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Escorted Rail Tours to Volendam

Famous for its traditional Dutch costume

The town of Volendam, sometimes called "the pearl of the Zuiderzee", offers a fascinating insight into Dutch history. The town is best known for the traditional costumes and wooden shoes worn by locals. The oldest part of the centre is sometimes called "the labyrinth", for its narrow streets and seemingly random plan.

Due to the town's isolated location, and the character of its inhabitants, Volendam has an unusual atmosphere. Originally a small fishing village with a bustling harbour, Volendam became popular with artists during the 1880s, attracted by the unspoilt town that seemed trapped in the past. These artists captured Volendam's characteristics in paintings and other works of art.

The traditional costumes are some of the best examples of ancient clothing in Holland, and although only a handful of people wear it in their daily lives today, the locals understand the value of the costumes for tourism, so it is likely that you will see many examples as you wander through the town.

Volendam Museum
The Volendam Museum provides an insight into life and work in the town as it was at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.

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Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens and enjoy a talk onboard ship from television personality Charlie Dimmock on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways. 

On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.

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