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Portuguese Synagogue Tours

Portuguese Synagogue
The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam is one of the most significant remnants of Jewish history in the city. Built between 1671 and 1675, the synagogue has been restored over the years, but overall it stands today as it did over 300 years ago.

The Basics
The Portuguese Synagogue is located in a complex that also houses a number of other buildings, including the rabbinate, a mortuary, and the Ets Haim (Tree of Life) library, which is home to a valuable collection of Sephardic Jewish manuscripts. Still in use by the Jewish community in Amsterdam, it also attracts swaths of visitors who come to marvel at its ancient architecture and beguiling interior.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Portuguese Synagogue is a must-visit for those interested in history, architecture, or Judea.
  • Remember to dress conservatively, out of respect for religious traditions.
  • Hours vary so check with the synagogue, especially if your visit coincides with major Jewish holidays.
 
How to Get There
The Portuguese Synagogue is located at Mr. Visserplein 3, right across from the Botanical Garden. It can be reached via tram line 9 or 14, or via the 51, 53, or 54 metro line to the Waterlooplein stop. It's about a 20-minute walk or 5-minute metro ride from the Centraal railway station.
 
When to Get There
Opening times for the Portuguese Synagogue vary throughout the year, and the synagogue is closed on Saturdays for Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and for special events. Services are held on Shabbat evenings and mornings, again on Sunday mornings, and on holidays, but they aren't open to non-Jews, and Jewish visitors need to register ahead of time and bring ID.

The History of Jews in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has had a large Jewish population due to a mass migration that took place from the late 15th century through the 16th century after the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions, including crypto-Jews, or Marranos, who had been forcibly converted to Catholicism but secretly continued to practice Judaism. Community members fled persecution in Spain and Portugal in search of a more accepting and tolerant society, migrating to far-off places such as Brazil as well as closer destinations, such as Amsterdam.

Address: Mr. Visserplein 3, Amsterdam 1011 RD, Netherlands
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Portuguese Synagogue - Candlelight Concerts in Amsterdam Ticket

Portuguese Synagogue - Candlelight Concerts in Amsterdam Ticket

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Up the romance with a candlelight concert at the Portuguese Synagogue in the heart of Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter. Attend one of a series of special concerts held each month and enjoy live music from Balkan folk and jazz, to classical concertos and world music. With an atmospheric setting lit up by hundreds of burning candles, renowned acoustics, and virtuoso musicians, it’s sure to be an evening to remember.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.82
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$19.82
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Discover Amsterdam's Golden Age in the Portuguese Synagogue Ticket

Discover Amsterdam's Golden Age in the Portuguese Synagogue Ticket

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Explore Amsterdam’s Jewish history and heritage with admission to the Portuguese Synagogue, a 17th-century Sephardic place of worship with stunning architecture and artifacts. Take in the beautifully-preserved interior, from grand stone pillars to plaster walls and a series of 72 windows. Your ticket includes admission to the most important heritage sites in Amsterdam's Jewish Cultural Quarter.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.06
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$21.06
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Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter Small-Group Walking Tour

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Discover Amsterdam’s WWII history and follow in the footsteps of Anne Frank on this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. See the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Auschwitz Monument; learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger, and end the tour outside the Anne Frank House (entrance not included).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.31
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$35.31
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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.19
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$40.19

Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

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Learn about Amsterdam's Jewish history on this private tour. Visit what was once the Jewish Quarter, with its old Synagogue and former Jewish theater (Hollandse Schouwburg) before heading to the Anne Frank House via tram. Here you have the option of going inside to see where the famous diarist hid until she was finally captured during WWII. Tickets are not included, but we can advise you on the best way to visit after the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.74
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$112.74
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Private Amsterdam Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter tour

Private Amsterdam Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter tour

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Join this 2-hour private walking tour and learn about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city in a small group and learn about the life of Anne Frank from your guide. Hear stories about Anne Frank's family relationships, her move from Germany, the time she was hiding, and her father's life after the war. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Your private guide will tell you stories about Anne Frank's love of writing and the circumstances she experienced in Amsterdam in the 1930s and 1940s. Listen to how her diary gained worldwide fame. Discover some secret hiding places where the writer sought refuge during the Dutch resistance in the Second World War. See many sights like the Joods Historisch Museum, the Auschwitz Monument and finally the house of Anne Frank, where your tour ends.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.63
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$83.63
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2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour

