Youth and Family, Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture
Kid Friendly: Yes. Children will love this tour !
They must be supervised by a parent.
On the cheese market everything is explained by the speaker and you can follow the goings on at the big screen.
The cheese market is very busy and I will drop you off at the corner of the market and pick you up after a proposed time.
Maximum travelers: 4
Spanish (basic), German (fluent), French (fluent), English (fluent), Dutch (fluent)
Full day, Fridays only, March 31st - September 8th, 8 hours car / walk / boat
We will visit the famous Friday morning cheese market in Alkmaar, the commercial centre of North Holland since the middle-ages.
Than drive trough the World Heritage Site of the 17th century polder The Beemster, visit the Schermerhorn collection of watermills where a 10 minute film tells us all about the Dutch struggle against the water.
Climb to the top of the old mill!
We'll lunch in the old whalers town De Rijp in "Het Wapen van Munster" est. in 1648, where they serve good food and we can see the local church with its special stained glass windows.
Next we will visit Marken, until 1953 an isolated island, where some women still wear traditional dresses and the families live in tiny wooden houses.
From here you can take the boat to Volendam where we can have a drink in the famous Hotel Spaander with its collection of 1500 paintings of the artists that stayed there.
As your private guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration or anything else. Please let me know of any special requests you have.
Alkmaar, Schermerhorn, Beemster, De Rijp, Volendam, Marken.
The cheesemarket in Alkmaar is between 10.00 and 12.00 am, so we must leave before 10.00 am !
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Anywhere in Amsterdam, hotel or cruiseterminal
End location: Anywhere in Amsterdam
Duration: 8 hours
5-7 persons : Mercedes Minivan or similar: 1095 USD
extra hours : 75 USD
Entry fees windmill.
My services as a professional, knowledgeable and local tour guide.
Transportation in my Lexus RX450H
Lunch, snacks and souvenirs.
If you are more than 4 people, or you want more room, there is a surplus for a larger group and I will make a customized tour for you.
See "Details" below.
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We spent a wonderful 8 hours with Rene. He filled us in on the history as well as how thet Netherlands was formed. We needed to make some adjustments to the planned schedule due to the weather But Rene took it all in stride.