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Amsterdam: Public Transport to Zaanse Schans,Edam & Volendam

1. Amsterdam: Public Transport to Zaanse Schans,Edam & Volendam

Head out into the Dutch countryside on one of Holland’s loveliest bus routes, taken by local Amsterdammers every day. Travel along a route through the Waterland region as you discover century-old dikes, eat pancakes in tiny villages, and pass by the homes of the 17th-century rich and famous on this quintessentially Dutch experience. Start your journey at the meeting point where you will exchange your voucher. Hop aboard your comfortable bus and within minutes, commence your ride to one of the most picturesque regions. Witness some of the classic postcard images of the Netherlands with landmarks like windmills, quaint facades, bikes and boats gliding through rural countryside with cows, clogs, farms, and home-made cheese. Become acquainted with Noord-Holland, also known as the backyard of Amsterdam. This regions is filled with quaint villages and towns like Volendam, Marken, Broek in Waterland, Edam and Monnickendam. Get a sense of how the Netherlands might have looked in the old days, with cobblestoned streets all around. The Unesco area De Beemster is also located here, renowned for its cheese production and authentic windmills. And the perfect way to explore all this like a local, yet in style, is by bus when you can hop-on and hop-off any time you want.

Alkmaar: Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App

2. Alkmaar: Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App

Explore Alkmaar on your terms with this self-guided audio tour, accessible on your smartphone! Immerse yourself in the beauty of this historic city at your own pace and in your preferred language. The historic center of Alkmaar is easy to explore by foot, it is the perfect city for an audio tour. You will be amazed at the many special stories hidden behind the medieval facades, courtyards, cobbled streets and picturesque canals. Stories that are carefully collected for you. Let yourself be taken along the world-famous Cheese Market, the imposing St. Laurens Church and the Mill of Piet, but also along hidden courtyards and convivial medieval streets and alleys. Learn all about the history of Alkmaar during this city walk and how the bravery and determination of the people of Alkmaar made them the first city in the Netherlands to defeat the Spanish forces in 1573. We have carefully crafted the most beautiful walking route for you and gathered more than 34 captivating and interesting stories. You'll pass by all the well-known landmarks but will also be surprised by new discoveries and hidden gems. Explore Alkmaar's rich history, embrace its vibrant present, and be delighted by its captivating legends and stories. Whether you're embarking on a solo adventure, enjoying a romantic city stroll with your partner or exploring the city with friends or family, our self-guided audio tour caters to all preferences. Plus, you'll receive a nice discount when you do the tour with companions.

Alkmaar: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

3. Alkmaar: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

Escape from 17th-century Alkmaar during this exhilirating tour. Get to know Willem Blaeu and help him find Alkmaars's secret passages. The Spanish army just settled in Alkmaar and Blaeu heard a rumour that they were searching for him. Concerned by this rumour, Willem Blaeu starts looking for the secret escape from the city. Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Start on the Voordam and keep your eye out for the many beautiful buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour *English*

4. Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour *English*

Visit Alkmaar's traditional Cheese Market - the oldest in the Netherlands! On this 2.5-hour small group walking tour, you will learn all about Alkmaar's most well known attraction: the Cheese Market! Also wander through Alkmaar's medieval center and along pretty cobbled streets and picturesque canals. Watch the traditional way of trading cheese how it was done centuries ago. Spend approximately 45 minutes at the Cheese Market which is ample time to see everything. While you are there, learn all about the market's history and listen to your guide explaining what is happening in front of you! If you feel like it, you can try a variety of Dutch cheeses and even buy some to bring home with you. Then, walk through the cobbled streets of Alkmaar and along its picturesque canals. Stop at the Molen van Piet (Piet's Windmill) for the perfect Dutch photo opportunity! See some of Alkmaar's most famous buildings such as the Grote Sint Laurenskerk (Great St Lawrence Church), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the Waag (the Weigh House). On this tour you will get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life through the eyes of a foreigner living in Alkmaar, as your tour guide originally stems from Canada.

Alkmaar Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

5. Alkmaar Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

The Sherlock Holmes City Game is a self-guided tour that gives you a fun and interactive way to walk around the city. All you need is a phone with an internet connection. As soon as you book the game, we will send you all the information you need via email. By moving around the city, you will unlock assignments. Here you will find characters who are willing to help. But the information comes at a price! Solve their puzzles, take on hilarious photo challenges, chase down culprits and play along to get closer to solving the murder of Balthasar. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - Difficulty level: easy – also suitable for families with children - Duration: 2 hours - Tickets: You only need to buy 1 ticket per group (1-4 people) - Each group will play with 1 device. For groups of more than 4 people, you can buy 2 or more tickets. - To book this game you need to indicate a date/time, BUT you can start whenever you like. - *NOTE: this City Game uses the city as an interactive playing field but DOES NOT provide any information about the city! HOW TO PLAY: Book the City Game, check the email we send you with the instructions, download the Loquiz App, and begin your gaming experience! Explore the city at your own pace while playing the Sherlock Holmes City Game, a self-guided tour that offers a lot of freedom and flexibility. You can play when, where and with who you want. Whether you want to play alone for personal excitement or with a group of people this is the game for you! Playing with more groups will turn into a competitive experience, perfect as a teambuilding activity. This game is a fun activity you can do while visiting a city with your family and friends or as a couple. Our City Game offers the maximum independence, you can play pause & continue whenever you want!

