Princes and Paupers - Royal Palace to the Jordaan

(32 reviews)
Dam Square / Canal Belt West / Jordaan, Amsterdam, Netherlands
45 mins

About the tour

Amsterdam was a city of extreme wealth and also extreme poverty. From the 1500s, the Princes of Orange were the hereditary noblemen here, in the 1800s they eventually became the monarchs. Mark starts this tour on Dam Square in front of the magnificent Royal Palace. From there he will walk you through the pretty alleys behind the New Church, pointing out some interesting and historic places along the way and and then take you through the grand Canal Belt West along a stunning side canal called the Lilly Canal (Leliegracht). The tour ends in the Jordaan district, this is the old workers district with tiny houses and narrow streets. It was an incredibly poor area right up until the 1970s. It's almost impossible to imagine that such places existed in the centre of Amsterdam now. It is hardly a 'pauper' neighbourhood now as everywhere in Amsterdam is gentrified but it still maintains its real neighbourhood vibe. There are many gorgeous views on this tour and picture postcard moments.

Meet your local guide


Mark has been sharing places and stories about Amsterdam, his adopted home, for 10 years now and he is still smitten by the place! He absolutely loves distilling chunks of history into bite-sized bits of fun. The vibrancy of the city takes his breath away, and he loves finding odd little details to share. Live-streaming tours are an exciting adventure as it is possible to open places and areas that are not accessible on in-person tours!

Mark has been guiding since Dec 2011

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Amsterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Amsterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Susan G.

18 February 2021

Mark is always great and love his tours so much information thank you Mark!

Ayue Kumar K.

18 February 2021


Terry C.

18 February 2021

Another superb tour in Amsterdam

Anna L.

17 February 2021

Last minute decision but mighty glad I did. I know Amsterdam quite well and Mark showed it off very nicely. I shall be looking out for more!

Jill G.

17 February 2021

Our first virtual tour, after resolving a few tech issues our end, thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Mark sounded slightly breathless at times, but after a short while the effect was more like we were there. Mark’s english is perfect and sound quality was very good. Definitely sign up for another tour.

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