Typical Dutch landscape

Leave the city of Amsterdam behind while you enjoy the landscape and listen to our professional guide's commentary.

Whereas every tourist goes to Volendam, Tulip Day Tours goes to Edam, which is Rick Steves’ favorite red-brick village of the aptly named region of Waterland, just north of Amsterdam on the west shore of the IJsselmeer.

We go with a group of no larger than 15 travelers on one of the most traditional days in Edam a year: the cheese market. This market takes place on Wednesdays only in July and August. Already from the sixteenth century onwards this Dutch cheese market largely determines the economy of Edam.

Although there are no real sights, its tiny main square and peaceful canals show you the real and traditional side of the Netherlands. A local guide gives a walking tour of an hour, which is followed by some free time on the market and a boat ride of one hour to see beautiful Edam from the water. Then, after a 20 min drive, a traditional windmill is visited.