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Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

1. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

Relax on a canal cruise through the UNESCO Heritage listed Golden Age Canals of Amsterdam. View city highlights like the Skinny Bridge, the Red Light District, and the Old Harbor. Have the option to choose standard tour or a tour with unlimited delicious Dutch cheese, wine, and other drinks. Board the ship and let your local skipper tell you about local history as you sail past sights in the Jordaan district and the Skinny Bridge on the the Amstel River. Admire views of parts of the Red Light District, the former city locks, and Old Harbor. Capture pictures of the stately architecture of the Maritime Museum and the prestigious Gold Bend neighborhood. See pieces of history as you sail by places like the Anne Frank House. Ask your guide questions about the city and get recommendations for things to do and places to eat.

Amsterdam: Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium 75-Minute Tour

2. Amsterdam: Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium 75-Minute Tour

Experience the excitement of the Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium on a guided tour. During the tour, your enthusiastic guide will take you to see the dugout and also the holy pitch. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, with special access to areas that are normally reserved for only players and officials. Your guide will also take you into the official dressing room of Ajax, when it is not in use on match days or during training sessions. Don’t miss this chance to feel the thrill of the history of this iconic site.

Body Worlds Amsterdam: The Happiness Project Ticket

3. Body Worlds Amsterdam: The Happiness Project Ticket

Explore how happiness influences the health of the human body, and discover answers to other mysteries of human life at Amsterdam’s Body Worlds: The Happiness Project. This fascinating new exhibition by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, centrally located on Amsterdam's Damrak, features more than 200 anatomical specimens of authentic human bodies, all utilized to demonstrate the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human form. Suitable for adults and children, the interactive show also features an adults-only exhibition in the basement that has attracted over 40 million visitors worldwide. The only exhibition of its kind to make use of a donor program, Body Worlds is a scientific exploration of how happiness can affect both your body and soul.

Amsterdam: Diamant Museum Entrance Ticket

4. Amsterdam: Diamant Museum Entrance Ticket

Go on a journey that began 3 billion years ago, 120 miles (200 kilometers) under the ground, and get access to Amsterdam’s Diamant Museum. Learn the history of diamond exploration and the craftsmanship involved in processing raw diamonds into jewels that adorn necks, wrists, and fingers around the world. Each stone has a story to tell, told via exhibits of replicas of 22 famous diamonds. Watch a short film that follows the diamond on its journey from its formation deep within the earth, through mining, distribution, trade, and processing. See splendid pieces of jewelry, including a renowned collection of diamonds and jewels from the royal House of Oranje-Nassau, and others gems famous for their history, or simply for their unique beauty. Experience a thrilling diamond heist in the new Laser Room. Test your acrobatics as you manoeuvre between the laser beams and try to reach the diamond. If you hit a laser beam, an alarm will go off. Do you dare?

Amsterdam: National Maritime Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Amsterdam: National Maritime Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Book a skip-the-line ticket to the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam to discover how Amsterdam became the greatest harbor in mainland Europe. Learn how the system of canals was conceived and built. Do you know how the Netherlands became such a powerful nation in the 17th century? Excitement, thirst for adventure, and the courage of sailors made it all possible. Become one of them during your trip to the National Maritime Museum. Step back in time on a replica 1749 VOC East Indiaman ship called Amsterdam, docked right beside the National Maritime Museum. Experience the real sailor’s life and start your own adventure. Discover the so-called Dutch golden age as you explore life-like displays about sea travel, squeeze into the captain’s quarters, fire a cannon, or hang in a sailor’s hammock. Venture into the ship’s bow and take an exciting VR voyage over central Amsterdam. As you ake your way around the museum, get familiar with one of the world’s biggest maritime collections.

Picture in Volendam Costume with Cheese and Clog Tour

6. Picture in Volendam Costume with Cheese and Clog Tour

Time to try on something that wouldn't normally be in your wardrobe: traditional Volendam wear, including warm baggy trousers for the men and a high, pointed bonnet for the ladies. And of course, no outfit would be complete without Holland's most famous footwear - clogs! Say 'cheeeessseee' and your professional photographer will snap a photo of you and your friends, a souvenir which you can show to everyone at home. After the photo shoot, you can enjoy a guided tour in which you learn how to make a typical Dutch Gouda or Edam cheese. In the clog factory, you will get the chance to see a piece of wood turn into footwear and learn about the different varieties of clogs. In the shop you can have a look at all kinds of souvenirs and taste Dutch biscuits such as stroopwafel, a delicious local fruit wine and of course all kinds of cheeses. Try a rock hard, two-year old cheese or a cheese with cumin seeds, a famous delicacy in Holland. When you are finished perusing the souvenir section your photos will be waiting for you at the checkout. 

