Meet our Guides

Get to know the person behind the tour

Roland S.

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Welcome to the Netherlands! My name is Roland and I would love to be your private guide in Amsterdam and the Netherlands!

I've lived in downtown Amsterdam for more than 20 years. I love and know my city as a local, crisscrossing it on my bicycle.

Traveling is my passion! I traveled extensively in Europe, South America and East Asia and I also worked abroad, employed at a Swiss University and on a River Cruise ship on the Douro river in Portugal and Spain. Every winter I travel for at least a month to discover some new places in the world.

If you are looking for a flexible, personable, enthusiastic and licensed guide during your stay in Amsterdam and the Netherlands, I am your guy! I can customize the tours according to your interests. Let's visit this small country your way and have a wonderful time!

I can offer a variety of tours, ranging from private Walking tours of downtown Amsterdam to private Tours of the Museums or private day-trips to the countryside.

On a private Amsterdam walking discovery tour, you will not only see the most important monuments, but also the daily life in this small cosmopolitan city. Monuments might include the Dam Square, the National Monument, the New Church, the Orphanage Squares, the Beguinage and the Floating Flower Market. You will feel like a local at the end of the tour!

On a private museum tour, we can focus on special interests like the Dutch Golden Age, genre painting, maritime history and much more. A tailor-made program including visits to various museums can give you a great overview of Dutch Art. A tailor-made Museum Tour can be between a few hours to about 5 days.

On a private countryside tour you can discover the Dutch polder landscape. A polder is a reclaimed body of water. You will learn how the Dutch will keep their feet dry in a country where about 40 per cent lies below the level of the sea. We will travel 'green' using the comfortable and reliable Dutch public transport system. To cut down costs, we will use the local public transport tickets called OV Chip Card. Traveling this way is a great way discovering the Netherlands.

In my free time I like to find new places of interest, relax in our beautiful parks, or - as many locals do - go on a bike ride to the surroundings. It's not a surprise that Dutch people love their bikes! Did you know that there are more than 1, 100, 000 bicycles in Amsterdam? That's four times the number of cars!

Let's visit this small country on your way and have a wonderful time! During the tours, I will surprise you with fun facts about my city and will give you suggestion for places to explore on your own!

I look forward to be your private tour guide and hope to see you soon!

A Recent Review of this guide

Roland was extremely knowledgable and had us at the museum quite early to avoid the holiday crowds. Instead of an exhaustive tour of each painting, he moved us through the museum touching on a few pieces and explained the significance of the painting and where it fit into Dutch history. It was great as a parent to put some focus into the tour without it being overwhelming. We had the opportunity in the afternoon to go back and explore more of the museum on our own. It was a great tour!
Jim Stanczak

Read Reviews

Credentials

1993 Graduated at the Eindhoven University of Technology as a User Interface Software Designer.

Worked at companies DSM, DAF Trucks, BDO, Rabobank, Philips, Community of Amsterdam and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

2003 Graduated at the SEC Dutch National Guide School

2003 Graduated at the GUIDOR Dutch National Guide Organisation. Passed exams in the languages English (2003), German (2003) and Portuguese (2005)

2015 Examiner at the SEC Dutch National Guide School

Volunteer work Experience:

2000-2008 Amsterdam Tourist Police - Assisting foreign robbed tourists in Amsterdam

2012 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Q&A moderator

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I prefer to use the Dutch public transport system, which is environmentally friendly, reliable, relatively fast and a great way of discovering our country. I do also have colleagues available with private transport.

Guide Requirements for Netherlands

Contact this Guide

Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

Message Roland S.
Web address (URL) of this page: http://www.toursbylocals.com/PrivateTours-Amsterdam

Tours by Roland S.

See all of the tours offered by this guide.

Amsterdam Walking Discovery Private Tour

 unrated

Discover Amsterdam and feel like a local at the end of the Tour

256 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours 30 min.

learn more

Windmill Village Countryside Private,...

 unrated

Discover the Zaanse Schans windmill village and the Dutch countryside

276 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

6 hours

learn more

Fast Lane Rijksmuseum Private Tour

Discover the Dutch 17th century's Masters and much more in the National,...

287 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

3 hours

learn more

A Day in Amsterdam Private Shore Excursion

 unrated

Discover the highlights of Amsterdam including the Rijksmuseum, a windmill,,...

467 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

8 hours

learn more

Hidden Amsterdam Private Walking Discovery,...

 unrated

Discover the Hidden Treasures of Amsterdam

256 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours 30 min.

learn more

Dutch Countryside Private Tour

 unrated

Discover the Dutch Countryside including 3 towns using public transport,...

291 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

7 hours

learn more

Jewish Heritage Amsterdam Private Tour

 unrated

Discover the Portuguese Synagogue, the Hollandsche Schouwburg and a,...

287 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

3 hours

learn more

Fast Lane Van Gogh Private Tour

 unrated

Discover the paintings from Vincent van Gogh in the museum with the,...

286 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

2 hours 30 min.

learn more

Delft and the Hague Private Tour

 unrated

Discover Delft & the Hague and see the Dutch countryside using the,...

466 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

8 hours

learn more

Multiday Private Museum Tour Amsterdam

 unrated

Design you own 1 until 5 day private museum Tour in Amsterdam

331 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

8 hours

learn more

Fast Lane Van Gogh And Rijksmuseum Private,...

 unrated

Discover the works of Vincent van Gogh in the Van Gogh Museum and the,...

311 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

3 hours 30 min.

learn more