Private Tours Netherlands. Flowerfields, shopping tours, windmills, cheese markets, art tours everything is possible to fulfill all of your wishes! BOOK NOW

A private tour throughout all over The Netherlands, look no further! Do you want a more specific or personalized tour? We create our private tours to fulfill all of your wishes. Think of a day trip in Amsterdam, or maybe a night trip? A visit to the beautiful Dutch flower fields or a small town to see how Dutchies live there. You might also want to go to famous sights like Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof or different museums, you name it, almost anything is possible!

Private Tours Netherlands – specific themes

We can take you to all the famous sights in the Netherlands but you might want more. We can offer tours that focus on one theme, like an art tour, architecture tour, food tour etc. Because our tour guides all have different back grounds, we have the right tour guide for a lot of different subjects. We love to create a tour together with you to create a tour that really suits your expectations.

Business trips / school trips

Our private tours are also perfect for a business trip. Or a school trip, for fun, education or even both. We can help you with arranging hotels, hostels, restaurants and all you can think of. Just fill in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

How it works

Please send an e-mail to info@88travelguide.com. With your preference, we will call / e-mail you to discuss all the possibilities and options together. As soon as we have a GO! we look for a guide that fits the concept and start to create the tour specially for you.

New adventures – collaborations

We are also always open for new adventures and collaborations! If you want to have more information about our company, tours, services or want to collaborate, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to guide you!

Our daily tours in Amsterdam;

AMSTERDAM ROYAL PALACE

Amsterdam Royal Palace was originally built as the city hall for the burgomasters and magistrates of Amsterdam. It is situated on Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam

Jacob van Campen designed the palace in the 17th century. They build the palace on 13,659 wooden piles, driven deep into the sandy soil. One pole for each of the days of the year with a one in front and a nine behind. It is a construction technique still necessary and employed today.

The palace’s ponderous exterior meant to convey the civic power of 17th century Amsterdam in particular, and the Dutch Republic in general belies its magnificent interior.

LOUIS NAPOLEON

Louis Napoleon forced the Republic in 1806 to accept him as the King of Holland. He was the brother of the French Emperor. He took possession of the city hall, which he converted to a royal palace and redecorating it in Empire style.

In the course of the 20th centry,  they reversed Louis Napoleon’s modifications. Also, they palace restored the palace to its original state of a government building based on classical models. However many of Louis Napoleon’s furnishings are still on view today.

AT THE KING’S DISPOSAL

The Royal Palace on the Dam is one of the three palaces which the State has placed at the King’s disposal by Act of Parliament. Huis ten Bosch and Noordeinde are the other palaces. They use the palace mainly for entertaining and official functions. For example state visits, the King’s New Year reception and other official receptions. Every year it provides the setting for the presentation of the Erasmus Prize, the Royal Grant to Painting and the Prince Claus Prize. They use the palace also on National Memorial day on May 4th. On this day, the Dutch remember those who suffered and died under the Nazi German occupation during WWII. The King and his entourage walk from the palace to the National Monument at the opposite end of Dam Square.

ROYAL PALACE NO LONGER WHITE

They built the palace using Bentheimer; a sandstone that originally has a white appearance with a slight yellowish gleam. The stone is strong enough but unfortunately it is very susceptible to weathering. This accounts for the palace’s current grey/brownish appearance.

This was a brief introduction. If you want to know more book a private tour and we will show you around!

TripAdvisor

For us, quality is very important and we would therefore like to inform you how happy we are with our customer reviews on TripAdvisor.

We want to share a few reviews that you can find on TripAdvisor!

Marcus – Fantastic guide!

“My friend and I did a tour with 88Travelguide and felt like we were with a friend not a guide. The guide did a fantastic job of accommodating one of us who loves history and one who does not. The guide told us personal stories as well and of other locals which made our connection and understanding of the city and culture stronger! If it’s possible take a tour with 88Travelguide when you first arrive to the city this will give you a great overview!”

Donna – Amazing Walk in the Red Light District

“I can’t say enough about this incredible tour with 88 Travel Guide Company. We had a private and personalized tour with one of the two owners, Manouk Stet. She gave us so much history and information and made it so interesting. The tour was also tasteful, referring to them as “The ladies”. Manouk was charming and it was one of the highlights of our trip!! Thankyou, Manouk”

Maksim – Excellent way to see Amsterdam!

We spent the day and evening with Manouk. We did the city walking tour in the afternoon and the red light district tour at the evening. The guide is FULL of great information and really knows the areas. The small size of the group is a bonus, easy to hear, understand and ask questions! Very accommodating. Definitely worth the money, you learn a lot about the city and its many different secrets!

Juriain – Must Do

The tour – in short it was great, the guide obviously knows his subject and delivers it with a passion born of experience. His knowledge seems to be inexhaustible! The city tour was a great overview of Amsterdam, its history and uniqueness plus little gems of information and entertaining facts that the guide sprinkles in throughout the tour. Big thanks!

