Saturday 4 July 2020 (t.b.c.)
From 07h00 until 22h30 (t.b.c.)
North-Holland Province, The Netherlands
Transportation by 4* luxury coach
What do you think about when we say Holland? Do we hear you say cheese? Windmills? Flat lands? Polders? Keep them coming! Because if that is what you like, that is what you are going to get on this brand-new daytrip to a few new locations in the Dutch Province of North-Holland. Today we are going to visit the famous colourful windmills of De Zaanse Schans, the Cheese city Alkmaar and the historic city of Haarlem.
Brace yourself for another daytrip full of new discoveries. Instead of visiting only one specific place, this trip can be compared with our classic Polders and Fishing Villages trip, which travels to another part of North-Holland. Not only will we stop at the above destinations, but we will also drive through some of the most picturesque Dutch landscapes full of polders and windmills.
Due to the corona virus situation, the date of this trip is to be confirmed.
You can now pre-reserve a spot by adding your name to the calendar.
What's included in the trip fee?
- Transportation by 4* luxury coach
- Bottled water outbound journey
- Full afternoon guided tour
- Visit to Zaanse Schans
- Entrance fee Zaanse Schans
- Guided tour Zaanse Schans
- Visit to Alkmaar
- Guided tour in Alkmaar
- Visit to cheese market in Alkmaar
- Visit to Haarlem
- Guided tour in Haarlem
- Great group of international people
- A lifetime memory
Coach pick-up point
Place Schuman (bus stop next to KBC Bank on roundabout)
Who can join this trip?
Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people on its trips. This creates a special, open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone should feel comfortable.
- Members & non-members
- Expats & (international) Belgians
- All ages, including children
- Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families
How to add a child ticket?
Expat Club loves welcoming young expats, too! If you want to bring your child(ren) up until 18 years, please first add the regular adult ticket(s) to the cart and then go to the cart page. On the cart page, there is a child ticket available for €50.
As with any Expat Club trip our schedule is carefully designed so we can optimally see all destinations. Still, unforeseen circumstances, such as traffic jams, may influence our program. This rarely happens, but rest assured your host, our guide, the bus driver and the various destinations in Holland will do their best to give you the best possible experience.
07h00 – Departure Place Schuman
08h00 – Highway stop
11h00 – Royal Delft porcelain factory
12h30 – Lunch in Royal Delft (optional)
13h20 – Walk to boat
13h30 – Canal Cruise (not included if booked after 4 September)
14h30 – Guided tour with visit to Oude Kerk / Nieuwe Kerk
16h00 – Visit to Vermeer Centre (with audio guide if booked after 4 September)
17h30 – End of visit & free time
18h45 – Departure
21h00 – Return Brussels
Our first destination today is one of Holland’s most beloved tourist hotspots, the windmills of de Zaanse Schans. Located close to Zaandam Northwest of Amsterdam, “the Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational.” (source: www.dezaanseschans.nl).
De Rijp, Graft & Schermerhorn
On our way to our next main destination, we will take one of Holland’s most scenic routes through the historic Beemster polder area. Pumped dry in the early 17th century, this former lake is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will briefly visit the idyllic former herring fisher’s town of De Rijp.
The city of Alkmaar was probably founded in the 10th century but received city rights in 1254. Like many other typical old Dutch cities, such as Leiden and Delft, it has a beautiful centre with canals and canal houses, inner courtyards, churches and lovely shopping opportunities. However, what makes the city really famous for is the traditional cheese market, the largest of the country. During our visit to Alkmaar we will of course also witness the negotiating, trading, weighing and carrying of the cheeses. Needless to say, you will also have the chance to taste some of the best Dutch yellow delights.
Although Haarlem is much smaller than Amsterdam, it is the provincial capital of North Holland. It received city rights in 1245, although it took 25 years before a city wall was erected, parts of which still exist. With a population of 161.000, it is also one of the older cities in the Province.
Haarlem has a beautiful historic city center, with stunning churches, city gates, famous museums, hidden courtyards from bygone times, monuments, shops, restaurants and even the beach is just around the corner. The city is known for the painter Frans Hals, and certainly we will learn more about him during a guided tour.
More information follows, but needless to say that we’ll find a great spot for having a good lunch 🙂
We will be travelling with a comfortable 4* luxury coach from Lauwers Reizen. The seats are configured in Princess Class, which means you will have extra leg space and can recline your seat. This way you can get some extra rest. All seats have footrests as well. There is a (small) toilet on-board and a DVD system with three flat screens, so we can show you a nice movie or documentary outbound and/or inbound journey.