On this day, you will discover the unique sights of Holland. First drive to the windmills area, the “Zaanse Schans”, a 40-house community on the banks of the river Zaan in the 18th century used to be more than 700 windmills. Nowadays, only 5 of them are left. Continue with a visit to Marken, a former Island, now connected to the mainland by a dike. A lovely place to visit with many special features like houses on pillars, the traditional green painted houses with steep roofs and white windows where people still wear their folkloristic customs. Your guide will explain, while exploring wooden bridges and narrow alleys about the history of this former Island.
Continue to Monnickendam. This town is a former fisherman’s village with a great history. During the city walk you will the historic City Hall and ‘De Waag’ a place where they used to weigh the ship loadings coming in from overseas. You may want to sample some Dutch delicacies like “smoked eel” Lunch will be at leisure and there is a wide choice of restaurants in Monnickendam or Volendam with its traditional fishermens’ harbour and many shops.
Todays’ tour will be concluded wiith a visit to Broek in Waterland with characteristic wooden houses this village proudly owns. Broek in Waterland is situated in the ‘Waterland’ region. During the 17th and 18th century this village was one of the most prosperous villages in this area. Many ship owners, captains and merchants settled here. Famous people like the French philosopher Victor Hugo, Emperor Alexander of Russia and Napoleon were here before you.