We really appreciate all the amazing reviews and recommendations! We love Amsterdam so it is always great being able to show people around and surprise them with funny facts, variety of history, art, architecture and so on!

The Amsterdam Dungeon & 88Travelguide

There is a new collaboration! We are going to work together with The Amsterdam Dungeon with a fantastic scary and educational tour through Amsterdam.

What is The Amsterdam Dungeon

An unique thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back into the Netherlands’ most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life in front of you. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth?

There are 12 different shows and we will highlight a few to give you an impression… Are you ready?

Descend

The adventure starts here! Descend into the heart of The Amsterdam Dungeon in their medieval lift. Hear the grinding cogs and chains as the winches strain. Don’t worry, it hardly ever falls! Together with the gatekeeper and your fellow victims, you descend into the depths of the Amsterdam Dungeon. Are you ready for 500 years of scarily fun history? The descent to the dark vaults is a perfect way to start your tour of the Dungeon; it is funny, full of suspense and is beautifully played. If the Dungeon was a movie, Descent would be the title sequence.

The Torture Chamber

The smell of rotting flesh and the pleas for mercy will make you shiver with fear… Death is just around the corner (literally). It is dark around you, you’ll hear the footsteps of the cold-blooded torturer come closer and closer. You will witness real-life corporal punishment. The hairs on the back of your neck will stand up when you realise that… The Torturer is on his way to you! You will stand eye-to-eye with the sadistic martyr, his cold eyes tell you that there is no mercy. Did you think you could catch your breath after escaping from the Torturer?

Magic Musico

You’re wrong! This bar is run by a vicious magician and nothing is what it seems like. In this bar, where there used to be a happy bustle, the barmaid or bartender warns you; if you love your life, don’t doubt the words of wisdom. Enjoy your final moments as a ‘free man’ because very soon you will be on your hands and knees, cleaning the decks of the VOC Batavia. Did you sign that contract knowingly? Unlucky.

There are many more shows that we want to discuss plus some details about our new tour! We can not wait. Keep an eye on our news page for more scary updates!

Moco

WE ARE MOCO

The Moco Museum focuses on proven artists who have their own vision.

The Moco museum in Amsterdam is a boutique museum with a wide range of modern, inspiring and contemporary art that we show to the public. The competition comes nowhere near it. Think of the artists: Banksy, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. These artists use a lot of irony towards modern society, that is what makes them so special.  Moco provides inspiration and eye openers for all the visitors. With this, Moco speaks to a wide audience. Visitors who come to the Moco museum will experience art that is nowhere to be seen but here.

Banksy

Many people ask themselves who is Banksy? Banksy is a British artist who mostly creates streetart. Banksy started as a graffiti artist and his works are often humorous and political. Some of his street works are shown in the Moco Museum, but the exhibition contains mostly of Banksy’s indoor artworks. Real pieces. Also his canvas works are displayed at the Moco. There is a huge canvas piece of the famous painting: ‘beanfield’. This beautiful piece is shown on the ground floor. A huge eye-catcher as you enter the exhibition of Banksy. Furthermore, ‘the girl with Balloon’, ‘Laugh now and’ ‘keep it real’ are real highlights of the collection. The beautiful Banksy collection at Moco Museum. Come check it out ..

Icy & Sot

The fact that the young Iranian brothers Icy (34) and Sot (29) are called the ‘Banksy of Iran’ is not without reason. In their own country, their work is not only considered controversial, it is even banned. Notwithstanding, the work of these street artists literally holds a mirror to the current Iranian society. With their work they offer an idiosyncratic view on themes like oppression, fame, freedom, war and dreams. The talent of the brothers did not go unnoticed and soon Icy and Sot got the chance to leave the streets of Tabriz tempted by New York.

Villa Alsberg

The Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum is situated in Villa Alsberg, a townhouse overlooking Museumplein in the heart of Amsterdam. The building was designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers, nephew of the renowned Pierre Cuypers who designed Amsterdam’s Central Station and the Rijksmuseum, which is at the opposite end of the square. This privately-owned residence was one of the first family homes built along Museumplein and retained this function until 1939. Subsequently, the house was let to priests who taught at the Saint Nicolas school in Amsterdam, and later it was converted into an office for a law firm. The appearance of this mansion is breathtaking, no effort is spared to ensure that this authentic appearance is perfectly made, making your visit to the Banksy exhibition and other exhibitions even greater. The building is charming but because of the compact size it can feel crowdy.

Are you an art lover but also want to know more about Amsterdam? This combination ticket gives you access to the Moco Museum and let’s you join a city centre walking tour in where you’ll learn about history, architecture, food, culture and street art.

The tour starts at 09.30, 12.00 and 14:00You can choose a time when you register for the tour. BOOK NOW

Moco Museum & 88Travelguide

Are you an art lover but also want to know more about Amsterdam? This combination ticket gives you access to the Moco Museum and lets you join a city center walking tour where you will learn about the history, architecture, food, culture, and street art!

