Private Tours of Amsterdam

With a private tour, you're the boss!


If you are looking for "the most charismatic and entertaining guides in the business" according to Cosmopolitan Magazine, UK, or you are looking for a genuinely informative trip around the city, SANDEMANs has the guides you're looking for!

Whether you are a school group, incentive travel company, a solo traveller or even a family looking for a more child-friendly tour, we are proud to be your best choice!

We make setting up your trip easier for you! For your convenience, our most popular Private Tours and times are now available to be booked online up to one week in advance!

Are the times and days offered online not suiting your agenda? Would you have another route in mind? Our specialized team is happy to help personalise your Private Tour. Contact us using the form below!

We guarantee a memorable tour that is out of the ordinary: all at a reasonable price!

Book your Private Tour online!

Our most popular Private Tour routes and times now available to be booked online.

We know how time consuming and stressful it is to organize a trip sometimes. To make things a little simpler for you, we have summarized our most popular routes and starting times which are now a click away from being booked with at least one week notice!  

Due to a high demand of Private Tours, certain dates and times may be fully booked. We highly recommend you to secure your guide by booking with several weeks notice.

Is your prefered starting time or date not available online? Do you have something more specific in mind? Check below our Personalised Private City Tours!
 
Book now the Appetiser Private City Tour

Personalised Private City Tours

Check below our most popular Private City Tours!


Booking a bespoke private SANDEMANs Tour gives you the freedom to tailor an experience to your needs and interests. You get to decide the route, where the tour starts and finishes, how long it lasts and even what language it is given in!

Our tours are designed to show you the best of Amsterdam by foot, but like we said, you're in charge! We can arrange private cars, buses and boats and almost all of our tours can be done by bike.
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During this two-hour tour, you will get an overview of the history of Amsterdam; from starting as a muddy village on the River Amstel to becoming the most important trading city in Europe. Learn about the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, you will experience the perfect introduction to this city.


This tour covers:

  • The Old Church
  • The Red Light District
  • The Jewish Quarter
  • Royal Palace
  • The Jordaan District
  • Anne Frank House
  • The Begijnhof Convent
  • The Wildest Bridge  
  • Narrowest House


Our recommendation: Highly recommended to join during your first day in the city!

What do you want to do after the tour? Keep discovering the city after your tour on a 1h boat cruise or grab some skip-the-line tickets to Van Gogh Museum (available online during the booking process). Your guide will hand you the tickets and help you allocate the attractions.

This three hour tour is a more in-depth version of our Appetiser Tour. You’ll experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. On this tour, you’ll hear the stories you’d never hear otherwise. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation.


This tour covers:
  • The Old Church
  • The Red Light District
  • The Jewish Quarter
  • Royal Palace
  • The Jordaan District
  • Iconic houseboats
  • Anne Frank House
  • Albert Cuyp, street market
  • The Begijnhof Convent
  • Masterpiece of Dutch Art
  • The Wildest Bridge  
  • Narrowest House
  • The Dutch East India Company

Our recommendation: Highly recommended to join during your first day in the city!

What do you want to do after the tour? Keep discovering the city after your tour on a 1 hour Boat Cruise or grab some skip-the-line tickets to Van Gogh Museum (available online during the booking process). Your guide will hand you the tickets and help you locate the attractions.

An experienced guide will steer you through the diverse life along the streets of the Red Light District to see what Amsterdam’s oldest and most controversial neighborhood has to offer. From coffee shops to sex theaters and fetish stores, find out the realities and fictions of this storied district.


This tour covers:
  • The Condomerie
  • The Old Church
  • Warmoesstraat: hardcore leather neighborhood
  • S&M Specialist
  • Sex Shop
  • Video Cabins
  • Elite streets
  • The Prostitution Information Centre
  • Newmarket

Our recommendation: This tour is best done in the late afternoon. There are no age limitations, although parents with children under 13 years old should be aware of the mature nature of this tour.

This is Amsterdam's most beautiful residential neighborhood and was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 2009. Over the past couple of decades the Jordaan has become more and more gentrified, but evidence of its proud, working-class past are still visible. We will guide you through hidden courtyards, cozy cafes, beautiful canals and stunning architecture.


This tour covers:  
  • Westerkerk
  • Anne Frank House
  • Noorderkerk
  • Brouwersgracht
  • The ‘eel riots’, Noordermarkt
  • Rozengracht
  • Vanished canals
  • Hidden courtyards
  • Gable stones
  • The Jordaan slums
  • Revival
  • Gentrification
  • The Jordaan Rebellion

Our recommendation: The courtyards we visit are public, but are surrounded by private residences. So if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing tour through scenic neighbourhoods this is the one for you!

Join us as we delve into the alternative scene that makes Amsterdam a must-visit destination for people over the world. We explore the origins of these facets of Amsterdam society, such as the post-WWII housing crisis that began today’s current phenomenon of living in boats or in squats, and the counter-culture movements that developed into today’s unique atmosphere, including the city’s most famous coffeeshop, and the street art hidden in the city centre.

This is the real Amsterdam - the side of the city that locals love, and that visitors come to experience. This tour is a must for anyone wanting to really experience this unique city!


This tour covers:
  • Housing crisis and houseboats
  • Gentrification and Urban development
  • Smartshop
  • Mid-1960s counterculture movement
  • Provo and the White Bicycle Plan
  • Drugs – history and laws
  • Amsterdam’s most famous coffeeshop
  • Coalition Project 1012
  • Squats and Street Art
  • Marriage Equality
  • Legal Prostitution

Our recommendation: During this tour you will learn about the goals and difficulties locals face within the current development of the City from its sociological, architecture, economic and cultural perspective. Should you be one of those travellers eager to discover beyond the usual when visiting the City, then this is the tour for you!

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without coasting along the city’s canals by bike. You won’t only be shown the essential must-see, breathtaking sights of Holland’s capital; our expert guide will also tell you the stories that bring these places to life! From windmills and breweries to picturesque views of the canals – you will take in all of the most important sights on this easy-riding tour.


This tour covers:
  • De Gooyer Windmill
  • Magere Brug
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Heineken Brewery
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • NEMO - Science Center
  • VOC Ship
  • Artis Zoo
  • Oosterpark
  • De Melkweg
  • Leidseplein
  • The East Harbor
  • Canal Belt - The most beautiful cycle route in Amsterdam
  • De Pijp - Trendy nightlife area
  • West Indies Trading Company
  • The IJ
  • Vondelpark
  • The Jordaan
  • IAMsterdam

Our recommendation: If you aren’t confident on a bicycle, the route can be done by public transport!  Bicycle for kids are also available upon request.

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