2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour

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This private sightseeing tour of Amsterdam takes you around the historic city center by rickshaw (aka pedicab). Travel with ease while your driver-guide narrates the highlights; you’ll pass by the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and other attractions. With a customized itinerary, your driver makes brief stops at Vondelpark or other scenic spots. Pickup and drop-off include hotels and cruise port.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$247.78
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$247.78
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Anne Frank Walking Tour & entrance to the Jewish Cultural Quarter

Anne Frank Walking Tour & entrance to the Jewish Cultural Quarter

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Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter is a significant city landmark with a unique past, but fully appreciating its World War 2 history can be difficult on a self-led tour. Gain insight into the experience of Anne Frank and other Jewish residents on a walking tour, and benefit from included admission to the Jewish Historical Museum and National Holocaust Museum for a deeper understanding of the city’s Jewish heritage.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.75
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$55.75
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Private Anne Frank & Jewish Quarter Tour

Private Anne Frank & Jewish Quarter Tour

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Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and a dedicated guide on this private half-day tour of Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter. Your guide's commentary will focus on the story of Anne Frank and the role of the Netherlands in World War II. You'll visit the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, and other important Jewish landmarks. Booking a private tour means you'll have plenty of time for questions and discussion.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.96
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$87.96
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Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tour

Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tour

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Join this 2 hour walking tour and discover all about life during nazi-occupation in the early 1940s. Find out how the people endured important events such as the February strike and the hunger winter. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and their struggles during this dark period of time. Learn all about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city and Learn more about Amsterdam’s troubled past. Get an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived during and after the Second World War. See many sights like the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Discover sites like the Dokwerker and the Auschwitz Monument. Hear stories about Anne Frank and her family, her move from Germany, her now famous diary and how her father published it after the war.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.69
Price varies by group size
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$150.69
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Anne Frank private walking tour

Anne Frank private walking tour

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Join this 2 hour walking tour through Amsterdam and learn all about Anne Frank during the Second World War. Meet your guide at Waterlooplein and discover the most important sights about Anne Frank and other Jews during World War 2 including the Jewish Quarter, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Council headquarters. Discover historical monuments and buildings which are still marked by traces of war. Learn about life during the second World War and the struggles people endured like the February strike and the hunger winter. Discover the many hiding places in the city where families such as the Franks were forced to flee. Get an idea of ​​what life was like in the Netherlands during nazi-occupation in the early 1940s. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and what they had to endure during this dark period of time. Learn about her diary, how it was published by her father after the war and how it became one of the best selling books of all time.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.63
Price varies by group size
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$83.63
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Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Exploring Amsterdam’s history by bike gives you a chance to cover much more ground than you would on foot. This private bike tour is an ideal choice for those who want to orient themselves to the city. Customize your tour to the sights on your itinerary, or let your guide choose the highlights. Bike at a relaxing pace and enjoy a personalized tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.11
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$99.11
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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$174.69
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$174.69
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Jewish History Morning or Afternoon Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Jewish History Morning or Afternoon Walking Tour in Amsterdam

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Follow a path through Amsterdam’s Jewish history and heritage on a walking tour of the city with a local guide. Visit the Portuguese synagogue then explore an atmospheric neighborhood where 16th-century Jewish residents created a thriving community. Hear stories of the tragic period when German fences made the area into a closed ghetto and learn about the families who struggled to survive the holocaust, and about modern-day Jewish people in Amsterdam.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$161.99
Price varies by group size
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$161.99
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Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour Ticket

Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour Ticket

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Gain admission to four institutions in the Jewish Cultural Quarter of Amsterdam, located near the Waterlooplein. Visit the Jewish Historical Museum, JHM Children’s Museum, and Portuguese Synagogue. Learn about Jewish heritage in the Netherlands with this multi-attraction pass, which includes an audio tour with recorded commentary and a map for a self-guided tour of the old Jewish neighborhood. Your ticket is valid for one month.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.06
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$21.06
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Amsterdam: Jewish Cultural Quarter & Gassan Diamonds

