4, 6 or 8 hours Private car tour to the countryside and windmills, away from the crowds. No hurry, no worries; Get a lot of information about Dutch history, culture, architecture and society. Historical towns & villages, Windmills, Cheese, Wooden shoes, green farmland, cows, canals & dikes.
4 Hour Tour
09.30AM – 13.30 PM: Drive to the north of Amsterdam (about 1 hour) passing reclaimed land: Unesco World Heritage of “Beemster Polder”(=reclaimed land), see the windmills of Schermerhorn, drive a scenic route passing green fields, dikes, canals and some pretty villages. Have a walk in the village “De Rijp”, drive half an hour to Edam and have walk in this scenic small town, famous for “Edam Cheese”. Drive back to Amsterdam.
6 Hour Tour
09.30 AM – 15.30 PM: see above, plus:, see the interior of a windmill dating 1634, learn how it works and how people were living in a windmill + having a light lunch in Edam and, if time allows: visit the former fishermen’s island of Marken
8 Hour Tour
09.30 AM – 17.30 PM: See above, plus: start in the morning: one hour driving, to historical town of Alkmaar, famous for its traditional cheese market (Friday morning, April – September). Have a 1.5 hour walking tour in this beautiful town, full of history. Learn about Dutch Cheese (maybe taste & buy? It is up to you!) Alkmaar has authentic houses, (food)shops, it has an interesting cheese market building, a 15th Century townhall, windmills and a cathedral. Worthwhile visiting!
Languages: English & German & Dutch & Frisian.
Type of car: Toyota Prius Wagon, having 6 passengers seats. (room for 4 adults and 2 children)
Pick up & drop off at your hotel, Air B&B, cruise ship terminal in Amsterdam Centre
Included: tickets, your experienced private guide, local taxes, parking fees, free bottles of water in the car, pick nick basket, containing
orange juice, cookies, chocolate, peppermints, “knackebröd” with cheese etc.
Number of People: 1 – 6 people, (must be able to walk some distances: walking tour Alkmaar takes ± one hour).
Cheese market in Edam on Wednesday morning in July/August. In Alkmaar Friday morning April- September
Driving time: about 1 1/2 hour, to the north of Amsterdam, in stages of ± 30 min. back to Amsterdam.
Advise for clothing: Dutch weather in the countrysite can be windy & rainy. Best to check the weather forecast.
Alternative visit: from November – April: visit the windmills of Zaansche Schans, as Schermer mills are closed in winter season
Our family spent two days with Gerk. The first day he picked us up promptly in our hotel lobby and took us around Amsterdam. It was a wonderful way to... read more see the city on foot and Gerk was full of information about the history and culture of the areas. He brought us to places we would never have found on our own. The second day he picked us up from our hotel lobby again and took us via his comfortable car to see some small towns and a working windmill. Once again he demonstrated great knowledge and was very patient with all of our questions. We enjoyed the tour of the windmill and the small towns as well as the wonderful lunch in a charming cafe. I would highly recommend Gerk and this company - the time spent with him was one of our favorite parts of our time in Amsterdam.
Gerk was very professional and extremely knowledgeable. He tailored our day to assist us to locate the cemetary where my wife's famly is buried and tour the city they came... read more from. Easy to work with and I highly recommend him over anyone else. I thnk for the price the all day trip was well worth the expense. He is #1 for a reason!!
Gerk was a perfect tour guide for our family. Our group included an 85 year old and a Type 1 Diabetic so he had to stop more than usual and... read more spent extra time with us. The tour was just as I hoped it would be. He took us to the countryside on a 6 plus hour tour on 06/29/19. We had a working windmill all to ourselves and stopped for coffee and lunch at two separate quiet local places. The next day he walked with us in Amsterdam and again avoided crowds while tailoring the tour to our needs. The whole family enjoyed him and I would highly recommend him over any other tour guide.