We loved this tour. The tour guide was excellent - entertaining and interesting! We took the longer tour (6.5 hours) I worried that it was going to be too long but it certainly wasn't - I think the shorter tour must be a bit of a rush! Daanse Schans is beautiful. It's was a bit of a walk to the windmill that we went to visit - but worth it - it was very interesting! It would have been nice to have more time to look around the village. We enjoyed the visit to Volendam. We visited a small folk museum, a shop where they made cheese and had time to look around before getting the boat to Marken. We loved the clog factory - the clog maker was very amusing! A super day out - well worth the money! The trip involves quite a bit of walking - if you are a bit slow on your feet you might have trouble keeping up.
The later part of the tour covering the windmills, Volendam and Marken was very good except for the city tour. The city tour lasted about 2.5 hours but 1 hour was spent in a diamond shop/centre which was a total waste of time. This time could be better spent showing more of Amsterdam.
We had a great day out. We particularly enjoyed the Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken Day Trip. Fantastic way to see the countryside outside Amsterdam. These sights were fantastic; very pretty, lots to see and a snapshot of regional/coastal Holland. Would certainly recommend the day trip.
A great day outside of the city! Took many beautiful pictures. The villages were all very quaint and beautiful. This tour is low-key and quiet- kids may not enjoy it. You are given apple pie and coffee on the ferry to Volendam, the lunch provided was actually huge and tastey--choice of an appetizer and a large entree (for example: pork/fish, potatoes, and other veggies). One downfall is that the people in Markam were quite rude- our tour guide even expressed to us that they don't like tourists--this was unfortunate to learn.
Of the three tours we took in Holland, this was the best of the three. The trip through the country side was great and got to see a lot of the sites. We stopped at a wooden shoe makers shop and got to see how they made the shoes. There were lots of shoes there to purchase if you wanted them (sizes were marked with the different shoe sized from the different areas of the world. The windmills were beautiful and it was great to be able to see them inside and how they work. The lunch in Volendam was good. After this part of the tour the trip to Keukenhof Gardens was what we really went on this tour for. We had been to the gardens over 40 years ago and wanted to see how they had changed. Our tour was late in the season and many of the flowers had lost their blooms. Keukenhof Gardens and planted additional tulips throughout the garden so we could see the different types of tulips. We were there just 3 days before the gardens closed this year around May 18th. The size of the gardens had more than doubled since the last time we were there.
This was a very full day and I thoroughly enjoyed all three places - a great way to learn about the "old Holland" we were taught about as kids. The gardens were absolutely beautiful, the windmills tour and demonstration about making wooden shoes were very interesting and I don't think I have ever seen a more pristine town than Volendam, would have liked more time there.
Our tour was fabulous. All four of 7s really enjoyed it. The tour was very well run, Very informative Enjoyed the windmills, Volendam, Marken. Everything was perfect. thank you
Good value and certainly epitomises what "Holland" was like in the early days.Windmills were a sensational sight! More time in Volendam would be nice.Cheesemaking demonstration was PATHETIC.More like a comedy sketch!!
The bus was suffocating when we were waiting for everyone to show up, but it was fine when we were actually traveling. Our guide, Astrid, was fun and quite competent. The trip itself was to fascinating, picturesque parts of the Netherlands which I highly recommend. We loved the wooden-shoe-making demonstration particularly, as well as the visit to the industrial windmill where lumber is processed. The little museum at Volendam was interesting, too.
Our tour was fantastic. The city tour in the morning was very informative and our guide was amazing. We loved the windmills in Zaanse Schans. Volendam and Marken were peaceful, quaint, and we wanted to spend more time there. The shoe maker was great! Afternoon tour guide could have been nicer.
Took the bus trip through the very green Dutch countryside and over to the island of Marken. A young man by the name of Joel showed us how wooden clogs are made. Walked through this old fishing village and then had a pleasant ferry ride back to Volendam, a very picturesque village. Walked through the town to a cheese factory and had a brief, but interesting demonstration on the making of cheese. Then onto Zaanse Schans to see the windmills, some of which are still in use. The countryside of the Netherlands is very colourful at this time of the year.
It was a great thing to do on a horribly rainy day - and likely a lot of fun on any day. The guide was excellent as were the sites we were taken to. We would have enjoyed spending more time in Volendam had it not been raining but it was perfect considering the weather. We were pretty much rained out by the time we got to the windmills so didn't get full appreciation of that portion. Delft and The Hague both were most interesting but the two trips back to back did make for a long 11 hour day.
The morning tour including Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken was fantastic although rushed at times. The afternoon tour to Delft and The Hague was less interesting and really only worth it if you are wanting to buy Delft Pottery.
Love the trip.. This trip went to all the places I need to see outside amsterdam.. Love the wind mills.. Also the clog factory.. volendam is very nice place.. don't miss this trip.. the bus tour is very organized and easy to find in the dam rak (meeting place)
I would recommend this tour if u only have limited time in Amsterdam. We enjoyed the morning tour of Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken. Volendam was beautiful and it could have been better if we are given alittle more free time there instead of in Marken. We had a wonderful lunch at Volendam on the tour guide's recommendation but due to time constraint, we skipped the cheese tasting and demonstration. Even though we skipped the cheese tasting and demo, we still didn't have enough time to shop and walk around Volendam. They have quite a few cool souvenir shops and the prices are relatively cheaper than in Amsterdam central itself. So it would be good if u can grab some souvenirs there.
For the afternoon tour of Keukenhof, it is basically just transport to and fro Amsterdam to the gardens. We were dropped off back at Amsterdam central after the morning tour and we had to hop on to another coach bus that were waiting to bring us to Keukenhof. Tickets to the gardens were given to us and we were dropped off at Keukenhof to visit the gardens on our own and told to be back at the meeting point at 6.30pm to be brought back to Amsterdam central.
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