Citytour and Volendam, Marken and Windmills: See the urban and rural sides of The Netherlands with this fascinating guided day tour that takes in Amsterdam, a picture-postcard village renowned for the beauty of its many windmills and the coastal communities of Volendam and Marken. There will also be special visits to a diamond factory, a windmill and a cheese farm.
Explore awesome Amsterdam from the comfort of a coach and the main sights and attractions that this inspiring city has to offer. Behold the quiet canals flanked by gabled houses with their massive windows, many crooked and seemingly about to keel over. See the Royal Palace, a glorious relic of the Dutch Golden Age, the National Monument, the famous Skinny Bridge and the vibrant Albert Cuyp street market. Visit a windmill on the river Amstel and then stop by the diamond factory, where you will see the traditional way of polishing.
Escape the urban jungle for the rural charms of polders and canals of the North Holland countryside. Arrive at the pretty hamlet of Zaanse Schans, which is an open-air museum of windmills boasting colourful names such as the Young Sheep and the Spotted Hen. There are mustard mills, sawmills, paint mills, oil mills… and a traditional clog maker.
Travel back in time to the fishing villages of Volendam and Marken to wander around streets wonderful wooden houses. You may even spot the odd local woman still wearing high-pointed bonnets. Along the way, stop at one of few remaining farms where cheese is still made using traditional methods.
Duration: 5.5 hours.