Amsterdam to Edam Windmill Tour
This is our newest tour and we think we’ve worked a bit of alchemy here! It’s both exclusive (just 8 people max) and incredibly affordable (just €45pp).
It’s a ‘semi-guided’ tour. We first give you a guided tour of an off-the-beaten-track windmill. It’s in idyllic countryside and sees very few big tour buses. Then we bring you to the gorgeous town of Edam and arm you with a map, suggested walking route and suggestions of things to see and do (and eat and drink!) and let you enjoy Edam on your own for 2.5 hours.
We pick you up and bring you back to Amsterdam. It lasts about five hours.
Cost: €45 per person
Tour size: 8 people
Duration: About 5 hours
- We will give you a guided tour of an off-the-beaten-track working windmill from the 1600s
- We will drop you in Edam with a list of places to visit and things to do.
- We will collect you 2.5 hours after and bring you back to Amsterdam
We whisk you away from the tourist hordes to one of our two historic, working windmills that are near or in the Beemster Polder, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and we travel through it to visit both).
There we will drop some serious windmill knowledge on you and take you inside and explain how it all works. Both windmills are in idyllic countryside and rarely see big tour groups. So that next Facebook profile pic surely awaits!
After that we drop you at the gorgeous town of Edam where you will have about two and a half hours to explore it on your own. It has charming cafes, lovely restaurants, a bike rental shop, electric boats rentable by the hour, an historic house with a floating cellar (it’s bizarre – but cool, and open to the public Tues-Saturday), and so much charm!
We will pick you up at an agreed time and bring you back to Amsterdam. You can choose to spend more time in Edam if you wish. There is a direct, quick and cheap bus service back to Amsterdam. If you want to skip Edam, you can stay in the minivan and go straight back to Amsterdam in the minivan with the guide.
Things to do in Edam:
- Picturesque walks
- Dozens of historic, listed homes to admire
- Edam’s Museum, which includes the weird ‘Floating Cellar’
- Atmospheric bars and lovely restaurants
- Cheese shops
- The Old Cheese Market Building
- The Big Church from the 1400s (if you’re into that sort of thing)
- Bike rentals, and easy biking route to the nearby lake
Pick up point: Outside the Barbizon Palace Hotel, opposite Amsterdam Central Station. There is a photo of the start point in the confirmation email that you get when you book.
Please give yourself plenty of time to make it to the start point. This particular tour depends on us sticking to a set schedule, and additionally the guide will be driving and unable to answer phone calls – for this reason a contact phone number is not available for this tour. If you are late we unfortunately cannot wait for you.
Departs Amsterdam: 09h15 – Arrives Edam: 11h05 – Departs Edam: 13h45 – Arrives Amsterdam: 14h15
Departs Amsterdam: 11h45 – Arrives Edam: 13h30 – Departs Edam: 16h20 – Arrives Amsterdam: 16h45
Age / Height Restriction
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.
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 1 week in advance then you immediately receive a refund.
- during the last week you will only get a refund if we can sell your places
All refunds above are less any bank charges if there are any.
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