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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:5.5 or 6.5 hours

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes criss-crossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses and old-fashioned cheese-making in Volendam. Watch a shoemaker make clogs in Marken, and capture photos of the windmills the Netherlands is famous for in the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. Throughout this half-day trip, listen to commentary about the history, culture and sights of the Netherlands.


  • Half-day trip from Amsterdam including the Zaanse Schans windmills, Volendam and Marken
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
  • See the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam
  • Relax on the 20-minute boat trip from Volendam to Marken
  • Visit a cheese factory and a clog-maker
  • Morning and seasonal afternoon tours available

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Here's a great way to pack a bunch of Holland highlights into a short tour. You get to see windmills, scenic villages with stilt houses, a Dutch cheese factory and a clog-maker plying his trade.

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What You Can Expect

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Volendam, The Netherlands

Meet in central Amsterdam and travel into the Dutch countryside by luxury coach, passing polders -- or land reclaimed from the water -- and dykes. Learn about the sights you see and the history of the Netherlands through an audio guide in one of 16 languages.

Visit the fishing village of Volendam and see old fishing boats and locals wearing colorful traditional dresses. During your 45-minute stop in Volendam, visit a cheese factory and watch a demonstration of how cheese is made. Then, take a 20-minute boat ride to Marken. Spend some time exploring this traditional fishing town that was once an island and admire the old wooden houses built on stilts to protect them from flooding. You’ll even visit a local shoemaker to watch him make clogs!

Continue to Zaanse Schans, best known for its massive, well-preserved windmills. See the historic shipyard and many original buildings that vividly evoke Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. And be sure to have your camera ready so you can take pictures of the eye-catching windmills!

Return to Amsterdam by coach and conclude your 5.5-hour tour of some of the Netherlands' most charming towns.

6.5-Hour tour departing at 12pm (summer only)
This longer, afternoon tour also takes you to see the Zaanse Schans windmills and the towns of Marken and Volendam. However, this tour gives you more time at all three locations and also includes a visit to a museum in Volendam.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour - loved the windmills and being able to visit a working windmill. The area was so green and very pretty and guide was knowlegable and friendly. Loved walking through the streets of Marken and Volendam is so picturesque and beautiful. Visiting a clog factory was informative and the clog maker was very amusing in explaining how clogs are made and a demonstration followed. The tour was not too far from Amsterdam and the afternoon had perfect blue skies...just perfect!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a wonder day. the tour guides were very enthusiastic and made the journey enjoyable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a great tour of the windmills and fascinating how they work. Marken and Volendam were interesting. Had a great morning.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great trip.. perfect organization. Our guide was great giving us great details about all locations in a very clear way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A must have in Netherlands. Very beautiful tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fabulous mix of interesting Holland experiences for an afternoon. Unfortunately showery and gray that day so not the best for pics. My partner didn't think the guide was great because he was a bit hands off. However, we had onsite presenters at windmills, wooden shoes, and cheese. Well planned with a bit of time to shop and eat. Kept to schedule and delivered what was promised.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was really interesting to see the beautiful fishing villages and windmills outside of the city. Great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The trip was really worthwhile. Lovely excursions, very competent and pleasant guides. Most enjoyable. Thanks to Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

So much covered in 1 day and there was something that piqued the interest of everyone in my party. Great host . Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great day trip, wish we would of had more time at windmills. Our tour guide was so much fun!! Would highly recommend it

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