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Alkmaar: 2-Hour Tour and Cheese Market Visit

1. Alkmaar: 2-Hour Tour and Cheese Market Visit

Get to know the town of Alkmaar, located in North Holland, on a 2-hour guided tour of the city and visit to the cheese market. After meeting your guide at the train station, enjoy a stroll through one of the oldest medieval cities in the Netherlands. Walk through the city center, which has remained the same for 400 years. Listen and learn important facts and small tidbits of information about Alkmaar, a town that's oozing with Dutch charm. Then make your way to the traditional cheese market, one of only 4 left in the Netherlands. Learn about the market's founding and growth, and find a favorite cheese to take home with you.

Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour

2. Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour

Visit Alkmaar's traditional Cheese Market - the oldest in the Netherlands! On this 2.5-hour small group walking tour, you will learn all about Alkmaar's most well known attraction: the Cheese Market! Also wander through Alkmaar's medieval center and along pretty cobbled streets and picturesque canals. Watch the traditional way of trading cheese how it was done centuries ago. Spend approximately 45 minutes at the Cheese Market which is ample time to see everything. While you are there, learn all about the market's history and listen to your guide explaining what is happening in front of you! If you feel like it, you can try a variety of Dutch cheeses and even buy some to bring home with you. Then, walk through the cobbled streets of Alkmaar and along its picturesque canals. Stop at the Molen van Piet (Piet's Windmill) for the perfect Dutch photo opportunity! See some of Alkmaar's most famous buildings such as the Grote Sint Laurenskerk (Great St Lawrence Church), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the Waag (the Weigh House). On this tour you will get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life through the eyes of a foreigner living in Alkmaar, as your tour guide originally stems from Canada.

Alkmaar: Small Group City Walking Tour

3. Alkmaar: Small Group City Walking Tour

The charming town of Alkmaar is compact, walkable and historically rich, with a beautiful medieval center. On this small group tour, enjoy walking through the cobbled streets and along picturesque canals as your guide tells you all about the town's history. Walk 3-4 km through the medieval center and see some of Alkmaar's most important and historic monuments such as the Grote Sint Laurenskerk (the Great St. Lawrence Church), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the Waag (Weigh House). Learn all about the history of Alkmaar and how the strength and the determination of the townspeople managed to defeat the Spanish forces in 1573. Stop at the Molen van Piet (Piet's Windmill) for the perfect Dutch photo opportunity. You will also get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life from a foreigner's perspective. You will not only see some of Alkmaar's most iconic monuments, but you will also wander off the beaten path and see the real Alkmaar.   Join a small group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience.

Alkmaar: Private Walking Tour

4. Alkmaar: Private Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Alkmaar will start at your hotel or, if you travel to Alkmaar from elsewhere, at the train station. Set off at a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. The most important sights that your private guide will show are the public weighing house, home to the weekly cheese market on Fridays during the summer (April – first Friday in September), Saint Lauren Church and the pretty 16th century constructed town hall. House with the bullet is a wooden building from the 16th century with a bullet in its façade dating back to the days of the war against Spain in 1573. See the lively shopping streets and relax on of the many terraces in Alkmaar. The town of Alkmaar has over 400 monuments and is the oldest city in this part of the country, most likely founded by the Romans. Your visit to Alkmaar is made complete with a visit to the cheese museum. In this museum you will learn all about the process of cheese making from milk to the cheese you find back home in your local supermarket. After having spent two lovely hours at lively Alkmaar, you can join the locals in the shops or bar. If you travel further on, the new train station welcomes you back for journey onwards.

Zaanse Schans: 4-Hours Boat Rental

5. Zaanse Schans: 4-Hours Boat Rental

Explore the beautiful Zaan area on a boat at your own pace. Start the journey at the main dock of the Zaanse Schans. Get on a boat and hear the explanations of the friendly staff to sail safely. After the introduction, you can either sail north, towards the scenic village of Wormerveer or south towards Zaandam. In both ways, you will come across multiple bars and restaurants on the water. Don't miss the chance to park the boat and go for a drink. In case you decide to go north, you will arrive at the Uitgeester Lake after Wormerveer. This is a beautiful widespread lake, where you can easily go for a swim. You can also visit Alkmaar, known as the Dutch city of cheese with a traditional market held every Friday.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20 reviews

It was an amazing tour. Had so much fun watching how the cheese market operates and tasted some of the best cheese. And the guide Jennifer was so cool and awesome. She did a great job and thanks to her we got the chance to go in and check on how the weighing rooms operates and also had a good view of the market from inside. She let us stay in the market as much as we wish and then she took us on a nice tour around the city as well. Loved the tour

Wonderful adventure! Our guide Jen made the cheese market experience both educational and entertaining. Our small group felt we were seeing the cheese market and town with a friend versus a tour guide. The train stop meeting place was perfect and gave us time to explore the town on our own pace is opposed to being on a tour schedule. Would absolutely recommend this small group morning tour with Jen.

My partner & I had a wonderful tour of Alkmaar and its cheese market with Jennifer. She was a super guide, so knowledgeable and friendly that we felt we'd known her for ages. Because of the cold weather she took us to a cosy cafe which was like entering someone's home, for super coffees and homemade apple pie. For a fun time in Alkmaar Jennifer is the best.

Great walking tour around a beautiful city center with a nice guide. We visited all tourist places plus charming deserted streets. Tour was happened even with me alone.

Charming Lady, brilliant Guide, very helpful, excellent seats.

Would love an Encore one day. Terrific cheese market. Very special and unique..