Meet and greet with your English-speaking guide / driver in the hotel lobby, from where you will be taken for a 40-minute drive by luxurious private vehicle to the picturesque village Lisse, the center of the bulb district. Upon arrival, you will be taken for a guided tour of the famous Keukenhof. On our way to the Keukenhof, we will drive through the spectacular and colorful bulb fields, and we will make stops (where possible and allowed) for pictures within the fields.
The Keukenhof gardens cover 79 acres on which roughly 8 million bulbs are planted every year. Every garden has a specific design and character. Climb the steps of the Groningen-type corn mill to see the view. See the exhibition of some 30 sculptures and other objects d’art throughout the park.
A huge indoor spring garden is staged in 76 ft2.of pavilions during the annual exhibition where over 500 different varieties are to be seen in 10 indoor flower shows under the name ‘Parade’. www.keukenhof.nl
Private Family Lunch
At a stone’s throw from the Keukenhof, you will be taken to a local private ‘modern’ home situated in an upscale residential area, where a fresh and tasty home-made lunch will be served. Only we have access to this beautiful home. Enjoy and talk with the owners and see how the Dutch live. If the weather permits, lunch will be served in the family garden. A very special experience!
Fully refreshed, you will be taken for a 45-minute drive to Zaandam for a guided tour of the Zaanse Schans.
With its traditional characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylized gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen’s workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops the Zaanse Schans gives the feeling of stepping back into the 17th and 18thcentury, however this is not an open-air museum but a colorful living and working neighborhood on the banks of the river Zaan. There are many windmills at the Zaanse Schans. Windmills were used, for example, for sawing wood, drying land, hulling and threshing grains, and the production of nut oil, paint and mustard.
Your guide will take you to several mills like the wood cut mill The Young Sheep and paint mill De Kat. Learn how the mills work traditionally, climb the steep stairs and have a spectacular view over the river Zaan. www.zaanseschans.nl
From here, you will be taken back to your hotel in Amsterdam, where you will have the remainder of the day for your own leisure. You will arrive back around 5pm.