had a great day, wished it could be one hour longer at least for a proper lunch and walk about at Volendam.
Diana was a great tour guide! She kept the crowd entertained throughout the ride, and also ensured that everyone returns to their own seats to prevent unhappiness. I would definitely recommend this for anyone new or even revisiting Amsterdam :
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.
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This tour overall was very nice. The windmills were so amazing and it was so cool to get to go inside one and all the way to the top. The town is so nice and quaint, I could have spent the whole day there! I wish we had more time to go into the shops and see the windmill. The town Volendam was very cool, but I could have done without the cheese factory, pretty much a scheme to get you to buy the cheese from there, you don't really learn much about making cheese. The last stop was nice but you have no time at all in that city. You walk straight to see how the clogs are made then have about 20 min to get what you want if you want anything and get on the bus. Also, our tour guide was nice but if you weren't right at the front of the line when he got to where he was going you completely missed what he said and he didn't repeat it. Also the place we had lunch in Volendam was not very good so you should venture out on your own to somewhere else. Overall, I would do it all over again and would recommend it.
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.
Bus was nice. Got to see windmills, hear about how they worked and walked around the grounds briefly. Not much time to get souvenirs, though. Next the wooded shoe maker demonstrated how shoes are made using modern tools. Still pretty neat and the shoemaker was very funny. Next we got onto a ferry that went to Volendam. Pretty postcard town with lots of interesting shops. Saw a brief cheese demonstration and we bought some cheese there. Guide to us to a nice lunch spot to get lunch. Prices were reasonable. Took our bus back to meeting spot. Kinda rushed but saw lots of neat things.
The company organisation of this trip was commendable. So many buses and people to organise but left on time and kept to schedule. The guide was friendly and informative.
Loved getting out of the city into the countryside. Zaanse Schans was a highlight - so much to see here but not enough time. Would have preferred more time here and less for lunch in Volendam. Plenty of variety on the trip: countryside windmills clog making cheese making town wanders. Well worth it for the price
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!
Bruges was a wonderful place would like to visit again. And the 2nd day to the windmills and Volendam was a great day 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.
We loved this tour - it included Zan schans, volendam and edam plus a stop at a cheese farm. Our tour Carlin was kind, friendly, informative and professional - it was a very pleasant and well organised half day tour. Perfect tour for those looking to explore the most beautiful parts of the countryside. Highly recommended
I would have liked to be in Zane schans longer. I did not get a chance to all the exhibits there. Less time at volendam. But I feel if your tour guide is top notch then your day trip will be a success. To me it is ll the history and info that the guide tells you to learn regarding the area that makes it interesting.
We would love to have more time in Zaanse Schans and Edam--skip Volendam
Excellent half day trip seeing the traditional windmills, cheese and clog making combined with lunch at the 'lakeside' resort of Volendam. The extended tour combined this with a 3 hour trip around Amsterdam in the afternoon.
The day we did this tour it rained constantly and was cold but despite this we had a great day! The guide was lovely and so knowledgeable about every thing we were seeing. Seeing how clogs are now made was very interesting and Edam would have to be one of the prettiest villages we have ever seen. Don't miss the cheese tasting, yum! Volendam would be a great place on a sunny day although we still enjoyed the rather damp visit. We couldn't be tempted to try the herring sandwiches! Great to wander through the little streets of fisherman's cottages, plenty of photo opportunities around every corner.
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
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....
It was a great way to spend 6 hours
Would have liked a bit more time near the windmills, and the museum in Volendam was a bit of a dud !
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.
Such a fun day out!! Booked last minute and was so happy that I did. The windmills were amazing and the boat trip across to Volendam was great, as was the cheese!! The Delft pottery was quite interesting, the only downside was the visit to the Hague was quite brief.
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!
Great day was had visiting the small villages of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam with tour guide Monique and bus driver Ari.
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.
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