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We booked this trip for me, my husband, and our 7 year old son to go to Zaanse Schans and Volendam. The tour description was not exactly what we wanted but, figured it would be ok. After talking to Jaime, our guide, about we really wanted, he modified our trip a little and made it exactly what we wanted. Jaime was so friendly, so relaxed, great driver, extremely patient, flexible, and so informative. If there were 10 stars we would give him 10. He not only gave us a lot of general facts about Zaanse Schans and the other places we went but, gave us a lot of facts about The Netherlands/Dutch history and current events. Our tour was all in English also. On top of that, he helped us get skip the line tickets for a museum that our son wanted to the next day and drove us to pick them up. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this company to anyone who wants a great, personalized tour. Thank you Jaime for a great day!
Our driver was switched at the last minute and he did not speak very good English.
Overall, the tour was very enjoyable. We enjoyed the countryside, watching the cheese making and wooden shoe production, seeing the windmills and learning about the Netherlands. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable and did a great job. We loved that it was a private tour with just the six of us traveling companions. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel and had our own mini van for transportation.
The only reasons I didn't give a 5-star rating are 1 There was a glitch with the van. Our guide was late, but called and explained that the van they were going to give him was not in good condition, so he had to wait to get a better one. And 2, although he was very charming and really very informative, his accent was so strong that it was difficult to understand him at times. Also, the people in the back of the van missed a lot of what he was saying as we drove to the various locations.
I would recommend this tour.
Our guide was very lively and enthusiastic. He seemed to know everyone we encountered along the way! His suggestion that we might enjoy the ferry from Volendam to Marken was a great one, as we did enjoy the ferry. The only complaint was that the vehicle he drove was a tad too tight for 4 adults. We were fairly squished in. But that did not diminish our enjoyment of the day in the Dutch countryside. It was a beautiful sunny day and absolutely gorgeous. A tour well worth the money.
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