Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll leave Amsterdam behind and enjoy a drive through the beautiful countryside to the authentic Dutch village of Broek in Waterland. This utterly charming village is well known for its classic wooden houses and farms. After a leisurely stroll through this fairy-like community, you'll re-join your coach and proceed to Beemster Polder, the oldest area of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. In 1999, this well-preserved and historic area was registered on UNESCO's World Heritage Site list. The highlight of your time here will surely be the visit to an original 17th century windmill. There, you will learn how the Dutch have managed to successfully live below sea level.
A scenic drive through the lush lowlands will bring you back to Amsterdam and the center of the city. Free time will be allotted at this point for you to do some shopping and have a quick lunch on your own. Afterwards, you'll meet up with your coach again and be treated to a panoramic city tour of Amsterdam. Your route will take you past the amazing Baroque-style Royal Palace, which is built on 13,695 pilings sunk into marshy soil. Upon its completion in 1655, it was hailed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. You will also pass the famous Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), originally built in the 15th century, as you make your way to the heart of the city, Dam Square.
Towers and steeples are among Amsterdam's loveliest features and impressive Munttoren (Mint Tower), with clock and bells that still seem to mirror the Golden Age, is one of the noteworthy ones you'll pass by. Also of interest is the 15th century Schreierstoren (Weepers' Tower), which according to legend, derived its name from the sailors' wives who used to bid their husbands an emotional farewell. After viewing some of the city's well known highlights, you'll be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking - at times over cobblestone surfaces. There are steep steps to negotiate inside the windmill. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Caps and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested along with an umbrella and light raincoat.