Amsterdam: Jewish Cultural Quarter & Gassan Diamonds

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Get an insider’s look at Jewish history and diamond production in Amsterdam on a 4-hour tour. Visit the top attractions of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, Portuguese Synagogue, and more. Multilingual audio guides are available for a more immersive experience. Observe the diamond polishing process at family-owned Gassan Diamonds and have a complimentary glass of champagne and gift after the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.88
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$27.88
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Amsterdam Jewish Quarter Private Tour

Amsterdam Jewish Quarter Private Tour

Considered, from centuries XVI and XVII, like the European Jerusalem by ample freedom of cult that was exerted within its limits. Amsterdam will host much of the Jewish population being expelled in different parts of Europe for religious reasons. On a route through the old Jewish quarter, which will not take you more than a couple of hours, the traveler can enjoy the various points of interest in the area From Waterlooplein, where the Spinoza monument is located, to the Amsterdam Zoo, site of the National Holocaust Memorial, and from the Hermitage area of Amsterdam, location of The Shadow Canal Monument, to the Nieuwe Herengracht canal, where we will find the Impressive Portuguese Synagogue, during the tour of the Jewish cultural district travels more than 45 points of interest related to the culture of the Jewish community of the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$184.60
per group
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$184.60
per group
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Amsterdam Jewish Quarter Tour

Amsterdam Jewish Quarter Tour

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Considered, from centuries XVI and XVII, like the European Jerusalem by ample freedom of cult that was exerted within its limits. Amsterdam will host much of the Jewish population being expelled in different parts of Europe for religious reasons. On a route through the old Jewish quarter, which will not take you more than a couple of hours, the traveler can enjoy the various points of interest in the area From Waterlooplein, where the Spinoza monument is located, to the Amsterdam Zoo, site of the National Holocaust Memorial, and from the Hermitage area of Amsterdam, location of The Shadow Canal Monument, to the Nieuwe Herengracht canal, where we will find the Impressive Portuguese Synagogue, during the tour of the Jewish cultural district travels more than 45 points of interest related to the culture of the Jewish community of the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.65
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$24.65
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Holocaust Series: The Jewish Quarter

Holocaust Series: The Jewish Quarter

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Anne Frank is perhaps on of Amsterdam’s most famous inhabitants, like her, other Jewish living here were gravelly affected during the Holocaust years. We invite you to make a reflection as you walk around the Jewish Quarter as you get to know the story of one of Amsterdam’s darkest historical period .Take a pause on your trip and pay tribute to mankind, honouring freedom on this special soundwalk devoted to World War II remembrance. We intend to take you on an emotional journey to never forget the victims of the Holocaust from the Amsterdam inhabitants perspective.
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  • 39 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$6.99
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$6.99
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Private Jewish History Walking Tour

Private Jewish History Walking Tour

Travel back in time with your very own personal, expert local guide to the Amsterdam of WWII: a city bravely resisting Nazi Germany, where teenage heroine Anne Frank and her family were in hiding. Learn about Amsterdam’s incredibly rich Jewish history as you explore our city’s awe-inspiring Jewish Quarter, drinking in the stunningly moving and inspirational landmarks, monuments and statues. Immerse yourself in the raw emotion and indestructible hope of Anne Frank during the darkest days of the Second World War. This tour delves deep into the history of WWII from a uniquely Amsterdamian perspective. Learn all about the history of the brave Dutch Resistance, view important period monuments up close, such as the stunning Amsterdam Theatre, the poignant Auschwitz Memorial, the National War Memorial, Henri Andreessen’s evocative sculpture of Anne Frank, as well as the outside of the Anne Frank House itself.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$247.11
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From
$247.11
Price varies by group size

Private Amsterdam Bike Tour with a local guide (also for families)

Private Amsterdam Bike Tour with a local guide (also for families)

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Book this exclusive Private Amsterdam Bike Tour and explore highlights and hidden gems by bike in Amsterdam. Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to beautiful canal houses, drawbridges, street-art, old industrial zones and shipdocks. The true hidden gems of the city. We go by bike, maybe take a ferry and will have enough time to have a nice drink or a snack on the route. Based at your hotel we can visit the city center and other parts of the city. You will also visit the less touristy places of the city to see the hidden gems of Amsterdam. You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist, we will go over easy roads so you can get used to the Dutch bike and the traffic. We take care of the bicycle for you, we have bicycles for every size. We can also get tandems or a cargo bike if you want to join with your whole family. Hope to meet you soon at a bicycle :-)
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$161.06
Price varies by group size
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$161.06
Price varies by group size
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2nd World War Tour in Amsterdam

