Experience Dutch history and traditions in a stunning region of the Netherlands
This Traditional Holland tour invites you into an unspoilt region of the Netherlands, where you will enjoy the beauty and nature of a boat ride through the Kaag Lakes. Witness the incredible daily operations of the world’s largest flower market and visit an authentic windmill and a traditional Dutch cheese farm. Enjoy a full day experience, that includes tours by bus, boat and foot. You will explore the region where the largest number of flowers for the world export grow and where you can find the most windmills that are still operating.
Your Traditional Holland tour will depart from ‘This is Holland’ and take you via bus to Flora Holland Rijnsburg. Here you will get to go behind the scenes to witness the hustle and bustle at one of the world’s largest flower auction. No description can do justice to the incredible sea of flowers being sold here, like the complexity and coordination of the auctions. Some say that it is like seeing a giant puzzle that must be solved before the clock runs out. From a viewing room above the giant warehouse you can see the logistics. As trolley carts transport thousands of flowers to be shipped out the same afternoon, all over the world.
The visual entertainment of the auction in operations will definitely be a unique experience.
After that you will go on a two hour scenic boat ride through the Kaag Lakes. An area with beautiful nature that has not yet been discovered by many tourists. This region is home to the largest number of working windmills in all of Holland. The boat ride will pass by some of the most important windmills that have helped to control the water levels. The Kaag Lakes is an incredible example of Dutch hydraulic engineering, which you will see first-hand as you will have the chance to explore the inside of an authentic Dutch windmill.
During the boat ride you will also be served a typical Dutch lunch that you can enjoy while looking at the picturesque landscape of South Holland.
The boat tour will end in Noordwijk, a scenic coastal town that is well known for its beautiful beaches. You will then take a bus ride along the Noordwijk boulevard. On the way to an authentic Dutch cheese farm, you’ll get to see the North Sea as well. At the farm, people honour the century old tradition of cheesemaking and you can observe the process of cheesemaking. Taste the delicacies and pick your favourite one to take back home to your loved ones. In short, this Traditional Holland Tour is a perfect combination between history and unspoilt regions.
|Departure Point: THIS IS HOLLAND, Overhoeksplein 51, Amsterdam|
Check-in desk located at THIS IS HOLLAND. Bus leaves at 08:45am, please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.
|DURATION||From May 20 to September 30, 2019|
From March 19 to September 30, 2020
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The tour takes approximately 6.5 hours.
During the bus tour, a live guide will offer an extensive explanation on the Netherlands and its history.
|PUBLIC TRANSPORT||From Amsterdam Central Station, you can take the free ferry with direction “Buiksloterweg”. This is only a 3 minute boat trip. From here, it is just a 2 minute walk to THIS IS HOLLAND.|
|PARTICIPANT RESTRICTIONS||There are no participant restrictions, since this tour is suitable for all ages. An adult must accompany children.|
|TICKET TYPE||Printed ticket and Smartphone accepted|
- Coffee and tea is served upon arrival on board
- Captain’s lunch: Typical Dutch meatballs (gehaktbal), selection of sandwiches, Dutch ‘Krentenbollen’, coffee, tea and water
- An international bar including soft drinks, beer and wine is available on board. Not included in the price
- Typical Dutch products and souvenirs are available at the Cheese Farm for you to purchase and take home
- Visit the world’s largest flower auction
- Enjoy a scenic two-hour boat ride through the Kaag Lakes, which is home to the largest number of working windmills in the Netherlands
- Visit a cheese farm where you can experience the traditional process of cheesemaking
- The opportunity to visit an operating windmill
- A traditional Dutch lunch, with typical Dutch delicasies