You probably know about the famous Amsterdam canals, the Herengracht and the Keizersgracht. This is where in the Dutch Golden Age the rich merchants lived. But there were also people that served in the 'palaces' at the Herengracht, worked in one of the hundred or more mills that ground corn, sugar and coffee or that built the ships that sailed to the West and East Indies. This boat tour shows both sides of Amsterdam, the wealth of the Herengracht but also the modest houses along the Lauriersgracht in the working class district 'the Jordaan'. Hans - MA in history- will tell you everything about low and high life in the 17th and 18th century, the poverty of the industrial revolution and the 'Jordaan rebellion' of 1934. During the tour we will serve traditional Dutch stroopwafels.
I am Freek, the organizer of this tour. Your guide and captain will be Hans. Hans has studied Dutch History (MA) and is the writer of a couple of books and articles on the history of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside. He has lived for almost all his life in Amsterdam and he would like to show you some the parts of the city center that are less known to tourists. We visit those parts in a very Amsterdam way: by boat, the beautiful Sarah (see pictures). And by the way: Hans peut parler Français und sprecht Deutsch.
Small 'Saloon' Boat!
We will start at the Kloveniersburgwal. Then we head for the Amstel river and the Herengracht and make a left turn to the Prinsengracht where we will pass the Anne Frank house. From there we will go to the Jordaan -the old working class district-. From the Jordaan we get back to the Prinsengracht and the Amstel river. Drop off will be at the Hermitage or the Town hall (Stopera). If you want to book a private tour: talk to captain Hans.
Make sure you are on time at the location so we can sail as long as possible. The boat has passed all the safety inspections and is licensed to carry groups up to 12 people. The boat is fully electric, has an heating system and a toilet on board and provides luxurious comfort.