Summer is gone but is it over

We have had an amazing summer with Oranje Umbrella. Some former guides like Phillip and Regina came back to help us over the summer and new guides were hired to our ever expanding family of guides. Our owner and manager Erik, became a DJ on the side, and Amsterdam saw its highest number of tourists we’ve ever had!

Oranje Umbrella therefore, had the most tourists we’ve ever had on our tours ( 6,000 tickets sold on just one out of our four websites) and more than 10,000 people this year! Can you imagine

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Big Changes but Change is Good!

Hello people on the interwebs


Its been a hell of a year already in 2019 with huge changes in Amsterdam. The new mayor Femke Halsema, has been dead set on changing up things in Amsterdam.

One of the first changes is there are no more scooters allowed on the bicycle path. They have to now ride on the main roads with the cars( even though they arent allowed to go as fast as the cars), also it is now mandatory to wear a helmet. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but people are staging protests all … Read more

Amsterdam is AWESOME at Christmas ( walking tour)

Our top secret labs are currently developing some new products and activities to roll out to your our happy customer. Have you been on one of our walking tours and wandered can it get any better! Well , yes, it totally can!

 

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Amsterdam at Christmas is almost as awesome as Amsterdam in the spring/summer( sometimes the cold can suck, but we’ll have ways to keep you warm during our walking tour. ( So didn’t mean that in a dirty way)

I stumbled across a wonderful article that spells out the awesomeness that is Amsterdam, even if you don’t take … Read more

Get Your Guide

Have you found us on Get Your Guide ?

 

We have a fabulous working partnership with two large booking companies. Get your guide, and Hotelbeds.com, who is our working partnership with TUI AG. Although you can book any of our tours on these websites, you can’t have access to our ultimate walking tours of Amsterdam’s Red Light District( including shots) on these websites. Also our bicycle tours are not available through these websites however, if your looking for these tours just book them here at http://www.Oranjeumbrella.com
We have diverse tours to tempt every pallete, whether the allure of the … Read more

Picture Updates

We love having people on our tours and sometimes we get a bit caught up in trying to post pictures and run a busy tour guide company, but somehow we manage!

 

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With winter coming we’d thought that our tours would start slowing down, but they have steadily been increasing! Walking around Amsterdam can get confusing, so we like to have our private tour guides lead you and your group around so you don’t spend away precious minutes wandering around looking for the Rijks museum, whilst your in the cold!… Read more

Jambo! and Welcome from Kenya

No, I”m not actually writing to you from Kenya, we had members of parliament come visit our tour company today all the way from Nairobi. One of the current members of parliament members served as the previous mayor of Nairobi, it was to say the least an honor to take these men around our cool city of Amsterdam and show them what we have to offer. Amsterdam is so much more than coffee shops, and the red light district, there a rich cultural history I was able to open up to them and also expose them to the financial venture … Read more

Structured to be your best friend

So recently we had a bad review for one of our tours.

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Why would we bring any attention to this? Well because as a business, you can’t make everyone happy and we want to shed some light on it. At first, we responded emotionally and then, once we got a hold of ourselves realized that maybe some people aren’t taking the time to read the description of our tours and get the reason why we want you to feel like your walking around with your friend, and not just a ” tour guide”.

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Red Light District (Walking and Party Tour)

We’ve always enjoyed showing off the red light district during out party/walking tour but not many people are familiar with its historical backgrounds. While the area remained a popular area for the last 300 years, it wasn’t always the large neighborhood its known for today.

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The actual Dutch word for the red light distrcit is ” Die Wallen”, or the walls. This area used to be a sea harbour until after the time of Napoleon ( approximately 1817) During this time, sailors and navy men used to congregate along the harbour and wanted special services. During times of prohibition … Read more

Roaming around the past photos of Amsterdam

A good friend of ours showed our staff at the Oranje Umbrella some cool pictures of Amsterdam form the 1890’s on. After doing dozens of walking tours, I’ve become well acquainted with the history, and changes made over time here in Amsterdam. Looking at the pictures, however, makes it even more surreal as you can visibly see the change not only in style, clothes, but also the terrain! Over time, dams were filled in, canals built, and even more beauty added to the unique city that is our Amsterdam. Here is a look at some of the fun pictures I … Read more

For our Russian friends!

Столица Королевства Нидерландов, Амстердам, заработал свою репутацию одного из самых либеральных городов своей традицией коммерции которая зародилась еще в средних веках. Находясь в центре Европы, столица “низких земель”, благодаря своему удобному месторасположению привлекает как комменсантов так и туристов. Благоприятные налоговые законы способствует успешным коммерческим сделкам. Проституция и продажа марихуаны являются уже многие годы одними из главных источников дохода для города. Для туриста, посещающего город в первый раз, легко можно запутаться в Квартале красных фонарей или в поиске хорошего кофешопа. Опытные экскурсоводы, знающие “входы и выходы”, помогут найти подходящий кофешоп (coffee shop) или сориетрироваться в центре города с труднопроизносимыми названиями улиц. … Read more