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Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour

1. Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour

Visit Alkmaar's traditional Cheese Market - the oldest in the Netherlands! On this 2.5-hour small group walking tour, you will learn all about Alkmaar's most well known attraction: the Cheese Market! Also wander through Alkmaar's medieval center and along pretty cobbled streets and picturesque canals. Watch the traditional way of trading cheese how it was done centuries ago. Spend approximately 45 minutes at the Cheese Market which is ample time to see everything. While you are there, learn all about the market's history and listen to your guide explaining what is happening in front of you! If you feel like it, you can try a variety of Dutch cheeses and even buy some to bring home with you. Then, walk through the cobbled streets of Alkmaar and along its picturesque canals. Stop at the Molen van Piet (Piet's Windmill) for the perfect Dutch photo opportunity! See some of Alkmaar's most famous buildings such as the Grote Sint Laurenskerk (Great St Lawrence Church), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the Waag (the Weigh House). On this tour you will get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life through the eyes of a foreigner living in Alkmaar, as your tour guide originally stems from Canada.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Absolutely wonderful tour!

We are a family of 4 who have been to the cheese market in the past but we decided to take this tour as our kids were now adults. It was the best decision ever. Jen was a fellow Canadian so we felt right at home with her. She let us decide what we wanted to do and we had her to ourselves because we were the only people in the group for the day. We asked her many questions and she was a wealth of knowledge. Jen made us feel like family when she took us to the cheese market. Through her connections we were able to see the cheese carriers up close and my husband was even chosen to partake in the cheese carrying activity. It was a memorable moment for him as he was born in Holland and this was quite a treat to be able to participate in a part of his heritage. ( He and my children are also huge Dutch cheese eaters ). Even though our tour was only supposed to be 2 1/2 hours, Jen gave us the option of extending the tour which we did. She is an amazing guide who runs an amazing tour.

It was an amazing tour. Had so much fun watching how the cheese market operates and tasted some of the best cheese. And the guide Jennifer was so cool and awesome. She did a great job and thanks to her we got the chance to go in and check on how the weighing rooms operates and also had a good view of the market from inside. She let us stay in the market as much as we wish and then she took us on a nice tour around the city as well. Loved the tour

Wonderful adventure! Our guide Jen made the cheese market experience both educational and entertaining. Our small group felt we were seeing the cheese market and town with a friend versus a tour guide. The train stop meeting place was perfect and gave us time to explore the town on our own pace is opposed to being on a tour schedule. Would absolutely recommend this small group morning tour with Jen.

My partner & I had a wonderful tour of Alkmaar and its cheese market with Jennifer. She was a super guide, so knowledgeable and friendly that we felt we'd known her for ages. Because of the cold weather she took us to a cosy cafe which was like entering someone's home, for super coffees and homemade apple pie. For a fun time in Alkmaar Jennifer is the best.

Charming Lady, brilliant Guide, very helpful, excellent seats.

Would love an Encore one day. Terrific cheese market. Very special and unique..