Tour code: 2550LIN2A
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

Joseph A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The guid Tas_ and his assistance Katrina were just GIANTS !!! the best of their kind! Grate tour, grate team and grate organization.

Edward G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a great trip if you want to see windmills.the visit to the windmill to watch the wind cut lumber was the greatest. The workers at the site were very very helpful in explaining every thing. Great. OH by the way the cheese factory was also very interesting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This would have been highlight of my trip! Both towns were wonderful each in their own way. Zaanse Schans was gorgeous. Unfortunately for me Mother nature was in a snit and hailed on me in April! On a nice day, I would have loved more time in each. Blythe N.

Fatima A Bahrain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The guide Cyra I think was so good and punctual. The assistant Sara also was helpful and friendly. The tour was worth for every dollar. We had an amazing time from the first minute until the end and the schedule was so nice and amazing. This tour is recommended if you want to see the countryside

Massiniissa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was just amazing

Mel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an amazing tour worth every penny. My husband was so impresses with the windmill operated saw mill. the town and villages were all so interesting, so glad we booked it. We were very lucky as the tour guide only had to speak in two languages.

Teresa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A beautiful village with working windmills. The Volendam museum provided great insight into the Dutch history. The Clog factory was very interesting. Overall a fun and pleasant tour - well worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Weather was awful, but who can change that!! The tour is a must see to give you a sense of charming Holland. The office is not far from the central station and was mobbed with people the day we went. Having said that, the tour left on time, was nicely done and well worth the time/money.

Sian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

fantastic trip

Juli Hsiu Yu L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great 3 places and great tour guides.

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