Bespoke & Curated Private Tours
Our private tours take you to off-the-beaten-track windmills, down back country-roads, and into wonderful unspoiled Dutch Golden Age towns. And when you want to go beyond windmills, we have a big range of other authentic Dutch venues and activities that we can build a day around.
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Circa 6 hours
Countryside & Windmills Tour
We forsake cliches, avoid tourist traps, and take you off-the-beaten-track.
Travels scenic back country roads to the north of Amsterdam.
Skirts the edge of largest lake in Western Europe
Travels through three tiny rural villages
Stops at an unspoiled 17th Century town
Visits a proper Dutch family farm (not a tourist farm)
Visits an original, working windmill from the 1600s
Food: We're not naive. Your belly and taste buds are an important part of the day. Luckily the town we stop at has some outstanding Dutch apple pie (or as the locals call it... apple pie), and for lunch we can either pick up picnic supplies (including cheese!) at a lovely deli (except on Sundays) or stop for a sit-down lunch en route.
Customisable: Though this route is beloved of our guests, we're happy to customise it. Simply inquire.
The usual windmill we go to is open to the public but is usually very quiet (it's not the overly touristy Zaanse Schans), but we also have the option of a private windmill tour nearby and a chat with the miller who runs it.
Other Cities & Towns
Delft & The Hague - Giethoorn - Utrecht - Haarlem
These are the towns and places aside from our Countryside & Windmills route that we know best. We can easily build a bespoke private tour that feature one (or two) of these places. We haven't listed some of the nice little small towns and villages we know around the country, as these are usually not well known and best incorporated into an itinerary to provide a bit more variety.
We don't know Rotterdam particularly well, and don't think we'd add too much value (other than transport) to a day that includes Rotterdam.
Gourmet Cheese Tasting - Countryside Boating
Dutch Agriculture - Old House Restoration - Winter Tulips
We have a great relationship with one of Europe's premier artisanal cheese-mongers. They supply many Michelin-starred restaurants with cheese and we can arrange a gourmet wine-and-cheese tasting in their shop in Amsterdam or the historic fort they use to ripen the cheese.
There are two great areas we have for countryside boating. Just drop us a line and we can elaborate more.
If you want to learn more about Dutch agriculture, we can visit a Dutch family farm. We normally stop here on the main Windmills tour but as they're real farmers they can't always come and chat, but it can be easily arranged for a token fee. They farm dairy (for cheese production), tulips, and potatoes.
In winter-time we can visit a real tulips greenhouse - a commercial operation where they grow tulips for sale. We need some time to arrange it first though.
Or to witness a real labour of love, we can visit 'The Famous House', a private, wooden house from 1654. The owners have restored the original internal murals over the course of 30 years.
Most of our tours are for maximum eight people - the capacity of a standard minivan. However, we can also accommodate larger groups by renting a minibus or bus for the day. And though the vehicle will be larger we'll still apply our backroads philosophy - we'll travel smaller, more interesting roads where possible and take you to authentic places.
We took this extended family of 25 for a Countryside & Windmills (and boating!) tour.
Wedding vows renewal! We brought this group of 30 to a private tulips farm and also a private windmill.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE
My name is Rory, and I've been doing private and small group tours of the Dutch countryside for four years. I love what I do - it's great being out and about, meeting new people, and having an excuse to keep on discovering and learning about Holland…
My tours will always have a relaxed pace, and you'll find me to be professional, accommodating, and (dare I say it) a bit entertaining.
"Rory is extremely personable and dependable - followed through on all in person and email
requests."- GailDez, TripAdvisor
"We had an absolutely amazing tour with Rory this week. He took us on an old windmill tour, to some beautiful tulip fields at a Dutch dairy farm, and then finished up with a tour of a small Dutch town. It was exactly the experience we were looking for."- brackenbb, TripAdvisor.
"We booked Rory before the “typical” Amsterdam sites and so glad we did. Rory takes you out of town to see the real quiet and quaint sites of Amsterdam. He took us to the windmills, cheese maker, a dairy and historical sites in the country side. So glad we had Rory because downtown Amsterdam is a “been there down that” place. Would go back for Rory not down town." - kevingN7214FF, TripAdvisor.
Culture Games Amsterdam
Rory, who runs Amsterdam Windmill Tours, also runs Culture Games Amsterdam. It's a fun and social 2-hour experience where you compete to become as Dutch as possible. www.culturegamesamsterdam.com.