Private Tour of Amsterdam, Rembrandt, and the Dutch Golden Age

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Discover the Dutch Golden Age on this fascinating walking tour through Amsterdam, including a guided tour of Rembrandt’s house.

Itinerary Details

Step back in time as you walk around Amsterdam of the seventeenth century at the height of the Dutch Golden Age, marvelling at the art and architecture as you learn about the lives of Rembrandt and the Dutch Masters, and the rise and fall of the Dutch East India Company. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a private tour guide.
  • Explore the famed Museumplein, with its sculpture garden, fountains, and eclectic mixture of Dutch architectural styles.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Rembrandt's House Museum and learn all about the life of this seminal painter
  • Admire the bronze "Night Watch" monument to Rembrandt.
  • Visit the famed BloemenmarktAmsterdam's Flower Market and maybe buy a tulip bulb to bring home.
  • Walk by Mult Tower. It was originally part of one of the main gates in Amsterdam’s medieval city wall.
  • Walk through Dam Square, home to the iconic Koninklijk Palace, a royal residence.
  • Pass by Museum Van Loon, a canal-side house along the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam. 
  • End your tour outside the famous Rijks Museum, where you can buy tickets on the spot to visit if you wish.  Alternatively, when you book your tour, please contact us to arrange tickets for you as well.

Amsterdam was the capital of the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th Century: a city where world trade, incredible wealth and famous art converged. The Dutch East India Company (the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) or the VOC, founded in 1602 expanded Dutch trade all over the world, and prospered for 200 years. At the same time, science and the arts flourished under the influence of the Dutch Masters: from Rembrandt to Vermeer. 

On this relaxing and fascinating walking tour of Amsterdam, see Rembrandt’s masterpieces in the studio in which he lived and worked, stroll along picturesque canals and admire the architecture of the royal palace. See the harbour on which the warehouses from the 17th century still stand to this day, as well as the Head Quarters of the Dutch East India Company, where you’ll learn about the darker side of the VOC – its colonization of land, trading of slaves and monopoly on the spice trade.  This is also a must-see tour for fans of books such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Miniaturist. 

Tour duration
3 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Tickets included
- Licensed Guide 
- Entrance to Rembrandt House Museum

Other inclusions
-Food & drink ( not included)
-Gratuites, optional ( not included)

Suitable for
Culture Vulture, Family Friendly, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Attractions along this route:

Oude Kerk (Old Church)
Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk was consecrated over 700 years ago. Before the Reformation of 1578, it was a Roman Catholic church; afterwards, it became an important centre of Calvinism.

Dam Square
Lying in the very heart of the Dutch capital, Dam Square is surrounded by scenic and notable buildings.

Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)
Amsterdam’s Royal Palace is one of the best examples of Dutch Baroque.

Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market)
The city's most fragrant attraction is the only floating flower market on the planet.

A magnificent building with a collection to match, this is the Netherlands' most popular national museum.

Museum Van Loon
Now turned into a museum, this landmark was the home of the Amsterdam regent family Van Loon.

Oost-Indisch Huis
The headquarters of the Amsterdam chamber of the Dutch East India Company.

Rembrandt House Museum
The Rembrandt House or Museum Het Rembrandthuis is the house where the famous painter Rembrandt lived for many years, near Waterlooplein in Amsterdam. The museum shows the life of the Dutch painter with his wife and children. The collection holds Rembrand's sketches and works from his tutor, Pieter Lastman.
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