Experience

  • See the most important sights in the city centre
  • Check out modern art at the Moco Museum
  • See art from big names such as Banksy, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein
  • Taste typical Dutch cheese and learn about one of the city’s biggest export products
  • Try a fresh Dutch stroopwafel from a very well-known stroopwafel baker

One thing that you can not miss if you are an art lover is a visit to the Moco Museum in Amsterdam. This boutique museum offers a wide range of modern, inspiring, and contemporary art. Think of big names such as Banksy, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein.

In this small group-walking tour with a local guide, learn about Dutch history, art, culture, and architecture. You will find out how Dutch cheese is made and get the chance to taste a lot of different flavors. Try the Netherlands most famous cookie, the stroopwafel. Street art is also discussed so that after the tour you know where to look to find the beautiful street art that Amsterdam has to offer. At the end of the tour, receive a small present that will definitely make you laugh.

Enough said, it’s time for you to experience it yourself!

Our tour guides are professional, passionated, well informed and will show you this wonderful city like no other tour guide. Our aim is to let you experience Amsterdam instead of just seeing it. With 88Travelguide no overcrowded group tours but small and personal service on a relaxed tempo. Ready for the Amsterdam vibes and a city tour? Take a look at our booking calendar and BOOK NOW.

About Henri Willig

The Henri Willig Group is the producer of fine cheese. They offer consumers pure and distinctive quality products. Above all they are a professional and sustainable partner for their clients, employees and suppliers. Henri Willig finds it important to embody respect for people, animals and nature.

The history

Henri Willig produces traditional cheeses in its own cheese dairies. The locations of these dairies are in Katwoude and Heerenveen in the Netherlands. He does this for over 40 years. Their premium quality varieties and flavors are internationally appreciated. Some weell-known corporate brands are Henri Willig, Hooidammer and Polderkaas.

Henri Willig’s parents raised him in Katwoude where they had a dairy farm. Because he is the only son in a family of five, Henri went to an agricultural school. He and his wife Riet took over the family farm from his father in 1974. The farmer soon thought of the idea to venture into making cheese himself. Therefor, he took a course in cheese-making. He turned out to be so skilled that he made the decision to make cheese at his own farm. His passion did not go unnoticed. The cheese farm, located in the beautiful Waterland polder, quickly attracted foreign tourists.

What started as a new challenge for Henri Willig’s farm developed into a flourishing cheese dairy and a top tourist attraction. Henri Willig exports his special cheese to over 30 countries. Henri Willig also welcomes millions of visitors in his own shops and cheese farms.

From the land to the customer

Henri Willig uses an efficient and responsible production method.  For the reason that he wants to make sure that you enjoy the best Dutch cheese specialties.

Their customers are not merely purchasers. Similarly, Henri Willig is not an ordinary supplier. A sustainable and intensive cooperation with their partners is very important to them. This cooperation starts with an early planning and the volumes that are produced. Once that is coordinated, they collect the milk for the cheese from their own Dutch farmers. They make their cheese with dedication and attention. They ripen the cheese and take care of it. And finally it is packaged. They involve their customers in every step of the production process. Henri started as a farmer and cheese maker himself. He therefor is involved with every little detail in the traditional production process. Likewise the current generation of experts in the company. Therefor their passion for the trade continues to influence the result.

Our collaboration

As you read above, Henri Willig is a great company to work with. Therefor we are very happy to collaborate with them. In our city tour you can learn how cheese is made. You also get the chance to taste different flavors of cheese. It is already the favorite part of many guest! No Holland without Dutch cheese! Amsterdam: 2.5 Hour City Centre Walking Tour

Amsterdam in Autumn

3 reasons to visit

1. You can dance, dance, dance

For five days in October, Amsterdam becomes the dance capital of the world. Thousands of DJs, music fans and industry types descend on the city to celebrate electronic music in all its forms at Amsterdam Dance Event. Dance all night at one of the 120 venues taking part, attend talks and discussions, explore pop-up events or just hang around in bars and soak up the energy. It’s a fine time to be alive Amsterdam in Autumn!

2. Explore museums in the moonlight

Every November, Museum Night gives culture night owls the chance to explore art collections after dark, with plenty of special events and surprises thrown in along the way. One ticket will gain you entrance to over 50 museums in Amsterdam until 2am. A dazzling spread of workshops, concerts, special tours and performances will be laid on – as well as plenty of food and drink to keep you going until late into the night. Please note that tickets can only be purchased via Dutch bank accounts, so consider asking your hotel to make a reservation on your behalf.

