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Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour

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    Stop At: Alkmaar Tours, 1811 JP Alkmaar The Netherlands

    Visit Alkmaar's traditional Cheese Market - the oldest in the Netherlands! In this 2.5 hour small group walking tour, you will learn all about Alkmaar's most well known attraction: the Cheese Market! You will also wander through Alkmaar's medieval centre and along pretty cobbled streets and picturesque canals.

    What to Expect on a Tour:
    • Visit the Alkmaar Cheese Market and watch the traditional way of trading cheese as it was centuries ago. You will watch the cheese being sold and then carried by the Cheese Carriers in a centuries old tradition. We will spend approximately 1.5 hours at the Cheese Market which is ample time to see everything.
    • Learn all about the history of the Cheese Market, the Weigh House and get a full description of what is happening in front of you!
    • Have the opportunity to try a variety of Dutch cheese and even buy some to take home (extra)
    • Walk through the cobbled streets of Alkmaar and along its picturesque canals
    • See some of Alkmaar's most famous buildings such as the Grote Sint Laurenskerk (Great St Lawrence Church), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the Waag (the Weigh House)
    • Get an insight into Dutch culture and way of life through the eyes of a foreigner (Canadian) living in Alkmaar
    • Learn about the history of Alkmaar and why 'Victory Begins at Alkmaar!'

    Small group tours mean you get a more personalised experience - no following umbrellas or having to listen to your guide via a headset!

    Meeting Point:
    • Friday Cheese Market and City Tours will depart from outside the Alkmaar Train Station at 9am (to the left of the stairs)


    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Pass By: Grote Sint Laurenskerk, Koorstraat 2, 1811 GP Alkmaar The Netherlands

    We pass the Grote Sint Laurenskerk on our way to the Cheese Market. Learn about the history of the church and its significance.

    Pass By: Alkmaar City Hall, Langestraat 97, 1811 JD Alkmaar The Netherlands

    We pass by the beautiful City Hall on our way to the Cheese Market.

    Stop At: Cheese Market, Waagplein, Alkmaar The Netherlands

    Get a uique insight into the Cheese Market and the Cheese Carriers Guild as we watch the wheels of cheese being traded, carried and weighed as it was centuries ago!

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Kiosk Alkmaar CS, Stationsweg 47, 1815 CB Alkmaar, Netherlands
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Waagplein 2, 1811 JP Alkmaar, Netherlands
    Inclusions
    • Local guide: a Canadian living in Alkmaar
    • Cheese tasting
    • Entry/Admission - Alkmaar Tours
    Exclusions
    • Transportation to/from Alkmaar
    • Any purchases
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be able to walk several kilometers and stand for long periods of time
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Dogs (except service animals) are not permitted
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I had an absolutely wonderful time on my Cheese Market tour with Jen. Due to Jen’s connections we were lucky enough to sit on the inside of the fences on bench seats whilst everyone else had to stand like sardines on the other side. What a view... you are so close to the action!
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    Response from AlkmaarTours, Owner at Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour
    Responded 5 days ago
    Hi Jess, Thank you for your kind review! It was really great to meet you and I hope to see you again soon! :) (Love the sardines comment btw) x Kind Regards, Jen
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    Jen makes you feel like an insider at the Alkmaar Cheese Market, because she is. She knows the cheese carriers and gives you insight into the real people of Alkmaar. So much fun!! Highly recommended!
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    Response from AlkmaarTours, Owner at Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour
    Responded 5 days ago
    Hi Lee, Thank you so much for your lovely review! It was great to see you again and I hope that we can do coffee the next time you guys are in the NL! Kind Regards, Jen
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    I cannot say cough good things abut Jennifer. She is an amazing guide who brings life and energy to her small group tours. She has a lot ion intimate knowledge of the lesser know facts about Alkmaar as well as out of the way places and she knows how to get up front and in the
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    Response from AlkmaarTours, Owner at Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour
    Responded 13 Jul 2019
    Dear Dan, Thank you so much for yur kind review! It was great to meet you both and I am very glad that you enjoyed the tour and the Cheese Market! Have a great rest of your trip! Kind Regards, Jen
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    Jennifer is an amazing guide who brings a lot of positive energy to the group! She makes everyone feel welcome and relaxed! We had a pleasant morning walk through  the cozy streets of Alkmaar to the cheese market, listening to local stories, jokes and particularities of the
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    Response from AlkmaarTours, Owner at Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour
    Responded 13 Jul 2019
    Dear Anastasia, Thank you for your lovely review. It was an absolute pleasure to have you both on the tour and I know now who to suggest for the next Alkmar Cheese Carrier! :) Kind Regards, Jen
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    We were a group of ladies doing this tour as part of a birthday celebration. Jen was great! She “got us” completely - and went above and beyond for us all. Her knowledge of the cheese market, it’s characters and Alkmaar was fantastic. Getting us to a place where we could watch
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    Response from AlkmaarTours, Owner at Small Group Alkmaar Cheese Market and City Tour
    Responded 12 Jun 2019
    Dear Deborah. Thank you so much for your kind review! It was a pleasure to meet you lovely ladies and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the tour. Please do let me know if you are near Alkmaar again in the future. :) Kind Regards, Jen
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