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Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket

1. Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket

At the House of Bols you’ll learn about the history of Lucas Bols, the world’s oldest distilled spirit brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575! You’ll also discover Bols Genever, Holland’s rediscovered cocktail spirit, which dates back to 1820. On this 90-minute visit, the House of Bols will take you on a spectacular journey that incorporates flavors, aromas, images, sound, and film. The self-guided tour includes the Hall of Taste, where you’ll find all 38 Bols liqueurs, the Delft Blue Room, the World of Cocktails Club, and the Bols Genever Room. Your self-guided tour ends in the revolutionary Mirror Bar, where bartenders will mix your preferred Bols Genever and liqueur cocktail before your very eyes. If you’d like to learn the art of flair bartending you can do so in the magical Flair Booth with the specially designed Bols flair bottles. Cocktail enthusiasts can also shop till they drop in the Bols Shop or enjoy a second Bols cocktail for just EUR 6.00. As the winner of the Dutch Design Award for Best Exhibition and Experience, the House of Bols is proving that heritage and history mix perfectly with innovation and contemporary design. The House of Bols is located in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Quarter, across from the Van Gogh Museum and next to the Rijksmuseum.

Amsterdam: Henri Willig Cheese Tasting Experience with Wine

2. Amsterdam: Henri Willig Cheese Tasting Experience with Wine

Discover the delicious cheeses of Henri Willig at a cheese tasting workshop in the heart of Amsterdam and learn about the traditional cheese making process in an authentic cheese factory atmosphere. Multilingual guides will show you a short film to demonstrate the cheese making process, while you enjoy some of the finest cheeses with cheese dips and mustard. Complete your journey into cheese with a glass of wine or specialty beer brewed for Henry Willig. Henri Willig was born and raised in Katwoude, a small village located at the foot of a dyke between lush green meadows; a picture postcard example of exactly what Holland should look like! Henri and his wife Riet took over the farm in 1974 and they have been producing high quality, traditionally prepared cheeses ever since.

Amsterdam: Cocktail Making Workshop

3. Amsterdam: Cocktail Making Workshop

Take a tour through the world's largest cocktail experience and visit House of Bols, the Cocktail & Genever Experience.  Go on a unique adventure and create unforgettable memories during this interactive experience. The tour takes about 1 hour and includes 1 cocktail in the revolutionary Mirror bar.  Dive into the glamorous world of cocktails, liqueurs, bartending, and the Dutch spirit Genever. After the tour, you can join the daily cocktail workshop. Attend the 30 minutes cocktail workshop that takes place every day at 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 6:30 PM. Learn how to make delicious cocktails and create 2 different cocktails during this workshop.  If you want to join the workshop at 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM, it is up to you to decide whether you want to do the House of Bols audio-tour before or after the workshop. Please make sure to arrive an hour before the workshop, or have an hour after the workshop to do the tour.  If you would like to do the workshop at 6:30 PM you can only do the tour beforehand and you need to be at House of Bols one hour ahead of time.

Volendam: Stroopwafel Experience with Tasting

4. Volendam: Stroopwafel Experience with Tasting

Located in Volendam, on the world-famous dike, find the newly renovated home of the Stroopwafel. Visit a traditional bakery which has been transformed in recent years and completely renovated to its old-fashioned function and style. As you enter the bakery, the gorgeous smell of the Stroopwafels will envelop you in deliciousness. Walk around the store to see all the incredibly flavorful variations on this national treat and purchase a few to take home for your friends and family. After your visit to the store, head downstairs with a traditional baker and watch him at work as he crafts the tasty treats. The demonstration is given on fixed times every day. Please select the time-slot when you make your booking. Assist the baker in making the Stroopwafels and learn all about the cooking process of the cookie. Immerse yourself in this baking experience full of sweet smells and enticing tastes and then enjoy the fruits of your labor and taste the cookies you produce. Finally wander around the bakery to see how life was like for Dutch bakers in the old days.

Amsterdam: Cocktail-Making Workshop

5. Amsterdam: Cocktail-Making Workshop

After gathering at the tour meeting point, begin your team building activity which sees you spend time crafting drinks with your hands. Your teacher, an experienced bartender and passionate shaker, stirrer, and drinker himself, is up for the challenge. Listen as your guide informs you all you need to know about different combinations, histories, traditions, and methods on how to best appreciate your libations. Enjoy the awesome atmosphere, select your ingredients, and concoct something either classy and classic, or daring and different. Experiment with flavors such as coconut, chocolate, peach, and vanilla, and see if you can make something brilliant happen.

