HIGHLIGHTS: Holland Cheese market | windmills | Dutch country side | traditional villages
A Holland cheese market tour can be booked on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
See the itinerary below for each day. Because of the location they are slightly different.
Wednesday, Cheese Market Edam
Edam cheese market is an atmospheric and conversational cheese market in the historical center of Edam. The cheese is brought to the market on boats.You are able to see how cheese was handled, weighed and carried – in times gone by. Of course you get to taste the local cheese!
Visit a traditional 17th century windmill, see how the miller and his family lived inside and climb to the top. Enkhuizen was one of the harbor-towns of the VOC, from where overseas trade with the East Indies was conducted. Enjoy lunch at a local establishment.
From Enkhuizen we cross the IJsselmeer (former Zuiderzee) over a dam to the other side where we reach Lelystad. The capital of the new land below sea level. At Batavia wharf you see how the VOC ships are build the traditional way.
Thursday, Cheese Market Hoorn
The Hoorn Cheese Market is a spectacle to be seen. The entire square is full of Beemster cheese. You see in a theater layout how extensively cheese is tested and how the cheeses on berries are moved by cheese carriers. Of course you get to taste the Beemster cheese!
We drive through the Beemster polder landscape. An area which has been placed on the Unesco World Heritage site. This is where the delicious cheese comes from. In the former fishing town of De Rijp, we stop for a traditional lunch. The beautiful architecture of this town nostalgically takes you back in time.
Visit a traditional 17th century windmill, see how the miller and his family lived inside and climb to the top.
De Afsluitdijk (enclosing dike) is 32km (20mi) long dam build in 1932. It is a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee Works, damming off the Zuiderzee, a salt water inlet of the North Sea, and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer.
Thursday, Cheese Market Gouda
Gouda Cheese Market takes place in front of the “Goudse Waag” and is a spectacle to be seen. You can see how cheese was handled, weighed and transported in earlier times. Of course you get to taste the local cheese!
At the Delftse Pauw earthenware factory, they still produce the Delft Blue as it was made in the 17th century. Pottery and painting all by hand, a unique craft.
Leiden was formed on an artificial hill (today called the Burcht van Leiden). The city has a rich history as it flourished in the 16th and 17th century. Especially the weaving establishments (mainly broadcloth) of Leiden were very important for Holland.
De Valk (The Falcon) is a tower mill, dating from 1743. It was used for grinding grain and has four stories. You can climb all the way to the top.
Saturday, Cheese Market Woerden
This authentic cheese market opens at 10.30 am to the sound of the “cheese bell”. You can try the cheeses; join in with the role play; experience how cheese used to be traded, weighed and carried.
See windmills are still used for pumping water out of the fields. Walk through the fields, climb fences and pass sheep, cows and windmills.
De Haar Castle is the biggest and most luxurious castle of the Netherlands. With its towers, turrets, moats, gates and suspension bridges, it resembles a true medieval castle. During a guided tour, you will learn everything about the architectural history, its interior, collection and connection with the Rothschild families. The castle has a cosmopolitan grandeur unique to the Netherlands.
For all cheese markets check: www.hollandcheesemarkets.com.
We do not offer tours to the Cheese Market in Alkmaar. It is so crowded there, that it is impossible to see something.
€ 600,- Group 1-4 people
€ 780,- Group 5-8 people
€ 480,- Group 8+ people (Guide only. Contact me for a quote including coach.)
Included: private guide/driver, personal car.
Excluded: entrance fees, lunch, personal expenses.
Duration: 9 hours
Pick-up: 08:30am / from Amsterdam hotel, airport or cruise ship
Return: between 5-6pm / at Amsterdam hotel, airport or cruise ship
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