Step back in time on a 6.5-hour, private tour of Old Holland that includes round-trip transport from your Amsterdam hotel, and lunch in a waterside restaurant. Visit a cheese factory, tour Marken and Volendam with a guide in traditional costume, see a wooden shoemaker’s workshop, and taste classic sweets at an old fashioned Dutch bakery.
Begin with pickup at your hotel in Amsterdam, then leave the modern city behind as you travel into the Dutch countryside in a minivan with a private driver. Make the first stop of the day at Marken, a tiny island village linked to the mainland by a slender causeway. Upon arrival in Marken, a local guide in costume will guide you through the best of Marken and nearby Volendam, including a 30-minute boat trip between the two.
Both Volendam and Marken are postcard-ready, lined with 17th-century brick houses, classic sailing vessels, and tiny gardens. You’ll have time to explore local cuisine and culture as you make your way through the villages: stop by the Volendam cheese factory, where you’ll learn about the cheese making process and try samples of locally-made cheese. See clogs take shape at the wooden shoe factory, and visit Woltje’s Backery to taste stroopwafel, a traditional Dutch treat that combines caramel and waffle-shaped cookies.
At the end of the tour, meet the driver for the return trip to Amsterdam, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.