SPE Conference guest tours

Society of Petroleum Engineers Optional Guest Tours

Welcome to the booking page of the excursions offered during the SPE conference in Amsterdam. Tours operate on different days and timings. select the tour of your choice and pay on line

Excursions will operate when the minimum of 20 passangers is reached.

It is recommended that you dress appropriately for autumn in the Netherlands and that you wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Panoramic Sightseeingtour incl. Boat Tour (26 & 27 October)

    The tour will go through some of the most panoramic and historic areas of Amsterdam. The tour will start by passing along the Amstel River with the wooden skinny bridge, the Munt Tower and the floating flower market, before making its way through Dam Square, the Royal Palace, New Church, the Amsterdam Central Station the museum and the antique quarters; as well as passing through the oldest part of Amsterdam called “the Jordaen” with its quaint little streets.

    You will also get to see Amsterdam from the water during a one hour canal cruise. The cruise will glide through the old centre of the city and into its harbour, where you will see merchants’ mansions, churches and warehouses dating from the 17th century.

    € 47,00 + € 2,00 credit card fee

  • SOLD OUT - City Sightseeing of Amsterdam incl. Rijksmuseum (28 October)

    The tour will include an extensive drive through the centre of Amsterdam and the modern suburbs and will feature some of Amsterdam’s most interesting monuments. You will then visit the National Museum of Amsterdam, “the Rijksmuseum”, which has just re-opened after a 10 year renovation. The museum is world famous and holds the largest collection of paintings by the old Dutch masters. Work from Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Rembrandt (the nightwatch painting) are all assembled here.

    € 49,50 + € 2,00 credit card fee

  • Amsterdam Home and Garden Tour (27 & 29 October)

    Discover the hidden treasures behind the facades of Amsterdam’s most impressive houses. We start in a beautiful 17th century canal house with the magnificent neo- louis XVI ballroom, dining room and 18th century garden room and kitchen. We also visit the formal French garden at the back of the house with the box 'parterres de broderie'.  The tour will also include visits to a range of gardens and coach houses in 'the Golden Bend ' the most exclusive part of the Herengracht. Coffee with a syrup waffle will be served in the kitchen of the Geelvinck Hinlopen private home.

    € 59,00 + € 2,50 credit card fee

  • Visit Heineken Experience (26 & 28 October)

    Your private guide will take you by coach to the Heineken Experience.

    The tour in this museum will take you through the malt silos, taking a peek inside the mash coppers and will give you the opportunity to stand amongst the lager cellar tanks used to mature the young, green beer. You will then be taken on a voyage of discovery through the World of Heineken. The malt silo in the authentic brew house still has the original brewing vessels and you can enjoy a refreshing glass of Heineken beer in the Brew house Bar. The experience ends in the “See You Again Bar”. The  former  Heineken  brewery  is  a  National  Monument  and  is  listed  as  an  anchor  point  along  the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Dutch capital.

    € 48,00 + € 2,00 credit card fee

  • Zaanse Schans and Edam Tour

    The tour starts with a short drive to Zaanse Schans, 14.5km north of Amsterdam, on the River Zaan, with its wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Zaanse Schans is a fully inhabited, open-air conservation area, and its original buildings vividly depict Dutch life at this time. You will also visit the medieval town of Edam, rich with history. Shipbuilding played an important role in the growth of Edam during the 17th century, and it once had 33 shipyards. One of the more famous ships built here was the Halve Maan, the ship that Henry Hudson captained in 1609 in search of a northern route to the East Indies. This was a futile attempt, in fact, and he ended up on the island of Manhattan. However, the most obvious association with the name Edam is its cheese. For centuries, round Edam cheeses have been sent to all corners of the world. The cheese market, restored to its place of honour, takes place weekly during the summer months. Nearby, cheese warehouses keep alive the memory of a colourful past.

    Duration 4 hours / €34,-

    The tour includes the services of a private guide. The bus leaves from and returns to the RAI. Meet your tour guide at the tours desk, located in registration at the conference venue, 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time.

  • SOLD OUT - Amsterdam Citytour incl. Anne Frank and Diamond Factory (26 & 29 October )

    Anne Frank House, the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War Two. The original of the diary is on display as part of the Anne Frank House's permanent exhibition. Visiting the house has been a moving experience for millions of people from all over the world. When the tour leaves you will proceed with a panoramic drive through the oldest parts of Amsterdam called  “de Jordaen” with its quaint narrow streets, bridges and inner courtyards.

    The tour will then visit the Gassan Diamond factory. Gassan Diamonds are housed in the former home of the Boas diamond polishing factory, built in 1879. The factory is a very impressive building, and you will get to see how the diamond polishers turn a rough stone into a precious gem.

    € 45,00 + € 2,00 credit card fee

  • Flower Auction and Delft Tour (28 October)

    The first stop on this tour is the Aalsmeer, the centre of flower culture in the Netherlands. There you will visit a flower auction. The tour will then depart Amsterdam and head to Delft, the home of Johannes Vermeer who painted the Girl with the Pearl Earring. You will walk  at  leisure through  the  beautiful  old  town  along  the  canals  and many “almshouses”  and visit The Royal Dutch Delftware factory De Porceleyne Fles. The factory was established in 1653 and is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. The world famous Royal Delftware is still entirely hand-painted. During the tour you will get an insight in to the process of making Delftware and you will see the talented artists at work.

    € 56,00 + € 2,50 credit card fee


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Terms & conditions

Terms & Conditions

These Terms & Conditions apply to the hotel reservations specially made for the SPE 2014 convention held in the city of Amsterdam from 27th till 29th of October.

Minimum number of participants:

For all tours, a minimum number of participants is required (20). If we do not reach this number and the tour has to be cancelled, you will be informed via email 3 weeks in advance. Full refunds will be available for tours that do not take place.


To secure your space for the excursions, secured online payment will be required upon completing of your booking.

Online payment service ICEPAY

The secured online payment is handled by a third party called ICEPAY.  The name ICEPAY BV / Stichting Escrow ICEPAY will figure on your statement reflecting the payment of your booking.

Cancellation fee:

Confirmed and paid bookings can be cancelled until 26th September, in writing to ITBholland. An administration fee of  € 10,00 will be charged. In case confirmed and paid bookings are cancelled after 26th September no refunds will be made. In case of no-show, no refunds will apply. No refund is possible for services you didn't use but were included in the tour. Lost or unused tickets cannot be refunded.


For changes in confirmed reservations, an administration fee of € 15,00 per change applies.


ITB booking office has been the appointed as the official excursion provider for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. You can reach us by mail at reservations@bookingbydesign.com or by phone under +31-20-3051367.

Legal & address details

ITB booking office is a trade name of  ITB Amsterdam bv, registered at the chamber of commerce Amsterdam under number 33172965. Vat number: NL 006410807B01.

Address: Arena Boulevard 61 - 75 • 1101 DL Amsterdam • The Netherlands

ITB booking office is a trade name of ITB Amsterdam bv, registered at the chamber of commerce Amsterdam under number 33172965.
Vat number: NL 006410807B01. Address: Arena Boulevard 61 - 75 • 1101 DL Amsterdam • The Netherlands
E-mail: customer.service@bookingbydesign.com • Telephone number: +31 (0)20 3051369