See 2 top Dutch attractions in a single day. Admire the beauty of the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in bloom on a morning tour from Amsterdam. Continue to the Zaanse Schans windmill village to see other Dutch icons, including windmills, clogs, and cheese.
What to Expect
Your full-day program begins with a pick-up in central Amsterdam or at one of the selected hotels.
Travel in comfort on board a single-decker coach from Amsterdam through the Dutch countryside. Admire blooming fields awash with colorful crocuses, tulips, and daffodils, as your guide tells you about the history of the region.
When you arrive at Keukenhof Gardens, you’ll head off on a guided tour of the grounds. Covering an area of more than 79 acres (32 hectares), the magnificent gardens are home to innumerable blooming bulbs, all meticulously landscaped into aesthetically pleasing patterns. The gardens are filled with delicate blossoms of all sorts of colors and textures, which emanate a gently perfumed fragrance.
As you explore the blaze of flower beds, fields, and lawns dotted with ponds and water features, your guide will tell you about the hard work that goes in to creating this elegant floral display. Afterwards you’ll head back to the bus for the return journey to Amsterdam.
Next, you’ll enjoy a 20-minute drive to Zaanse Schans in a comfortable, air-conditioned single-deck bus. The Zaanse Schans windmill village is an open air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. These buildings were relocated to this site beginning in 1961, bringing back to life this prosperous period of the Zaan region.
In its golden age, the Zaan region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, boasting 600 active windmills and wind-powered factories. In these small factories, many tasks were carried out with the aid of wind power, including the sawing of wood, and the grinding of spices, flour, cocoa powder, and more.
The prosperity of the 18th and 19th centuries can be seen in the beautiful houses that were originally built as homes for the rich windmill owners and merchants. You’ll see attractive facades painted in traditional colors such as green, beige, and light blue.
When you arrive in the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour. You’ll visit the clog museum and the wooden shoemaker shop, and get to taste Dutch farmer cheese at the cheese farm.
Then you’ll have time to explore the village on your own. Before you set off, your guide will give you further information on the unique character of Zhanse Schans and local history and culture, and give you insider tips about what to see and do.
- All taxes, fees, and handling charges
- Live commentary en route
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach
- Pick-up and drop off at designated meeting points
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
What to Remember
• The tour involves a small amount of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended