Recently home from a great weekend in Amsterdam. Traveled with a small group of friends. Selected a tour with Ian W. from being on a tour a few years ago. He was the only guide I wanted to contact for a tour. He is friendly and has good humor and really knows his information. Learned many of the secrets of the old Amsterdam and the Red Light area. Then a chocolate tasting of some very good quality in Cacao & Spice. The owner is lovely and passionate about her products. Highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Scott, you and your friends are super cool! Hope to meet again soon! Kind regards Ian
Michael BilderUnited States
Ian gave us a fantastic tour of Amsterdam's Red Light District. He knows all the history and makes the tour so interesting and informative. We would highly recommend him. Mike and Carol Bilder
Joan KreimerUnited States
We spent a wonderful morning with Ian learning history, culture, and local humor. What fun!! One could never ask for a guide with a better personality who was constantly aware of each person's needs-- some needed a bit of help with maneuvering pavements and others wanted "photo ops". Each person raved about how lucky we were to have found Ian to introduce us to this enchanting side of Amsterdam. AND we found a marvelous, delicious chocolate shop to boot!!
David WolksteinBOCA RATON, FLORIDA, United States
Ian is an excellent guide. Other than seeing things on the walking tour we gained an understanding of the history of the city and the country, particularly about the time of WWII and the holocaust. We would highly reccomend him.
Superfun and interesting tour. Ian was very funny and social person. He was also able to adjust the programme based on what we wanted and what seems to work four our group. I definitely recommend!
Linda GreeneUnited States
Ian was entertaining and informative. His choice of restaurants for our "foodie" tour was excellent. Would highly recommend him!
Christine MichaelsUnited States
Ian was fantastic. Great knowledge of Amsterdam. The tour flew by as he made it so interesting. We covered a ton in 3 hours. Ian spoke great English and gave us great suggestions for other things to do. The bikes we used were fantastic I would highly recommend Ian to everyone who wants an overview of Amsterdam. Ian took us to a chocolate shop he owned and treated us to wonderful nibbles
Morgan MorrisUnited States
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.
Jerrold H.United States
We loved this tour. Ian personalized the route to what we wanted to see. He was a wealth of information and we learned so much about the history of Amsterdam, it's architecture, and even where to eat! Ian's roots run deep in Amsterdam and this was a plus! The bike ride was not as daunting as we anticipated, and included a ride through one of the many parks. We are so happy we chose this bike tour.
Alan WeinstockUnited States
Ian is a terrific guide. He has such energy and passion, he makes Amsterdam's Jewish history come alive. His tour is replete with anecdotes and very interesting stories of the Jewish history in Amsterdam. Some of his own family were victims of the WWII Nazi atrocities and he relates many stories associated with various sites in the city related to that history. If you are looking for a fabulous tour of the City center and Jewish history of Amsterdam Ian is your man. My wife and I loved his tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alan, Thank you so much for this kind review, it means a lot to me. It was a blessing meeting you both. Thank you for all your patience today ,wish you both all the best. Kind regards Ian
Richard FungUnited States
Great value. Ian was entertaining and educational
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard, it was great meeting you both, wish you both a great holiday and some trout catching!!
Janet ClarkUnited States
Ian met us at our hotel and we had a fascinating tour of the old section of Amsterdam including the historic Red Light district. Ian has lived in Amsterdam for years and has incredible knowledge of the surroundings and history. All in all, a terrific tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Janet, it was great meeting all of you! Hope that you all come back to Amsterdam one day! Kind regards Ian.
Robert CohenourUnited States
Ian was gracious, punctual and tailored our tour to take into account our 14 year old grandson and three 70 year olds. He is enthusiastic and engaging and has a wealth of knowledge about the city and its history and talks about the curiosities etc throughout while we are walking. Highly recommended!
Michelle GordonPUTNAM VALLEY, NY YORK, United States
Ian was amazing and knows the area. It was a great introduction to a very cool city. Definitely recommend.
Joy CloutierUnited States
Ian felt like a friend, and immediately put us at ease. He was highly knowledgeable, entertaining, and went out of his way to customize the tour to our preferences. I feel like I know Amsterdam (as much as possible in such a short time) because of this tour. We are so grateful that we signed up! I would highly recommend him and the biking tour.