3. Sinterklaas is coming to town

Unlike in other parts of the world where Father Christmas doesn’t appear until December, the Dutch St Nick likes to get the most out of the season. Sailing into town in Amsterdam in Autumn on a kilometre-long parade of floats and boats, welcomed by upwards of 400,000 spectators. The Sinterklaas parade takes place in mid November, with the feast of St Nicholas itself falling in early December. Wondering what the difference is between the two big men in red? Read our spotters guide to Father Christmas v Sinterklaas.

Keep an eye on our blog to find out more about Sinterklaas and other fun events and things you do not want to miss!

Photo: Sebastian Grote, Source: https://www.sebastian-grote.de/en/autumn-in-amsterdam

NEW. Start with a taste of culture at a concert in the Main Hall of The Royal Concertgebouw. Sip a complimentary drink and admire the stunning interior of the building, which is rated as one of the world’s top concert venues. Known for the quality of acoustics and international programming, The Royal Concertgebouw has more than 700,000 visitors a year. Settle in to enjoy an hour of music performed by some of the world’s best performers.

Afterwards, soak into the rich Dutch history of Amsterdam as you wander around the city on a walking tour. See the most famous and must-see sights including Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt. Be amazed by the secret places that the city has to offer. No tour in the Netherlands is complete without Dutch delights so experience a small cheese tasting at a local cheese shop and enjoy a lovely traditional stroopwafel. This is no overcrowded group tour but a small and relaxed personal service, full of historical information and fun facts.

The concert is at 11.00 AM to 12.00 PM and the walking tour is at 14.00 to 16.30. You have plenty of time for lunch in the city and to make your way from The Royal Concertgebouw to the meeting point at Beursplein. BOOK NOW

Highlights City Centre Walking Tour & The Royal Concertgebouw

  • An Concert in the Main Hall of The Royal Concertgebouw
  • Have complimentary drink before the concert starts
  • Experience the incredible acoustics of one of the world’s best concert halls
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the city to immerse yourself into the Dutch culture and history

 

See also our other tours.

Amsterdam in summer

1 You can dine in a restaurant on a secret island

For a limited time during the summer, adventurous people can take a boat from Amsterdam to a nearby deserted island and enjoy a four-course meal in a specially constructed greenhouse. The pop-up restaurant experience on Vuurtoreneiland is a popular culinary draw, so be sure to book in advance.

Vuurtoreneiland. In the spring and summer (mid-May – September) people eat in the Summer Restaurant, a transparent glass greenhouse, sheltered from wind and rain, ‘eating in and of nature’. In spring and summer the atmosphere on Vuurtoreneiland is exuberant and light. Everything blooms and grows, perhaps there are even lambs this year! Food in the greenhouse is elementary, there is almost nothing between inside and outside, clouds and weather pass you by. Sometimes sunny and warm, other times spectacular storm skies, unique and different every night. The exuberance also translates into the food, now everything is harvested in the Beemster so a large variety of local vegetables determine the menu and there is also meat or fish.

There’s a festival happening every weekend

You could say that Amsterdam is a little bit festival mad. More than 300 festivals take place each year in and around the city – the bulk of these happening in the summer months. So no matter when you visit, there’s bound to be something going on. From huge dance music events to foodie festivals and cultural carnivals, Amsterdam’s festival agenda spans all tastes and genres.

A few recommendations

3 You can go to the theatre in the park for free

From May to September, an open air-theatre in the middle of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam hosts performances of dance, music, cabaret, comedy and children’s events. You can visit this on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s totally free (although donations will not be discouraged).

Theatrical heritage. Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is steeped in musical and theatrical heritage. The ‘Vondelpark Parties’ were organised in the park and the Music Pavilion and Vondelpark Stage both hosted music, operetta and dance performances over the years. The Vondelpark Open Air Theatre sprang into life in 1974, combining the ‘Vondelpark Parties’ and so-called ‘Happenings’, the name given to the performances organised at the time.

For more information visit our website and book now. To gain experiences that you will not soon forget!

Cherry blossoms at… Amsterdamse Bos!

 The sakura flower

The sakura flower, or Japanese cherry blossom, is considered Japan’s unofficial national flower and has been admired by people all across the globe for it undeniable beauty. They are so popular among tourists that thousands travel to Japan every year during the spring season. They want to get a glimpse of the spectacle of the trees blooming with these pink or white flowers but you can find them at the Amsterdamse Bos as well!

 Blooming season

The sakura blooming typically occurs between late March and early April. But it is important to keep in mind that the best viewing dates can widely vary based on milder winters. Other factors influencing the blossoms appearance are the wind, rain, and temperature. Which can make the blossoms appear either earlier or later than average and can lengthen or shorten the blooming season. This makes the cherry blossom forecast vary a little every year.

