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. 

Highlights

  • 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

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was one of the funnest days we had in the Netherlands. Our tour guide was excellent, and every part of the day was great. The windmill tour was spectacular, the tiny villages we visited were great, the boat ride was very enjoyable, and the restaurant was very good. I was skeptical initially about booking this tour, but it seriously ended up being one of the best memories of our two weeks in Europe. Also, learning about the history of the Netherlands, and the intricacy of the entire dam and levee network was fascinating.

CHEONG WAI Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very well planned and spaced tour schedule. The lunch was great and the Cheese and clog factory visit was very informative and interesting.

Wto2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful tour of the countryside including Edem, a cheese factory and wooden shoe maker in Vilderdam, and windmills in Zaanse Schans. Very enjoyable day!

Duncan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent value for money with terrific professional guide and driver.

kstove23

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This countryside tour was really amazing. Worth the time and money. Tour guide was nice and knowledgable too. Very organized.
Wish, however, that we could have spent time exploring Edam rather than just walking through it.

melisaleunghx

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely love the itinerary and the pace of the tour! Amazing Tour guide, Mary Ann is eloquent in spanish, english and french, provides interesting insights of Amsterdam history of the places covered. We have time for photos and shopping at each locations. Lunch at Marken was delicious and serves fast in good portions. Highly recommended!

Theo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Craig J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour of the small villages in the country side of the Netherlands was very refreshing and was a good change from the urban sights of Amsterdam. The villages of Edam and Marken were exceptionally picturesque. The villages had many small canals with stone bridges, water side trees, and cottages in the background. Almost at every turn, we were presented with a post card view. It was a thrill to climb up into the working windmills at Zaanse Schans and see the gears and screws turning. We had cheese tasting at Volendam and then took a boat ride to Marken where we had a great lunch and were given a demonstration on the making of Dutch shoes.

Galeta C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good. Good guide and interesting sights.

Cheri L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well paced and interesting tour. The area round Amsterdam is beautiful

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