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From Amsterdam: UNESCO World Heritage VIP Tour

1. From Amsterdam: UNESCO World Heritage VIP Tour

Leave the busy city center of Amsterdam and explore the UNESCO-listed sights of the city on a fun and friendly VIP full-day tour.   Start the day by visiting the world-famous Beemster Polder and the Defense Line of Amsterdam. Discover how the Dutch were masters over the water as early as the 16th century by reclaiming land and using water in battles against enemy attacks.   Next, visit the world-famous Afsluitsdijk (Enclosing Dyke). Wander around on this amazing dyke while you enjoy a wonderful view of Ijssel lake. Cross the dyke to the next UNESCO site on the list: Wadden Sea. Visit a small museum and enjoy a cup of Dutch hot chocolate as you learn about the building and opening of the dyke.   Then, head to picturesque Woudsend, a small and charming village in Friesland for a tour guided by a local. Visit an antiquity room dating back to the early 1700s, giving you a sneak peek inside a hidden church and a traditional working windmill. Enjoy a delicious Dutch farmer’s restaurant inside a special restaurant.   Next, visit the impressive Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, where you’ll enjoy the grand tour by one of the operators. The last stop of the day will be the “island” of Shockland, where you’ll stand on former seabed and learn about this unique area.   By the end of the day you’ll be back in Amsterdam after a full day exploring this great little country.

Amsterdam: Countryside Tour and Canal Cruise or 5D Flight

2. Amsterdam: Countryside Tour and Canal Cruise or 5D Flight

Depart Amsterdam and travel by air-conditioned coach to the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Marvel at the historic windmills and other typical architecture, and watch live demonstrations of traditional craftsmen at work to see how authentic clogs are made. Get some free time to explore on your own before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from water) of Beemster. Continue to Edam to see the tranquil canals, lined with beautiful 17th-century buildings, including Carillon Tower and the Town Hall. Learn how Edam cheese is made and taste some at a nearby farm. End with a visit to the fishing village of Volendam, where you can buy souvenirs or put on a traditional Dutch costume for a photo keepsake. Walk through the oldest parts of the village to discover sights such as the wooden Stolphoevekerk before driving back to Amsterdam.  Finally, finish your day with the choice of two attractions: The ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside or a relaxing canal cruise to admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions. The cruise passes all of Amsterdam's most famous attractions and you’ll encounter canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank House. The unique 5D flight experience doesn’t just show you the Netherlands, it lets you live it. Experience breathtaking films providing you with a spectacular perspective from the air and new insights into how the Netherlands was created. Thanks to the astonishing special effects projected on a huge domed screen, you’ll feel like you’re soaring over the must-see sites of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Countryside Small Group Tour

3. Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Countryside Small Group Tour

Meet your guide and driver in central Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan will take you to today’s destination Keukenhof. After a short ride from Amsterdam to the bulb flower area around Lisse, start your tour by making a scenic ride in this area. Depending upon the season, you will see a landscape with colorful bulb flower carpets in almost any color you can imagine. Try to find a spot where you can stop to make some pictures. Then, continue to the true highlight of this tour, the park Keukenhof. Once a mere kitchen garden filled with vegetables and herbs, the Keukenhof now has the distinction of being the world’s largest flower garden, hosting some 1,000,000 visitors per year. Wander through the 15 kilometers of footpaths and 32 hectares of gardens, where millions of bulbs are planted each year. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs of a variety of vibrant colors carpet the grounds. After having spent about 3.5-hours in the gardens, continue to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the Zaan River and is home to traditional 18th and 19th century architecture, including several functioning windmills. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village on your own before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from the water) of the Beemster area. Next is the opportunity to see how the world-famous Dutch cheese is made and, of course, to taste it at a cheese farm. Finally, you will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbor has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over to see the small buildings and houses and take in the locals in their traditional Dutch clothing. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs for those at home or a memento for yourself and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume. Finally, you will return to the city and can look back on a day full of great and typical Dutch highlights.

Amsterdam City, Unesco Countryside & Windmills Tour

4. Amsterdam City, Unesco Countryside & Windmills Tour

Experience a mixed tour between Amsterdam and the Countryside, perfect if you want to have an overall experience of this beautiful part of the Netherlands. Start by meeting your driver/guide at your accommodation in Amsterdam. After a short meet and greet you will set off on your adventure.  Start your day by driving through the famous Canal Belt, added as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. Witness how the ‘Golden Age’ influenced urban development in Amsterdam as your guide informs you of how Amsterdam became so rich and artistically renowned. During your tour, you will get to see countless interesting sights, amazing views inside and outside the historic city center. Continue on your tour with a visit to another UNESCO World Heritage site, a typical Dutch polder called "the Beemster" - the first ever reclaimed polder in the country. During a stroll over the ring dyke, you will have a perfect view of the extraordinary structure of the polder and the enormous difference in water levels surrounding the area. Learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, you will also get to enter a working 17th-century windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Follow this with a drive through typical 17th-century polder villages, like Midden Beemster, the Rijp and, Graft. Stroll through the cozy historic centers and walk across old draw bridges as you pass a lock that saved the town from flooding. After this inspiring journey, you will be dropped you off at your hotel, Schiphol airport or boat pier.

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What people are saying about Beemster

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Our grandson was most happy about the Benley and our tour guide got on really well with our 13 year old and knew what interests these guys. Our tour guide was very personable, knew very well about Amsterdam and showed us Amsterdam that we didn't know before. A wonderful, full day. Anytime again and our best recommendation to our guide. We had a lot of fun !!!

Amazing trip! We had the best guide Bram, who was very informative and talkative. Got so much interesting information, totally recommend you this experience.

beautiful Keukenhof. like a dream. holland countryside is great. our tour giude Theo was very informative and friendly. loved everything about this tour

The tour is very well armed and the guide is excellent. The bus driver great. Congratulations. Super friendly people

Our tour guide is very knowledgeable, informative and a good driver.. Definitely a 5 stars….