s largest harbours. (5 hours)
Full Day Tours
The Hague and Delft
During this tour you will visit two cities that have played a crucial role in the history of the Netherlands: The Hague and Delft. Drive to The Hague for a visit to the Mauritshuis. The museum reopened after being renovated in summer 2014 and is home to the best of Dutch Golden Age (17th century) paintings. The compact, yet worldrenowned collection is situated in the heart of The Hague. The famous ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer has been on a world tour for 2 years and returned to the Mauritshuis reopening on 27 June 2014. Masterpieces such as Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter are on permanent display in the intimate rooms of this seventeenth-century monument. More than two hundred top paintings from Dutch and Flemish masters are on display in the historic interior, with silken wall coverings, sparkling chandeliers and monumental painted ceilings.
After lunch continue to medieval Delft. This is the city where Vermeer lived and painted. Walk through the historic centre with your guide and along the canals and many almshouses. Afterwards visit The Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory “De Porceleyne Fles”. The factory was established in 1653 and is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. Delftware is still hand-painted according to a century old tradition.