Welcome to Alkmaar

The city holds a special place in Dutch hearts as the first town, in 1573, to repel occupying Spanish troops; locals opened the locks and flooded the area with seawater, forcing the perplexed invaders to retreat. The victory won the town weighing rights, which laid the foundation for its cheese market.

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$64.19 Transfers & Ground Transport

Low Cost Private Transfer From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Alkmaar City - One Way

Relax and enjoy while your private driver leads you the way to your location in Alkmaar. Don’t worry about any transfer details or specifics as everything will be taken care of. Once you arrived and found your way to the arrival terminal, you will find your private driver holding a sign with your name on it. In case you are delayed: do not worry, your driver will be monitoring the flight. From here he will assist you with your luggage and lead you to the car. As soon as you and the driver double-checked the destination in Alkmaar you provided us with he will make sure you arrive there quick and safe. If you are lucky you might even pass by the famous Sint Laurenskerk or the Afas Stadion. It is important that when you book you provide us your flight number and the address of destination in Alkmaar to ensure that your trip proceeds without any problems. Once you booked you will receive a booking confirmation in the form of a travel voucher to present to your private driver. Enjoy your organized transfer to Alkmaar!

$21.01 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour

Visit Alkmaar's traditional Cheese Market - the oldest in the Netherlands! In this 2.5 hour small group walking tour, you will learn all about Alkmaar's most well known attraction:  the Cheese Market!  You will also wander through Alkmaar's medieval centre and along pretty cobbled streets and picturesque canals. Meeting Point:  • Friday Cheese Market and City Tours will depart from outside the Alkmaar Train Station at 9am (to the left of the stairs) What to Expect on a Tour: • Visit the Alkmaar Cheese Market and watch the traditional way of trading cheese as it was centuries ago.  You will watch the cheese being sold and then carried by the Cheese Carriers in a centuries old tradition.   We will spend approximately 1 hour at the Cheese Market which is ample time to see everything. • Learn all about the history of the Cheese Market, the Weigh House and get a full description of what is happening in front of you! • Have the opportunity to try a variety of Dutch cheese and even buy some to take home (extra) • Walk through the cobbled streets of Alkmaar and along its picturesque canals • See some of Alkmaar's most famous buildings such as the Grote Sint Laurenskerk (Great St Lawrence Church), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the Waag (the Weigh House) • Get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life through the eyes of a foreigner (Canadian) living in Alkmaar • Learn about the history of Alkmaar and why 'Victory Begins at Alkmaar!' Small group tours mean you get a more personalised experience - no following umbrellas or having to listen to your guide via a headset! *Alkmaar Cheese Market Tours are available on Friday mornings from the end of March to the end of September.

$17.51 Tours & Sightseeing

Small Group Alkmaar City Walking Tour

The charming town of Alkmaar is compact, walkable and historically rich, with a beautiful medieval centre.  In this small group tour, enjoy walking through the cobbled streets and along picturesque canals as your guide tells you all about the town's history.  You will also get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life from a foreigner's perspective.  You will not only see some of Alkmaar's most iconic monuments, but you will also wander off the beaten path and see the 'real' Alkmaar.  All tours will be given in English by a native English speaker (Canadian). Meeting Point:  The tour will depart from near the entrance to the Grote Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar's city centre. What to Expect on a Tour: Walk 3-4km through the medieval centre, along picturesque streets and canals See some of Alkmaar's most important and historic monuments such as the Grote Sint Laurenskerk (the Great St. Lawrence Church), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the Waag (Weigh House). Learn all about the history of Alkmaar and how the strength and the determination of the townspeople managed to defeat the Spanish forces in 1573 and why 'Victory Begins at Alkmaar'. Get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life from a foreigner's perspective Walk along the old city walls and experience the greener side of Alkmaar Stop at the Molen van Piet (Piet's Windmill) for the perfect Dutch photo opportunity! Small group tours mean you get a more personalised experience - no following umbrellas or having to listen to your guide via a headset! What to Bring:  You will need comfortable walking shoes and rain gear (as required).  Don't forget your camera! How to Get to Alkmaar: Alkmaar has direct train connections from many large cities including Amsterdam (35mins) and Haarlem (40mins) and the Alkmaar Train Station is only a 10min walk from the city centre.  There are also several parking garages located just outside the city centre.

