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Guided tour of Alkmaar

# Trip

Guided tour of Alkmaar

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Departure by coach from Volendam or Enkhuizen for the town of Alkmaar.
We'll reach the city center on foot in the company of our guide. Alkmaar is a historical town with over 400 monuments. The Waag (weigh house building), dating from the 14th century, the Town Hall dating from the 16th century, the Grote or Sint-Laurenskerk (St Lawrence church) and a multitude of enclosed courtyards, noteworthy facades and canals all partake in the particular atmosphere of this city. However, Alkmaar is particularly known for its cheese. From the 1st Friday in April to the 1st Friday in September, the traditional cheese market is held every Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The traders sell their cheeses using a barter system. The cheese carriers' guild, which has existed for 400 years, transports the cheeses on wooden barrows, after weighing the batches at the weigh house. Inside this building, a guided visit to the Cheese Museum will teach you all about the various steps to making dairy products. You'll discover the beautifully ornate cheese presses and various other implements and tools used to make cheese and butter over the centuries. The first floor houses documentation illustrating how cheese is made today on the farms and dairy factories, as well as this industry's major influence on the Dutch economy.
After some free time, return to the ship for lunch.


  • Wear sturdy shoes: the streets are cobbled.
  • On Friday, the visit is to the cheese market instead of the museum.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.


This shore excursion is available for one or several cruises

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Cruise on the IJsselmeer, one of Holland's treasures (port-to-port cruise)

Next departures: 02/04/2022, 07/04/2022, ...


Cruise on one of the largest lakes in the Netherlands in the heart of authentic towns and villages. Between historical monuments and unmissable traditions, discover the beauty of Holland through its canals, the cheese museum, the mills of the seventeenth century, old fishing ports and the village of Giethoorn. The Keukenhof Gardens, true haven of peace, are considered the most beautiful floral gardens in the world.

6 Days
Departure 02/04/2022
Arrival 07/04/2022
Ship : MS France Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 07/04/2022
Arrival 12/04/2022
Ship : MS France Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 10/04/2022
Arrival 15/04/2022
Ship : MS Lafayette Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

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