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Captivating Combo: Semi-Private Van Gogh Museum & Red Light District Tour

Artistry Meets Intrigue: Skip the Line on a Guided Combo Tour in Amsterdam

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Duration: 5.5 hs Semi-Private Tour
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Vincent Van Gogh wasn’t shy about indulging in a few dark pleasures, and after this tour, you’ll understand why. We will trace some of those vices in an engaging and – hopefully – dignified manner on this 5 to 5.5 hour, semi-private tour. Skip the line with our guides who will provide tickets that are valid for the whole day. We designed this tour for first-time visitors to learn about the relationship between the artist and Amsterdam’s iconic Red Light District, a relationship that resulted in Van Gogh painting a few scandalous works of art.


You’ve probably heard about one of the world’s most famous painters, Vincent Van Gogh. But what do you actually know about this Dutch artist? We’ll introduce you to the man behind the famous sunflowers and self-portraits on this intimate, small group tour. Learn about him through his iconic paintings of people eating potatoes and of his own bedroom, or maybe his “Wheat field with Crows” or “Yellow House.” We will visit the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s works to learn about his turbulent life stretching from his days in Holland to his dramatic ending in France. And yes, don’t worry, we’ll discuss that whole ear incident.

Then after a break for lunch, we’ll keep it as dignified and serious as possible as we discuss the legal drug vendors, the leather neighborhood, and the smoky “coffee shops” that attract people from around the world. Cast away your guilt and judgement, and let’s discuss the etiquette and laws that will allow you to appreciate this district to its fullest after the tour. Our professional guides will lead you through the salacious streets and coffee shops of the Red Light District, following in the footsteps of Van Gogh himself.

Highlights Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)

Large Collection of Self Portraits

Early And Obscure Works

Objects From His Studio


The Potato Eaters

The Bedroom

Yellow House

Wheat field with Crows

The Condomerie

Hardcore Leather Neighborhood

Sex Shops

Prostitution Information Center

The First Coffee Shop

Cannabis Information Center

The Tower of Tears

Semi-Private Tour

“Semi-Private” means group size is never more than 8 guests maximum.

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Latest Reviews
Latest Reviews
  • Carl Walls Carl Walls

    This tour was fantastic because our guide, Melissa, was passionate and knowledgeable. Her English was perfect and she asked us our preferences modeling the tour to our requests. The information was interesting and relevant. The history of the red light district and the architecture insights were excellent. I could not recommend this tour more if you are lucky enough to book Melissa as your tour guide.

  • Martina Contreras Martina Contreras

    We had a Fantastic tour. Our guide, Eve, was knowledgable and personable and pitched the tour well to our interests. We had a fabulous day!

  • Clare Diaz Clare Diaz

    After a sunny cruise on the Rhine with Viking we visited Amsterdam for two rainy days. One of the booked events was a guided tour of the Van Gogh Museum and a walking tour of the Red LIght district. Our guide Llaria was a highly knowledgeable art historian with a very pleasant and enthusiastic personality. While touring the museum with us and one other couple, she spun a fascinating story of Vincent Van Gogh and his short, tragic but highly productive life. The tour could not have been better. After stopping for a glass of wine at the museum cafe, my wife and I finished the afternoon with a private guided tour of the Red Light district with Llaria. Again, the tour could not have been better. Llaria was flexible, pleasant and anxious to tailor the experience to our interest and needs. I would highly recommend this format and particularly Llaria.

  • Joan Moses Joan Moses

    We took a number of tours Amsterdam walking tour, the Van Ghog museum and the red light district with Antoine and Melissa for guides. We learned a lot about the city incredibly rich history took really nice strolls alongside the street canals and historic building. Highly recommend it!

  • Chet Frederick Chet Frederick

    The guides were very experienced and helpful. They went out of their way ensuring that we had a good time. Amsterdam's wind chill was quite cold during our time there, yet the experience was worth it. The tour was very punctual, which was very professional as well.

  • Neville Morrow Neville Morrow

    Viki; our tour guide was legendary. We were in constant awe of her knowledge of the art as well as the museum itself. Request Viki if you are planning a Babylon tour. PS- she also gave us incredible recommendations for nightlife and restaurants. Live Jazz