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  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:  5.5 or 6.5 hours
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 August 2015

Great trip, very well organized.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Exellent day out even though it poured rain all day but thats Amsterdam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was really nice. We did not have a lot of time at the places we went, but it was great to see everything outside of Amsterdam so easily. We especially liked Zaanse Schans and wished we had more time to spend there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour guides were adequate. What was great about this trip was how much they fit into 6.5 hours. I recommend 100. Office staff in Amsterdam were also extremely friendly and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great Day - loved the cheese process very interesting - and even more delicious. The boat trip was fun, and the windmills were picture postcard perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Check Trip Advisor for our comments. We enjoyed our tour immensely! Couldn't have asked for a better team than driver Stef and Daniela ?. We'd highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is a great way to get out of the city and see the Dutch countryside. A short ride to Zaanse Schans. The windmills were working. The tour of the mill was very interesting and provided by the owner of the business. The shops in this area were very nice a bit touristy but nice. The bakery museum was very cool. I would say that more time here would have been good. Volendam was wonderful and lunch was great. A wonderful seaside town. The boat ride to Marken was awesome. The wooden shoe factory was very interesting. This was a really nice place to visit. People were so very friendly, warm and welcoming. A very enjoyable day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic experience and lovely scenery!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Too many people in the double decker bus and one guide only, not much of personal touch.
Over all the tour was worth going except for the above.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great experience love it and the guider was great.

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