This Total Amsterdam tour is a combination of two of our most popular tours in the city, Home Cooked Amsterdam and Made in Amsterdam plus a very special boat cruise!
Your host will be waiting for you at their home along the Amstel river, excited to show you how to make one of the country’s most famous dishes — Dutch pancakes.
We’ll pop to the local grocery store in Rembrandt Square to pick up our ingredients and learn more about local foods. Then we’ll head back home for a lesson in the art of pancake making and you’ll find out why the humble pancake is so beloved by Dutch people.
After your lunch, you’ll take a short and scenic walk to Dam Square to meet your shopping guide at the entrance of the New Church. If you prefer, you can also take a one-stop tram ride as well, if you have a prepaid city pass its just as easy. Please note, this portion of the tour will be self-guided.
Once you’ve met up with your guide, he or she will explain that you have three vouchers included in the tour price which you can use to make purchases in three different shops downtown. Each shop has a variety of cool, locally-made products available, that cost approximately 15-20 euros. If there is any extra money left over, it will be donated to our chosen charity.
We have carefully chosen these stores because of their responsible business approach; from environmental sustainability to reintegrated employment schemes, these shops offer you truly unique souvenirs to take home that boast serious social care credentials. Your choices include an object made of local materials, a memorable professional photograph and a hand designed t-shirt.
After all that shopping, we’ll sort you out with an authentic local sweet treat which is similar to ice-cream to give you a much-needed energy boost!
The guided portion of your tour ends at the world-famous Anne Frank House and from here, you will be responsible for catching the boat for your cruise, which can be taken at your own leisure, so if you fancy doing something else first, that’s totally up to you.
Your guide can escort you to the canal cruise if you wish to do it straight after shopping (we’ll show you the departure point during our tour) or you can make your way there at a time that’s convenient for you.
Your mode of transport is not your average tour boat, it’s a small and funky affair run by a Dutch Youth Yachting Club. They love to tell interesting stories about the city as you cruise the canals and, best of all, they provide an open bar of beer, wine and soft drinks to assist your good time! Groups are small too (less than 35 passengers), so you’re guaranteed a personal and intimate experience.
Before you head out on the boat, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Amsterdam.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, all ingredients required for cooking lesson, a pancake lunch at a local’s home, including a tea or a coffee, shopping vouchers that are worth up to 55 euros, a treat at an ice cream shop and a one-hour canal cruise with open bar.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal purchases in addition to your 55 euro shopping vouchers, shipping costs, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please be aware that the weather in Holland is all part of the experience when cycling. We suggest you plan like the natives and wear layers. We offer ponchos if you happen to be caught out by a sneaky rain shower. Our tours will run in most weather conditions but if you’re not sure, please contact us to confirm your tour.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: You will leave the home-cooked experience and be responsible for meeting up with the shopping tour, which will involve an unguided, 5 min walk to the meeting point.
Boats depart hourly and daily and you’ll be given a prepaid ticket for your canal cruise, so you can do it at your leisure.
Child Policy: Travellers under 18 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.