http://www.lindbergh.nl/ plus a few other companies all run tours.
I have been looking at the tours offered and I have no idea which one I should select. I want to visit traditional towns and have an opportunity to walk around and explore. There are visits to Volendam
It is overwhelming so I was hoping you could highlight what is a must see and what we shouldn't really worry about missing!
I recommend going to Volendam & Marken. There is a direct bus from Amsterdam to Volendam and it's a beautiful Dutch fisher's village to walk around. You can even have your picture taken in Volendam traditional clothing. From Volendam take the ferry to Marken (just a short ride), another beautiful fisher's village. From Marken you can take the bus back to Volendam. No need to go with a tour operator. My Danish friend loved it when I took her there. The bus ride is nice as well as you will see some of our country side. But there are many great places you can visit from Amsterdam.
nlhunter, if I remember correctly you can see how they make wooden clogs in Volendam as well.
Last year we rented bikes and rode out to Volendam. It was quite beautiful, though it was still early spring so much of the town seemed to be closed up until more tourists appeared. The ride itself went through lovely farmland. It was, however, a very cold and windy day, so that wasn't a great deal of fun.
I've rented bikes twice in Amsterdam and while they are a very efficient way to get around, they are also constructed from old army tanks and they fill the frames with cement so you don't get blown over in the wind. If you're in good shape, it won't be a problem; if you're expecting a 10-speed, you'll be expecting a long time.
HaHa, nice post Arlos: ".. they fill the frames with cement so you don't get blown over in the wind" :-))
A while back we did have someone on the forum wanting to hire a touring bike. Ron found him a link, if I remember correctly.
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