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Excellent Value for money. Cheese Market is amazing and Alkmaar is worth visiting even otherwise. Guide was very good. Although Windmill visit may not be of interest to all people.
We attended the last market of the season at Alkmaar, September 4th. For visitors this is a fascinating sight. There are excellent explanations in many languages. Also allows great opportunities to take photographs. The working windmill enables the visitor to understand how people lived. You view a film prior to going to the windmill. You will see the mechanics first hand through a glass floor. This is the third time we have done this trip. I think that says it all.
It was great. Especially I liked Alkmaar town - maybe some more free time there would add value.
Excellent guide, very informative and friendly. Glad that I went.
It was very interesting, but the crowds made it difficult to see at the cheese market.
Interesting to see the selling process at the cheese market. Good photo opportunity. A tip, go to the right of the clock tower, there are fewer people.
Great guide who worked hard and gave a lot of detail. Good trip.
This trip was a good way to fill our last half-day in Amsterdam. The Cheese Market was small but entertaining, at least enough so for the amount of time that we had there to roam around. There were rather interesting photo ops, and for cheese lovers, the trip to the cheese farm is absolutely rewarding. To go into the Schermerhorn Windmills costs an extra €3 per person. It was worth it. There were great photo ops there also, though when we were there the tulip blooming season was already over. The guide was entertaining and well-spoken, and the tour filled our time satisfactorily. The service was professional. I have no qualms recommending it.
This was a quaint touristy event. Viator is great.
I had done the trip during a previous vacation and this time I could really appreciate the Alkmaar trip better. I recommend you go before the Dutch children get their vacation, this way you can really enjoy the show. The windmills are always interesting to see over and over again. More during sunny days !!
Very informative guide, told us lots about Amsterdam and the surrounding area. The cheese market was a let down, absolutely rammed with people so you couldn't really see anything, worth it for 5 minutes but we had to stay 2 hours. Timing was wrong for lunch as we left there at 12 o'clock would have been better to stay an hour then go to the windmill and stop for lunch somewhere before returning. The windmill stop was interesting and great to get inside and have a look around plus the film was interesting too. Half day trip was enough not much fun if you have very young children though I had a 10 and 13 year old which though it ok just a bit boring!
The town was lovely. The cheese show was very touristy and so crowded that it was impossible to see what was happening. The visit to the windmill was interesting and the tour guide on the bus did a nice job.
Far below expectations! Extremely crowded cheese market place, no time to see or do anything. If there is any possibility, drive there yourself, or share a cab, will have a lot more time and freedom, otherwise, pretty much a waste of time.
The sites are a wonderful experience, however, we did not have enough sufficient time in Alkmaar to enjoy the cheese market, cheese museum and explore the lanes.
Okay, but not a great deal to see. Weather not very good which may have resulted in not enjoying this as much as other trips.
We were visiting on a very busy day and had trowble seeing the activities.
All in all a good trip, Alkmaar was nice to visit.
The windmill was interesting too, it seemed a bit weird that they charged extra to visit the mill (3 euro), calling it optional.
It should have been included in the excursion price, what else should we do when we get there, sit on the bus?
A knowledgeable guided tour on a very comfortable bus. Plenty of time at the cheese Mart. When you arrive, wait patiently and withing ten minutes you will find yourself at the rail with a great view of the event. It costs an extra 4 euro per person to go into the windmill and climb to the top but it is worth it! The visit to the cheese farm is really interesting. The guide speaks many languages, and after the presentation, you get to taste many kinds of cheeses. It is a must see!
Alkmaar Cheese Market was unpleasant since there were too many people with only a limited area to view. Either a larger raised platform or some other way to allow more people to see the sales platform.
The chance to see more of the countryside was a plus.
The cheese farm was a treat.
Very interesting tour but as it is only held on Fridays the crowds were big and you could not see very much.
quaint village, adequate guide, but a mob scene at the the cheese market
Why does the rain always come down when we visit the windmills?