See Volendam, Marken and Zaanse Schans on an Amsterdam windmill tour that departs the city for the idyllic Dutch countryside. Visit a cheese factory to sample typical 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 at the meeting point 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

Suzette B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fabulous way to see the Netherlands- great tour guides!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour with a variety of typical Holland activities. Highly enjoyed the shoe and cheese factories as well as the mills. However, beware of the tourist trap stores with very cheap and overpriced souvenirs


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

we had a lovely time and a fantastic tour guide , thankyou

Saundra J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a fun trip. Enjoyed the time to shop and the boat ride. The windmill tour was interesting.

Tracy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a terrific tour. Just the right amount of time and we were able to get out and see some of the wonderful sites in Amsterdam!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very good taz taher great leader


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What a wonderful day this was! We had the unfortunate timing of arriving in Amsterdam moments after the Brussels attacks in 2016. This threw our entire vacation into chaos and things were very stressful. This trip gave us a few hours of peace and we loved every minute of it! Our guide was wonderful and very engaging. We headed to Zaanse Schans first thing in the morning and saw the beautiful Windmills. It was amazing getting to talk to the Miller and watch this mill work. He explained how he uses the mill to make oil and after allowed us to climb up to the top of the Windmill. The views were fantastic! We had some free time to take pictures around the Windmill and the little village. We headed back to the bus and made our way to Marken for our wooden shoe demonstration. The shoe maker was really funny and ran the machines to make a shoe for us. After we had a few minutes to try them on and shop before we took a beautiful walk through the village. We headed to a covered boat for a 30 minute ride to Volendam where we made our way into the cheese factory. We had a 5 minute demonstration followed by a TON of cheese tastings! We then took a little walk to our final meeting point and had about an hour to wander on our own. It was a beautiful town and we had a gorgeous day! The tour was the perfect length and we really enjoyed ourselves!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Super fun!! Half day was perfect because we were able to do things in the morning as well. The tour guides were so nice and made the trip super relaxed.

Laurence D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent. Tour Guide was very informative and jolly. Kept everyone happy.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had the perfect day and an incredible tour guide. She was very well informed, funny and highly knowledgeable. This tour is a must and don't forget to have hot chocolate at the windmill!

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