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Ian W.

Amsterdam, Nederland, Netherlands

I was born in Amsterdam and give tours since I was 17 (some while ago ;) .

When I was young I started working as an actor, after which I traveled all over the world.

During my travels I've worked as a tour guide in Brasil, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Making people enthusiastic about my town is one of my specialties.
Every tour is an adventure, with 100% customer satisfaction.

I specialize in giving private tours in the old city center of Amsterdam and the Red Light District.

The Red Light District is one of the most interesting and beautiful neighborhoods in the world, but it has a bad reputation. It somehow became my mission to show visitors the many beautiful sides of the area.

This area has some of the best restaurants, bars, tasting rooms, museums, stores and nightlife of Amsterdam.

I am a really well known 5* tour guide in the area, no tour is the same. Sometimes locals invite us inside, or we have a small cheese or chocolate tasting or other adventure.
It all depends on the wishes of the group. I mastered the talent of being able to adapt to the wishes of my groups.

My grandfather used to own one of the first bars in the old city center for colored sailors. I love telling stories about multicultural Amsterdam (most multicultural city in the world!), the 17th century, Red Light as the old harbor area, second world war, tolerance towards religion, the Dutch soft drugs policy, prostitution and current changes in the neighborhood.

- PROJECT 1012
The city council is working on a very large project called 1012, with which eventually one third of the coffeeshops and more than half of the window brothels will be closed in the Red Light District. So far already more than 900 million euro's has been invested.

Due to this project, creatives (like myself) are able to rent these former window brothels and start a new business inside. I am the only tourguide in Amsterdam with a former window brothel (two actually!), in the world famous most narrow alleyway of Amsterdam. Together with my wife I have a chocolate & spices shop and I have a creative space.

During my tours we always visit the Chocolate & Spices shop!

In Brasil I've worked with an indigenous tribe called the Pataxó, with my foundation Terra Nossa.

Photography is one of my hobby's.

A Recent Review of this guide

Wonderful guide. Ian was full of energy and excitement in telling us about his city and showing us around. He moved at a perfect pace, made sure everyone in our party could hear him and was just a lot of fun. Great personality, funny and personable. I would highly recommend booking one of his tours.
Morgan Morris

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- I don't guide in museums
- I don't own a car but if necessary can arrange transfer. Do notice: public transport is pretty good arranged in Holland and usually cheaper.

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Old Amsterdam & Red Light District Private,...

Tour in the old city center of Amsterdam and the changing Red Light,...

253 USD per tour

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The Changing Red Light District Private,...

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253 USD per tour

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Private Old Amsterdam/RedLight District,...


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All About Amsterdam Private Tour

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City Center & Jewish Heritage

Explore the old city center and visit the Jewish Quarter

349 USD per tour

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Discover Amsterdam and the Ten Boom Museum (hiding place) in the city,...

586 USD per tour

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Walking Dinner Old City Center Private,...

See, hear and taste Amsterdam with your private guide!

378 USD per tour

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