$40.85 Walking & Biking Tours

Small Group Tulip and Spring Flower Fields Bike Tour

Tick another item off your bucket list and experience the beauty of Spring in the Netherlands!  What could be more Dutch than cycling along fields of tulips?  You can expect to cycle approximately 20km (12.5 miles) over mainly flat terrain on this small group cycling tour and take photos that will make all your friends jealous!  Being in a small group tour ensures that we can cycle at a pace that is comfortable to everyone and guarantees a much more personalised experience!  Spaces are limited. Meeting Point:  The tour will depart from outside of the entrance to the Stedelijke Museum in Alkmaar's city centre. Bike Rental:  Your guide will take you to the bike rental company where you will rent your bike for the duration of the tour.  The cost of the bike rental is paid directly to the bike rental company at a cost of €10 (extra).  The bikes are a standard size, but the saddle can be adjusted to suit most people's height. What to Expect on the Tour: Get on a Dutch bike and experience the most popular way of getting around the Netherlands Cycle +/- 20km (12.5 miles) through the Dutch countryside and along the Spring flower fields You will get the opportunity to take some truly Dutch photos as we go past the beautiful fields, windmills and farms Stop at the blooming fields and take incredible photos! Good to Know:  Under Dutch Law helmets are not required to be worn and are not available for rent.  Should you wish to wear a helmet then you must bring one with you. Cancellation Due to Weather: Tours will only be cancelled if there has been a weather warning within 24 hours of the tour or if the winds exceed 29km/hr or 4 on the scale of Beaufort.  Tours will still go ahead in the rain, so please make sure you are dressed appropriately.

$32.10 Private & Custom Tours

2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Alkmaar

At either 10am or 2pm, meet your private guide at your hotel or the Alkmaar train station and set off at a relaxing pace to explore this charming historic town. With just your group and your private guide, enjoy the flexibility to customize the walking tour to your liking. As you wander through the historic streets, step back in time: Alkmaar is one of the oldest cities in the province of North Holland, believed to be founded by Romans before the 10th century.Wander down the lively shopping street and relax on one of the city's many terraces.  Pass by the Grotekerk (St. Lawrence church), and step inside during the summer months to see the two beautiful pipe organs. Visit the public weighing house, and hear about its role during the Dutch Golden Age when Holland was a major global trading force. Visit the city hall–built during the Dutch War of Independence–and see a bullet hole from the year 1573 in its façade.Your tour concludes at the Cheese Museum (entrance included), where you can learn about the cheesemaking process at your leisure. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get insider’s tips about local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities, public transport, and more.

$57.19 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Half day cheese market tour to Gouda or Alkmaar from Amsterdam

The Dutch cheese production is nowadays in the hands of dairy factories, which produce and export their cheeses around the world  in millions of tonnes every year.  The cheese markets of Alkmaar and Gouda remind us of the days of a flourishing trade and have become popular tourist attractions today.You’ll believe that you’ve stepped back in time when you visit the cheese markets of Gouda and Alkmaar.The cheese market of Gouda which was first initiated in 1395 will be visited on Thursday morning. GOUDA CHEESE is one of the best known and most eaten kinds of cheese in the world. GOUDA CHEESE owes its name to the fact that this Dutch cheese has been traded in the city of Gouda for centuries.  The cheeses  will be  delivered by horse and cart, then stacked on the ground by the farmers, before being sold in a traditional manner in front of Gouda’s beautiful old City Hall. The farmers and traders ‘clap hands’ to confirm each sale, in what can only be described as a theatrical spectacle. You can take your photos and selfies together with the cheese girls and boys, the farmers and traders. On Friday morning the destination of the tour will be Alkmaar. Without a doubt, the Alkmaar cheese market is the main attraction in town.  The tradition of this Cheese Market goes way back to 1365, as there was only one set of scales for weighing, cheese was traded on the Waagplein. The cheese was delivered early in the morning, and the cheese market masters and traders would check to see whether the cheeses had been well stacked. Up to 30,000 kilos, or 2200 whole cheeses, are lined up and waiting for customers.Before enjoying some free time  to discover the cheese market and the city on your own, embark on a brief guided walking tour through Gouda or Alkmaar by an informative, friendly and professional live guide.You should never pass up an opportunity to see this colourful, folkloric spectacle!Itinerary: - Departure from Amsterdam - a 75 minute drive to destination - 15 minute walk to Cheese Market - Visit of Cheese Market - Brief guided walking tour trough the city - 30/45 minutes of free time - Departure back to AmsterdamHighlights: • Visit the famous Dutch Cheese Market • Find out how cheese is traded according to a centuries old tradition • Watch the men in traditional clothing trading their Cheeses • Discover where GOUDA CHEESE owes its name from • Join a brief tour trough the city’s by an informative, friendly and professional live guide. • Instant Confirmation • Pickup from a designated meeting point