Met the tour at the tour office. Left right on time on a double decker coach. Our guide (Diana?) was very informative both historically and geographically. First we drove over a dijk to Marken. Here we walked around houses in the small village, I did feel a bit uncomfortable as we were almost in their gardens. Then we went to the Clog factory and watched Bart make a clog. He too was very informative and funny. We spent time at the gift shop before walking down to the waterfront to catch the boat to Volendam. We were the last boat of the season to leave and this was an extra surprise as when booking the tour it said the day before was the last boat trip. The boat trip was quick, there are toilet and refreshment facilities on board. Volendam was beautiful I so wish we went in the summer and not on a windy, rainy November day. We went to the cheese factory and heard how cheese is made, I say heard as the lady just described the process however the woman in the room (behind glass) behind us was actually making cheese. We had about 3/4 hour free time hear to get lunch, there are numerous bars, restaurants and stalls selling food. We then walked to the coach and continued to Zaanse Schans. The first impression you get when you leave the coach is an overwhelming smell of chocolate !! There is a chocolate factory here. The first windmill is free to enter however you cannot climb up. There is a windmill that costs 3 eu and you can go to the top and outside. I will warn the steps are very steep. Here we had free time to walk around. There were plenty of photo opportunities. We then returned to Amsterdam. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
Even though it rained a lot of the day, we enjoyed both the morning city tour and especially the afternoon tour of the Windmills, Marken and the picturesque village of Volendam.
More time was needed iat the windmills and Volendam
More time in Marken and Volendam would have been nice.
I really enjoyed this trip. It was a lovely day to tour the country side, beautiful scenery, lovely lunch, with a relaxing boat ride. The Volendam part is very touristy, but we are tourists, so expect this. Well worth it to get a feel of the Dutch country side.
This is a great tour, including a lovely boat trip from Marken to Volendam. Terrific tour leader, nice comfortable coach. Wonderful cheeses and great local specialties at Volendam. The windmills are amazing, but it was a shame we couldn't go inside any as they had closed before we arrived later in the day, although it was still lovely to see working windmills anyway. Good value and very enjoyable!
We loved the Windmills and trip to Volendam and Marken, exactly what we hoped to see in The Netherlands! We had a great guide, Edgar, and driver Steph. Just could not have been better.
Thoroughly enjoyable time, could have spent more time day at the Windmills or Madurodam but a great overview of the Netherlands. Loved Volendam and cruise to Maken. Well worth it.
Fabulous experience! The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. She made the tour come to life for us. We enjoyed the boat ride and our walk around the fishing village of Volendam. However, we wished we had arrived at the Zaanse Schans windmills a little earlier so that we could have asked questions and seen more of the working mill in action. On the whole, a really great tour however. One we would definitely recommend.
Very good tour to the country side, Volendam and the windmills. The guide was excellent speaking both English and Spanish. His enunciation in both languages was outstanding (I lived in Mexico in the late 90's and could understand his Spanish, even though I have had minimal exposure for 12 years). The tour was a good mix of bus, boat and walking. It was a good use of time and significantly less expensive than the cruise ship tours. (Left on a cruise the following day). I'd go again if I was in the Netherlands
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip .
Time is limited in the villages though... Would b good maybe to do the full day just visiting marken , volendam and Zaanse ... So you could have more time to spend in each village .
Very nice tour in the countryside. It was lovely to see some of the Netherlands outside of Amsterdam. The windmills were the highlight of this tour (we visited the working peanut oil mill and loved it). The ferry ride was nice, as was Volendam. That said, there is nothing to see in Marken, and we could have done without the shoe factory.
Morning time with the Amsterdam tour was enjoyable but a bit boring in places. Not interested in buildings of office and being informed that the people were building more offices than homes not so good. Would have preferred more historical things than office buildings. Diamond factory was good but too long there. Afternoon part of the trip we enjoyed the trip however there were things that could have been better. Waiting so far from the bus before walking long way to get on the bus and found that some people had already boarded when we had waiting and walked. Wish that we had had a pure bus for English speaking bus as it was sometimes hard to listen to the commentary as other languages were speaking and could not always hear and it too so long for the translations it was always noisy. The trip itself when we got to these places was good but not long enough at the windmills to look round. Also the trip to Volendam was too far a walk for some people from the bus to the cheese factory and were struggling to keep up. Not enough time for something to eat in Volendam before the clog factory. It was fun at the clog factory but too long there. Gentleman doing the translating was very fluent but felt sorry for him doing so much of it.
The gardens were beautiful - stunning even in the rain. The whole day was great. Our only recommendation is for the guide to have a microphone system so that everyone can hear her when we were walking around Volendam. Unless we were all huddled together, it was difficult to hear what she was saying.
Volendam is a cute township picturesque houses and could have spent a lot more time there.Cheese and clog factories were interesting as were the windmills.
The lunch at Delft was good and interesting visit to the Delft pottery.
Madurodam was great to see, but a bit of a long stop
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