Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Time8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Escape the city and create your own itinerary on a private full-day custom tour from Amsterdam. With just your guide and private party, you’ll explore the Dutch countryside, replete with windmills and waterways, in order to learn of the Netherlands’ history. Opt to sample cheese in Edam; discover the picturesque villages of Marken and Volendam; or snap photos of the windmills in Zaanse Schans. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  

  • Private full-day custom tour of the dutch countryside from Amsterdam
  • A personalized experience ideal fro first-time visitors
  • Opt to sample cheese in Edam, and discover the picturesque villages of Marken and Volendam
  • Visit windmills and clog factories in Zaanse Schans
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included

Reviews

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F
, Aug 2018

Though it was Katja, Rudy's partner from Rudy's Taxi Company, who expertly planned our wonderful day trip to Marken, Volendam, The Henri Willig Cheese Farm, Edam, Zaanse Schans and Zandaam, it was Rudy himself who took us on the journey.
The Dutch countryside is very close to Amsterdam, in just less than an hour, a chaotic city gives way to rolling fields, various water bodies, windmills and villages.
We took the very scenic route as we travelled to the pictureseque fishing village of Marken in Rudy's very comfortable, clean and well maintained van. There were opportunities to stop for photos en route and see water birds and farm animals.
At Marken we walked through the old town, where the houses looked as if they had toppled out of a history book. We visited an old church which has miniature ships hanging from the ceiling! and the town museum. Before leaving Marken, Rudy ensured that he took my young daughters for special ice cream at a well known cafe.
Next it was onwards to the popular seaside town of Volendam, but not before Rudy stopped at a famous fish mongers and insisted we try their legendary smoked eel. He even took us on an inside tour to see how the eel was prepared. The experience was as authentic as one can imagine because the place is located just opposite a commercial boat yard- so imagine eating this delicious local delicacy and watching large boats being made!
Volendam is very popular with tourists and hence very crowded, especially it's marina with many boats, restaurants, cafes, food shacks and boutiques. Here Rudy made us try fresh pickled herring from a popular sea side shack- let's just say, it's not for the faint hearted! There are many places also selling Dutch Stroopwafels here, so for fans of this sinful snack, Rudy is the one who can point you to the store selling the best.
Next it was onwards to the uber Henri Willing Cheese Farm, where my daughters played with calves, where we learnt about the extreme care they give their cattle to ensure they produce great milk, where we were told of how their cheeses are made and were allowed to sample all the delicious varieties! Full tummies over stretched with the unlimited samples of all of Henri Willing's cheese variations and stuffed shopping bags later, it was onwards to beautiful Edam.
Edam has so much more to offer than just being known for it's world famous cheese. It's a picture perfect town with little winding roads, quaint buildings, iconic churches, unique boutiques and more,
Our final stop was the glorious Zaanse Schans with its multitude of working windmills and factories. We took a private boat ride with Rudy and the superlative, knowledgable Captain Raymond Deijle around the windmills. He explained the function and history of each of these masterpieces which have been operating flawlessly for years. He gave us an opportunity to also visit the inside of a windmill. During our hour long boat ride, Captain Raymond stopped at an iconic ice cream parlour so that we could enjoy the unique flavours on offer. When our boat ride was over, he very kindly gifted us a bottle of peanut oil made at one of the Zaanshe Schans windmills and gave my thrilled daughters a packet of locally sourced stroopwafels!
When we drove back to Amsterdam at the end of our Tour, Rudy made sure we passed by the unique Hotel Inntel in Zaandam which looks like a bunch of Dutch homes piled one on top of the other!
All in all the Tour was expertly planned by Katja and wonderfully executed by Rudy, ensuring that we had multiple and maximum experiences in the span of a single day! Kudos!
Felicia Variava Albert, Managing Director, Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India

S
, Nov 2017

Rudy was terrific and really knew his history of Amsterdam and the surrounding area. If you are thinking about a custom tour of Amsterdam, I would highly recommend Rudy.

E
, Jul 2017

If you want to travel in comfort at your own schedule then this is the tour for you. We were picked up in a lovely luxurious Mercedes minivan by Nicolette our guide and driver who was fantastic throughout the day. Nicolette was friendly, knowledgeable and sensitive to our needs and adjusted the tour to our family's tempo. We had a wonderful day and would highly recommend this tour.

R
, Apr 2017

LOVED IT! Nicolette at Rudy's Taxi Service was awesome. Within 24 hours of booking, we already began discussing with Ruud Rudy about what we would like to see and do. It wasn't a taxi, but instead it was a very roomy and comfortable Mercedes Van! I would do this again in a heart beat! We had a couple planning emails prior to us leaving the states. We received a call the day before just to let us know we were still on and then of of course, got a call from the lobby stating it was time to begin our adventure the day of. Thank you Rudy and Nicolette. You truly made our family vacation, that much more memorable!

L
, Apr 2017

This tour was amazing!!! Our tour guide, Rudy, picked us up from the hotel in his brand new luxury-van and drove us all over the Dutch countryside, briefing us on the local history along the way. We incorporated a trip to Keukenhof Gardens, where Rudy was happy to walk us around the park and explain the history and background he knew about the area. My husband and I have taken private/semi-private tours in multiple countries and this was the best tour guide and most comfortable and authentic experience of them all. An Amsterdam raised local, Rudy actively tailored the trip to avoid crowds and go to hole in the wall locations to meet our desires but avoid the canned and rehearsed tour experience. The truly customizable nature of this tour was unique and allowed us to stop when and where we wanted, or to just let Rudy show us what he thought we'd like based on our conversations. We brought a 4 month old along and Rudy was accommodating and made it a comfortable and relaxed experience for all. The tour was well worth the cost and the highlight of our trip to the Netherlands.


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