Judith EdelsonUnited States
Ian is an effervescent tour guide with charm and knowledge and was a pleasure to be with. We enjoyed learning from him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judy! Loved touring with you girls, stay in toch!
Harriet WatsonUnited States
Our tour with Ian provided a framework for our visit to Amsterdam and was one of the most meaningful and elucidating experiences of our trip. His knowledge and enthusiasm were impressive, but it was his willingness to share his family's personal history that made our time with him most memorable. A+++
Frank HeindelUnited States
Ian is a first class guide. Do not hesitate to book him. He gave my son and I a wonderful adventure tailoring it to our interests as we went along. My son is taking high school European history and Ian took us Back several hundred years and we lived the Amsterdam experience. Ian was charming and extremely knowledgeable. I work in historic downtown Charleston and have seen many guides. You will be in good hands if you Let Ian show you this side of Amsterdam!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Frank, it was great to meet you and your son! Wish you 2 a great springbreak together. Kind regards Ian.
Ken MillerUnited States
Ian was just amazing. Great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ken, it was a pleasure to meet you all and guide you around. Have a great holiday, kind regards Ian
Frank DIorioUnited States
Gave my son and I a great tour, learned a lot about the history of the area and met his wife, very genuine people
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Frank, hope you and your son have some great adventures in Europe! Great meeting you both!
Subodh DasUnited Arab Emirates
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks guys, it was great to meet you both! Stay in touch! Kind regards Ian.
Erika McNeilUnited States
I have to say Amsterdam would not be the same if we hadn't met Ian... His excitement for the red light district was contagious... I will go out of my way to make sure he is my guide on future trips with other guests... I couldn't have asked for a better night. He even recommended a bunch of other stuff (all of which we did) and each recommendation was better than the last... He's amazing oh and if you ask him nicely he may introduce you to the most beautiful woman in the world
In a corporate team building group we had one night in Amsterdam. Ian was very interesting and engaging and fun! We saw a bit of the town and learned some of the history while stopping along the way to eat and drink. Very nice if you have tour members that are not big walkers.
Minnaar NiehausSouth Africa
MaryKay MilksUnited States
If you want to see the REAL Amsterdam, you won't be disappointed with Ian! From the canals, mustard and cheese shops to the history of the dikes and red light district, we saw it all! I would book with Ian again in a heartbeat. (Two senior couples adding the tour to the beginning of a river cruise).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you MaryKay! It was a great to meet you all, hope to see you again some day! Kind regards Ian.
Sondra S.United States
Ian and Salomé were perfect hosts for a wonderful day in Haarlem and Amsterdam. Salomé met us promptly at our hotel, accompanied us by train to Haarlem for the first half of our tour. She'd reserved tickets at Corrie Ten Boom house in Haarlem, a highlight of our trip. We met up later with Ian for walking tour of old city Amsterdam including red light district. Both provided hugely helpful local and historical perspectives. There were so many unexpected perks along the way in a truly delightful day!
Ian W was a fantastic tour guide. He was deeply knowledgeable about Amsterdam and full of stories and information about the city. He communicated well with both the young adult children of our group and the middle aged parents. He also tailored the tour to meet our interests. Every one of our 7 member group was very, very pleased with the tour.
Every guide should be like Ian. First, he knows his stuff--VERY well. While this was a slightly Jewish-centric tour, we got a great appreciation for the city and it's neighborhoods. Also, he is connected. The locals stop him, he's personally involved in the fabric of the city which gives him insight few have (Google him!) And finally--he is FUN & engaging. My family didn't want the walking tour to end. Ian is so animated and uses personal experiences to add texture--he's that good. Recommend highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mike, i loved meeting your family and you. Somehow it felt like you were an old friend of mine! Stay in touch! Kind regards Ian.
Dale PatriasNew York, NY, United States
This was the second tour I had with Ian. This was another memorable experience with an excellent guide. He is professional, enthusiastic, and personable. His knowledge of Amsterdam and its history is amazing. On previous tours with Ian I had visited many places of interest to tourists. This time, I wanted to visit areas of the city that tourists usually don't. I got exactly what I wanted -- we visited fascinating residential neighborhoods tourists don't see. Ian is simply the best.
