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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Dutch Windmills and Countryside Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Cheese Tasting in Edam

Historic windmills, charming fishing villages, picturesque canals, a delectable lunch and cheese tastings – this day trip from Amsterdam shows you the best of traditional Dutch culture and scenery in one day. Venturing through Holland’s countryside, visit Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans for guided walking tours and free time. Witness the art of wooden shoemaking in Marken, take a boat ride to Volendam for a typical Dutch lunch, enjoy a cheese tasting in Edam, and admire the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans.


  • Day trip through the Netherlands’ countryside from Amsterdam
  • Experience traditional Dutch culture, folklore and craftsmanship with stops in four authentic villages
  • Walk the charming streets of Marken and visit a wooden shoemaker
  • Take a boat ride to Volendam, with coffee and pastries included on board
  • Enjoy lunch and dress up in traditional Dutch costumes in Volendam
  • Taste Edam’s famous cheese and see one of the Netherlands’ largest churches, the Grote Kerk
  • See the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This all-inclusive tour is a fantastic way to experience Holland's countryside! Everything is taken care of, including lunch, cheese tastings, a boat ride with coffee and pastries, walking tours and entrance fees.

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What You Can Expect

Dutch Windmills and Countryside Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Cheese Tasting in Edam

Enjoy a cheese tasting in Edam

You’ll be picked up from Amsterdam’s Museum District. Your guide will then take you on a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside of the Netherlands.

Your first stop is Marken, a small fishing town known for preserving traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour along the charming streets while learning about the history of this special place. You’ll also visit a wooden shoemaker to see a craftsman busy at work, demonstrating the fine skill of wooden shoemaking.

You’ll then board a boat for a journey to Volendam. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a tasty pastry as you enjoy this relaxing ride, offering a beautiful view of Lake Ijssel. When you arrive in Volendam, you’ll have free time to explore this traditional Dutch fishing village on your own. Browse the shops and even take a picture of yourself in traditional Volendam costumes, which are sill worn during folkloric events. Then meet with your group for lunch at a restaurant along the dike. Here you'll enjoy a set 3-course meal, and can choose between a fish, meat or vegetarian option. Water is included, and other drinks are available for purchase.

Your next stop is Edam, a gem in the heart of North Holland. This little town is famous for its cheese, which has been enjoyed around the world for centuries. Savor the flavor of Edam during a cheese tasting at a local cheese shop. Not only is Edam famous for cheese, it also has a rich history as a former shipyard and is home to one of the Netherlands’ largest churches, the Grote Kerk, which you’ll see on your walking tour. Wander the cobblestone streets and gaze upon the quaint homes and bridges along Edam’s canals – it’s like taking a stroll through a Dutch postcard.

From Edam, continue your scenic drive through the countryside to the province of Zaandam, where you’ll visit the neighborhood of Zaanse Schans. This famous area is home to a wonderful collection of well-preserved, historic windmills. The area also has picturesque homes, wooden barns and scenic meadows for you to see. Visit one of the windmills by foot, exploring the inside to discover the importance of this Dutch icon up-close.

Zaanse Schans completes your authentic Dutch excursion. You’ll then make your way back to Amsterdam.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour of the country. The towns, the windmills, the cheese, wine, lunch were all great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a perfect day! A little bit of everything that is so typically Dutch, and with a local who could explain what we were experiencing. A great way to see outside of the city centre and understand the waterways of the Lowlands.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a wonderful tour. It was extremely well organized and great value for the cost. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and our tour guide was excellent. What a great way to see the Netherlands countryside.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic coach. Great mix of activities. Kids loved the wooden shoe factory and windmill components. Boat ride to Marken and the lunch there were superb. Loved walking around Edam, visiting the cheese shop and other shops there. Viola was an excellent tour guide. Of the 10 or so tours we took in Europe, this one stood out.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fabulous tour. It gives you a view of the countryside from various cities. Cheese tasting, a scenic boat tour, lunch and even time for shopping. Well informed friendly tour guide. Even the bus driver joins in on the tour and answers questions. This tour is a must!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It could not have been better! Plenty of time at stopovers, stopovers were wonderful, lunch was mediocre but when you have to serve that many people at one time, no one is expecting five star. The guide and bus driver were great . . . hauled purchases back to the bus for us so we could eat and shop. Our guide was very knowledgeable, easy to understand, and had such a nice way about him.

I had visited some of the sights before but many years ago. Took a young friend who just moved to Amsterdam. She had not been to that part of North Holland before. Both of us were so pleased. Thank you!!
Martha Malone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour. The guide was informative and very friendly. Lovely countryside and had the Unique experience of seeing how cheese is made, how a wooden shoe is carved and a real windmill extract oil. A great tour to experience the Dutch way of living

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Was pleasantly surprised by the town of Edam. The cheese was awesome and plenty of spectacular views!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide, Josy and driver Tom were wonderful. Especially enjoyed the stop in Edam and the scenic walk by the canals and tea houses in Vollen dam. Great intro to Dutch cheese and fascinating tour of historic windmill. Great value and great guide and driver!

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