The Netherlands is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a small, densely populated country, lying mainly in Western Europe, but also including three islands in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borderswith Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany.The three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Amsterdam is the country's capital. The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port of Europe – as large as the next three largest combined.
This great one-hour cruise takes you along Amsterdam's most celebrated canals and past the city's most spectacular spots. As you glide through the historic city center, feast your eyes on the elegant merchants' mansions dating from the Golden Age, the fabulous gables, famous towers and beautiful carillon-crowned churches, the iconic "Magere Brug" (Skinny Bridge) and many more highlights!
You will see by luxurious coach, the old and new parts of this beautiful city with its many historical buildings and interesting sights. For example you will get to know the Royal Palace, the National Monument, the Skinny Bridge, the Albert Cuyp market and the beautiful houses along the canals. We will also visit a windmill on the river Amstel and a stop will be made at a diamond factory where you will see the traditional way of polishing.
After your lunch (not included) we are going to Marken, Volendam and the windmills.
This tour shows the typical Dutch countryside of polders and little canals on the way to the 'Zaanse schans', a well - known windmill village with many interesting windmills. We will be visiting a wooden shoemaker here. Then we move on to the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken - on the coast of the former Zuiderzee (now called Ijselmeer), with its wooden houses and locals wearing their national costumes. On the way, we will stop at one of the very few cheese farms, where the cheese is still made in the traditional way.
Visit the famous Enclosing dike where a photo stop is made at this fabulous example of Dutch engineering craftsmanship of the 1930s. We will then continue with a visit to a working windmill in the picturesque town of Medemblik on the IJsselmeer. After a short guided walk through town you have time for lunch on your own. After the break we are to enjoy another highlight as the engine whistles of the steam tram. We will step aboard a journey through time. Meandering through the countryside the steam tram will take us to the beautiful "Zuiderzee" town of Hoorn in a little over an hour. After a short walking tour of Hoorn you will have some free time to explore after which we will return to Amsterdam.