Isabela Abad-RamirezUnited States
Ian is amazing! I highly recommend taking a tour with him and not only learn about Amsterdam but experience it! He has an amazing personality and the tour was informative and fun. My daughter and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Steve MotterUnited States
Excellent introductory tour to the city of Amsterdam. Ian had terrific energy and knowledge of the city's sites and history. He tailored the tour to our tastes, and kept it comfortable while exposing us to the wide range of options available in Amsterdam. We toured with Ian the first morning of our trip and have used the information throughout the remainder of our trip (finding very great meals, and out of the way shops and bars). We had a wonderful time and I would highly recommend touring with Ian!!
Benjamin BrownRaleigh, NC, United States
Ian did an outstanding job of keeping my jetlagged family (even the 15 year old son) moving and interested during our walking tour of Amsterdam. He has an engaging personality, high tempo, and tailored the topics and sites to our preferences. His love of his city is palpable and he navigates it with ease. Great visit and great tour. Thanks!
Carol B.United States
We had a lot of fun on our Red Light District tour with Ian. He had a great personality and knew the district "inside and out". I highly recommend hi,. Carol B
Jennifer Nijman-SurdellUnited States
He was absolutely great and I couldn't say enough about him. He stayed with us a bit late to show us a few more things, and provided a lot of useful and fun information about the City and its history. He adjusted as needed and make the trip exciting and informative. The best!
Kevin HagertyUnited States
Ian was a wonderful guide, beginning with his request for how to tailor the tour to us specifically, continuing throughout the tour. We saw Amsterdam through the eyes of a very involved local expert. Highly recommend Ian as a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kevin, you are both legendary, a privilege to meet you both,hope to stay in touch. Kind regards Ian
Kevin HagertyUnited States
We couldn't imagine a better guide for seeing Amsterdam like a local, not just a tourist. We highly recommend Ian!
Kathryn EsquivelMill Valley, CA, United States
Ian was right on time and very friendly. He talks fast and walks fast! It is because he has so much to share. He is overflowing with knowledge and is eager to share it. The tour lasted 2 1/2 hours and he filled every second. We popped into many stores, businesses and he seemed to know everyone. I learned so much about the heart and history of Amsterdam. Just loved it.!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathryn,it was a privilege to meet you!! Hope you come back to the Netherlands and we meet again. Kind regards Ian
Barbara HartlOrange, CA, United States
Ian was a great guide for the red light district, being a true local, steeped in the culture and history of the area.
Jill SpielbergerUnited States
Ian is truly special. We had an awesome journey through this magical city. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jill, you and J, are really kind, cool people. Hope to meet again, kind regards Ian.
Natasha Christie-MillerUnited Kingdom
Wonderful guide, so good with our teenage boys, and a wonderfully cheerful, upbeat personality. Really informative, I couldn't recommend Ian more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Natasha, next time you are all in town, perhaps H.and A. can come magnet fishing with my son. Send them my regards and to R. You have such a polite and intelligent family, Thank you for your wonderful energy!
Natasha Christie-MillerUnited Kingdom
Fabulous walking tour, felt like we were insiders. Absolutely terrific with our teenage boys and us. We would recommend him every time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Natasha, Thank you so much for your visit and rating. It was a privilege to meet your family, you guys are a great inspiration for me.
Steve MorsilliUnited States
Outstanding individual tour. 100% better than a group tour which you can't hear and can't adjust during the tour. I strongly recommend this over a group tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steve, it was a pleasure meeting you, hope to meet you again! Kind regards Ian
Vivian McLendonGEORGIA, United States
Ian was fantastic! We had a limited amount of time in Amsterdam and there is so much to see. Ian took us through the old town and the red light district. We learned a lot about this area of Amsterdam and would definitely recommend Ian as your tour guide. We enjoyed the time with him very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Vivian, pleasure to meet you, kind regards Ian.
Lisa LambertUnited States
We loved Ian. He has great energy and passion for his work, and a deep knowledge of Amsterdam. He was able to share great information on current culture and history, and kept our 131year-old son engaged too. Well done Ian. Thank you for your flexibility and graciousness.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lisa, you have a lovely family,good to hear that you enjoyed our tour.Hope to stay in contact, Have a great holiday, kind regards Ian.
