Discover Amsterdam the way you wish to get to know her. Share your interests with us and we’ll design a fully customized tour. Whether you are looking for a unique experience as a solo traveler, a family, as a group of friends or as a business: with our knowledge and creativity we are (almost) always able to fulfill your wishes!
* tour price based on 3 hours including VAT, excluding entrance fees. For more hours the price will be adjusted accordingly.
- Minimum 3 hours private tour guide
- Itinerary and content based on your personal wishes and interests.
What our guests say about this tour
"A most memorable visit"
We appreciate your thorough research and planning in making this tour a memorable one for the family. Thank you, Eva and Hanneke, for this lovely customized tour of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Highly recommended for anyone who would like to see Amsterdam and the Netherlands from a local’s perspective.
"Exactly what I asked for"
I have participated in tours before, and none were comparable with Odyssey. They completely tailor the tour to what you (I) want. I am more into quiet and tranquil spots, away from the busy city and this exactly what they showed me. Eva gave a lot of info about the spots, the city in general and some personal touches. Whichever question I had she could answer with lots of background info. I really enjoyed her stories, knowledge, flexibility and of course laughs. Well done! Odyssey is a top tip and I will always recommend it!
About the tour
Our guides know a lot about Amsterdam. And we are experts in making a customized tour for you. You will be perfectly taken care of, including first-class food and drinks. Tell us about your wishes, interests and itinerary. We combine all your information with our knowledge and build a tailor made tour for you. Of course we also take into account your wishes regarding the logistics of the tour. Length, means of transport, starting point and where to end can all be discussed.
Did we already mention we love our city? We do, for sure. And we do know her well, too. Center, north, south, east, west: each part of Amsterdam has got its own unique spots and stories. Each area has its own history of why and how it came into being. Every block has an architecture story. Every neighbourhood has got hip places, hidden gems and surprising anecdotes. Would you like to discover more of Amsterdam than the obvious tourist attractions? It’s our pleasure to take you along.
What do we mean by customizing?
Customizing is quite a broad concept. And we do it all. Are you staying in an – at first sight – touristically less appealing neighbourhood? Even the areas where you don’t really expect it, have interesting places to see and stories to hear. Think history, current developments and future perspectives of Amsterdam and her inhabitants. Stories related to, for example, migration, World War II, how we turned a swamp into liveable area, gentrification, architecture, social structures, city planning, sustainability, food – well, a lot of topics.
Actually, we also like to customize based on a topic. Give us a theme and we take off. Maybe a few examples help to make ourselves clear.
Once a British company sent a few employees to Amsterdam for Brexit related purposes. At their request we added a ‘European twist’ to the tour. We stopped by the French baker, Spanish butcher, Italian coffee, Belgium beer. Everywhere we had a little chat with the entrepreneurs, sharing stories about migrating, culture and and good food. Ah, and of course, Dutch cheese!
Another example is a tour we developed for a city event with the theme ‘underground’. There were World War II stories of hiding and resistance from Eva’s family. We interviewed a former homeless man about living on the street. We stopped at a graffiti spot and a squatted building. The lowest spot was probably the highlight of the tour. We were allowed into the inaccessible part of the subway station, with a ‘ghost station’ of a metro line which was never finished and the remains of a nuclear shelter. To put a nice closure to the tour, we got a tasting of gravlax – not before having been shown how the salmon is being fermented by burying it, yes, underground.
These examples might seem a bit extreme. It’s also fine if you simply tell us you like to focus on art, or architecture, or ice creams, or something else.
As an extra service we are always happy to share tips on what to do and where to go before or after the tour.
Where is the meeting point?
We customize everything about this tour, including the starting point. We can pick you up at your hotel (if in Amsterdam), or meet you at another location which is convenient for you.
Is the tour suitable for young children?
This tour is suitable from the age of 12.
Is this tour suitable for people with reduced mobility?
Yes. Especially with reduced mobility a customized tour can be the perfect solution. Please contact us to share your wishes and options, and we will come up with suggestions to create the most suitable tour for you.
I have particular interests and/or special needs. Can this be arranged?
By far most of the time, the answer is yes.
The weather is bad, what happens now?
Amsterdam Odyssey tours will take place under any weather conditions, unless a formal warning regarding the weather has been issued by the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI). Dutch weather can be unpredictable. Make sure to pack and dress accordingly!