Bus tours

Dutch windmills, flowers and hidden treasures with cheese farm tour and cruise on Kaag lakes from Amsterdam

Availability: Daily
Duration: 8 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • View the beauty and nature of a boat ride through the Kaag Lakes
  • See the incredible daily operations of the world’s largest flower market
  • Visit an authentic windmill and traditional Dutch cheese farm
  • Enjoy a delicious captain's lunch onboard
What to expect

Enjoy a full-day experience, including a tour by bus, boat and foot, you will explore the region where the largest number of flowers are grown for world export, as well as where the most windmills are still in operation.

Your tour will depart from This is Holland and take you via bus to Flora Holland, where you will get to go behind the scenes to witness the hustle and bustle at one location of the world’s largest flower auction. No description can do justice to the incredible sea of flowers being sold here and the complexity and coordination of the auction. Some say that it is like seeing a giant puzzle that must be solved before the clock runs out.

You can see the buyers in the auction room, making quick bids under high pressure. From a viewing room above the giant warehouse, you will then see the logistics as trolley carts transport thousands of flowers to be shipped out the same afternoon, all over the world. The visual entertainment of the auction in operations will be sure to be a unique experience.

Next, you will take a 1.5-hour scenic boat ride through the Kaag Lakes, an area with beautiful nature that has not yet been discovered by many tourists. As this region is home to the largest number of working windmills in all of Holland, you will ride past many of the most important windmills that have helped to control the water levels. The Kaag Lakes is an incredible example of Dutch hydraulic engineering, which you will see first-hand as you will have the chance to explore inside of an authentic Dutch windmill. During the boat ride, you will also get to enjoy a typical Dutch lunch, as you take in views of the picturesque landscape of South Holland. The boat tour will end in Noordwijk, a scenic coastal town that is well known for its beautiful beaches.

You will then take a bus ride along the Noordwijk boulevard, with views of the North Sea, as you ride to an authentic Dutch cheese farm. Here, the century-old tradition of cheesemaking is honored and you will see the cheesemaking process, taste this delicacy and will have the chance to purchase this Dutch treat to take back home with you. Come along to experience Dutch history, traditions and food in a beautiful region of the Netherlands.

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What's included
  • Bus tour (live guide in English)
  • Visit to the world’s largest Flower auction (from 11 May to 28 September)
  • Visit to Keukenhof gardens ( from 21 March to 10 May)
  • 1.5-hour boat ride including Captain’s lunch
  • Audio tour during boat ride (English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Italian)
  • Visit Windmill in operation
  • Visit a traditional Cheese farm
What's not included
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages (An international bar is available on board)
Reduced price
  • Children aged (4-11): Reduced
Where

Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

Meeting point:

Meet your tour THIS IS HOLLAND, situated opposite Amsterdam Central Station along the IJ River. Please take the free ferry from Central Station to the opposite side, direction: ‘Buikslotermeer’. This is only a 3 minute boat trip. From here it is just a 3 minute walk to THIS IS HOLLAND.

What to remember
  • Coffee and tea is served upon arrival on board
  • Audio tour during boat ride (English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Italian)
  • During Keukenhof season (21 March to 10 May), this tour will be offered daily and include a visit to Keukenhof Gardens
    • A private guided visit to Keukenhof will be included instead of a visit to the flower auction
  • From (11 May to 28 September) this tour is only offered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and will include a visit to Flower auction

Captain’s lunch includes:

  • Typical Dutch meatball ‘gehaktbal’
  • Selection of sandwiches; Dutch cheese, chicken (hallal) and ham
  • Real Dutch ‘krentenbollen’ served with or without cheese (raisin bread)
  • Coffee, tea and water
  • An international bar including soft drinks, beer and wine is available on board. This is not included in the price
  • Typical Dutch products and souvenirs are available at the Cheese Farm for you to purchase and take home
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When
  • During Keukenhof season (21 March to 10 May)
    • This tour is available daily at 8.30am and includes a visit to Keukenhof Gardens
    • Tour duration is 8 hours
  • From 11 May to 28 September
    • this tour is only available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8.30am and will include a visit to Flower auction
    • Tour duration is 7 hours
  • Bus departs at 8.30am
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to busses departure
  • Tours do not operate on 25 April and 1 June
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Provider
Holland Ticket Services BV
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 2 days before the activity begins.

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