- Learn the history of Holland's United East India Company
- Climb aboard a heritage steam train and ride through West-Frisia
- Cruise aboard an old steam ship
- Go to the Steam Train Museum
Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this area of North Holland called West-Frisia.
After meeting your personal guide at the trainstation in Enkhuizen, start exploring the highlights of this historic town, once an important harbor to the former United East India Company (VOC). The United East India Company is often referred as the world’s first multinational company, and was definitely the first to issue stocks. Essential to Holland’s establishment of its colonies in Asia, and to the subsequent spice trade, it was arguably the 1st ever mega corporation. Your guide will take you on a stroll around the 17th-century town centre. Go to the Snouck van Loosen Park to see one of the first social housing projects of the Netherlands. Learn about Enkhuizen’s maritime traditions in the harbour, and marvel at the old defense tower of the Drommedaris
After a walk around town of about 45 minutes, take a seat aboard the historic ferryship Friesland. Enjoy views over the lake Ijsselmeer (Former Zuiderzee/South Sea), watch the birds in the sky and see traditional flat bottom sail ships passing by in the 90 minutes trip to the next stop, Medemblik.
Upon arrival at the once prosperous trading town you will have about 1-hour to explore on your own. Admire the 17th and 18th century merchant houses of Holland’s Golden Age, and grab a sandwich of typical Dutch cheese.
Next, ride a historic steam train to Hoorn. The engine whistles and the fireman shovels coal into the firebox. Wooden partitions creak, wheels sing and steam hisses. From the wooden 3rd class seats in your carriage you will experience a story from a different era. The train meanders from village to village across the West Frisian countryside. After arrival in Hoorn you have time to visit the Steam Train Museum.
Finally have your personal guide take you for a walk around town to see the harbour where the spices arrived from Asia that gave Holland its prosperity.
You can choose to depart from Hoorn if you prefer, taking the tour in reverse. This option also includes entrance to the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen. See authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, including a church, fish-curing shed, cheese warehouse, and houses from the surrounding fishing villages. The staff will demonstrate historical crafts from everyday life, and more.
- Professional guide
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Train and boattickets
- Entrance fees
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.