Today, with our #ExperienceOfTheWeek series we travel to Netherlands, Europe, where we talk to Stephan, the founder of Amsterdam Experiences. When did it all start, how is it to provide tours in the country of tulips, and what are the most popular tourist activities in the Netherlands? Let’s find out.
Q1: Hi Stephan, how are you doing?
What can I say about that now? This is the strangest year I can remember. The world is standing still, but that gives me time to work out all kinds of beautiful new ideas. I hope that people will travel a bit again next year so that I can show the cool new tours in Amsterdam.
Q2: Tell us more about the history of Amsterdam Experiences. How did it all start?
In mid-2017, I started giving bike tours in addition to my full-time job as an online strategist. Soon there were so many people who wanted to join the tours that I took the risk of fully guiding. For more variety, I set up several other tours in the winter of 2017 to 2018. Think of a canal cruise, a food experience, and various walking and cycling tours.
At the moment we mainly do private tours for people who are looking for a personal and enthusiastic local guide for Amsterdam or the Dutch places nearby. We want to give our guests an unforgettable day and show both the highlights and the hidden places of the city.
Now more than two years later we have a nice group of enthusiastic guides who can do tours in English, French, Spanish and Dutch.
Q3: You’re called Amsterdam Experiences. Does it mean that you offer experiences only in the city of Amsterdam or also somewhere else in the Netherlands?
Our main focus is still Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. But we are also offering tours to visit other cities and the countryside. Think about the picturesque cities of Leiden, Delft, Haarlem, and Utrecht. The famous cheese markets of Alkmaar and Gouda and the beautiful countryside with windmills, dunes, and cute little villages of farmers or fishermen.
Q4: Amsterdam is a stunning city and I bet there are dozens of things to show to fellow travelers. How many guides do you have in your team? Are you all locals?
At this moment we have 15 guides in our team. Most of them are Dutch and have been living in the city for several years. Our guides are selected for their passion for the city. So no scripted stories, they take you to their favorite places and tell their own stories. You will love to meet one of them!
Q5: Means of transportation in Amsterdam include pretty much every possible vehicle. I suppose travelers can expect more than just walking tours from you, right?
Amsterdam is a city of walking, cycling, and boating. We offer all these options depending on your wishes. But of course, we can also do a combination during a personalized tour. Driving through Amsterdam by car or bus is almost impossible, the city is not made for it and you always have to detour.
Q6: Today many people travel and plan their itineraries on their own. Why would you recommend booking one of your experiences to our travelers?
If you are looking for small-scale and unique tours then you have come to the right place. For our private tours we make a tailor-made program based on your wishes. If you book a group tour, we never have more than 12 people in a group. This to keep it personal. Our tours are not lectures, but personal experiences where you get to know the city and its inhabitants better.
Q7: Travel industry is in uncharted waters right now but you have responded to the recent events as true professionals. Can you tell us more about your Weekly Walk project?
We recently started the weekly walk because we wanted to do something for Amsterdammers with our knowledge. Our guides have taken more than 30 walks through the city together where you can see unique locations and places. Not only in the center but also in the neighborhoods that you will not normally visit.
If you register for our weekly walk you will receive an email every week with a different route. With various highlights, a good place for a cup of coffee, and lots of walking fun. We notice that many Amsterdammers are interested and we have already received hundreds of registrations.
Q8: Last but not least, what is your favorite spot in Amsterdam that you’d take your friends to see or experience? Tips from a true local are always worth it 🙂
One of my favorite places in the city is the NDSM shipyard. It is an old industrial site in Amsterdam North that you can only reach by ferry. The site with huge sheds and old cranes houses more than 400 artists and is the place in the Netherlands to view street art and graffiti. If you go to NDSM then visit one of my favorite bars. Restaurant / Bar Place made from old sea containers with a city beach or the large Noorderlicht greenhouse where bands play on the terrace in summer. You can also join our hidden gems bike tour and we will bring you there by bike.
Book some of the most popular tours by Amsterdam Experiences here:
Private Amsterdam Bike Tour with a local guide (also for families)
Private Food Tour, Taste the best food of Amsterdam with a Local Guide
Private Tour: The Best of Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt and Vermeer
Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)
Private Tour: Amsterdam’s City Highlights and Hidden Gems