2nd World War Tour in Amsterdam

Planning a trip to Nederlands? Looking for Off-the-Beaten-Path Tour in Amsterdam? What about discovering the Second World War in Amsterdam sights? Amsterdam offers you the chance to learn more about the occupation time, which took a 5 years period. Wha’s included in the Second World War in Amsterdam Walking Tour? You will have the chance to discover the main Holocaust resistance monuments while you enjoy a walk around the city center. The Jewish Cultural Quarter Walk, the City Hall, and Verzets Museum are other stops on the tour. Get ready to experience Nederlands from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal interesting facts about the Nazi Occupation Years in Amsterdam.
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  • 3 hours
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$668.35
per group
From
$668.35
per group

Half-Day Private Jewish Walking tour in Amsterdam

Half-Day Private Jewish Walking tour in Amsterdam

Bruchim haba'im! Explore the Jewish heritage of Amsterdam. Explore the former Jewish part of the city and learn everything about the importance of the Jewish community for the city of Amsterdam in the past and today. During our walking tour we will also visit the Jewish Historical museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Holland Theatre and the Auschwitz monument. The Jewish Historical museum is located in four former Ashkenazi synagogues which are connected with each other. The museum provides a perfect impression about Jewish life in Amsterdam from the beginning around 1600 until today.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$216.81
Price varies by group size
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$216.81
Price varies by group size

Semi-Private Jewish History Walking Tour Amsterdam Max 8pp

Semi-Private Jewish History Walking Tour Amsterdam Max 8pp

With a small group of eight people maximum, your professional, local guide: travel back in time with us to the Amsterdam of WWII where Anne Frank and her family were in hiding. Learn about Amsterdam’s rich Jewish history by passing landmarks of the Jewish quarter. This tour explores the history of WW11 from an Amsterdam perspective. Learn about the history of the Dutch Resistance, see important monuments such as the Amsterdam Theatre, The Auschwitz Memorial, the National War Memorial, Henri Andreessen’s sculpture of Anne Frank, and the outside of the Anne Frank House. This tour DOES NOT include entry into the Anne Frank House Confirmation will be received at time of booking It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code) Please inform us if you have any accessibility issues Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level Please check the weather predictions and dress accordingly
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$154.86
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$154.86
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Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Jewish Cultural Quarter Tickets

Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Jewish Cultural Quarter Tickets

Enjoy a scenic cruise through Amsterdam’s historic city center, a UNESCO heritage site. Among the beautiful synagogues of Amsterdam’s Jewish neighborhood, your ticket gives you access to 5 locations in the Jewish Cultural Quarter. You decide which activity to do first. If you are looking for an enriching cultural experience, and want to save time and money, this package is ideal.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.65
From
$39.65
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Amsterdam Private Walking Tour of Famous Painters

Amsterdam Private Walking Tour of Famous Painters

Who are those luxuriously dressed people, painted by young Rembrandt ? What were they doing, eating and drinking? How were they different from the ordinary citizens, that were painted by Frans Hals or Jan Steen? What was favorite taverns among locals in the Golden Age time? What games were they playing? Why were they wasting their savings in the anatomical theatres? Let’s figure it out! We will dive into the Golden Age time to find out what was happening here and how these events influenced the national character of the Dutch. And, most exciting, during the whole walk our story will be accompanied by views of the old city only! We would like to discuss with you different subjects you are interested in, whether it is a Dutch art in its historical context, development of maritime trade routes and Dutch East India Company, role of Dutch women in society or even a daily life of local people. It will definitely be a fascinating adventure! See you soon!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$225.48
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$225.48
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Portuguese Synagogue can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 28 Portuguese Synagogue tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Portuguese Synagogue costs USD 19.82. Guided Portuguese Synagogue tours start around USD 19.82 per person. See all 28 Portuguese Synagogue tickets and tours on Viator.
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