Amsterdamse Bos

The Kersenbloesempark (Cherry Blossom Park) at the Amsterdamse Bos is the best place to see cherry trees blossom in Holland. The 400 sakura trees that stand at the Kersenbloesempark were a gift from the Japan’s Women’s Club. The Kersenbloesempark was initially planted in celebration of 400 years of cultural ties between Japan and the Netherlands.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Every year, there is a Cherry Blossom Festival or hanami matsuri (“flower viewing festival”) at the Kersenbloesempark, when it is customary to have picnics under the beautifully blooming trees. The Festival is more of an exclusive event, so the best thing to do just plan your very own ‘picnic festival’ somewhere in April and bring along some of your friends plus family for a wonderful afternoon.

We will keep you informed of all news and of course our developments. Keep an eye on our news page. Have a wonderful spring everyone!

New collaboration with Viator!

We proudly announce that we started a collaboration with Viator! Our tours will be shown on their website. Ready to book a tour?

Viator

Viator is an online booking platform for tours, attractions and activities. They have a team of travel insiders who do everything possible to find the best activities anywhere, wherever we go. From Paris to Rome and Vegas, from traditional tours to some experiences, they have something to offer every traveler. They can proudly say that after 17 years of experience, they are a world market leader. The only thing you have to do is to book and enjoy the trip!

Viator’s community exists of local partners like 88 Travelguide that are specialized in different activitities, areas or sights all around the world. Showing you the world is their business! They check all of their partners to make sure that the guests are safe and sound while they’re out having fun.

What to do?

At the moment of writing this article, there are over thousands activities shown on their website. Whatever you want to do — nibbling on tasty tapas in Spain or snorkeling through colorful corals in Queensland — you find it at Viator. We are super proud and honored that we are now a part of the family. We look so much forward to the collaboration and can’t wait to guide the first guests of Viator.

Tours

In the beginning we will cooperate with the platform with our City tour and the Red Light District tour. Sneak peek; we are working on a few new tours and can’t wait to put these online as well!

We look very much forward to our collaboration and to start this adventure together!

Please keep an eye on our blog because more information about this collaboration and the new tours will be online soon!

History of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the greatest planned city of northern Europe, has always been a well-known name in world history and played a central role in the history of the Netherlands. In the 17th century Amsterdam was the centre of world economy, and nowadays the city is known for its tolerant character.

City Laws

Amsterdam was founded as a fishing village when a handful of adventures came floating down the river the Amstel. The city received it’s city laws at around 1275. The first habitants of Amsterdam were farmers and fishermen from Waterland, an area close to Amsterdam.

Aemstelledammers

The first habitants created a dam where the Amstel merges into the Ij. They found it a good location to build their fleet, business and home. The city developed around this dam, now known as “the Dam square”. That is also where the name of the city comes from. The first ‘Aemstelledammers’ (how they called Amsterdam back in the days) were fishermen and merchants. The name occurs for the first time in the toll concession of Floris V, Count of Holland. He began exacting toll money from the passing beer and herring traders of the roaring Eastern Sea Trade of the Baltics. It flourished as a trading center. The Aemstelledammers soon created a dam in the barrage of the estuary. That is how a seaport (Damrak) and a inner harborer (Rokin) arised.

14th and 15th century

They quickly also became expert boat builders and brewers; attracting more interest in the emerging town. Soon the first navy was build. During the 14th, but especially the 15th century, Amsterdam underwent a rapid development, which laid the foundation for the Golden Age. Only very few medieval buildings survive today. Some examples: the Old and New Churches and the Houten Huis (Wooden House) at the Begijnhof. Throughout the Middle Ages houses were generally built of wood, a vulnerable type of construction material. The famous Houten Huis is no exception to this rule. Consequently, most of them were destroyed because of big fires.

This was a brief introduce… for more information book our City Tour here!

The tour guide training from Keukenhof 2018 was great! Our lovely guide Olga went there and learned everything about the new season. We also offer private tours to the Keukenhof, for more information please check this page.

Keukenhof 2018 – training

During the ITB we met Michiel from the Keukenhof. The interest for the training was so big that the we were not able to subscribe anymore. Luckily we met Michiel and they made an exception for us. Super happy! Our lovely Italian guide Olga went there to study the park. Have you already met Olga? This friendly and super smart lady from Rome is a native speaker Italian but also speaks fluently English, Chinese and German. We must say that we are a bit jealous at her skills.

As there were so many subscribers, the guides were placed into different groups. Olga’s group started with a meeting of the tour guides. Together they had a presentation of Keukenhof in 2018. After this, the group of Olga went into the park and had a tour.

Keukenhof 2018 – flowers

The theme of Keukenhof 2018 is Romance in Flowers. These two subjects are very connected according to Keukenhof: “The most beautiful spring park in the world with it’s sea of flowers will put you in a romantic, spring mood.”.

They have over 7 million bulbs in the park, with a total variety of 800 tulips. Unfortunately not all the flowers sprout during the training. At the time of writing the wind chill of Amsterdam is -10 degrees Celsius. We had some very cold days the last couple of months so it is very hard for the flowers to come out.

The flowers inside came out a bit more, which was beautiful to see. We can not wait for the flower season so we can see all the different varieties of flowers bloom!

