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$137.15 Day Trips & Excursions

Zaanse Schans Windmills and Cheese Tasting from Amsterdam

You’ll be picked up from Amsterdam’s Museum District. Your guide will then take you on a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside of the Netherlands. Your first stop is Marken, a small fishing town known for preserving traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour along the charming streets while learning about the history of this special place. You’ll also visit a wooden shoemaker to see a craftsman busy at work, demonstrating the fine skill of wooden shoe-making. You’ll then board a boat for a journey to Volendam, offering a beautiful view of Lake Ijssel. When you arrive in Volendam, you’ll have free time to explore this traditional Dutch fishing village on your own. Browse the shops and even take a picture of yourself in traditional Volendam costumes, which are sill worn during folkloric events. Then meet with your group for lunch at a restaurant along the dike. Here you'll enjoy a set 3-course meal, and can choose between a fish, meat or vegetarian option. Water is included, and other drinks are available for purchase. Your next stop is Edam, a gem in the heart of North Holland. This little town is famous for its cheese, which has been enjoyed around the world for centuries. Savor the flavor of Edam during a cheese tasting at a local cheese shop. Not only is Edam famous for cheese, it also has a rich history as a former shipyard and is home to one of the Netherlands’ largest churches, the Grote Kerk, which you’ll see on your walking tour. Wander the cobblestone streets and gaze upon the quaint homes and bridges along Edam’s canals – it’s like taking a stroll through a Dutch postcard. From Edam, continue your scenic drive through the countryside to the province of Zaandam, where you’ll visit the neighborhood of Zaanse Schans. This famous area is home to a wonderful collection of well-preserved, historic windmills. The area also has picturesque homes, wooden barns and scenic meadows for you to see. Visit one of the windmills by foot, exploring the inside to discover the importance of this Dutch icon up-close. Zaanse Schans completes your authentic Dutch excursion. You’ll then make your way back to Amsterdam.

$33.42 Walking & Biking Tours

2 Hour Private Walking Tour of Haarlem

Choose a morning or afternoon departure when you book, then meet your guide at a location of your choosing to start your on-foot exploration of Haarlem. This private tour is customizable to best suit your interests, so you can see the sights in any order–and at any pace–you like.  Explore several hidden hofjes (courtyards) and little patios found tucked away in downtown Haarlem. Stop by the Frans Hals Museum, the former home of the famous Golden-Age Dutch painter. Admire Haarlemmerhout Park, with its 18th-century neoclassical pavilion. Soak up the atmosphere of the lively shopping streets and main square. Compare the 16th- and 17th-century architecture to some of Haarlem's more modern structures before visiting the famed St. Bavo Church, where Mozart played the Müller organ when he was just 10 years old.Say farewell to your guide at a location of your choosing to conclude the tour at the end of two hours.

$95.64 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Secret Food Tours Amsterdam Jordaan

We will meet close to the Anne Frank House, where we will start with traditional homemade pancakes called "Poffertjes."After crossing one of the canals, we will stroll through the narrow streets of the Jordaan area, sampling some of the best Dutch cheeses.Then, we will visit a beautiful hidden garden courtyard, created for a calm space in a busy city.We will visit a local fishmonger and sample some herring and our traditional kibbeling consisting of battered chunks of fish.At the next stop we will taste the most local dish called Stamppot that we love to eat, especially in the cold wintertime.We will end the tour with the best dutch dessert that can't be missed: Our famous, original and delicious stroopwafel!Oh, and of course there is our delicious Secret Dish too!

$115.04 Cultural & Theme Tours

Netherlands, wetlands below sealevel, dunes and dikes

We will show you the water levels in the North Sea and the IJsselmeer (the former South Sea) at places where you can compare it with the water level in the several polders. You will learn how these polders were drained with the help of windmills and later steam engines.Even now the windmills are still pumping water from low to high water levels. You will also visit the sea dike in Petten. Over 5,5 km there were no dunes, but the dike is too weak when the sea level is rising in the future because of the melting pole caps. Therefor It had to be strengthend with 20 million cubic metres sand for new dunes. You will experience our everlasting battle against the water. And our answers on this main problem. The tour starts at 9 AM. During the day we  stop for a coffee break, a lunch and a drink with a snack in the afternoon. You will be treated on typical Dutch snacks like stroopwafel, bitterbal and haring with onions. Return at 5 PM.  The meeting point is at your hotel anywhere in the province North-Holland or at railway station Zaanse Schans when your hotel is in the center of Amsterdam.

$500.43 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Countryside & Windmills day tour by Luxury Car

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Zaanse Schans, Zaandam, North Holland ProvinceThis wonderful tour covers the magnificent Dutch polder landscape with its ribbons of farmland north of Amsterdam. You will please yourself with the visit of fishing villages marked by windmills, lakes, dikes and dams.This tour allows you to visit a working windmill, a visit to a wooden shoe manufactory and cheese farm!Zaanse SchansZaanse Schans, a true Dutch heritage site, a picturesque village with typical green-timbered houses and working windmills!VolendamVolendam a lively fishing village. Stroll among the colorful houses anddiscover off the beaten path gems.Have a view over the IJsselmeer and walk along the lively boulevard with all the little restaurants, souvenir shops and bars.Monnickendam Once, a wealthy trading port in the Middle Ages, a treasure trove of medieval architecture and canals, today a protected heritage site. Stroll along its small harbor and perhaps enjoy a Jenever in the Waag, a medieval weighhouse!. MarkenVisit this pearl, a former island hidden away from the world, but in the 1950’s connected with the land. Take a short walking tour with your private guide through this little fishing village and explore its quiet streets and history.What to expect Your private guide will drive directly to the Zaanse Schans and will take you around through this Dutch heritage site, here you will experience famous aspects of Dutch manufacturing and visit a working old windmill to learn how products were fabricated in the 17thand 18thcentury. After de Zaanse Schans your guide will drive to the fishing village Volendam were you perhaps can enjoy lunch and taste some Dutch food like herring, smoked eal, Dutch shrimps or kibbeling. In the afternoon your guide shall take you to a typical family owned cheese farm and wooden shoe manufactory. Then you will visit another highlight of this tour, when drive to Monnickendam, a historic former trading town from 1350 and not yet discovered by tourism, or Marken. The itinerary is flexible, we can add special requests and will not rush you around.Meet & Connect All our tours begin with getting to know our guests and understanding their wishes. Starting from your hotel or vacation address, your private guide will pick you up with our comfortable car to start this beautiful day. We can adjust this Countryside day tour to your needs, for example enjoy the picturesque cheese village of Edaminstead of Monnickendam or Marken.After this inspiring journey we are happy to drop you off at your hotel, vacation address, boat pier or Schiphol Airport.* We can adjust this Countryside day tour to your needs.

$9.22 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Zuiderzee Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit: Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen, North Holland ProvinceThis admission ticket to Zuiderzee Museum allows you to enter both parts of the museum: the indoor and outdoor museum. The museum ferry (also included in entrance ticket) brings you across the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum.Take a walk through history at the Outdoor Museum of Zuiderzee Museum. The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. You can help craftspeople in the Marker harbor making nets, produce a rope at the rope-maker’s workplace, give the housemaid a hand, or enter into a conversation with the ‘inhabitants’ from the former island of Urk. A number of presentations offer a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes.The Indoor Museum is the treasure chamber of the Zuiderzee. Temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum. For example the exhibition Journey around the Zuiderzee presents highlights of the collection and personal stories of life in villages around the former Zuiderzee. The Indoor Museum also has the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. These historical wooden ships belong to the most extraordinary items in the museum’s collection. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone.

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