Amsterdam Odyssey: Exploring Amsterdam beyond the obvious
2016-09-19 | By ACCESS
First published in ACCESS Autumn 2016 e-zine
Do you remember that feeling, after having arrived in a new country, a new city, a new house? Finding the way to work or the shop is one thing. But where to start when you really want to get a grip on your new base and actually feel at home?
Amsterdam Odyssey is just the ticket to get to know Amsterdam the way you wish to get to know her. Private, customised tours take you through the parts of the city where daily life and history meet. No mass tourism, but a discovering journey into the heart and soul of the Dutch capital!
A ‘typical day at the office’ of Eva van Dijk & Hanneke Vroegindeweij, the founders of Amsterdam Odyssey looks something like this: Hanneke is busy finalizing a ‘Kids in the City’ tour for a family that just relocated to Javaeiland, in the east of Amsterdam. Building treehouses at Jeugdland, a tram ride, pizza at the former VOC shipyard with its industrial vibe. Eva just got back from a tour with a company team. The colleagues have been in Amsterdam for a few months already and don’t get stressed anymore on their bikes as the main means of transport. They were able to cover a nice distance between fast-developing hotspots in the west and the north side of town. “Of course, including delicious tastings,” Eva laughs.
Eager, experienced guides
“We became friends while studying to become teachers, me for Art History and Eva for Social Sciences,” says Hanneke. “Soon we realized we love to share our knowledge and passion for this amazing city. As born-and-raised Amsterdammers we are filled to the brim with stories that we are eager to tell.” Eva says, “We refer to the people that join us as ‘participants’, since we see our interaction as two-way communication. We enjoy going the extra mile. For both our participants and ourselves, discovering the city is nicest when it’s done in a meaningful, fun, out-of-the-box way.”
Amsterdam Odyssey helps its participants to really understand the society that they have become a new member of. The skilled guides will listen to your background story, wishes and interests and then create a customised experience that you will never forget. Amsterdam Odyssey will help you find your feet in no time. Discover the city and become local! «