Keukenhof 2018 – visit

The park is open in 2018 from March 22 until May 13. Check out their website for more information. We hope to guide you soon!

 

ITB Berlin

88 Travelguide was present at the ITB in Berlin. What a great fair it was! We have gained so many nice new contacts and impressions. We will tell you more about that now!

ITB

The ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) is the world’s largest tourism fair. The companies that were represented at the fair include hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines, car rental companies and a lot more. The ITB Berlin takes place annually in March at the Messe Berlin.

Keukenhof

It is so interesting to see what is going on in the world of travel! The holland stand was also very well represented. We met Michiel from the Keukenhof and that was such a nice conversation. Especially because our guides have a training in the following week at the Keukenhof. It brought us many new insights.

The Royal Concertgebouw

During our conversation with Anthony from GetYourGuide, Laura joined us and she is from The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. We were very excited, since we are going to do a combination tour with them. A city tour combined with a concert in the Royal Concertgebouw, how amazing is that! We will keep you informed about this, of course!!

Stromma

We also had a very interesting conversation with Alco from Stromma. They also offer great tours and there is a new cooperation coming up. Hint… more possibilities to admire Amsterdam from the water! As you might know Amsterdam is very beautiful from the water, definitely a must do! A fun fact is that Amsterdam has more bridges than Venice. It’s almost hard to believe. There are in fact 409 bridges connecting Venice’s canals. Amsterdam actually has 1281 bridges. That is three times as many as Venice.

Art tour

We are working on a art tour and at the ITB we had a lot of good meetings and conversations about it. We can not say much about it yet… But we are going to reveal little by little. Up to our next adventure!!

 

 

Time to put the spotlight on another Amsterdam tour guide. We can’t wait to tell you more about our lovely Teodora Pinzaru, who you can call Teo. For bookings take a look at our tours page.

Amsterdam tour guide – about Teo

Teo is one of our rising stars and impresses us every time we meet her. She is a Romanian trilingual who moved to Amsterdam after getting her Bachelors in Chinese language in Shenyang, China. She lives together with her Chinese boyfriend and managed to speak better Chinese than he does. Isn’t that amazing? She fell in love with Amsterdam a few years ago and kept on coming back. Eventually, she decided to move her and we are super happy that we found her! Teo can tell you everything about her adventure during a tour as she prefers to chat a lot.  She is patient, very well at communication, enthusiastic and besides that a super sweet and kind person. It is hard not to love Teo!

Interests

Teo is like a sponge, she absorbs everything she sees. She learned so much about the city in such a short amount of time. With Teo, you’ll be sure not to miss those must-see sights that everybody’s talking about. But she is also able to take you to places away from the beaten track, or hidden in plain sight, that even born-and-raised Amsterdamers don’t know about. She has a background in music, architecture and linguistics. Her passion for engaging stories and history is incredible and don’t forget about her cat-like curiosity. Just be careful, you might end up wanting to stay in Amsterdam for good afterwards a tour with this girl!

Boat tour and translating

Teo has more qualities than just guiding her own group. She has experience with guiding a private boat tour from Amsterdam Boat Center. She is also the perfect help when you need a translator. What we love about her is that she doesn’t simply translates but uses her clever brain to come up with ideas that might help you a lot.

For more information about the tours Teo does, please contact us.

 

Six interesting facts about Chinese New Year

1 There’s no set date for Chinese New Year

According to the Lunar calendar, the Spring Festival is on January 1st and lasts until the 15th (the full moon). But when you try to calculate it with the solar (Gregorian) calendar, the date is all over the place. Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20.

2 The most fireworks are set off in the world that night

As in the myth about Nian, firecrackers are supposed to scare off monsters and bad luck. So people stay up on Chinese New Year’s Eve and set off firecrackers at midnight. In the morning, firecrackers are used again to welcome the new year and good luck. If you’re in China during this time, you’ll probably be able to hear and see the fireworks for at least 3 nights (and it can go on for weeks).

3 The Spring Festival causes the largest human migration in the world

The most important part of Chinese New Year is the family reunion. Everyone should come back home for the New Year’s Eve dinner. But since in modern China, most elderly parents live in villages while their children work in the cities. The migration back home and to go on vacation is called chunyun (春运). The earliest you can buy train tickets is 60 days before. It leads to a mad rush of literally fighting for tickets. In 2015, statistics showed that around 1,000 tickets were sold each second.

4 Singles hire fake boy/girlfriends to take home

You know those nosy relatives during Thanksgiving? It’s even worse in China. Especially since having children and passing down the family name is one of the most important parts in Chinese culture. So they hire a fake boy or a girlfriend to take home.

5 The Chinese decorate everything red for Chinese New Year

Every family will decorate their homes in this color. Firecrackers aren’t the only thing that scared the monster away. Red is also an invaluable weapon, and used in nearly all Chinese New Year decorations.

