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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 July 2015

Excellent tour... Learned a lot about wind mills, cheese making and clogs. The ride on a bus was comfortable, every thing was on time. Walking through beautiful/tiny towns/villages to our point of interests was fun and very interesting! The boat ride was a bonus! My daughter discovered a beer that she loves and we are trying to find it in the US. Too bad that we missed the Tulips season. I am sure it's beautiful during Tulips blooming. One caution - don't have a waffle sandwich with Gelato when it's 90-100 degrees outside, then you'll be wearing the Gelato all over your clothing, which it's not easy to wash off.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great to get out into the Dutch Countryside. I wanted to see a lot, and that is what we did. The windmills were beautiful, and the demonstration was very cool. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have a little more free time to look around Volendam, but other than that, it was a perfect way to spend the morning and still have the afternoon to sight see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a really nice trip to see the windmills, cheese museum and wooden shoe making in Marken. A nice 5-6 hour trip that got us out of Amsterdam for the day to enjoy the country side a bit more. Tour guides were very nice and you had time to sight see and tour around Volendam for about an hour. Tour information was nice along the way and was offered in many different languages. Note the bus was full and left right on time from each stop which was great for those folks that like punctuality!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour guides were awesome and sights were wonderful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great trip, very informative guide, who did a. Good Job on a very hort day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very interesting tour. Wonderful tour guide and bus driver who were really helpful to my husband who has a walking stick. A very enjoyable time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A wonderful trip with so much packed in, only fault is it would have been lovely to have had more time in all of the places. A very helpful guide who was very willing to answer any extra questions we had and tell us something extra about the country. Particularly loved the fishing village and the boat trip, however we had a beautiful day with lovely sunshine which made it all so much more pleasant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A must for first time travellers to the Netherlands. At 5.5 hours it's just the right amount of time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

it was verry intresting but we didnt hve time for photos and souvenirs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic half day tour with an enthusiastic, informative host. It was lovely to see some of the countryside outside of Amsterdam - very pretty and interesting places with the windmills dating back centuries and cheese factor being the highlights. Thanks Ruth.

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