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Private Windmill Tours

& Other Dutch Places

Your Dutch Day Out

If you're visiting Amsterdam and would like to see more of the country in a relaxed way that avoids tourist cliches then drop me a line about one of my private tours. My classic Countryside & Windmills tour is my most popular itinerary (people wanna see windmills!) but we have plenty of other options too, like Delft & The Hague, Utrecht, Haarlem, Giethoorn, and tiny villages you've never heard of...

I've been doing this for four years, and it's the perfect job for me. It's varied and social, means I can keep on exploring the country, and critically it means I don't have to sit in an office for 40 hours a week! I'll always be the guide - I don't farm out work to anyone. You'll find me to be professional and diligent in all our communications before the tour, and on the day it will be relaxed, flexible, and friendly.

- Rory, Amsterdam Windmill Tours

Winter Tulips & Windmills Tour

From mid January (2020) to mid March I'll have exclusive access to a commercial tulips greenhouse, where they grow about 100,000 tulips per week. We'll get a guided tour of the facility and learn all about tulips. As you (or may not) imagine this is not the usual tulips tour to Keukenhof and tulip fields - it's too early for that. Additionally, we'll also visit a windmill.

  • Backroads - we'll drive the backroads in the Waterland to the north of Amsterdam

  • Drive through three tiny rural villages

  • Explore the unspoiled Golden Age town of Monnickendam

  • Visit a commercial tulips greenhouse

  • Visit an original working windmill from the 1600s

  • Lunch - We'll stop en route for lunch, and also have an optional stop in Monnickendam for Dutch apple pie.. 

Countryside & Windmills Tour

My classic tour, this runs all year round. I'm really proud of it as it you shows quintessentially Dutch places without any of the tourist cliches or hordes. It's a genuinely backroads tour, and we'll even drive down one that's marked as a bike path on Google maps (don't worry, it is a through-road for locals!).

  • Backroads - we'll drive the backroads in the Waterland to the north of Amsterdam

  • Drive through three tiny rural villages

  • Skirt the edge of the largest lake in W. Europe and Rory (your guide) will explain the eternal Dutch battle with water

  • Explore the unspoiled Golden Age town of Monnickendam

  • Visit a proper Dutch family farm.

  • Visit an original working windmill from the 1600s

  • Lunch - We'll stop en route for lunch, and also have an optional stop in Monnickendam for Dutch apple pie.. 

Other Tour Options

Delft & The Hague

Royal Delft Factory, Historic Centre of Delft, Mauristhuis Museum, Houses of Parliament

Giethoorn

Where the streets are canals! Can also stop off at a beautiful Dutch town  en route.

And there is a Giethoorn alternative that only Dutchies know about. 

Utrecht

One of the oldest Dutch cities, going back to Roman times. Famous for its Cathedral, tower, and "mini Amsterdam" status.

Haarlem

A beautiful medieval city very close to Amsterdam. Has a windmill, hidden almshouses and what is euphemistically known as The Big Church.

Your Guide

I'm originally Irish and have been living in The Netherlands for five years. I also lived in LA for many years, and in general am a well-traveled fellow. I originally came to Amsterdam for a relationship and fell in love with the city and country.

I love what I do as it keeps me exploring the country, learning about the culture, and meeting new people. I'm really proud of the fact that I avoid tourist cliches and have developed some routes that show you the Netherlands at its authentic best.

- Rory, Amsterdam Windmill Tours

Internet Reviews

I also own www.amsterdamtulipstour.com and in the build up to tulips season my Trip Advisor listing is listed under that profile, for the rest of the year it's under Amsterdam Windmills Tour. It's all me though! And I don't hire additional guides, so you'll always get me.

"We all had a wonderful time and would highly recommend his tour if you want to go see what the countryside has to offer without being touristy...

 

Thanks Rory for a day we will always remember!!"

- bjt120408 - Trip Advisor

"This day was the highlight of our visit to Amsterdam and I'm so glad we found this company on trip advisor. It was very easy to plan via email and really was a unique experience for our family. Thanks again :)"

- chitravel2008 - Trip Advisor

"We had an absolutely amazing tour with Rory this week... We have already had friends ask how we can include Rory in all our future travel plans."

brackenbb - Trip Advisor

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