North Holland countryside tour by steam train and ship with Zuiderzeemuseum
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Excursions & day trips

North Holland countryside tour by steam train and ship with Zuiderzeemuseum

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German , Dutch
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 8 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Learn about the history of Holland's United East India Company
  • Ride through West-Frisia on a steam train and cruise aboard an old steam ship
  • Wander the 17th-century center of Medemblik and see historic dwellings
  • Visit Steam Train Museum and Zuiderzeemuseum
What to expect

Your full day on the countryside will start at the train station in Hoorn. Visit to the Zuiderzee Holland Outdoor Museum and learn all about the area of North Holland, called West-Frisia, at your own pace with a private guide.

Start your tour by exploring the highlights of this historic town, once an important harbor to the former United East India Company (VOC). Essential to Holland’s establishment of its colonies in Asia, and to the subsequent spice trade, United East India Company was arguably the first ever mega-corporation. Your guide will take you on a stroll around the 17th-century town center. Learn about Enkhuizen’s maritime traditions in the harbor, and marvel at the old defense tower of the Drommedaris. Finally, go to the Snouck van Loosen Park to see one of the first social housing projects of the Netherlands.

After a walk around town of about 45 minutes, take a seat aboard the historic ferry ship Friesland. Enjoy views over the lake Ijsselmeer, watching birds and traditional flat bottom sail ships passing by during the 90-minute trip to the next stop; Medemblik. You will have about one hour to explore the once prosperous trading town on your own.

Next, ride a historic steam train to Hoorn. From the wooden 3rd class seats in your carriage you will experience a story from a different era. The engine whistles and the fireman shovels coal into the firebox. Wooden partitions creak, wheels sing and steam hisses. The train meanders from village to village across the West Frisian countryside. After arrival in Hoorn you have time to visit the Steam Train Museum. Finally, you get to see the harbour where the spices arrived from Asia that gave Holland its prosperity.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • What's included
    • Professional guide
    • Entrance fees
    • Train and boat tickets
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    What's not included
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food and drinks
    Where

    Stationsplein 1, 1621 HX Hoorn, Netherlands

    Meeting point:

    Meet your guide outside the Burger King at the train station in Hoorn.

    What to remember
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved
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    When
    • Daily at 9.30am
    • Tours do not operate from November to April
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    HTG Services
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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