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, we continue the tour with a 45-minute drive to the picturesque village Zuidschermer, where you are going to have a private workshop cheese making at the traditional, non-touristy Dutch dairy farm Zeilzicht. This workshop, where you will make your own cheese from scratch, will take about 2 hours. Of course, you can take your made cheese with you.
Besides the workshop, you will also be taken for a tour of the farm. During this tour you will see a milking-robot in action, a Dutch invention by Lely Astronaut. A surprising visit where you will again meet local people!
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.