- Day trip to North Holland from Amsterdam
- Admire the monumental Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) of the Netherlands
- Take a steam train ride through the scenic Dutch countryside
- Visit the harbor towns of Medemblik and Hoorn
- Admire the IJsselmeer, the largest lake in Western Europe
- See a working windmill and enjoy two guided walking tours
As you stop for photos of the massive dike, learn how its construction transformed the Zuiderzee from an inland sea to a lake known as IJsselmeer. Consider the craftsmanship that went into this feat of hydraulic engineering -- 330 feet (100 meters) wide and standing 23 feet (7 meters) above water level -- built to protect much of Holland's coastline from the open sea.
Continue to the scenic town of Medemblik for a visit to a working windmill. Situated on the IJsselmeer, this town is a popular destination for Olympic-class windsurfers. After a short guided walk through town, you’ll have time for lunch on your own.
Afterward, step aboard a classic steam train for a journey through the lovely countryside for just over an hour. Listen to the engine whistle on your way to the Zuiderzee town of Hoorn, where you’ll embark on another short walking tour with your guide.
See the highlights of this harbor town, founded in 716 and at one time a flourishing center of the spice trade. Discover medieval buildings, squares and statues, as well as other landmarks. Finally, explore the town during your free time before returning to Amsterdam by coach.