Tour code: 5595CHARM
Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Holland on a comprehensive day-trip from Amsterdam. With a knowledgeable guide, travel through Holland’s beautiful countryside and discover tulip-filled meadows, historical windmills and traditional cheese factories. Visit villages and towns like Edam, Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans, and enjoy a pleasant balance of guided walking tours and leisurely free time. Taste the globally renowned cheese of Edam; witness the art of wooden shoemaking in Marken; take a tranquil cruise to Volendam; and marvel at the ancient 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

Depart from a central Amsterdam location and climb aboard a comfortable vehicle destined for the beautiful countryside of the Netherlands. Stop first in Marken, a traditional fishing town famed for its pristine preservation of Dutch culture, and embark on a guided walking tour of the town’s pretty streets. Visit a wooden shoemaker in a craftsman’s lair and delve into the rich history of this unique area. 

Then, climb aboard a boat headed to Volendam. Enjoy a cup of rich and aromatic coffee accompanied by a tasty pastry as you absorb stunning views of Lake Ijssel. On arrival, enjoy some leisurely free time to explore the quaint boutiques and picturesque harbor of the fishing village, and then reconvene with your guide and group for a fulfilling Dutch lunch. Opt to enjoy meat, fish or a vegetarian 3-course meal. 

Sated, travel onward to Edam to enrich your knowledge of traditional cheese making processes. Head to a local cheese shop to pleasure your palate with the smooth taste of globally renowned Edam, and then begin an informative walking tour around the town’s charming churches and famous former shipyard. 

Travel onward to the province of Zaandam, famed for its collection of perfectly preserved Dutch windmills. Admire the quaint structures and disembark to visit one of the iconic windmills up close.

After your enriching Dutch excursion, relax during the ride back to central Amsterdam.  

Customer Reviews

Gauths Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a great time on this tour. The pace and timing was great, we had a wonderful guide and bus driver, and got our fill of 'traditional' Dutch. We even did a tacky tourist photo in Edam in traditional Dutch costume! Would highly recommend.

Luis Esteban A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Increiblemente precioso, cada detalle los lugares y la administracion del tour, de los mejores que he hecho en mi vida!!!

Jean R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was a wonderful day full of new experiences which we really enjoyed. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

Mona L B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an excellent tour and the guide was very good and even though we went to three different locations, we still saw a lot and had lunch included. That was a bit rushed but the tour was well worth it.

Peter T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The guide and driver were great as was the scenery. Highly recommended

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic day. Sun/Clouds/sleet did not affect our day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A real sampling of The Netherlands experience visiting three towns in the country each with its own unique history. The tour included lunch, cheese tasting, wine, boat ride, windmills all showcasing Holland. Well worth the cost for a closer encounter with this country.

Ervira R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Enjoyed so much the farms. Holland are so colorful, and beautiful. Breathtaking green farms, and a pleasant local people. Jaime was a very nice guide. We've seen a lot within one day, like almost seen the whole country. Great tour :

Kiana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

What a beautiful introduction to the Netherlands! I HIGHLY recommend this tour as it covers all the basics that we know and love about Holland. It is a beautiful drive out to the countryside and then walking tours through the most quaint little towns you will ever see. Trust me, you will want to move there immediately! There is also wine and cheese tasting which is delicious, a boat ride, a visit to a wooden shoe factory complete with demonstration of how they make klompen wooden shoes. The gal who did our demonstration was so funny! After the wooden shoe factory we were off to Zaans Schaans which is so beautiful with all the old windmills dotting the countryside. It is quintessential Dutch. If anything though, I do wish we would have had more time in Zaans Schaans. It was a full day but everything was excellent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Josie made the day excellent, she had a great sense of humour and was very knowledgable. It was a good way to find out about the 'real' Amsterdam. We got to visit many villages and even have a boat ride to a lovely restaurant with a superb meal at a very timely break. The wine and cheese tasting was also very good. Visiting windmills was very interesting. All the points of interest were well chosen. it gave me a great insight into Holland. there were lots of times out of the bus which was great. a concise informative fun tour.

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