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

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

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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

Carolina Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Definitely a five stars tour! The guide was excellent and even though it was raining we had a great time. The meal was good, the cheese and wine tasting was good, too. The tour was well organized and we had free time in every place we visited, which was very good.

Christa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic tour! The tour guide was superb!

Bruce B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was really great. I highly recommend this tour. Our Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. I learned a lot about The Netherlands, much more than I thought I would. The bus was comfortable too. The tour included lunch which was very tasty. As well as a nice desert. There was a wide variety of stops on this tour, something for everyone.

Padmanabhan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Truly amazing- Perfect guide Mr.Edgar for the perfect tour. He has great idea about the place and his narration was an icing on the cake. Majestic Holland where nature has been abundant. Must do for tourists. ..Earth's Beauty descends the countryside Zaanse Schans , Volendam, Edam, Marken, Dutch windmills reflects national heritage, cheese tasting meant indulgence, and wooden shoe factory visit signified a legacy . Weather was outstanding. Christmas decorations at homes and shops added a flavor. Nice Hospitality of Dutch a point to note..In all a Relaxed and refreshing tour. Thanks Viator. Salutes to Holland.

Julie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour ,both of my children aged 12 and 14 also enjoyed the day .

Sam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

long day but totally worth it. cheese tasting was great. plenty of opportunities for shopping but not much free time.

Michael J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

Richard S USA

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.

Kaye M

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.

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