Flowers and Cheese

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The Netherlands

Flowers and Cheese

 

An itinerary focusing on Holland’s largest export products: flowers and cheese.
This tour can best be done on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.


FloraHolland Flower Auction

7.45am Meet and greet with your English-speaking guide / driver in the hotel lobby, from where you will be taken for a 30-minute drive by luxurious private vehicle to, and guided tour of the World’s largest flower auction, Flora Holland.

The indoor Flora Holland compares in size to the city of Monaco. Experience the hustle and bustle of the auction floor, watch traders bidding against the clock and be amazed at the quantity of beautiful flowers traded.

See how this auction process works and notice a variety of millions of flowers. You can watch the entire auction from a walkway above ground-level. Did you know that on an average auction day they auction 30 million cut flowers in more than 30,000 varieties? You will be, as everybody else, very much surprised. www.floraholland.com

Greenhouse

Greenhouse of a private grower

10am We continue the tour with a short drive to a local grower, for an exclusive tour. This is a very special experience since normally you can’t visit these growers, which in most cases are family-owned companies. This could be an African Violets, Orchid, Rose, Tulip, Hydrangea, Gerbera Daisy or any other grower with blooming flowers.

The owner will be there to greet you in person and will guide you through his/her company. All your questions will be answered with great pleasure and skill. The colors cannot be described in words.

11.30am From here, there will be a 30-minute scenic drive to picturesque village Lisse, the heart of the bulb district.

Here, 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!

Dairy Farm Zeilzicht

Dairy Farm Zeilzicht

1.15pm 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!

4pm 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 4.45pm.

 

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