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Being with a small group of people we had only 5, is the best way to enjoy this tour. We were able to see everything and not waste time waiting on people from the group who are late getting back to a large bus. Our guide, Roxanne, was simply the best. She was knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with. We just wished we could have spent more time with her in each place! We would highly recommend this tour with this company and with this guide.
We had a great small group tour with our guide Roxanne. The meeting point was very close to the Central Train Station a short free ferry boat ride across the water. Free is good. The ferry boat was kind of fun in that we got to experience how locals commute across this water from newer residential area to the old part of Amsterdam.
After meeting Roxanne, we were a group total of 5, we were off to look at windmills, see how they work, go to a cheese farm and learn about the cheese making process and sample some delicious Gouda and other local cheese. At this same spot we also saw a demonstration on how wooden clogs are made from a block of wood. Sorry, for those of you who were expecting to see a character that looks like Gepeto with a hammer and chisel, it is not so romantic, the clogs are made with machines and lathes
Next, Vollendam, for a short lunch break and a walk in this old port city, the East India Trading Company used this place as a staging area. Pretty much designed for tourists with some good local snacks, try the Raw Herring with onions.
Finally we ended in a small town, on our way back to Amsterdam for a quiet walk and a chance to sample some local Schnapps, ask for a second gulp of the Schipper Bitters, a spicy concoction good for warming the bones on a chilly afternoon.
The guide Roxanne was fun, engaging and quick to respond to any and all questions, she made the afternoon a good experience.
It was good to get outside of the Old part of Amsterdam and afterall, if you are visiting the Netherlands, you must visit some working windmills.
Two thumbs Up !! Skol !!
Amazing tour! I loved seeing the Holland countryside and going off the beaten path to the little villages. Very informative tour and the distance between each stop was perfect.
Great tour .
This was a great small group experience! Our tour guide, Mr. T, was very nice and knowledgeable. Going around North Holland was beautiful and all the stops were incredible to see and walk around, even in the freezing cold! Very great tour. Highly recommend
Our tour guide Pol was excellent and the itinerary was great. Highly recommend.
I had a fantastic day on this tour. Was a little late because I got on the wrong ferry and the guide was there waiting for me!! The short trip to the windmills was filled with interesting stories and information. The tour was at a good pace with heaps of time for photo's and taking in the sites.
We had a wonderful day with our tour Guide Jan. He was an informative, personable, relaxed person that went with our flow our pace. The time of year worked in our favor as we were the only people on our tour. the Windmills are beautiful and we loved Volendam. Follow the directions as to where to meet your guide. The ferry you have to take from the train station to where you meet your guide is interesting insight as to how the Dutch commute! Great day overall.
The Zaanse Schans was pleasing to the eyes and has a rich history which is very interesting. It was amazing that a lot of windmills are still functional and not just there for display. The old villages we went to were like a breath of fresh air from hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. We enjoyed waking around the villages and trying some of the delicious food. We also enjoyed buying souvenirs as there were a lot of shops and a wide variety of items. Our guide Apostolis Tol for short was very knowledgeable about the places we went to. He was also very nice and has a good sense of humor. Overall, we had a great time!!! Though, this almost didn't happen as our guide didn't show up at the meeting place but he made an effort to contact us if we would still like to do the tour at a later time. We didn't have anything planned for the afternoon so we were still able to do the tour. Tol was really apologetic for not showing up earlier and he more than made up for it. Just before we went back to Amsterdam, Tol made us try some Schnapps which we also liked. We had a really great time at the tour and we hope more people will go on this tour as well!!!
We had a wonderful time with our guide Teun. He really went the extra mile to engage with the tour group and brought a personal touch to the tour with his humor and friendly approach. The tour itself was very well organised with all pickup instructions and information communicated well in advance. We really enjoyed each of the various stops and found that the tour offered sufficient time to visit each place without feeling rushed. Each of the different locations offer a unique experience with a great mix between the touristy Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam, to the more quaint and quiet old villages and scenic routes.
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