AMSTERDAM WINDMILL TOURTHE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
AMSTERDAM WINDMILL TOURA JAUNT IN THE DUTCH COUNTRYSIDE
On this Dutch day out, we’ll take back country roads and thoroughly explore the countryside. You’ll amble through a gorgeous harbour town, visit an innovative Dutch family farm and enjoy a wine and cheese picnic in the shadow of a 400 year old windmill.
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Amsterdam Windmill Tour - The Basics
Tour: Amsterdam Windmill Tour
This should really be called: Amsterdam, Countryside, Windmills, Cheese & Wine Tour but that is a bit long!
Cost: €90.00 per person
Start time: 09h00
Duration: 6 hours
Language: English, international level
We drive about 100km in a minivan.
We also walk around a harbour town, about 1 mile and there are steep steps inside the windmill leading to the top.
Kids are welcome, please look at The Small Print for car seat info.
Start Point: Outside Starbucks under the Double Tree Hilton Hotel (see map below). The address is: Oosterdokskade 4 (Ground Floor), 1001 RD Amsterdam
End Point: Same as start point
Maximum people on the tour: 8
Minimum people for the tour to run: 2
Why take this tour
Here is a brief outline of our Amsterdam Windmill Tour:
- 6 hours exploring the beautiful Dutch countryside
- We guide you around the quaint streets of Monnickendam, an unspoiled old harbour town
- Enjoy excellent Dutch Apple pie and coffee on us in a very very old building.
- Visit a family farm where they farm potatoes, tulips and dairy cows that milk themselves!
- A thorough explanation of how a 400 year old water pumping windmill operates and good look inside.
- Lunch is included in the form of a cheese and wine picnic at the windmill.
- We have explored and created a lovely route along countryside back roads through a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Guided by Mark or Rory, two of Amsterdam’s best-reviewed guides
Here’s a no so brief outline of the tour:
In a minivan with 8 people max, we’ll first travel through charming polders north of Amsterdam. The Dutch waged a centuries-long battle with nature to win this land back from the sea, and boy was it worth it. Low-lying and with water channels cutting through green countryside, you’ll find yourself admiring a landscape that famously inspired the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
We’ll amble through the history-lined streets of the quaint harbour village of Monnickendam, stopping for coffee and apple pie at the historic orphanage (don’t worry, it’s a lovely café now!).
KAAS. Cheese. Queso. Fromage. Käse. Formaggio.
Say it as you will, the Dutch are famous for their cheese and we’ll taste 4 varieties of their beloved Beemster brand. Naturally, where there’s cheese there must also be wine (that’s an actual European law – we think!) and we’ll accompany it with a nice glass of vino.
Beemster cheese gets its name from the region of the same name. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we’ll drive through it taking in some of Holland’s finest and most historic windmills. You’ll see them clustered in twos and threes and we’ll visit one in nearby Schemerhorn. It’s a fully working windmill that dates from about 1612 and you’ll get to explore the inside of it. Hope for a windy day as the machinery is at its most fascinating when the wind’s blowing.
All this while being guided by Mark or Rory. We limit these countryside tours to just 8 people so we can go to places that big buses cannot!
The small print
Amsterdam Windmill Tour
Age & Height Restrictions
Children up to the age of 12 are required to have child seats. If the child is 1.35 metres / 4 feet and 5 inches or taller, the age restriction does not apply. We can arrange booster seats, but not baby seats, you must contact us about this before booking otherwise we won’t have them on board.
There is no child discount as a seat is still a seat and we only have 8 off them!
Cancellation & refunds policy
We’ve pondered a lot about this and because of the costs involved and planning, we can’t refund last minute cancellation so here is the deal:
If you cancel:
- more than 2 weeks in advance then you immediately receive a full refund.
- between 1 and 2 weeks in advance and immediately receive a 50% refund. You get the other 50% as well if we can resell your places.
- during the last week then there is no automatic refund but you get a full refund if we can sell your places
All refunds above are less any bank charges if there are any.
Minimum number of participants
This tour requires 2 people booked in to run. If you book a single place and nobody else books the tour will be cancelled and you will be given a full refund.
Amsterdam Windmill Tour
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Amsterdam Windmill Tour – May to November
If there is no tour listed on the day you want one (from mid-May onwards), contact us and we will see if we can add it for you.
Amsterdam Windmill Tour – Booking open 8 January
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