Todd M.Charlevoix, MI, United States
Ian.....what an absolute blast hanging out with you and seeing the Red Light District. You had so many amazing stories and we also enjoyed visiting your shop. The time went by so quickly and with Ian you feel like you got to see it all. I can't imagine any guide that would be any better than Ian on this tour! Ian is so friendly and very knowledgeable about anything with the Red Light District and how it is slowly changing. Don't miss this tour with Ian while in Amsterdam! Thanks again! Todd, Kent and Jack
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for this wonderful review. You all were a pleasure to guide around. I hope to meet you all again and hope your trip in Friesland was great. Wish you 3 all the best! Stay in contact! Kind regards Ian.
Judith CrawfordUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judith, hope to meet you again! Kind regards Ian.
Judith CrawfordUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judith, i enjoyed our 2 tours together. Kind regards Ian.
Delane MarynowskiUnited States
Our tour with Ian was the highlight of our visit to Amsterdam. He took us to places we would have never found by ourselves. His knowledge of the city and the history of Amsterdam gave us a new insight into life there. He was very clear from the start he wanted to make our tour what we wanted to see and experience. And the best part is his wonderful personality and sense of humor! We highly recommend Ian!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Delane for your review. Kind regards Ian
Gladell P.United States
Ian is amazing, pretty much like a walking encyclopedia of Amsterdam central, very knowledgeable. This tour is highly recommendable! There are so many interesting details (past or present) that I would have completely missed if by myself. What I liked best is Ian's eloquence in bringing up and representing the positive tolerant society that what Amsterdam is. I really learned so much today.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Gladell, it was a honour guiding you around. Hope to meet you again.
RIchard WatersUnited States
Excellent tour! Very engaging and informative. Bicycling is the absolute best way to see Amsterdam.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard, it was a pleasure guiding you both around. Wishing you both all the best. Kind regards Ian.
Sharon MengUnited States
An excellent way to explore the sights of Amsterdam !!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sharon, hope to see you again in Amsterdam :)
Sharon MengUnited States
This was a fabulous way to start our visit to Amsterdam. Our guide was a local and gave us an informative and fun tour which helped us find our way around for the rest of our visit. The food and drinks were delicious and refreshing - it was an amazing evening, thank you so very much for all the personal touches Ian we really enjoyed everything.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sharon! I enjoyed the evening as well, loved guiding you guys around. Till next time! Ian
Stephen NicholsonUnited Kingdom
Ian is a fantastic guide - so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. We had a wonderful and fun afternoon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephen!
Pam KrugerSouth Africa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pam, thank you very much for the review. It was a pleasure meeting you! Wish you a safe journey back. Kind regards, Ian & Salomé
Dale PatriasNew York, NY, United States
Ian is an outstanding tour guide; the best. He is very professional and knowledgeable, fun to be with. He clearly loves his city and enjoys making others feel the same way about Amsterdam. He provided me with the exact information that I needed to make my visit to Amsterdam so spectacular. Thank you, Ian.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dale! It was a pleasure meeting you, hope the rest of your travels in Europe were wonderful. Kind regards Ian.
Dawn BachmannMartinez, CA, United States
This tour with Ian was an absolute 5 star highlight. It was better than we imagined. Ian knew so much about the city's history, it's culture, day to day life, how the city has changed, and yes finally the red light district. Ian conveys his love and respect for the city. His sense of humor brings the sights to life. My husband is a historian Ian even stumped him. I would recommend this to everyone. I expected the Red Light District to be seedy but through Ian's eyes it was multifaceted and lovely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dawn for your lovely review. Wish you and your family all the best. Kind regards Ian.
Janet B.United States
Ian was very personable and knew everything about Amsterdam
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Janet!Kind regards Ian
Julie LitoffUnited States
Our family of 4 (17, 20, 2 adults) had this tour with Ian, which was phenomenal. The best example I can give is that my 20 year old daughter had just spent a month in Europe for school, and had many tours. She said "this was the best tour of every tour I went on". Ian was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and passed that on to us. The time flew by, and all of a sudden the time was up. The best part (of a private tour) was that Ian could see what was interesting to us, and adjust the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Julie, loved guiding your family around. Wishing you all the best! Kind regards Ian.
Susan Oortman GerlingsCanada
Very informative guide. It was nice to see old Amsterdam and a side that we may not have visited. Ian is a very colourful individual who is passionate about Amsterdam and the revitalization of the Red Light District! Thank you !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan! It was a pleasure guiding your family around!
