Amsterdam Combo: Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
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Stop At: Keukenhof, Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
1. After a short ride from Amsterdam to the bulbflower area around Lisse, we start your tour by making a scenic ride in this area. Depending upon the season you see a landscape with colourful bulbflower carpets in almost any colour you can imagine. We try to find a spot where we can stop to make some pictures.
2. Then we continue to the true highlight of this tour, the park Keukenhof. Once a mere kitchen garden filled with vegetables and herbs, the Keukenhof - smack dab in the middle of South Holland’s tulip region - now has the distinction of being the world’s largest flower garden, hosting some 800,000 visitors per year. This guided tour will take you through the 15 kilometers of footpaths and 32 hectares of gardens, where millions of bulbs are planted each year. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other spring bulbs of a variety of vibrant colours carpet the grounds. Stroll through the English landscape garden, the Japanese country garden, and the historical garden. Take in the flower sculpture, based on an annual theme.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: Zaanse Schans, Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam The Netherlands
The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. All these buildings were brought here from 1961 on, bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop, Kraaienest 4, 1509 AZ Zaandam The Netherlands
You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop here you'll watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm, Zeilenmakerspad 5, 1509 BZ Zaandam The Netherlands
Learn how Dutch cheese is being made in a farm and offcourse taste some real Dutch farmer chees.
Duration: 30 minutes
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Live commentary on board
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
- Entry/Admission - Keukenhof
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Tulips and other bulb flowers are natural products and even though the Keukenhof has advanced growing methods, the course of nature depends mainly on the weather. Therefore it cannot be guaranteed how many flowers and flower fields can be visited and seen during your tour.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
Great visit to Keukendof Gardens, the tulips, orchids and the variation of flowers were all worth the trip. It was absolutely beautiful. As for the Zaanse Schans Windmill Village, it was okay but I would skip it in favor of something else.
As for the two locations visited, they were well worth the time and money. The tour operator is where things fell apart. The gardens are 45 minutes from the departure point. In Amsterdam, with a slight delay in departure time we arrived at the park around 10:15 and had a departure time of 2:30. This gave us ample time to visit the park completely and at our leasure. At 2:30 we returned to the departure point to collect guests that were only visiting Zaanse Schans Village. Therefore another 45 minutes or so to return with traffic and then another 30 minutes to get to the village. With delays we arrived at the village shortly after 4 to be told that the windmill visits were closing at 4:30. Then around 5 the shops in the village started to close for the day and by 6 pm the village was shut down. Therefore the visit to the village was both rushed and caiotic. My suggestion would be to start the tour earlier in the morning and go to the village directly from the gardens. Its à 45 minute ride between the two, saving at least 30 mints of bus time. I had the distinct feeling that the company was more interested in filling buses than the visitors experience.
Keukenhof is gorgeous and the time allowed to see all of it. Zaanse Schans is super cute and gives you a great overview of Dutch culture with the cheese, shoe making, and windmills. Its great that it is still a town where people live and work.
Fantastic visit to the gardens. No one should miss it. Zaanse Schans Windmill Village was too commercial. Never saw what windmills are used for. Can buy the cheese and clogs anywhere in Amsterdam. Didn't know they were going to drop us off at A'dam Tower and leave us there to figure out how to get back on our own.
The gardens where beautiful with every kind of tulip you could imagine. The gardens are extensive and require lots of walking. Our guide had lots of information but was so soft speaking we could not hear him outdoors. My friend and I both use canes and asked our guide to slow down a little so we could keep up but that didn't happen. Also the description of the tour said both pick up and return to the hotel was part of the trip, but we were delivered to the head quarters and told to take the free ferry to the central station to get back to our hotel. We were not happy. This is a full day trip and pretty exhausting. The flowers and the windmills were worth the trip but it would have oh so much better with a guide you could hear and keep up with as well as returned to the hotel where pick up had happened.