6 Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival

The full moon on the 15th day of the Spring Festival. Closing of the Spring Festival, which started with Chinese New Year. Lanterns are hanging outside.

 

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Chinese New Year! Gong xi fa cai (恭喜发财)

Year of the dog

You probably know there are 12 Chinese zodiac animals used to represent years, 2018 is the year of the Dog. Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture.

Spring Festival

Chinese New Year also known as the Spring festival and In China, you’ll hear it being called chunjie (春节) is the most important holiday. It’s still very wintry, but the holiday marks the end of the coldest days. People welcome spring and what it brings along: planting and harvests, new beginnings and fresh starts.

Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history and is the longest holiday of the year. All stores are closed during the first five days of the Spring Festival, with some not opening until the very end.

Traditions

Houses are thoroughly cleaned to rid them of “huiqi,” or inauspicious energies, which might have collected during the old year. Cleaning is also meant to appease the gods who would be coming down from heaven to make inspections.

Ritual sacrifices of food and paper icons are offered to gods and ancestors. People hang scrolls printed with lucky messages on household gates and set off firecrackers to frighten evil spirits. Red envelopes filled with money are handed out. In fact, many of the rites carried out during this period are meant to bring good luck, luck to the household and long life to the family.

Most important is the feasting and the best part of the evening… Food! For example, yu sheng (raw fish salad) and fai-hai (seaweed) are often on the menu, which should provide happiness and prosperity. But one of the best-known dishes eaten with the Chinese New Year are dumplings: jiaozi. These steamed dumplings are real flavor bombs. The dumplings are not only eaten for their taste, but also because the shape reminds of gold nuggets and this symbolizes financial prosperity. The name jiaozi therefore refers to a banknote.

For more information and six interesting facts about Chinese New Year read our next article!

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A new collaboration with GetYourGuide!

We proudly announce that we started a collaboration with GetYourGuide! Our tours will be shown on their website very soon. Ready to book a tour?

GetYourGuide

GetYourGuide is world’s largest online booking platform for tours, attractions and activities. They have a very diverse team that excists of 45 different nationalities who together speak around 30 languages. The team works hard every day to create the best experience possible for travelers. The only thing the travelers have to do is to book and enjoy the trip!

GetYourGuide’s community exists of local partners like 88 Travelguide that are specialized in different activitities, areas or sights all around the world. Showing you the world is their business! They check all of their partners to make sure that the guests are safe and sound while they’re out having fun.

What to do?

At the moment of writing this article, there are over 32,010 activities shown on their website. Whatever you want to do — nibbling on tasty tapas in Spain or snorkeling through colorful corals in Queensland — you find it at GetYourGuide. We are super proud and honored that we are now a part of the family. We look so much forward to the collaboration and can’t wait to guide the first guests of GetYourGuide.

Tours

In the beginning we will cooperate with the platform with our City tour, the Red Light District tour and also the Red Light District + Casa Rosso show tour. Sneak peek; we are working on a few new tours and can’t wait to put these online as well!

Within a few weeks we meet the guys from GetYourGuide again at the ITB in Berlin. We look very much forward to our trip and to start this adventure together!

Please keep an eye on our blog because more information about this collaboration and the new tours will be online soon!

Tangguo tour – part 2

Tangguo tour – part 2. After Dam square we went to several spots at the Red Light district like the old church. In front of the statue of Majoor Bosshardt our guests started to wonder why all the houses bend forward and are so crooked… If you want to know the answer yourself make sure to book our city tour.

As it was a very cold day, we decided to grab some drinks at Nieuwmarkt. While enjoying our drinks, we discussed the business possiblities for Tangguo and 88 Travelguide. And then there was a toast, we were both in for a collaboration!

Dam Square – pigeons

After drinks we went to Bijenkorf. The CEO and his wife stayed inside for some shopping and Jack, Samantha, Teo and me spend some time at Dam square. Samatha made a lot of new friends thanks Teo’s great idea; she bought some bread for the pigeons. At one point four pigeons were trying to balance on Samantha’s arm, which was a bit too much. But is was great fun!

Lunch

We had lunch at Momo, which was a big success. The CEO told us that this was the fullest he had been since he arrived in Europa. Big plus for us! We ate sushi and other Asian food, I still got happy when I think of the food. After lunch the team went back to their hotel as they had a few meetings in the afternoon.

Boat tour

Teo and I went to the Hilton Hotel again to pick up the CEO of Tangguo and his wife. Unfortunately Jack and Samantha were not able to join us as they had to prepare for a meeting in the afternoon. We rented the beautiful and cute boat Tzar for 2 hours. The Tzar is a brand new salonboat from Amsterdam Boat Center where we collaborate with. Our sailor for the day was Sjoerd, who specially came back earlier from his weekend trip to Germany to show us around on the canals. Thanks again Sjoerd!

