Private tour of iconic places of Amsterdam and United East India Company
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United East India Company Tour in Amsterdam

Amsterdam United East India Company tour including an art workshop

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Kees | about the guide

Dive into Amsterdam's history on a complete day combining art, culture, and sightseeing. You will also learn about the story of Amsterdam's historic multinational trading firm which brought in massive wealth in Holland, and during colonialism in Indonesia. From Dam Square, follow your guide in a comprehensive historical stroll around the city, passing by highlights such as Dam, Kloveniersburgwal, Nes, Damstraat, Oudezijds Voorburgwal with its Grand Hotel -former Navy Headquarters, and the Waag on Nieuwmarkt square. Then, will you will enjoy a workshop of an hour at your guide's home, learning about the different colorful spices and using them to create an artwork. You will continue, taking the taxi towards the docks facing the Rijksmuseum from where you will embark on a boat for a sightseeing tour of Amsterdam canals and east districts. On board, a freshly cooked Indonesian lunch will be served. After your cruise adventure, you will follow your guide to Oude Hoogstraat where the inner courtyard entrance of United East India Company's head office is located. Founded in 1602, this company used to trade in tropical goods, including pepper, and was the first engineof capitalism and investment in the West, resulting in massive wealth in Holland, and during colonialism in Indonesia.

(1 reviews)
  • Amsterdam & The Hague
    Netherlands
  • 1/2 day
    DURATION
  • 6
    MAX. No. ON TOUR

TOUR DETAILS

keywords :
United East India Company, Amsterdam, Spices, Cruise, workshop
transport :
Tram or taxi
ACTIVITY LEVEL :
ACCESSIBLE TO THE DISABLED :
no
Kid friendly :
This art historian started out as an elementary school teacher, graduated in 1975.
LANGUAGES:
Néerlandais/Dutch (native), Anglais/English (native), Allemand/German (fluent)
MAX. No. OF PEOPLE :
6

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

- Arts and crafts activity - Boat tour with first-class oriental meals

NOT INCLUDED

- Eventual taxi cost - Hotel pickup and drop-off

ITINERARY

Your day will start in Dam Square, in front of the Swissotel entrance where you will meet your local guide for a cultural journey back in Amsterdam history. From there, enjoy a 1-hour walking tour and see emblematic places such as Dam, Nes, Damstraat, Kloveniersburgwal, Oudezijds Voorburgwal with the former Navy HQ -now Grand Hotel, Oude Hoogstraat, and Waag on Nieuwmarkt square. Then, you will take a taxi, heading to your guide's home for a 1-hour workshop during which you will learn about spices and make an artwork using different colorful spices. Then, you will take the taxi, heading to the docks in front of the Rijksmuseum from where you will enjoy a boat tour with an Indonesian lunch freshly cooked served on board. After your cruise adventure, you will follow your guide to the historic United East India Company (VOC), chartered firm dating back from 1602 who was the first in the world to use stocks.

WHERE AND WHEN?

MEET-UP LOCATION:
De Waag, grand cafe at Nieuwmarkt square. Meet all the way in the back
END OF TOUR LOCATION:
Private boat can come close to your hotel, only in the center of Amsterdam

about
your guide

Kees

Amsterdam

languages :
Néerlandais/Dutch, Anglais/English, Allemand/German

Born and raised in Amsterdam, I am an Art historian specialized in European art. Doctor, teacher and public educator, my favorite topics of discussion are the Dutch painters Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh. As a true passionate, I created a website about the art of the 17th century Dutch painters. Journalist and searcher in my spare time, I collaborated with various fine arts television programs and published many articles about art. I am also the chairman of the International Circle of Academic Tour Guides. Patron of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, I have privileged access and also VIP passes for other museums. Willing to share my knowledge, I decided 15 years ago to start my own company, in order to lead art-passionate visitors in Amsterdam museums and uncover for them the art history in my city. Respectable art specialist, I received the Wiki Delft award for excellence in March 2015, which is a guaranty of the quality of my tours. PS : my tours could also be guided by Ben and Duttje.

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1 reviews

average rate :
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France - 29.03.2016

Francis N.: "Kees is outstanding... he has a very rare gift among any the great number of professional tour guide we met in our lifetime... in presenting a deep and very specific art history knowledge, and in combining this with passion and and easy going presentation. My husband and I have spent our lives in the art world of NYC and the West Coast. We have rarely met such a wonderful guide. Kees is an outstanding fountain of visual knowledge and historic insight. He truly is top class within the field of Western art history!" Written before the UTF site launch

United East India Company Tour in Amsterdam Private tour of iconic places of Amsterdam and United East India Company
Rated 5.0/ 5stars based on 1 customer reviews
Product description: Dive into Amsterdam's history on a complete day combining art, culture, and sightseeing. You will also learn about the story of Amsterdam's historic multinational trading firm which brought in massive wealth in Holland, and during colonialism in Indonesia. From Dam Square, follow your guide in a comprehensive historical stroll around the city, passing by highlights such as Dam, Kloveniersburgwal, Nes, Damstraat, Oudezijds Voorburgwal with its Grand Hotel -former Navy Headquarters, and the Waag on Nieuwmarkt square. Then, will you will enjoy a workshop of an hour at your guide's home, learning about the different colorful spices and using them to create an artwork. You will continue, taking the taxi towards the docks facing the Rijksmuseum from where you will embark on a boat for a sightseeing tour of Amsterdam canals and east districts. On board, a freshly cooked Indonesian lunch will be served. After your cruise adventure, you will follow your guide to Oude Hoogstraat where the inner courtyard entrance of United East India Company's head office is located. Founded in 1602, this company used to trade in tropical goods, including pepper, and was the first engineof capitalism and investment in the West, resulting in massive wealth in Holland, and during colonialism in Indonesia. Customer reviews:
United East India Company Tour in Amsterdam ,
5/ 5stars
Francis N.: "Kees is outstanding... he has a very rare gift among any the great number of professional tour guide we met in our lifetime... in presenting a deep and very specific art history knowledge, and in combining this with passion and and easy going presentation. My husband and I have spent our lives in the art world of NYC and the West Coast. We have rarely met such a wonderful guide. Kees is an outstanding fountain of visual knowledge and historic insight. He truly is top class within the field of Western art history!" Written before the UTF site launch