4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:  5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
On this Amsterdam shore excursion, leave the city behind for a half-day trip to discover the Dutch countryside. Enjoy a drive through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals; see authentic wooden houses, windmills and fishing villages; and witness traditional crafts from days gone by. The picturesque village of Zaanse Schans is famous for its original buildings, vividly capturing Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. See the famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken and visit a traditional cheese farm. You'll return to central Amsterdam at approximately 2:30pm or 8pm.


  • 5.5-hour shore excursion to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
  • Scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
  • See the windmills of Zaanse Schans and visit a traditional clog-maker
  • Admire the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam
  • Enjoy a 20-minute boat trip (summer only)
  • Visit a Dutch cheese farm

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What You Can Expect

Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam

Experience the highlights of the Dutch countryside on this half-day sightseeing shore excursion! Depart Amsterdam in the morning or afternoon and head toward the beautiful Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, where you'll see the historic shipyard and windmills. Visit a local shoemaker and watch the clog-making techniques first-hand!

Next, visit the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, on the coast of the former Zuiderzee (now called Ijselmeer). In these authentic villages, the old wooden houses are built on stilts and locals still wear their colorful traditional dresses. To get from Volendam to Marken, take a 20-minute boat ride, with approximately 45 minutes at each stop (summer only).

During your tour, you'll also stop at one of the few farms where cheese is still made in the traditional Dutch way.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
This excursion is located within a 20-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Amsterdam. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I highly recommend this tour. The windmills are so beautiful. I did wish there was more time at this stop because you barely have time to use the facilities and see it all. My favorite stop was the fish town. So beautiful and had a delicious lunch. The ferry ride was great too. Unfortunately my visit was during a heat wave and the air conditioner was broken on the bus. That was the only down side.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing. Great views and tour of windmills. Interesting show making. Really fun cheese production show and taste. Note-volunteer to be in the show! Really good tasting lunch in a small fishing village. The trip was also very informative of the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Well organised, very good guide, saw a lot in the time used.

Allan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

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!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

My children and I went with Asterisk and she was great, the driver was funny. The tour itself was great and we saw so much and although there were time restraints, it didn't feel rushed. It was a great tour with every minute of it accounted for and well worth it.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Tour was very informative and guides were very helpful. However, the tour did not state that it was a walking tour. The walk to the windmills was excessive and spoilt the start of the afternoon. Visitor is visually impaired and. We should have been told that it was a walking tour before booking the tour. The guides were concerned that we had paid for the tour because of this.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Our only regret is that we didn't do a full day tour! The tour gave a great overview of the areas outside of Amsterdam. We traveled by bus and also by boat on Lake Isslmeer. We saw wonderful windmills and got a good overview of Marken and Volendam. and Marken. It was great to have time to have an excursion on Lake Isslmeer which gave an entirely different perspective than just a land tour. We enjoyed a great lunch...the fish was delectable. I think the highlight was seeing all the windmills and learning about how they work and the power that they generated in the past and into the present day.. It was great value for the price as it included a great deal in the half day tour.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

It was myself and my niece (8) and nephew (6) on the afternoon excursion. In brief we all loved it. I thought it was such excellent value and the kids had a fantastic time. The pace was quite fast but it kept the kids engaged. The organization was professional, the ticket booking, the organization at the buses (long lines but it went quickly and smoothly), the driver and guide. The downsides, well, more time would be nice in Zaanse Schans, we only saw one windmill and had time to take the kids to the bathroom and we had to go, the recommended restaurant, though inexpensive did not have space for us, and there would not have been time to eat if we'd waited, at the wooden shoe shop, we did not have time to try and purchase clogs for all of us, only for 1 and Marken stalls were all closed as we arrived after business hours. A suggestion of a couple of restaurants would have been good. The person who guided us from the Ticketing office to the Bus was unhelpful and caused some stress, less time for dinner to give more time for either Marken or Zaanse Schans.. And yes, we totally understand it's a lot of activity to pack into a 1/2 day. I give it high marks and my feedback is highlighting more negatives only because I think that's most valuable.

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