Amsterdam has seen 370 years of Jewish history and is historically regarded as the center of the Dutch Jewish community. About half of the Jewish population of The Netherlands has lived in Amsterdam at some point in time, and the community has had a considerable influence on the city.
Your guide, an expert in Dutch and Jewish history, will take you through the former Jewish Quarter, where you will uncover developments within the Jewish community in Amsterdam throughout the centuries. Although much has been replaced with modern architecture, the area still reveals insight into pre-war Jewish life. You will explore the monuments commemorating the persecution during World War II.
We continue on to the majestic Portuguese Synagogue which was built in 1675. The building is still used for religious services, but it is also open to the public. The world’s oldest functioning Jewish library (1614) is also here: Ets Haim Livraria Montezinos, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Across from the Synagogue you'll find the Jewish Historical Museum, a beautiful, high-profile museum which is located in four Ashkenazi synagogue buildings built between 1671 and 1752. It provides a unique picture of past and present Dutch Jewish life in all its facets as well as an extensive collection of paintings, films, and 3D presentations. Any children in your group will enjoy the JHM Children's Museum, housed inside of the Jewish Historical Museum.
While strolling the Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal) or Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal) we will learn about the vital role canals have played in this city. We'll stroll the streets of Jordaan, a trendy neighborhood with a colorful working class past that has become quite a foodie destination (this might be a good location for lunch).
The heart of Amsterdam is found around Dam Square, with its Dutch Classicist Royal Palace, the former City Hall. From here it is a short hop to the (in)famous Wallen district — the red light district, home of legalized prostitution. In the middle this District is the Oude Kerk (Old Church), which dates back to 1306.
If you would like to end the tour at one of Amsterdam's world class cultural sites such as the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum, you will make your own way back to the cruise pier or your hotel. If you are ready to head back, your guide will drive you there.
Departures: 09:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - This is a walking tour, please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather. The tour will cover approximately 2.5 miles, some of it over cobblestone streets. There are also times when you will be standing.
- Admissions, food, and beverages are not included in the price of this tour.
- Entrance fees to museums and synagogue tours must be paid in local currency in cash at the time of the visit.
- Combined ticket to JHM Children’s Museum, Portuguese Synagogue, Jewish Historical Museum – 15 EUR
- Admission to the Royal Palace – 10 EUR, Oude Kerk – 10 EUR (optional).