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Ian W.

Amsterdam, Nederland, Netherlands

I was born in Amsterdam and give tours/work in tourism since I was 17 .

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.

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

- OLD CITY CENTER & 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.

- 5 STAR PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE
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.

- ROOTS IN THE AREA
My grandfather used to own one of the first bars in the old city center for black 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 own a chocolate & spice store,
during some of my tours we can include a stop or chocolate tasting .

- SOME MORE ABOUT ME
In Brasil I've worked with an indigenous tribe called the Pataxó, with my foundation Terra Nossa.

Photography is one of my hobby's, I also own a small creative photostudio in the most famous alleyway of the Redlight district of Amsterdam.

A Recent Review of this guide

Our group of four were very impressed with Ian. He was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, helpful, thoughtful and accommodating. I'd recommend him in a heartbeat.
Diana Carr

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Credentials

-Certified Tour guide Amsterdam
-Former relief worker travellers in need
-Tour guide & host trainer
-Tour developer
-Destination developer
-Local agent/destination manager

Restrictions

- 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.

Guide Requirements for Netherlands

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Tours by Ian W.

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Private tour guide Ian

Amsterdam's tolerant culture private,...

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Cannabis culture/Red light district/Multi-Cultural

226 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

2 hours

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Second World War in Amsterdam

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Tour by a local, with lots of personal family stories, a great alternative,...

255 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

2 hours

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Private guided photography tour Amsterdam.

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All the best photospots with a local photographer

260 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

2 hours

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Red Light District & Old Amsterdam Private,...

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

244 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

2 hours

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The Changing Red Light District Private,...

Unique sneak peek behind the scenes of an area in 'transition' with,...

244 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

2 hours

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Private Old Amsterdam/RedLight District,...

Enjoy a tour through the old harbor of Amsterdam and visit my chocolate,...

319 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

2 hours

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All About Amsterdam Private Tour

Canal Ring, Modern & Classic Art, Red Light District, Rembrandt, with,...

366 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

3 hours

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Private bike tour Old Amsterdam/ Canal,...

Grand bike tour of Amsterdam, 3 hours, with a private local 5* Tourguide

330 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

3 hours

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City Center & Jewish Heritage

Tour with a local 5 star guide with Jewish roots dating back 400 years,...

337 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

3 hours

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Best alternative to the Anne Frank house,...

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

565 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

7 hours

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Walking Dinner Old City Center Private,...

See, hear and taste Amsterdam with your private guide!

364 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

4 hours

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