could be more representative of Holland than cheese and wooden shoes,
fishing villages and Amsterdam? On this tour you will find everything you
picture Holland to be. For typical Dutch experiences, join RTT!
directly to the Netherlands to see cheese and clogs in working environments
– and enjoy a Dutch breakfast (included) at the Cheese Farm as you arrive.
The resident family and their staff show you the Dutch traditions of making
cheese. Of course, there is time to sample some of this renowned export and
even purchase some of your favorites. Appreciate their wooden shoe
fabrication where they explain and demonstrate how the clogs are made both
by hand and by machine. Depart shortly after shopping (about 10:30) and
continue by bus to the city of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands,
and a European marvel!
Amsterdam was founded in the Middle Ages and is very compact, with the main
historical and cultural sights located conveniently close to each other. It
has the largest historical inner city in Europe. The city comprised 70
islands, which are separated by nearly 50 miles of canals and connected by
more than 1000 bridges. Amsterdam is characterized by narrow canals and
picturesque houses organized along canals and squares. The rows of arched
bridges, almshouses, hidden courtyards, market squares and alleyways make it
feel like an open-air museum.
Appreciate the opportunity for approximately 9 hours of free time in
Amsterdam during which you can follow your own endeavours. The Dutch
holiday season began already on 14 November, with the arrival of Sinterklaas
and all his Zwarte Pieten. The celebrations continue into December with
markets on various squares and holiday decorations in a particularly Dutch
flair. Museumplein is turned into a Christmas Square every year, boasting a
market and craft-making displays perfect for passing an afternoon. There is
also an ice-skating rink! A stroll in any direction from the
brightly-illuminated tree in Dam Square through the Leidesplein and the
surrounding area to Rembrantsplein or the Flower Market and its nearby
“Christmas Palace” store will delight you with Christmas surprises.
During your time in this historical city, you can also choose to visit sites
related to history, art, architecture, commerce or entertainment. Most
sights are open until at least 5 p.m. See the most important sights such as
Dam Square with the impressive Royal Palace and New Church, or visit Madame
Tussaud’s Wax museum. Stop at the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum.
Amsterdam is also the home of the Anne Frank House - the hiding place of the
young Jewish girl who wrote her famous diary here. Perhaps you will ask the
RTT tour guide for some pointers? From cosy pubs to avid shopping and much
more – entertainment is plentiful in Amsterdam!
Depart Amsterdam at about 8:30 p.m. The return travel includes a late rest
stop en route and arrival to points of origin at approximately 2 a.m.