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The Keukenhof Gardens were amazing and I appreciated the amount of time we had there. The bus driver took a unofficial way to the garden and we got to see the many fields that supply the garden. We had about an hour wait for our bus to appear at the Eye Museum/Tower and several groups took off before us. The guide gave adequate history of the garden and how tulips got to the Netherlands. I thought the tour was English only but he had to give the dialogue in German as well. The ZaanseSchans Windmill Viilage was interesting as well, but I thought the guide did not give very good info about the mills and didn't tell us of the Museum which could have been interesting. The cheese place was interesting and the inclusion of wooden shoe making was interesting, but I thought we should have been told about these ventures ahead of time. I could have missed it!
As for the two locations visited, they were well worth the time and money. The tour operator is where things fell apart. The gardens are 45 minutes from the departure point. In Amsterdam, with a slight delay in departure time we arrived at the park around 10:15 and had a departure time of 2:30. This gave us ample time to visit the park completely and at our leasure.
At 2:30 we returned to the departure point to collect guests that were only visiting Zaanse Schans Village. Therefore another 45 minutes or so to return with traffic and then another 30 minutes to get to the village. With delays we arrived at the village shortly after 4 to be told that the windmill visits were closing at 4:30. Then around 5 the shops in the village started to close for the day and by 6 pm the village was shut down. Therefore the visit to the village was both rushed and caiotic.
My suggestion would be to start the tour earlier in the morning and go to the village directly from the gardens. Its à 45 minute ride between the two, saving at least 30 mints of bus time. I had the distinct feeling that the company was more interested in filling buses than the visitors experience.
Fantastic visit to the gardens. No one should miss it. Zaanse Schans Windmill Village was too commercial. Never saw what windmills are used for. Can buy the cheese and clogs anywhere in Amsterdam. Didn't know they were going to drop us off at A'dam Tower and leave us there to figure out how to get back on our own.
Keukenhof was definitely worth it and is highly recommended. Zaanse Schans added to the end of the day was not worth it: almost everything was closed or closing when we arrived at 4:15 pm, and it turns out entry was free. See this on your own and arrive in the middle of the day to be able to tour the windmills: otherwise it is simply a photo shoot for the price of a tour.
The gardens where beautiful with every kind of tulip you could imagine. The gardens are extensive and require lots of walking. Our guide had lots of information but was so soft speaking we could not hear him outdoors. My friend and I both use canes and asked our guide to slow down a little so we could keep up but that didn't happen. Also the description of the tour said both pick up and return to the hotel was part of the trip, but we were delivered to the head quarters and told to take the free ferry to the central station to get back to our hotel. We were not happy. This is a full day trip and pretty exhausting. The flowers and the windmills were worth the trip but it would have oh so much better with a guide you could hear and keep up with as well as returned to the hotel where pick up had happened.
We have several booking and they will just reject you on the last minute without considering you are booking online that should confirm your booking online too! This is exactly my point - do not sell if you cannot confirm. ONLINE BOOKING AND ONLINE SELLING IS TOTALLY AVAILABLE TO BE BOOK AND BUY, OTHERWISE DONT SELL! The hassle and the damages are very tragic and disappointing to ruin our trip!There is no such online booking that cannot be confirmed - thats why its called online selling
Besides the offer was still available when we purchase the tour, in which the agency just wants to add payment from us in which i confirmed and was willing to pay too for the kids for the extra pay for adults rate even they have offered kids rate too- it is simply business money making - but you should consider to take care of your client because i am willing to pay for the difference too!
This is simply not an excuse for wrong practice and neglect of BUSINESS ETHICS.
We got a little anxious trying to find the bus stop for our trip. We tried to call the phone and it was not in service. Finally where we thought it was, a guide came and said she was riding with us to A'DAM. I wish the bus stop address and description had included a map!
The tour guide on the bus to the Garden and Windmill village gave information in English and Spanish then she took us through a short part of Keukenhof before we had plenty of time on our own. I feel so lucky that we travelled when these gardens were open.
We then returned to A'DAM before heading to Windmill Village. Would have liked a little more time in the clog shop, but we had traffic and got to the village later than usual. The village is interesting, but would have also like to have some information about the working of the windmill. The windmills were not open to go inside, so our guide had recommended that we go in the one at Keukenhof, but there was no information to read about them. There was more traffic on the way home, so our bus driver had chosen a different route that took us through some lovely countryside. All in all, it was a pleasurable trip, and the gardens should not be missed if you are there when they are open for the only 8 wks per yr!
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