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EDAM, VOLENDAM, island of MARKEN
EDAM is famous all over the world for its cheese. Numerous drawbridges on the picturesque canels, churches with the unique bell-ringing - their towers leave nobody indifferent. The neighboring cozy and romantic town of VOLENDAM is famous for the beauty of national costumes of Holland and the freshest seafood of the highest quality: shrimps, herring, smoked eels... The boat ride to the picturesque island of MARKEN will transfer you to the past, it is the real "alive museum", where everything is saved precisely as hundreds years ago. These fertile places are annually visited by more than two million tourists, and you will be among them...
Departure is in the morning. Departure time depends on the city of departure and is reported when ordering a trip.
Our travel begins with the territory of the federal land Northern Rhine-Westphalia, then smoothly flows onto the territory of the Netherlands. The amazing and unusual country endured the different periods in the history: Romans, Francs, feudal dissociation, wars and revolutions, Napoleonic invasion. The country stood and saved the tenor of life, where the modern and old-traditional are combined. Our purpose is to get acquainted with life in the province "Northern Holland".
We go to the city of Edam. On our way near the city we will stop at a dairy farm, where you will get know, how the famous cheese is made. It will be possible to regale on the brands of cheese, for example: Edamer, "Gouda", etc.
Arrival to Edam. The city is known for the famous cheese, which is exported to the different countries for centuries. History of the city begins in the 12th century. Walking tour. You will go along the small streets of this small town, along channels, past the "Big Church of St. Nicolas" (15-17th centuries), the yard, where in the 16th century “beguines” lived, and also past the houses of citizens, where the windows are not curtained off, and you can see the modest but beautiful life. You will hear the bell-ringing of "the Playing Tower" of the former church (16th century) and lifting bridges with personal names will surprise you. Here you will see the unusual square-dam of the 17th century, on which one side - the oldest brick house museum of the 16th century, and on the other side - the beautiful building of the former Town Hall with the emblem and the main symbol of the city is a cow. And on the way you will dart the glance at safely walking heron or ducks and swans.
Moving to the former fishing small village Volendam, known for smoked eels. Only 3 km separate it from the city of Edam.
The romantic small village saved its untouched ancient shape. It is famous for the beauty of national costumes. On the picturesque embankment at a magnificent bay, where snow-white yachts, fishing and pleasure crafts are moored, the set of souvenir little shops, cafe, bars and restaurants, which you will also be able to visit, is located.
For people, who are interested in walking tour in a combination with a ride on the 2/3-decked vessel to the island of Marken is offered (it is paid additionally). Marken is a museum, because everything is saved precisely here, as it was hundreds years ago. Inhabitants of the island were engaged generally in fishing, now the main income to the city is brought by tourism. You derive pleasure from acquaintance to this unusual village, with its tiny wooden lodges painted in bright colors and identity of its inhabitants!
In the evening we return to Germany. Arrival time depends on the city of departure.
- journey by a comfortable tourist bus, accompanying by a qualified guide
- excursion service is an integral part of a trip and is paid obligatory, it is only 9€, for children up to 12 years old it is free;
- a boat ride is 10,00€ (at will)
Depending on the circumstances, the guide or the attendant can change the program on the course.
The travel agency has the right for adjustment. The prices can be changed depending on a season.
Entrance tickets are paid additionally (at will).
The number of places on a special offer is limited.
Departure is possible from the cities:
Aachen, Bonn, Dortmund, Duesseldorf, Cologne, Moenchengladbach, Essen,
and also from Koblenz, Muenster, Osnabrueck and Frankfurt - at the weekend
* - surcharge for departure (at its existence) is paid additionally
The possibility of the departure on the concrete date, the information on the existence of surcharge for departure and its size you can find in the order form, having chosen service to BOOK a TOUR.
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