Excursion

Private Cheese Tasting in the Heart of Amsterdam

For cheeseheads who want to sample Holland’s finest product, join us on a walking tour of city center and a wine and cheese tasting at the Old Amsterdam Cheese Store.

  • Code
    AMS-07
  • Level
    Extreme
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Gastronomy
  • Age
    18 & above
  • Duration
    3.5 Hours
Cheese! Glorious, wonderful, sweet, smoky, spicy, salty, savory, cheese! Like France and Switzerland, the Netherlands is a true “land of cheese”, an essential staple at breakfast, lunch or any other time. grilled, melted, fried, cut into small dice for an aperitif or in sauce — especially in Amsterdam. Although not the official seat of the government, Amsterdam is widely considered the capital of the Netherlands. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century). It was also during this age that their delicious cheeses received worldwide fame. 

After a short transfer to city center, you will embark on a guided walking tour of this beautiful and bustling city. Your guide will lead you past the fragrant flower market, the only floating flower market in the world. You’ll visit the quiet and serene beguinage, one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards — and one of the city’s best known landmarks. It dates back to the fourteenth century, when it was built for the Beguines, pious Catholic women who lived and dressed like nuns, without taking formal vows.
Next you will pass Dam Square with the classical-style Royal Palace, one of three palaces still used by the Royal Family. After taking in enough historical facts from you knowledgeable guide, it is time to sample some delicious Dutch cheeses. Over the course of an hour, you will savor five varieties with accompanying wines while learning more about the process and history of cheesemaking. Then cap off your ‘cheese fest’ with a short walk back to the ship.

Important Notes:
The weather in the lowlands can change rapidly so bring umbrella and sunscreen.