Tour code: 2550LIN2A
See Volendam, Marken and Zaanse Schans on a half-day windmill tour departing from Amsterdam. Visit a cheese factory to sample local dairy products, admire a classic line-up of authentic windmills on the Zaan River and watch a shoemaker fashion wooden clogs using traditional methods. Hear fascinating commentary from your audio guide during the coach journey, and enjoy guided tours in each picturesque village. Upgrade your 5.5-hour tour to include a ferry ride to Marken and museum admission in Volendam (seasonal only).


  • 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

Hop aboard your luxury coach in central Amsterdam and settle in for the scenic journey out of the city to the Dutch countryside. En route to several North Holland villages, listen to your audio guide and learn about the passing sights, including dikes and polders — areas of land reclaimed from the water.

On arrival at Volendam, admire a quaint scene of fishing boats and the occasional local wearing traditional Dutch dress. Your 45-minute stop includes a visit to a local cheese factory for a demonstration and a sampling of its dairy production.

During March–October, you have the option to spend a bit more time here, including entry to a small museum where you can learn about the town’s history and see displays on traditional Dutch clothing. This upgrade includes a 20-minute ferry ride to Marken, a traditional fishing town that was once an island.

With either tour option, you’ll have time to spend exploring Marken. Admire the old wooden stilt houses and visit a local shoemaker to admire the art of carving and painting Holland’s iconic wooden clogs.

Continue by coach to Zaanse Schans, a pretty town on the Zaan River and a popular destination due to its well-preserved windmills, some dating back to the 17th century. See evocations of traditional Dutch life at the historical shipyard and eye-catching windmills.

Once you’ve snapped plenty of photos, your 5.5-hour tour concludes with the return to central Amsterdam by coach.

Customer Reviews

Craig J South Africa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a unique experience and an interesting tour well worth it. A truly Dutch experience windmills , cheese , clogs and Marken everything that we associate with the Netherlands.

Oliver C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really enjoyed this tour, the guide was excellent, the bus was very comfortable. The scenery was amazing, so picturesque. The day was paced wonderfully would have liked another half an hour at the windmills. All of the places we visited had very enthusiastic staff who loved sharing their stories.

Maria Tala Kristina ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Micah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was great. We had a long layover in Amsterdam and choose to do a tour. It was great and we were able to see a lot in the time we were there.

Colin M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really enjoyed this trip - plenty of variety, informative and interesting. Guide Astrid was great and had everyone on time and a very pleasant personality. Would highly recommend as a great half day tour without being too long and tiring


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great overview tour of the area. We got to see so many things including the wind mill area, cheese making and wooden shoe factory, fishing town and even a boat ride. We were fascinated by the wind mills in Zaanse Schans so we went back the next day in order to spend more time there.

Justin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a great day for the tour, breezy and cool. The guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable. The ride to the country was comfortable and pretty to see the sights. The windmills were interesting, but the dutch chocolate in the air was divine! Enjoyed the boat ride and sea village. The restaurant for dinner was delish, had local seafood. Service was fast, giving time to look around the area.

Natasha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Windmills were incredible

Lai Peng L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Took the extended tour. More time in the windmills will be better.

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