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Amsterdam Daytrips – Volendam, Cheese Market and Dutch-Windmills

A trip to Amsterdam is a must see especially during summer, when daylight last until after 11 P.M. in the evening. However, Amsterdam is not worth visiting only in summer becaue international flights are available all through the year. Sounds great, isn’t it? That’s why you have to take your time and go on the daytours outside Amsterdam. They are definetely worth the money spent – you’ll make a lot of photos and come back with a lot of memories. A very popular daytrip with departure from Amsterdam is the tour of Vollendam, a small fish village, the cheese market, and the famous Dutch Windmills.
The tour lasts for about 4-5 hours starting at 9.30 A.M., 12.45 A.M. and 2.30 P.M. Be careful before booking your seats, some tours are available only during certain months of the year. The tour includes a guide, transport by air-conditioned coach, a boat ride (optional but at no extra charge). Entrance fees for the windmills are not included, however a ticket is about 2 euro. The price of such a tour is about $48/person. The departure place is The Damrak. Departure point, only a 3 minute walk from Central Station or 10 minutes from the Cruise Passenger Terminal.
The first stop is in Volendam, a small fish village, where you can taste local fish recipes and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the old wooden houses built on stills. Next, the coach will take you to the cheese farm where you can see traditional ways of making it. Moreover, you can taste a wide variety of cheeses. Absolutely delicious! In the end, the daytrip includes a visit to the Dutch windmills, a unique view for Dutch customs enthusiasts , at Zaanse Schans.
The price of the tour is not high, so book a cheap flight and take your camera with you! The trip is very well organized and most of all, very enjoyable!

Amsterdam Daytours - Volendam, Cheese Market and Dutch-Windmills
Amsterdam Daytours - Volendam, Cheese Market and Dutch-Windmills


Amsterdam Tours - Volendam, Cheese Market and Dutch-Windmills_
Amsterdam Tours - Volendam, Cheese Market and Dutch-Windmills_

Amsterdam Orange Festival

Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) is the national festivity, that takes place in Holland every year on April, 30th, celebrating the birthday of the queen. Amsterdam is the main centre of interest for the about 750,000 visitors every year, who come by train in the city. The Amsterdam Orange Festival celebration takes place in open-air places, such as Dam, Damrak, Rokin, Rembrandtplein, Spui, Leidsestraat and Leidseplein. The orange colour is associated with the colour of the Royal Family and in this day, all the streets, parks and canals are decorated in orange and people wear orange clothes, too. A funny part of Amsterdam Orange Festival are the the sculptures and reproductions of houses, windmills, castles, even the Taj Mahal palace, built from lemons and oranges. During Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen’s Day, it is a good opportunity for the visitors to try free markets or car boot sale on the streets, because shopping is part of this celebration. Some cities also celebrate the night before Queen’s Day, known as the Queen’s Night. It is the free marketwhich attracts the most visitors. Children also give their cast-offs toys for sale and local entrepreneurs sell food and beverages. The prices are negotiable and drop to the end of the day. On the Queen’s Night, clubs and bars throughout the Netherlands, mainly Amsterdam and Hague, organize special all-night-long lasting events.


Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen's Day (Koninginnedag)
Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen


Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen's Day, April, 30th
Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen

Amsterdam Orange Festival, April, 30th
Amsterdam Orange Festival, April, 30th

Early Booking for New Year’s Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve already? That’s not possible, it’s still spring outside! That’s the most probably answer to the question “Where do you spend the 2012 New Year’s Eve? Have you booked a hotel, chose a destination or even booked the plane tickets?” It’s April, indeed, but you know, travelers have to be very cautious in order to benefit from the best deals hotels and airplane tickets. There are less than 8 months till the clock will strike 00:00 again, announcing the beginning of a new year. However, touristic offers from travel agencies for booking the New Year’s Eve are very diverse, so you can still have where to choose from. Late summer might be a little too late for a good deal, so an early booking can save up your economies considerably. It depends on your tastes, if you would like to go on an adventurous New Year’s Eve trip or just watch the extraordinary fireworks show in Paris. If you are in search of a more exotic gateaway, then Rio de Janeiro is a very popular destination for adventurous travelers. In the top of the most popular New Year’s destinations, tourists can find very good and guaranteed accommodation deals in Las Vegas, New York City, Cancun or Orlando. In Europe, very popular destinations in this period are Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, or Paris. It is good to buy travel packages because these include plane tickets, accommodation, eventually the New Year’s Eve show. Whether you are interested in a family vacation or not, it is better to start looking for the best New Year’s Eve party at very good rates!

Booking for the 2012 New Year's Eve
Booking for the 2012 New Year

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