7.45am Meet and greet with your English-speaking guide / driver in the hotel lobby, from where you will be taken for a 35-minute drive by luxurious private car or minivan to Aalsmeer, where you are going to visit the world’s largest flower auction Flora Holland. The size of Flora Holland can be compared to the size of Monaco. It is also the largest commercial complex in the world!
See how the auction process works and notice a variety of millions of flowers. This can all be observed from a walkway above the ground. Did you know that on an average auction day 35 million cut flowers are auctioned in more than 15,000 varieties? As everybody else, you will be very amazed.
9.45am After this exciting visit we continue with a short drive for an exclusive grower / nursery visit, all in the surrounding of Flora Holland. These visits are very special because, in addition to not finding them in any brochures, you normally can’t visit these sights. Most of these companies are family owned. This can be a Chrysanthemum, Rose, Gerbera, Hydrangea grower or any other with blooming flowers. The owner will be there to greet you and to guide you around the company. You will be very much impressed.
11.15am We continue with a scenic drive to Lisse, the heart of the bulb district where we are going to have lunch at a private family home. The home of a Dutch family is located steps away from the famous Keukenhof flower exhibit (open March – May). See how local people live and talk to the owners. This lunch location is exclusively open for The Dutch Travel advisor.
1.15pm Fully charged, we continue with a 45-minute drive to the village of Zuidschermer where you are going to have an exclusive workshop cheese making at cheese at a traditional and non-touristy Dutch Farm.
This workshop, where you will make your own cheese from scratch, will take about 2 hours.
Of course, you can take your cheese with you. You will also be taken for a tour through the farm including a visit to a very special milking robot. A surprising visit where you will meet again local people.
4.30pm From here you will be taken back to your hotel in Amsterdam, where you have the remainder of the day for your own leisure. You will arrive back in Amsterdam around 5pm.