Alkmaar Pub Trail: Pub crawl with interactive online game

6. Alkmaar Pub Trail: Pub crawl with interactive online game

Pub Trail Alkmaar is the most interactive pub crawl of all. Visit some great pubs, get to know the city and enjoy a great evening with friends or collegues in Alkmaar while playing an online game. You use gps to find the most interesting pubs and places in Alkmaar. Alkmaar has fantastic pubs that you will visit in this game. At a pub you do funny and crazy assignments against each other. But that's not all. In the city centre you also do fun and competitive assignments against each other. Pub Trail Alkmaar is played on an app on your phone. You and your friends compete against each other. The winner is guaranteed to win a very nice prize.

Alkmaar: Small Group City Walking Tour *English*

7. Alkmaar: Small Group City Walking Tour *English*

The charming town of Alkmaar is compact, walkable and historically rich, with a beautiful medieval center. On this small group tour, enjoy walking through the cobbled streets and along picturesque canals as your guide tells you all about the town's history. Walk 3-4 km through the medieval center and see some of Alkmaar's most important and historic monuments such as the Grote Sint Laurenskerk (the Great St. Lawrence Church), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the Waag (Weigh House). Learn all about the history of Alkmaar and how the strength and the determination of the townspeople managed to defeat the Spanish forces in 1573. Stop at the Molen van Piet (Piet's Windmill) for the perfect Dutch photo opportunity. You will also get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life from a foreigner's perspective. You will not only see some of Alkmaar's most iconic monuments, but you will also wander off the beaten path and see the real Alkmaar.   Join a small group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience.

Alkmaar: Tulip and Spring Flower Fields Bike Tour

8. Alkmaar: Tulip and Spring Flower Fields Bike Tour

Tick another item off your bucket list and experience the beauty of Spring in the Netherlands! What could be more Dutch than cycling along fields of tulips? You can expect to cycle approximately 20km on this small group tour (through mainly flat countryside), depending on the weather and the field conditions.  You will have ample opportunities to stop and take photos of the flowers before heading back to Alkmaar. Being in a small group tour ensures that you can cycle at a pace that is comfortable and guarantees a much more personalized experience!

Holland:Private guided Non Touristic Tulip & Windmill tour

9. Holland:Private guided Non Touristic Tulip & Windmill tour

8.30 :Pick up from your hotel in Amsterdam. We drive to the flower fields close to the small Keukenhof gardens known as The Poldertuin 9.30 :A stop at the flower fields to make beautiful pictures! 9.45: Poldertuin spring flower gardens in Anna Palowna. Visit to a beautiful spring garden! We’ll spend one hour here to enjoy all the spring flowers. 10.45: We’ll head to the Schermer, one of the largest regained land areas in Holland filled with windmills! In the 17th century, the lake Schermeer was drained by 52 mills, resulting in the Schermerpolder. A unique piece of water management from the Golden Age. 11.30: We’ll visit the Museum Mill which you can see from top to bottom. You’ll see how the mill works and how people used to live in mills. 12.00: a drive on the dikes through regained land of the Schermer passing Esther’s (guide) family windmill and idyllic small villages. 12.15: A visit to De Rijp which was once a busy fishing village famous for its herring fleet and whalers. However, after the surrounding sea got drained the Rijp found itself encircled by land. Jan Adriaanzoon Leeghwater, the famous hydraulic engineer was born here. Free from mass tourism, De Rijp is a beautiful village to visit. 12.30: Lunchtime. You can choose where you want to have lunch. As locals, we know a lot of nice places. Whether it’s at a local fish restaurant or a traditional Dutch pancake restaurant, just tell us your preferences and we’ll arrange it for you. 13.30: The Beemster. We’ll drive through the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Beemster with its regained land known as Polders. A system of roads, plots, farms, and canals was carefully planned across the polder after the Beemster Lake was drained. We’ll see the beautiful farmhouses and the green meadows. 14:45 Cheese tasting and Wooden shoe craft demonstration. At the cheese farm of Henry Willig we will have a Gouda and Edam cheese tasting. They are in the top 10 of the world cheesemakers. If you are a cheese lover… you are in cheese heaven! They have 30 flavors and design the cheeses specifically for travel. Always wanted to know how a clog is being made? Join the wooden shoe craft demonstration and find out. You can even try or buy a pair of wooden shoes! 16:00 - Return to your hotel in Amsterdam

Alkmaar: Murder Crime Game Self-Guided Interactive Tour

10. Alkmaar: Murder Crime Game Self-Guided Interactive Tour

Solve a murder and at the same time see all the highlights of the city center of Alkmaar. Play this unique game with a group of friends or your family. You will receive instructions, a photo frame and an answer form in advance via email. You'll also receive a map of the city where the murder took place. The center is divided into sections where you have to look for a location where you can take a group selfie. Once you've located the spot, send a selfie via WhatsApp to your game instructor. If the location's correct, they'll send you the next clue about the murder. As you walk along the nicest places in the centre of the city, you will collect more and more clues about the murder. These clues will then need to be combined to find out.. ... who is the murderer? ... where did the murder take place? ... what was the murder weapon? ... when did the crime happen? ... who is the victim? During the game you will have enough time to enter a cafe or shop that you pass and to admire some of the highlights of Alkmaar.

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4.8 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Fun treasure hunt where you discover special features of Alkmaar. The combination with the games in pubs is fun because it allows you to take breaks in between. We had such a nice day in Alkmaar.

Very nice guide with lots of knowledge and and background informations. A must if you want to get more information about Alkmaar.

Very well we were able to travel through 4 villages in a modest and comfortable way perfect

Very nice alternative to the classic city tour because it can be done at your own pace.

everything was great and perfectly explained on the map how to take the buses