Be surprised by the diversity of Dutch cheeses on a half-day cheese market tour to Alkmaar, then once you've returned to Amsterdam relax on a famous canal cruise.
The Dutch cheese production is nowadays in the hands of dairy factories, which produce and export their cheeses around the world in millions of tonnes every year. People from all over the world come to visit the Dutch cheese markets to find out how cheese is traded according to a centuries-old tradition. You’ll believe that you’ve stepped back in time when you visit the cheese market of Alkmaar. Watch the men in traditional clothing seal their bargains for the best cheeses by means of clapping hands and learn other traditions that date back to 1365.
After the cheese market you’ll go into the city in search of the rich history accompanied by an informative, friendly and professional live guide. Following your tour you can enjoy some free time to discover the cheese market and the city on your own.
Back in Amsterdam your guide will give you your ticket for a regular city canal cruise that can be used at any time during your visit. On this 75-minute canal cruise you’ll experience the best sights of this historical city. Relax on the boat and enjoy the fantastic views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals. Admire the Overhoeks quarter from water, the Golden Bend and the Music Building and the magnificent VOC ship, known also as The Amsterdam.
- 75 minute drive to Alkmaar from Amsterdam
- 15 minute walk to Cheese Market
- Visit to the Cheese Market
- Brief guided walking tour through the city
- 30/45 minutes of free time
- Back in Amsterdam you'll receive your voucher for the 75-minutes city canal cruise