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
Gerk was a very knowledgeable and thoughtful tour guide. Met us promptly at our hotel in Amsterdam. He was prepared for various contingencies; Umbrellas, water, snacks. Lunch and... read more admissions were included. We did his 6 hour tour to the north of Amsterdam. Loved seeing the countryside and learning about Dutch history through the eyes of a native away from the crowds and tour buses.
Seaside62174180549 7 August 2019
Everything about the tour was excellent! We spent 6 hours touring the countryside, walking quaint villages and exploring windmills. He was an engaging tour guide, helping us understand... read more the history, culture, and politics of the region. Highly recommend to anyone interested in a unique, more personalized type tour.
Nathan H 14 October 2019
Gerk was a very knowledgeable and thoughtful tour guide. Met us promptly at our hotel in Amsterdam. He was prepared for various contingencies; Umbrellas, water, snacks. Lunch and... read more admissions were included. We did his 6 hour tour to the north of Amsterdam. Loved seeing the countryside and learning about Dutch history through the eyes of a native away from the crowds and tour buses. Highly recommended. …