24 Mar - 16 May: DailyDuration
Approx. 10.5 hoursStart time
Tour departs from 26 Damrak, Amsterdam. 26 Damrak is a 5 minute walk from the Central Station. As you come out of Central Station it is the street straight in front of you which leads to the Dam Square.
The tour ends at the starting point
Step back into history at the pretty village of Volendam and take a boat ride to Marken where people are dressed in traditional Dutch costumes and time seems to have stood still.
Drive through picture-postcard Dutch countryside to Zaanse Schans with its photogenic windmills. Then discover traditional Dutch crafts when you visit a traditional clog maker and cheese maker. Perhaps pick up some souvenirs to take home.
Enjoy a feast for the eyes at the glorious gardens of Keukenhof – the name actually means “Kitchen Garden” in Dutch, but don’t expect to find vegetables. In fact you will be treated to the world’s largest floral display. The sight will completely take your breath away!
The 32-hectare park is planted up with no less than 7 million bulbs and is unbelievably beautiful in the spring, with carpets of crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips.
The Keukenhof Garden maintains a theme every year and 2016 theme will be 'The Golden Age'. It refers to the time in which the tulip trade thrived.
Your super-value Volendam, Marken, Windmills & Keukenhof Combo Tour showcases classic Dutch countryside of windmills, polders and fishing villages as well as introducing you to one of the world’s most famous gardens.
You will travel to the Ijsselmeer to see the pretty villages fringing the shore. Before the huge Afsluitdijk (Enclosing Dyke) was built in the 1930s these villages had access to the open sea and fishing was the main source of income. The old traditions of dress and customs lingered longer in these villages than elsewhere in Holland. Now, fishing has become uneconomic but the villages are preserved as historic treasures with attractive timbered houses on stilts and people dressed in traditional costumes.
You’ll first visit the village of Volendam, then take a 20-minute boat trip (summer only) to the peninsula of Marken, where you will find charming green-painted houses and people in period dress.
Re-boarding the coach, you will drive through classic Dutch countryside of polders and narrow dykes on the way to Zaanse Schans with its many windmills.
Holland and windmills go together like the proverbial “horse and carriage”. Long ago, thousands of windmills were scattered across The Netherlands.Using eco-friendly wind-power they were used to drain lakes and reclaim land from the sea and they also processed wood for shipbuilding and prepared materials for the production of flour, dye, oil, paper and spices.
As well as seeing the windmills you will have the chance to visit a traditional wooden clog maker. The Dutch have been wearing wooden shoes, or clogs, or "Klompen" since the Middle Ages. Originally, they were made with a wooden sole and a leather top or strap attached to the wood. Later, the shoes began to be made entirely from wood to protect the whole foot.
Another item people always associate with Holland is cheese. On this tour you will be able to see for yourself how Dutch cheese is made in the traditional way.
Next you will visit the glorious gardens of Keukenhof, (the name means “Kitchen Garden” in Dutch because the area was once a source of herbs for a grand castle). Keukenhof is also known as “The Garden of Europe” and the 32-hectare park is the world’s largest flower garden.
Keukenhof is famous for its spring flowers – approximately 7 million bulbs are planted annually. Wander along winding paths past sparkling streams, blossom-filled trees, pretty ponds and a spectacular array of flowers.
You will have nearly 3 hours to explore the delights of Keukenhof before boarding your coach for the return journey to Amsterdam.
The theme of Keukenhof Gardens in 2016 will be 'The Golden Age'. This is the period in which the Netherlands went through a flourishing era in the fields of trade, arts and sciences. During this period the Tulip Trade prospered. This beautiful theme will last from 24 March to 16 May 2016.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour start time to confirm all details.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Please report at the meeting point 30 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Amazing Trip. Must Do by everyone....sameer bhide
This was the best tour that we had in our entire vacation. Our guide Edgar was very good, knowledgeable and knew English quite well. He took all the efforts to make this very...Viral Mody
This tour is really worth the money. Keukenhof garden is amazing, and we really enjoyed Volendam the cheese company and also Marken where we could check how the clogs are made....Gabor Horvath