What to expect
Check in at 8.45 at our check-in desk at This is Holland, your host will be expecting you. At 9:00 o’clock sharp we depart from This is Holland (near the Amsterdam Central Station). Within 10 minutes we have left the busy city of Amsterdam behind us and the real exploring begins.
We start the day with 2 UNESCO World monuments. The Beemster polder and the Defense line of Amsterdam. Your guide will tell you all about it and in your GPS guide you will find pictures and more information in your own language.
Around 10.15 we arrive at the world famous Afsluitdijk (closing dike). Here at our first stop you will see the IJssellake and smell the salty air of the Wadden Sea (another UNESCO World heritage site) don’t forget to climb the monument because if the weather allows it, you will spot some of the Dutch Wadden Islands. When you walk across the dike you will meet Cornelis Lely, founder of the Afsluitdijk.
Next, we continue to the picturesque museum village Allingawier. A lovely surprise will await you. In this village of only a few inhabitants time has stood still but the story’s have come to live. At noon we will enjoy a typical Dutch farmers lunch (which is included in your tour).
In the afternoon we will continue to drive through the beautiful, quiet, and open landscape of the Lake District. At 13 o’clock we will be expected in Hindeloopen. One of the famous 11 cities. Here you have some time to wander through the small streets of the city, buy souvenirs and get acquainted with the famous Hindelooper art of painting. And you will learn more about Hindeloopen from our local guide, who knows all the ins and outs of this picturesque city.
Then we continue to the famous Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station (Unesco World Heritage), or as we like to call it, the Great Steam Cathedral. The biggest steam pumping station ever built and still in operation. One of the operators will tell you the secrets of operating this steam pumping station.
Back to Amsterdam
Leaving the Wouda steam pumping station we will start heading back in the direction of Amsterdam by driving through the next polder. More beautiful typical Dutch landscapes and land made out of water. with a short stop at the former island of Schokland (Unesco World Heritage) you can walk on the former seabed.
Driving by the Oostvaardersplassen, the swamp area of the Netherlands, we have one last stop where you can photograph the famous replica of the Batavia, a ship of the Dutch East India Company.
By 18.30 we will be back at This is Holland. By then you have seen a whole new side of the Netherlands and you will know everything about life below sea level and the century old battle of the Dutch and the water.
We will bring you back to Amsterdam (This is Holland) where you can enjoy the rest of your evening overthinking the beautiful secrets the Amsterdam Lake District has to offer.
Come and discover the hidden treasures with us.