Amsterdam: Cheese Experience with Gift and Discount

6. Amsterdam: Cheese Experience with Gift and Discount

Witness an authentic demonstration on how Dutch cheese is made. Learn how much milk is needed for one kilogram of cheese and see the equipment that is used to make cheese, all in downtown Amsterdam. The friendly staff of Henri Willig, donned in traditional Dutch clothing, will explain everything about the cheese-making process in a 5-10 minute demonstration. Afterwards, browse the shop, which also offers a wide selection of souvenirs and other typical Dutch treats such as stroopwafels (syrup waffles) and chocolate.  With over 20 different flavors of Gouda cheese, the choice may not be easy; a sample tasting allows you to try almost all the flavors, making the decision much more manageable.  The experienced staff is also ready to assist you in making your choice between, for example, fenugreek, hot and spicy, and pesto. Grab one to enjoy at home, or to give away as a special gift.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Guided Combo Tour

7. Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Guided Combo Tour

For a one-time life experience, you can start with a tour of the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands, with many canals and a total lack of roads. During a 1-hour guided boat tour, you can visit this fairytale village where less than 3,000 persons are living. Explore the restored village on foot to see the structure of every farmhouse on a tiny, man-made island. Walk along the narrow footpaths to explore hundreds of bridges and admire the village's quiet ambiance. Your journey will continue with an exploration of the most picturesque traditional 17th-century Zaanse Schans settlement, which includes houses and a series of wonderfully restored windmills from the nation's industrial heritage. In Zaanse Schans village, you can stroll through the charming greenhouses and visit a factory that makes the famous clogs in this part of the world. There's also a Dutch cheese to taste, and when you're there, you can try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm, where you can also learn about how it's made.

Volendam: 2.5-Hour Cheesemaking Workshop & Clog Making Tour

8. Volendam: 2.5-Hour Cheesemaking Workshop & Clog Making Tour

Starting out with milk from the local cows, learn about the steps involved in making cheese. Mixing, heating, pressing and eventually eating, of course! Make your own little farmer's cheese. This is a very young cheese which can be vacuumed and eaten directly or ripened at home using liquid plastic as a cover around the cheese. While the homemade cheeses are being pressed, enjoy a guided tour through the wooden shoe factory for a chance to learn how to turn a piece of wood into footwear. The varieties of clogs are shown, from historical to modern day clogs. In the shop, marvel at all kinds of souvenirs and taste Dutch biscuits such as stroopwafel, a delicious local fruit wine, and of course all kinds of cheeses. During the workshop coffee and tea are complimentary.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Photoshoot in Former Brothel

9. Amsterdam: Red Light District Photoshoot in Former Brothel

Dress up in outrageous costumes and get some glamor shots in a former brothel in Amsterdam's Red Light district with this attraction ticket. Be sent digital copies of your pictures by email. Stay hydrated during your professional shoot with tea, coffee, and soft drinks. Meet your host and photographer at the meeting point. Learn about the history of the area. Put on costumes and fun accessories like wigs, scarves and jewelry. Take your picture while standing in a red-light window in a former brothel. See what life is like on the other side of the glowing lights while uncovering facts about the venue. Hear about how the Red Light district has transformed and find out about future plans for this district. Receive your pictures by email after your photo shoot.

Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum: Timed Entrance & Guided Tour

10. Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum: Timed Entrance & Guided Tour

Visit the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s top art venues, on this 5-hour guided small-group tour. Your expert guide will take you on an exciting journey through the history of art and you’ll also learn about Dutch civilization through the centuries. Enjoy skip-the-line admission at the museums and follow the chronological path of art and its historical context. See some of history's most famous works of art, concentrating on the Dutch Golden Age and well-known artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Admire The Night Watch by Rembrandt, Milkmaid by Vermeer, and Tree Roots and Trunks, which was Van Gogh’s last painting. Your guide will tell you about all the important works you see, explaining techniques used and the significance of the works as well.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Very friendly and flexible. Although we were too late to the tour, we could join the next one without any problem. The explanations were good and questions were answered. And the offered tastings were delicious.

I’m not exaggerating if I say it was the best experience I had in Amsterdam. What made it even better the host or the shop workers (windy and another guy)

Very nice staff that explained and introduced each cheese to us. The portions were very good!

Super delicious cheese with a nice history to go with it. I can only recommend!

Nice we class, friendly staff and cocktails were delicious, good fun