James CokerUnited States
5 out of 5. Ian went the extra mile to make sure we had a memorable trip. Don't hesitate!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys,i will never forget you both,hope to meet up again! All the best,have a great trip. Kind regards Ian.
Cora JamesUnited States
We truly enjoyed our tour with Ian. He was very knowledgeable regarding Amsterdam and its history, as well as being flexible in changing our tour as we requested. We truly learned a lot as well as meeting friendly and outgoing folks along the way. Very enjoyable! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you dear, it was a pleasure guiding you around!
Artie TepperUnited States
We were a group of 4 adults looking for an informative and unusual tour of Amsterdam (April 2016). Thanks to Ian we were able to accomplish that and much more. He exceeded our wishes with his humor, insightful knowledge and anecdotes. His personal touches gave us a very memorable experience that will not be forgotten. He gets our unqualified recommendation for future tours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Artie, i loved guiding you all around,hope to meet you again. Kind regards Ian.
Daniele GramisciMilano, 20148, Italy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Daniele for your review!
Nancy BravermanNew Jersey, 08820, United States
Ian was a great guide, spoke great English and knew the area extremely well. He also knew his auidence and may the tour most enjoyable with his wonderful sense of humor and yet was still able to give all the history of the area. would not hesitate to use him again and would definitely recommend him to my friends and my travel agent
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, I enjoyed guiding you all around. Have a great holiday! Hope to meet again, kind regards Ian.
Many thank's to Ian for his charm, authenticity, overwhelming knowledge and excellent guiding. We, 6 couples, had asked for a bike tour with a little bit of history, some good stories and a lot of humor - and that was what we got! Ian is a humorous storyteller; always with a smile and a brilliant comment - but still an encyclopedia of historical facts, if needed. We mainly sticked to our agreed route, but Ian was also flexible when more interesting attractions appeared along the route. RECOMMENDED!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my Norwegian friends, hope to meet you in the future again!
Lynn DonaldsonUnited States
Ian is an amazing guide. Our group of 6 very much enjoyed our tour that was very informative. Thanks Ian for showing us your city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lynn! It was a pleasure showing you Amsterdam, i am happy you all enjoyed my tour.Kind regards Ian.
Elissa ChurchillUnited States
Ian provided us with a very animated and informational tour. We learned a lot in our 3 hour tour which covered a lot of history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Elissa!Kind regards Ian.
Jean BourdonUnited States
Ian exceeded our expectations! His knowledge of historical culture was exceptional and he presented his commentary in an authoritative and fun manner. His love and respect for the city was evident as he educated us about the culture of teaching children at a young age how to respect the many social privileges one finds in Amsterdam. He and his wife Have a shop in the red light district so he was able to delve into the business and cultural history of the area. A quite lovely, culturally conscious person.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jean! Enjoy your travels, kind regards Ian.
Yousef KatterUnited Kingdom
Excellent guide who was extremely informative as well as extremely friendly. He made the walking tour a great experience through the stormy weather more than pleasurable and also his follow up service by recommending us some places to go to by email was highly appreciated. I would definitely recommend Ian to all my friends
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Yousef! It was great guiding you around. Kind regards Ian.
IAN is an absolutely excellent, professional guide. He knew the history, background, and local stories of every part of Amsterdam. He adjusted the tour for timing whenever he sensed we were particularly interested in any area to allow us more time in that area or of particular historical interest. On top of it all Ian has an excellent sense of humour. Totally recommend him. Eugene and Mary-Lynn
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Eugene and Mary-lynn. It was great showing you around, I loved our talks as well, wish you all the best and hope to meet you again some time Kind regards Ian
Kathryn EchardUnited States
Ian is a great tour guide! Incredibly knowledgeable and energetic, and asks questions so that he can tailor the tour to your specific interests. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kahtryn for your feedback!I really enjoyed guiding you around. Say hi to your friends and husband for me.
Phil CordellUnited States
Ian is an awesome guide. Within a few short hours, I learned and experienced more than I thought possible. I'm in Amsterdam frequently on business, but had never had a chance to experience the city "like a local." Ian's friends and contacts enabled me to experience a fascinating side of the city and its unique and colorful past and present. I highly recommend Ian if you're visiting the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!It was great meeting you,kind regards Ian.