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

Linda D C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was a relaxing day. Great way to see the area around Amsterdam.

Martin O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

An excellent way to get a real flavour of the Netherlands. Even though the weather was wet all day, our guide kept our spirits up and gave us a great experience.

Gary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Gorgeous variety of locations! would highly recommend it

Theresa N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was excellent!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A really wonderful day seeing the countryside with a delightful tour hostess and bus driver. Thank you both so much!

Kenneth D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour covering many aspects of typical Dutch life.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Overall- a great day trip outside the city of Amsterdam. Short visits to Edam, Volendam, and Maarken. You are taken on a short guided walk around the town of Edam. Cheese Tasting is not done in Edam-instead you visit a cheese factory in Volendam and have wine with various cheeses which was very nice. A lunch break is taken in Maarken good food. Visited a working sawmill windmill which was interesting but felt we would have used a little more time at the windmills to take it all in and take some more pictures.

Frederick B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was definitely a good tour and our guide Tina was EXCELLENT!! Tina interacted with the people on the bus and did a very good job switching from English to French. Tina made sure she talked to everyone and spoke clearly and gave a lot of information on the places we visited. This was definitely a very good trip and we were happy to be able to see what we did. What a nice informed guide Tina was.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This day trip was lovely and so was our guide Astrid... such a lovely and kind smart lady! the tour was very interesting and what we liked most is that we saw a number of places in 1 day! get wrapped up and wear tick clothing especially when visiting Zaanse Shanc as it is quite cold and very windy... Loved It!!!

Kim W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A fantastic day with a range of great experiences. Expert. knowledgeable hostess. Comfortable coach

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