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Was a great overview of the countryside with the story and history behind the draining of the poulders, how clogs are made, how windmills work and the important role played in the history of the Netherlands. Bus tour combined with a boat cruise. Efficient use of time - for a half day cruise it was informative and the pacing of activities and knowledge of the tour guides and presenters at each of the locations was fantastic!! The tour group was not huge and the logistics of managing all the stops and keeping to the schedule of returning to the bus or waiting for stragglers was not an issue.
Worth the money and time. Audio recording in the coach is very informative. Guides speak English well, friendly and helpful.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
I love the trip , but time spent on the bus was to long .but I would do it again, and the staff were great.
A great day out from Amsterdam. The guide and bus driver showed real interest in the group and had the timings down just right. No pressure to buy anything. The hour long boat ride half way through was a nice surprise. The only down side was the poor air conditioning on the bus on a rather hot day.
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.
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.
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.
LOTS of walking, so be prepared. Started in Volendam, then took boat to Marken, then bussed to Zaanse Schans. I would have preferred more time in ZS and less time in Volendam.
A must see place to visit when in the Netherlands. The guide was was very knowledgeable and entertaining and even though it rained a little (as it does in Holland) we had a very enjoyable day. On the negitive we a nice lunch break in Vollendam but the day felt a bit rushed. For a quick visit to Amsterdam this tour let you see the other side of the Netherlands.
Defo worth doing as the windmills were quaint and the clog factory great. The cheese tasting was also a must do. Get to the bus early and grab a seat upstairs at the front for the best viwes on route.
Another good day, but would have preferred more time in Volendam.
the half day tour was perfect as was the weather and scenery!!t
Bus was uncomfortable and seats were hard to find. Sites visited were fine but the bus ride was not pleasant
Tour was ok at best. I felt like I was being herded into one tourist trap after the other. The few demonstrations were crowded, couldn't get close and couldn't hear very well. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this tour.