Explore the Dutch countryside, shop for souvenirs and learn about one of Holland's most delicious exports, gourmet cheese. Venture north out of Amsterdam to visit the authentic old village of Zaanse Schans, which is a working open-air museum, as well as Edam, best known for its town's scarlet-skinned cheese. Your scenic drive out of IJmuiden will pass pastureland dotted with farmhouses and grazing animals. Zaanse Schans is a quaint Dutch windmill village which has been fully recreated to resemble an 18th century Zaan community. As you stroll through the quaint streets watching the craftsmen practicing the trades of yesteryear, you'll get a glimpse of how Dutch life once was. There were once over 600 windmills in the Zaanstreek, but now only a handful have been preserved. Take the opportunity to witness the old Dutch craft of clog making, or simply relax in an outdoor café. Continue onto the typical Dutch village of Edam and stroll through the town's cobblestone streets. View the unique bell tower and the many beautiful canals that crisscross the village as well as the drawbridges that connect them to the city. A stop will be made at a local cheese factory to sample some of the products on offer.
The tour involves a total of approximately an hour and a half of walking at a leisurely pace with some cobblestoned pathways. The route is scenic and at times the road is below sea level.
Guests, please be aware of the cyclists in Amsterdam.
Guests must wear their seatbelt on the coach at all times.