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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 !!
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?
I wrote Viatour to find out if the tour stopped at a cheese farm in Edam and they told me that yes, the tour was of the market in Alkmaar, a stop at a windmill and then a cheese farm tour. Well, it was 1hr 15min in Alkmaar and an hour at the windmills. No stop in Edam. It advertised that you have time in Alkmaar for lunch. We had to be back to meet the bus at 11:55am - that's a really early lunch. If you want to go to Alkmaar take the train, it's far less expensive and very easy to get to. You'll also get to the market by 10am when it starts and not 10:50 when the tour arrives. There are windmills in Amsterdam proper that you can see.
I wrote via tour to find out why the product that they have described online does not match what the tour company (Lindberg) describes in their brochure and they never responded.
Final word: if you want a hurried look Alkmaar and an hour to look at 2 windmills then this is the tour for you. If you want time to see the town in depth (and it is pretty) then take the train and save yourself a lot of money.
There were literally thousands of people at the market since it was holiday time. We couldn't see anything ! It was a rediculous waste of time and money -however the windmill film and tour was interesting and informative
Not the best but it was interesting. Liked other of your tours better.
Jocelyn H W
The tour director was informative and personable. But he did not escort us to the center of the town where the marketplace was so crowded. It would have been better to get there earlier in the day. We enjoyed visiting the cheese farm very much.
It was a great trip, but sadly the tour operators have made it a rushed affair. It would have been nice to have more time in Alkmaar in order to sample the great restaurants and characteristic shops. Unfortunately, no sooner are you off the coach than it's time to get back on again.
Other company's buses arrive at least 15 minutes before us. We had to stand far, far away at the loading end of the cheese market. Very hard to see what was going on. The windmills were nice even with 3 Euro charge.
This wasn't a tour at all. It was a bus ride to Alkmaar where we had free time in a very very very crowded market and had to really fight to see anything. Then they drove us to a windmill where we watched a video. The guide didn't really tell us anything at all.
The company was not only disorganized, but by leaving Amsterdam so late, we were not able to view the Cheese Market exhibition. We left late (partly because the company was looking for more tourists to fill the bus), but even if we had left on time, we would have arrived way too late to see anything. There were already hundreds of people crowding the square.
On the bus, the guide rambled on and on. Not very interesting or engaging, I'm afraid. This is one tour to avoid.
The windmill stop was pleasant enough, but not enough to give the company more stars.
I'm usually very forgiving when it come to tours, but this one was really a waste of time.