This tour had been the highlight of our trip to Amsterdam. Our guide was knowledgeable and was engaging enough to keep our interest up. Of all the places we've visited, Zaanse Schans had to be the best since that's where the windmills are. With such an idyllic scenery, it was made for picture taking. Going up the windmill afforded us with an elevated 360 views of the surrounding area. Learning about the windmill's inner workings was fascinating. I do wish that we were allowed more time to meander around the neighborhood and check out the shops. I feel that an hour give or take wasn't nearly enough.
The other portion of the tour at Edam, Volendam and Marken were also interesting. The lunch in Marken was surprisingly good. Normally, lunches included in tours are nothing to write home about. However, our lunch was pretty good if I say so myself.
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour as it gave us an experience that was something that's totally different from the big city feel of Amsterdam.
it was amazing tour, we had the chance to see the beautiful side of Holland country side, the windmills, the cheese factory, the Clogs factory in Marken and the sea food in Volendam was perfect.
we went on this tour in October 27th, although the weather was a little bit cold, but lucky for us it didn't rain and the day was amazing.
It was a great tour of the windmills and fascinating how they work. Marken and Volendam were interesting. Had a great morning.
Great tour - loved the windmills and being able to visit a working windmill. The area was so green and very pretty and guide was knowlegable and friendly. Loved walking through the streets of Marken and Volendam is so picturesque and beautiful. Visiting a clog factory was informative and the clog maker was very amusing in explaining how clogs are made and a demonstration followed. The tour was not too far from Amsterdam and the afternoon had perfect blue skies...just perfect!
The windmills of Marken and Volendam are absolutely splendid!
Fantastic coach. Great mix of activities. Kids loved the wooden shoe factory and windmill components. Boat ride to Marken and the lunch there were superb. Loved walking around Edam, visiting the cheese shop and other shops there. Viola was an excellent tour guide. Of the 10 or so tours we took in Europe, this one stood out.
The tour was great but we almost got left behind. We were in the gathering area 15 minutes before time but waited in the long line to use the one toilet. The group left three minutes early to walk to the bus. My husband asked if they could wait til appointed time but guide said we would have to catch up on our own. We almost lost track of the group as we ran in an effort to keep them in sight. This set a bad tone for us as the guide left earlier than the scheduled time. The best part was the Zaanse Schans Windmills. I would like to have spent more time there, skip the Marken visit and then go to Volendam.
I wish I could give a split star-rating for this tour, because I'd give 4 stars to the first half Zaanse Schans, Marken, Volendam and 1 star to the second half Delft and The Hague. The reason we signed up for this is because it combines two half-day tours for a small amount above what you'd pay for just one of the half-day tours. The first half takes you through some truly beautiful scenery, although I wish we had an extra hour each in Zaanse Schans and Volendam. I would have skipped Marken entirely -- the clog-making demonstration was just mildly interesting though the guy who demonstrated the machinery was quite funny! and there's not much else to see in that town. Having said that, the boat ride from Marken to Volendam was nice -- but only if the weather is nice. If you tried seeing these places on your own, especially as a tourist who doesn't know how to navigate the area efficiently, it would be really difficult, so this half-day tour was a great way to see these places efficiently. I don't recommend the 2nd tour Delft/Hague. The pottery factory would only be interesting to people who are extremely into that kind of thing, while there was really nothing interesting about The Hague, or at least the parts of the city we saw. The only good part about the 2nd tour is that we had a bit of free time in Delft, which is quite a pretty town -- but you could easily get there by train from Amsterdam on your own.
We came 8 min before. The woman at the office said that the bus is not there anymore and the tour go! She changed it to the same tour later on the same day. That was a big bus with about 60-70 people. The guide went very fast. Arrive to Marken when it's dark so we didn't see anything except clogs!!
A poorly planned day. The first half was okay which for us was the Windmills, Volendam and Marken. But they then returned us to the city and left us for half an hour on a thin island on a very busy street waiting for another bus to take us on the City Tour, ugh! If I'd known we would have to switch buses I never would have booked this tour.
Also, both tours had way too many people for one guide. The next time I will look for tours for small groups, that cater to the customer's safety and comfort.
This was a wonderful tour. Guide was very informative. It covered the essence of Netherlands - windmills, cheese and clogs. Fascinating at Zaans Schans the working of the windmill. Volendam the cheese factory - choice was difficult and one could have your photo taken in local dress in a few shops on the waterfront. The fish was excellent here. Boat trip to Marken to lovely and seeing the clogs being made was very interesting. So whatever I dreamed of in Netherlands was covered in this tour, Unfortunately it was past tulip season, A definitely good trip
Great tour, lots to see and very very interesting. Guide was a lovely Spanish girl who spoke great English. But the tour involves listening to a commentary on the bus in various languages. You choose your own language. That too was very good as it gave you lots of information about the places you were going to and also about Amsterdam. The one thing I should warn people about is the amount of walking, especially if you are not as nimble on your feet as you once were. My mum is not as agile and mobile as she used to be since she broke her hip and had it replaced, so we had to take it very easy and slowly. But there are lots of places to rest. The windmills include a tour of a working mill which she wasn't able to do, the cheese factory involved going down stairs to listen to the lady talk about the cheese. And getting tot eh cheese factory involved quite a walk from the bus through the village to the actual cheese factory likewise from Marken pier to the clog place is a walk. All fine if you are able bodied and have no problems walking. yes she can walk but no one told us how much walking would be involved. The tour itself was great and I have no problems with it at all but just to warn anyone with mobility issues, you do need to walk quite far.
