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2019

Guided tour of Alkmaar

EXC_ALKMAR
# Trip

Guided tour of Alkmaar

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Description

Departure by coach from Volendam or Enkhuizen for the town of Alkmaar.
We'll reach the city center on foot in the company of our guide. Alkmaar is a historical town with over 400 monuments. The Waag (weigh house building), dating from the 14th century, the Town Hall dating from the 16th century, the Grote or Sint-Laurenskerk (St Lawrence church) and a multitude of enclosed courtyards, noteworthy facades and canals all partake in the particular atmosphere of this city. However, Alkmaar is particularly known for its cheese. From the 1st Friday in April to the 1st Friday in September, the traditional cheese market is held every Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The traders sell their cheeses using a barter system. The cheese carriers' guild, which has existed for 400 years, transports the cheeses on wooden barrows, after weighing the batches at the weigh house. Inside this building, a guided visit to the Cheese Museum will teach you all about the various steps to making dairy products. You'll discover the beautifully ornate cheese presses and various other implements and tools used to make cheese and butter over the centuries. The first floor houses documentation illustrating how cheese is made today on the farms and dairy factories, as well as this industry's major influence on the Dutch economy.
After some free time, return to the ship for lunch.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear sturdy shoes: the streets are cobbled.
  • On Friday, the visit is to the cheese market instead of the museum.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.

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Next departures: 21/10/2019, 25/10/2019
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START IN 2019
Departure 21/10/2019
Arrival 25/10/2019
Ship : MS France Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 25/10/2019
Arrival 29/10/2019
Ship : MS France Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 26/10/2019
Arrival 30/10/2019
Ship : MS L'Europe Ship category : STANDARD
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Departure 26/10/2019
Arrival 30/10/2019
Ship : MS Lafayette Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

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Next departures: 29/11/2019, 30/11/2019
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START IN 2019
Departure 29/11/2019
Arrival 02/12/2019
Ship : MS Beethoven Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 30/11/2019
Arrival 03/12/2019
Ship : MS Douce France Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 02/12/2019
Arrival 05/12/2019
Ship : MS France Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 04/12/2019
Arrival 07/12/2019
Ship : MS Léonard de Vinci Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 06/12/2019
Arrival 09/12/2019
Ship : MS Victor Hugo Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 07/12/2019
Arrival 10/12/2019
Ship : MS Léonard de Vinci Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 09/12/2019
Arrival 12/12/2019
Ship : MS Douce France Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 12/12/2019
Arrival 15/12/2019
Ship : MS France Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 12/12/2019
Arrival 15/12/2019
Ship : MS La Boheme Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 12/12/2019
Arrival 15/12/2019
Ship : MS Douce France Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 12/12/2019
Arrival 15/12/2019
Ship : MS Victor Hugo Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 13/12/2019
Arrival 16/12/2019
Ship : MS Léonard de Vinci Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 14/12/2019
Arrival 17/12/2019
Ship : MS Beethoven Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 15/12/2019
Arrival 18/12/2019
Ship : MS Douce France Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 15/12/2019
Arrival 18/12/2019
Ship : MS France Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 15/12/2019
Arrival 18/12/2019
Ship : MS La Boheme Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 15/12/2019
Arrival 18/12/2019
Ship : MS Gérard Schmitter Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 17/12/2019
Arrival 20/12/2019
Ship : MS Beethoven Ship category : STANDARD

* Price based on double occupancy

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