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Why Are We Dry in Amsterdam?
See beautiful scenery and learn interesting things about Amsterdam! Join our well-paced, varied, stimulating learning and sightseeing experience on Zoom.
Our brand new concept is a virtual online tour with 2 guides live-streaming from separate locations. The tour takes 90 minutes and includes a break half way. There are in-tour quizzes and a Q&A session for as long as necessary at the end.
On my scooter I zip from stop to stop and show you typical Dutch villages and scenery well off the usual tourist trail. While I am driving between stops your other guide, picks up the story from his studio in central Amsterdam with maps, pictures and video backgrounds. The subject of our first tour is ‘Why Are We Dry in Amsterdam’. If nature had her way we would be wet! We chart Amsterdam’s journey for you from a swampy, flood-prone village to the well protected and slightly below sea level city that it is today.
We start our journey in the gorgeous tiny village of Durgerdam just outside Amsterdam. There are stops in Schellingwoude, Niewendammerdijk and the Brouwersgracht on the northern edge of Amsterdam’s canal belt.
We take you:
- to the beach to see the Dutch dunes
- to the Afsluitdijk to see this massive dike and sea defence
- to the dike village of Durgerdam
- to the huge locks at Schellingwoude
- to the gorgeous village of Niewendammerdijk with its picturesque little lock
- on a ferry ride in central Amsterdam
- on a walk along the lovely Brouwersgracht in central Amsterdam
Find out where the water comes from and how we keep it out or get rid of it. We lead you through historical steps that have made the city safer and safer and finish with an overview of plans to combat future floods.
What if it rains
Please note: If it is raining, I cannot use the cameras and gimbal for 90 minutes in the wet. I this case, the outdoor live sections will be done with a video sharescreen of recorded video from a previous tour but still with me doing live commentary. You can also get reschedule to a future date if you prefer.
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WhatsApp or phone +31 6272 69604
Refund policy: If you cancel more than 24 hours before the start of the tour then you will receive a full refund less bank costs if any.
It is not prermitted to record the tour in any way. The tour won’t be published online as this is a spoiler for future participants.
If it rains, then the outdoor live elements can be replaced by video share screen from previous tours but still with live commentary. If you don’t like the sound of that then you can rescehedule or get a refund. whichever you prefer.
A few Reviews…
Why Are We Dry In Amsterdam – private tour on 20 November 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed being transported ‘live’ to the magic of Amsterdam and its canals, locks, dikes and waterways! Fascinating knowledge and insights by Mark, as he live-streams from the most picturesque locations, detailing the history of Amsterdam‘s Water management and Land reclamation – handing over to Erik, for supportive commentary in the studio, as he zooms around the city. These guys have fun sharing their incredible passion for this beautiful and unique city!! Loved every minute! Superbly done, thank you!
Why Are We Dry In Amsterdam – private tour on 27 November 2020
In this current age of COVID-19, eager travelers have been searching for ways to satisfy their wanderlust. One way large travel companies have been trying to meet the pent up demand for travel is by offering “virtual travel” or “virtual tours” via the internet. Recently, I was pleased to discover That Dam Guide, my all time favorite small-group tour company in my all time favorite city of Amsterdam, was now offering virtual tours. I eagerly booked their virtual tour called “Why We’re Dry.”
The tour, which was conducted by Mark and Erik of That Dam Guide, was easily accessed online via Zoom. We began with Erik in “the studio” explaining how the Netherlands and water are inextricably linked. Over one third of the country lies below sea level, and over the 90 minute tour Mark and Erik did a masterful job explaining how the Dutch have reclaimed much of their land from the sea and developed the Netherlands into one of the most successful and prosperous countries on the planet.
The tour offered a mix of in-studio information presented by Erik through explanation, short videos, maps, photos, and artwork and “live on-the-scene” reporting by Mark. Riding his trusty scooter, Mark would zip from location to location while Erik was presenting his in-studio information. The combination of the live feed video and studio presentation was seamless and kept me completely engaged. Over the course of approximately 90 minutes, I learned a tremendous amount about the fascinating world of windmills, pumping stations, polders, dikes and incredible feats of engineering that combine to keep the Dutch safe and dry – all while being able to virtually “travel” and see live feed video of many locations in and around Amsterdam.