We highly recommend this tour. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and the bus very comfortable. All parts of the tour were very good and we very much enjoyed the Zaans Schans Windmills. Volendam and Marken were also great places to visit.
The trip was good .the guide edgar was very good and driver Ryan was very sweet and helpful...both of them made our trip special.. The places were beautiful the windmills volendam and marken...we also saw delft and hague...they were nice...all in all good trip....
Tour was good but a bit more time on the walk through Marken would have been better.
Beautiful stops just outside Amsterdam but time at each stop was way to short. We barely had time to walk back from one of the windmills and go to the bathroom before we had to leave Zaanse Schans. Would've like to have visited the Pewter Factory on the grounds. Too short of a stop in Marken as well. We were rushed from place to place. This tour is 6.5 hours and should've been more like 8 hours. Otherwise we loved it.
Great tour, you get to see a lot of the countryside to and from. Only downside, we felt very rushed in Volendam and Marken. Cheese factory was ok, but nothing we couldn't find in Amsterdam. Clog store in Marken again was nothing remarkable, again, shoes were less expensive elsewhere. These 2 stops were nothing more than marketing. The towns were beautiful but we were swept right through to get to the shops and didn't get a chance to admire it. Really enjoyed the windmill village, plenty of time to walk around and take pictures. Delft and Hague were good too.
Too rushed. Volendam more time. Enjoyed cheese factory demonstration, but little time for lunch and look around. Told not to buy souvenirs at Volendam as we could get them at Marken. Only time at Marken was at Clog Factory and then back to bus.
My experience was very different to the other reviewers. The tour operator would not accept my Viator voucher so I had to queue up to exchange it, 20 minutes later I was still waiting to be served and the tour left without me, I had to run to catch up with them at the bus I had arrived 30 minutes early for the tour but it was still not enough time! . The bus was an old double-decker coach. Other tour operators must have also sold this tour as our group took the last remaining empty seats. The trip to the windmills was quite rushed, whereas we had too much free time in Volendam. The guide wanted us to eat lunch at 3.30pm at an overpriced tourist restaurant, which most of us didn't. The visit to Marken was interesting. There was only 1 guide leading all 83 people and he was quite disorganised. He did not wait for people to catch up and so many missed what he was saying. He parroted off the information, no real enthusiasm for his work, which is a shame as many of the other reviewers have remarked how lovely and funny their guide was. Not our guide!
It's a great short trip away from the city. Everything went smooth from start of the tour to finish. Our guide was amazing, even though there are a few people who doesnt seem to care to be right on time, he was still very patient and all smiling. The rest of the staff are also extremely friendly. The trip also is magnificent, you get to see the nearby Dutch countryside of Marken and Volendam. For the money we've spent its well worth the trip, even for a half day. I just wished we've had more time to explore by ourselves, nevertheless tour is still amazing!
This is a great way to get out of the city and see the Dutch countryside. A short ride to Zaanse Schans. The windmills were working. The tour of the mill was very interesting and provided by the owner of the business. The shops in this area were very nice a bit touristy but nice. The bakery museum was very cool. I would say that more time here would have been good. Volendam was wonderful and lunch was great. A wonderful seaside town. The boat ride to Marken was awesome. The wooden shoe factory was very interesting. This was a really nice place to visit. People were so very friendly, warm and welcoming. A very enjoyable day.
Excellent bus tour of the city of Amsterdam. The Zaanse Schans Windmills and villiage visit was very good, however it would have been better to have more free time. We saw the windmill demo but wanted some more time to wander the village. Add an hour there! Marken time - perfect. Could cut that down by 10-15 since it is a short demo and then just shopping in that one store. Volendam was interesting and again wish we had more time to explore here. The cheese demo was very simple and we should have used that time to visit other things in the town.
After spending some time walking around Amsterdam, the bus trip was a welcome relief for my legs. I enjoyed all three stops but felt rushed at Zaanse Schans Windmills. Marken and Vollendam were enchanting. I think this trio would be better enjoyed over the whole day but, if you want to get the quick taste of the countryside, this works. My children 10 and 14 enjoyed it too and the guide was very helpful. The audio provided interesting background information in multiple languages.
We really liked this tour the day was beautiful and the tour guide and the bus driver were great. I would have given it a 5 star rating but we didn't do any cheese tasting in the town of Edam. We did do a really nice wine and cheese tasting in Marken. They just need to change the description of the tour.
Cool visit to the windmills in Zaanse Schans. Daniela was our tour guide and she was great - spoke good English, Spanich and Italian. The Dutch coutryside was beautiful, and the tours of the working windmills was cool and interesting. The villages of Marken and Volendam were also beautiful and quaint. The kids liked the wooden shoe demonstration in Marken and the cheese tasting in Volendam. We want to come back and bicycle the countryside in Holland. Overall a great experience. However...there was a museum tour in Volendam at the end of the tour that was a complete waste of time and unnecessary. I would have appreciated more time at Zaanse Schans instead of the museum - an hour of my life I'll never get back. Also, Zaanse Schans should get smarter about potentially becoming a tourist trap. The working windmills were unique - the 4 Euro pp to use the bathroom - not so much. Without the museum and the tourist trap elements of Zaans Schans would have been 4 stars.
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