Private tour

North Holland by Steam Ship & Steam Train Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: HTG Services

North Holland by Steam Ship & Steam Train Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: HTG Services

From US$ 212.59 per person

Explore the historic triangle of North Holland on a full-day tour that includes a ride on a vintage steam train and a ride on an old steam ship. Learn the history of the United East India Company as you travel from Enkhuizen to Hoorn, or vice versa.

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Duration 1 day
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English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
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  • 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
  • Wander the 17th-century center of Medemblik
  • Go to the Steam Train Museum
  • See historic dwellings of the Zuiderzee in the former warehouses of VOC
Full description
Your full day on the countryside will start at the train station of Enkhuizen or if you wish to combine this tour with a visit to the Zuiderzee Holland Outdoor Museum; at the trainstation in Hoorn. 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 train station 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 harbor, 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 harbor 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.
  • Private tour in your chosen language
  • Guide
  • 90-minute steam ship ride
  • 90-minute steam train ride
  • All local taxes
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips

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  • Please note that this tour can start in Enkhuizen or Hoorn. Both towns have direct train links to/from Amsterdam
  • The tour departing from Hoorn includes entrance to the Zuiderzeemuseum
  •  A moderate amount of walking is involved
Customer reviews

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Guide very good, however tour content dissappointing

Our personal guide was very good, but we were attracted to this tour as listed as a steam experience. The guide had no in depth knowledge of the actually steam train options ie there were two engines, but more importantly the boat was advertised as a " steam boat", but was actually diesel powered and our guide had no idea there was a difference and that it was a 90 minute voyage. The time table was confusing and parts appeared rushed. We enjoyed the free time we had at the museum village, but some exhibits were either unmanned or manned by non English speaking people. We believe our experience is no fault of the guide, but our issues lie with the tour company. To us a true steam excursion boat is the TSS Earnslaw, which is based at Queenstown, New Zealand.

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August 25, 2015

July 20, 2022

Very nice guide (Mimi?). Interesting details. Tour did not end at the starting point (but was stated as such). But the return trip was not a problem, the train went every 30 minutes.

August 6, 2022

Product ID: 41095