Volendam: 2.5-Hour Cheesemaking Workshop & Clog Making Tour

7. Volendam: 2.5-Hour Cheesemaking Workshop & Clog Making Tour

Starting out with milk from the local cows, learn about the steps involved in making cheese. Mixing, heating, pressing and eventually eating, of course! Make your own little farmer's cheese. This is a very young cheese which can be vacuumed and eaten directly or ripened at home using liquid plastic as a cover around the cheese. While the homemade cheeses are being pressed, enjoy a guided tour through the wooden shoe factory for a chance to learn how to turn a piece of wood into footwear. The varieties of clogs are shown, from historical to modern day clogs. In the shop, marvel at all kinds of souvenirs and taste Dutch biscuits such as stroopwafel, a delicious local fruit wine, and of course all kinds of cheeses. During the workshop coffee and tea are complimentary.

Amsterdam: The Royal Experience Diamond Tour

8. Amsterdam: The Royal Experience Diamond Tour

Visit 4 monumental 17th-century villas and see how jewelers create beauty that lasts for centuries. Take a tour during which your guide will vividly conjure the history of these precious stones, as well as the story of how Amsterdam became the city of diamonds.  On the tour, learn how diamonds are created and polished. Witness professional polishers and goldsmiths up close. Take a picture of yourself behind a real diamond polishing table and learn how to analyze a diamond, distinguishing why some diamonds sparkle more than others. Dive into Amsterdam’s rich history of diamond polishing, filled with royal stories. At the end of this informative tour, receive a goody bag you can use to value you or your family diamonds and jewelry.

From Amsterdam: Windmills of Zaanse Schans Tour in Spanish

9. From Amsterdam: Windmills of Zaanse Schans Tour in Spanish

There is no better way to enjoy an afternoon in the Netherlands than checking out the Zaanse Schans windmills, the economic engine of the country between the 16th and 18th centuries when the Dutch took advantage of wind power to grind the spices they brought from the colonies and make oils, mustards, and more. Learn about the history of this scenic and economically-significant spot as you tour the mills with your friendly, knowledgeable guide. First, take a walking tour of a mill to learn how it was operated and the history of industry in the Netherlands. Then visit a clog workshop to get acquainted with the manufacturing of traditional Dutch footwear. Stop in at a cheese factory to try a variety of traditional Dutch cheeses and learn about the cheese-making process. Enjoy free time to explore the scenic area, say hi to the farm animals, and snap some photos before returning to Amsterdam.

Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

10. Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

Start your tour in the famous old-harbor of Volendam, soak up the fishing village atmosphere and pick up souvenirs. See the famous maze Doolhof with small streets and cute houses, dress up in the Volendam costume and get photographed.  Move on to Katwoude, known for its cheese farms. Visit the traditional cheese farm and taste the different types of cheese. Head to Monnickendam, known for its smokehouses, 3 churches, and shipyards. See the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks, the old harbor, and charming terraces. Explore the city center and head to the harbor to check out the boats. Stop at a canalside cafe for a drink and a snack. Visit a nice restaurant in Monnickendam and enjoy a lunch. Continue to the former island Marken, formerly an isolated island. See its characteristic houses, pleasant ambiance and the beautiful view over the Gouwzee and the Markermeer. Stop at the viskraam (fish stall) and try some haring (raw herring served with chopped onions) or kibbeling (fried fish nuggets). From Marken, take the boat back to Volendam. Cruise along the former Zuiderzee coastline and learn all about this area's fascinating history and culture.

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What people are saying about North Holland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,179 reviews

Kinderdijk is enchanting! It was so interesting to see 19 windmills and how this feat of engineering has helped control the water in Holland. We also went to The Hague, known here as Den Haag, and saw the International Criminal Court, various embassies, and the nearby beach area, courtesy of our guide and driver Theo…who was fabulous and gave us so much interesting information! A definite 5 star tour!

So nice! A beautiful boat ride. I would have liked a little more cheese but the cheese was so good and so were the drinks! They had a beautiful selection of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. So much fun and the guide was amazing!

Fantastic trip with Virginia our host & John our Skipper! They were so knowledgeable, so friendly & welcoming! Thank you for a great trip.

Guide was first class,informative knowledgeable insightful and amusing Would totally recommend this tour

Great fun. Very informative. The most relaxed way to get an education on Amsterdam