We sailed partly alongside the Amsterdam Light Festival and also saw the skinny bridge and the 7 bridges. Our guests completely loved it and were super impressed by the houseboats and the canals it selves.

再見 – See you soon!

Unfortunately, the day flew by and we had to send our guests back to their hotel. In the evening, they were having a dinner with former prime minister Wim Kok and they of course can’t let him wait.

We really enjoyed our day together and are looking so much forward to the collaboration. A very warm welcome to all Chinese tourists in the Netherlands!

Tangguo tour – part 1

To welcome our guests from Tangguo, we gave them a tour through Amsterdam. A part of the team visited the city before but they never had a city tour. Our lovely guide Teo and co-founder Manouk accompanied them throughout the day. After days of preparing and extra practicing, we were ready and very excited!

Introduction

Teo and me (Manouk) went to the Hilton Hotel where we picked up our guests. The taxi ride to the city was already a lot of fun! The Tangguo team was very enthusiastic and open and told us that they looked forward to the tour. After the exchange of WeChat ID’s we arrived at Dam square. I always find it so special that you can connect so strongly with people without speaking the same language. I experienced that during my trip through China and I immediately got the same feeling in the taxi as well. No doubt that this would be a great day!

As soon as we arrived at Dam Square, the Chinese favorite activity took place; to take pictures! We took a group picture and we both were so happy to be immortalized with our new friends and business partners. After we did a live stream and wished the Tangguo a happy new year, we started the tour.

The tour – part 1

Our guests were very impressed by the history of the city and the funny facts Teo told them. I personally found Teo very impressive, how is it possible that she speaks Chinese so well? I was already happy that I understood 9 words throughout the day. At least there is a start, but I have to admit that I am super jealous at her.

For the rest of the tour and the canal cruise in the lovely salon boat Tzar we would like to refer to the article Tangue tour – part 2.

Tangguo and 88 Travelguide help out Chinese tourists to discover the Netherlands.

We are very proud to announce that we, as one of the first companies in the Netherlands, started a collaboration with the very well-known Chinese travel app; Tangguo! Research showed that the young and well-educated Chinese middle class is no longer satisfied with the existing travel offer. They no longer want to visit six European countries within ten days. Instead of that they want to travel at their own pace, compile their own travel program and deviate from the usual path. Tangguo and 88 Travelguide are the perfect answer for this group of travelers!

Chinese tourists

The number of Chinese tourists doubled in the past five years to over 300,000, according to figures from NBTC and the Central Bureau for Statistics. They expect that more than half a million Chinese tourists will visit our country within five years. One group still does this in the way that we know Chinese people so well for in Europe; too many countries in too less days. But the new generation of Chinese tourists wants to gain much more experience during their trip. That new group wants more of a tailor-made journey and that is exactly what 88 travelguide offers.

Cooperating

Tangguo is one of the fastest growing and largest online travel platforms in China. With a market capitalization of 2 billion RMB (around 266 million euro) and 3.5 million members, they respond to this new demand of the Chinese travelers. They offer a series of new travel products and cooperate with parties such as 88 Travelguide.

Tojoy

The fact that Chinese people engage collectively is shown by the way in which Tangguo realizes it’s ambitious plan in Europe in general and in the Netherlands in particular. Tangguo is generously funded by one of the most prestigious business clubs and investment groups in China – Tojoy.

Locations

Tangguo’s head office is in the Hague. From there, the company covers the European market.

Tour guides Amsterdam are everywhere but nowhere like at 88 Travelguide! The company was founded in 2016 by two Dutch friends who love to travel and wanted to share their thoughts and feelings about Holland and Amsterdam with the rest of the world.

Team – Tour guides Amsterdam

88 Travelguide does their best to select a team of tour guides that fit perfectly to the values of the company. Our guides are ready and can’t wait to show you around! The wonderful team of enthusiastic, professional and motivated tour guides are widely employable. We offer English, Italian, Chinese (mandarin), Spanish, Dutch and French speaking guides. Almost all of the tour guides have a cultural, historical, architectural or art background which makes them the perfect partner to give you an unforgettable time in Holland.

Meet Riccardo Olivo

In this article we like to put the spotlight on Riccardo, our Italian and English speaking tour guide.

Hi There! My name is Riccardo, a freelance tour guide. I was born in Amsterdam from Italian parents and I’m more than proud to consider this wonderful city my home.

The combination of liveliness and calmness that can be found in this city is what I love so much. You can literally walk five minutes and pass from a busy street full of cafes, to a little hidden gem which seems to be virtually unknown.

I proudly show the sights and secrets of this amazing city to other people. Explaining the reasons behind it’s unique architecture and street planning. History and art history always fascinated me from a very early age, and the possibility of being able to inform other people about it thrills me.

Enough said, it’s time for you to experience it yourself!

Bookings

For more information about the tours of Riccardo please contact us. We are happy to answer all questions you have!