5 star rating: Highly Recommended 80 Reviews

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

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

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 September 2015

First class experience

Kenneth H
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Terrific guide. She was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I recommend the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had an absolute fabulous time on this tour. It was organized and easy to meet up with the group. The directions were clear and precise. Astrid and David were an absolute delight to be on tour with. We loved all of the stops and everything from a timing perspective was well planned. We learned so much about each area we stopped at. Thank you this is a don't miss tour and be sure to try and do it with Astrid!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent day trip. very well looked after by the driver and the Guide. Would recommend to anyone looking for day outside Amsterdam.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour. Received a lot of good info.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Enjoyed the trip! However, the cheese tasting was actually in Voldendam not Edam so you might want to change this in the title as its misleading... Windmills were fantastic.. Also, the guide did a great job of explaining everything in English and Spanish. I'd recommend the trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The Tour was fantastic - and carried on even while there was a hurricane. The bus driver was awesome - when we got back to Amsterdam after the storm we found out that there was no public transport to Schipol Airport - we were amazed that the driver said no problem and drove us back to the hotel at Schipol airport at no cost. What fantastic service.

Sincerely,

David Baxter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide Jaime was awesome, very knowledgeable, very informative. It was so much fun definitely was of the highlights of our entire week in The Netherlands!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Everything was perfect

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was great. We saw a lot and our driver and guide were excellent. It was well worth it! We traveled with kids ages 8 and 12 and they really enjoyed it as well.

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