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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 November 2015

Comfortable double decker bus. Friendly staff, beautiful country side, windmills, quaint little towns, all very nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great way to see all of these sights. The tour guide is professional and the tour operated efficiently. Plenty of time to see all of the sights, have a lunch, and to shop as well. Having the tour company doing the navigation and ticket entrance process frees the individual to have a good time. Pick up and return in central Amsterdam is very convenient to the Centraal Station. Well worth your time and money. Our guide knew his stuff.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved it! They packed lots of stops into the trip without it feeling too rushed, in only about 6 hours, and the whole trip was on time. They leave quite early from the departure point though, so get there early! We loved trying the cheese and seeing the beautiful countryside, and the ferry ride was extremely comfortable. We chose to get fries and some fried seafood for lunch and it was all delicious. Great experience to get a feel for the Dutch countryside and good value for the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a great tour! Exceptional value for the cost.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I was so happy to do this tour, gets you out of the city into the countryside of beautiful Holland. The town where the Windmills are is so pretty, the Cheese Factory was amazing, you got to try the cheese and purchase them, wanted them all, the boat trip was fun which took you to the Clog making place, very interesting. I certainly recommend this tour when next in Amsterdam. :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The sites visited were all enjoyable and a lot of fun! To us it was a cultural experience that is typical to Holland- windmills, cheese, wooden shoes, costumes. The only thing missing were tulips! I recommend this day tour for a taste of Holland not far from Amsterdam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyed our day on this varied tour especially the clog maker!. Highly recommend

Emily W
New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour. Windmills wonderful. Make sure you get a good photo taken as you arrive. You have the chance to buy at before moving onto to cheese making. Cheese amazing wish I had bought more. Ferry ride was rather chilly.The lady showing us the clog making was very informative and funny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it. Well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A must do tour
A great day of sight seeing

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