DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT HOTEL
Today you arrive at your hotel. Discover the historical center of Haarlem or enjoy a drink on a cozy terrace.
DAY 2: ZAANSE SCHANS
The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. A day out at the Zaanse Schans is fun and educational.
DAY 3: AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam is a legacy from the Golden Age with an extensive canal network and narrow gable houses. The city has a rich culture, a variety of museums, festivals, theaters, a great night life and international restaurants. A fantastic way to discover Amsterdam is during a bike tour or a canal cruise.
DAY 4: KEUKENHOF
Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! Over 7 million bulbs will bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. A unique, unforgettable experience!
DAY 5: VOLENDAM
Today you leave Haarlem. The fastest way to Aartswoud is via the highway A9, but a nice alternative is via highway A7 and stop to visit Volendam. As a result of its insulated location, this fishing village preserved its character for six centuries. In a friendly atmosphere you walk past characteristic small houses and over the Dijk with its many shops, restaurants and terraces where you enjoy a great view of the harbor and the water.
DAY 6: STEAM TRAM HOORN-MEDEMBLIK
Your journey back in time starts in Hoorn where you step on board of the Museum Steamtram that will take you from village to village across the Westfrisian countryside to Medemblik. Here you have time for a lunch or some shopping. In the afternoon the old-fashioned steamer with a fantastic saloon-deck sails along the coast of lake IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen. From Enkhuizen a regular train takes you back to Hoorn.
DAY 7: ALKMAAR
The Cheese Market in Alkmaar dates back to the 14th century and nowadays thousands of visitors from around the world visit the Waagplein for its cheese market, a particular spectacle which includes a market filled with cheese and hauling cheese carriers. Besides the cheese you can taste many more typical Dutch specialties such as Poffertjes and Haring.
DAY 8: BIKING
Follow one of the many bicycle routes through the characteristic villages. Enjoy the beautiful views over the meadows and tulip fields. Take a break on the way for a coffee with delicious Dutch pastry and lunch with sandwiches and cheese.
DAY 9: RELAX
Take some time to recover from all the impressions during this holiday. You can rent a boat or a canoe in the area, or just do nothing. If you can not get enough of Holland but still want to relax then Medemblik is definitely worth a visit. Besides attractions such as a castle, the steam engine museum and the bakery museum you will find a lovely beach on the IJsselmeer.
DAY 10: TOT ZIENS!
All good things come to an end. Take the wonderful memories of this holiday back home and of course we hope to see you again in Holland. We say ‘tot ziens’!