Depart from the hotel by private car and your local guide and depart for a private tour through Amsterdam, passing the main highlights of the city. Start with a panoramic drive through the city. Weather permitting, the guide can include some walking, either through the oldest part of Amsterdam, called “de Jordaan” with its quaint narrow streets, bridges and inner courtyards or visit the beguinage on foot, or have a walk through the Jewish district.
Visit the Portuguese Synagogue. The Synagogue was built by the architect Elias Bouman in 1675 and is the largest synagogue in the world. The exterior and interior have remained largely in their original state since its completion. The surrounding buildings include the world famous Ets Chaim library of Livraria Montezinos.
Visit the Jewish Historical Museum. Religion, culture and history of the Jews in the Netherlands dominate the museum's permanent collection. This superbly restored building complex once comprised four Ashkenazi synagogues. There are two large and two small synagogues, or shuls, the first inaugurated in 1671.
Time for lunch (at leisure, to be discussed on the spot with the driver).
After lunch visit the Resistance museum in which a Permanent exhibit of the museum recreates the atmosphere of the streets of Amsterdam during the German occupation of the WWII. Big photographs, old posters, objects, films and sounds from that horrible time, help to recreate the scene. The background of the Holocaust is visualized to the visitor. This is an exhibition about the everyday life during that time, but also about exceptional historical events, resistance of the population against the Nazis and heroism.
The tour can be concluded with a short drive through the surroundings of Amsterdam or we visit the “KSNM” islands, the former harbour islands where now storage houses have been transformed into trendy housing and where you find interesting modern architectural designs.
Another option is to visit the Gassan Diamond factory. Many of the Jews were diamond polishers and originally few other trades were open to them. Gassan Diamonds is housed in the former home of the Boas diamond polishing factory, built in 1879. A very impressive building and enjoy a private guided tour inside and see how diamond polishers turn a rough stone into a precious gem. (As this is a specialized tour, we highly recommend to have a local guide in addition to the driver, or you may choose to use public transportation)