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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:5 to 6.5 hours

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

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

Frances M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a great time! The scenery was stunning, great guides and presentations at the windmill, clog factory and cheese factory...and amazing cheese! :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

An excellent value! In about 5 1/2 hours, we really saw a lot. A very personable guide that spoke fluent English and Spanish. We got to go inside one of the windmills that is used for sawing lumber and see how it operated. Also, we visited the factory where the wooden shoes are made and watched the process. On to Volendam next by ferry where we visited a cheese factory and watched cheese being made. Then had lunch at a nearby restaurant. The bus ride and commentary were also nice and informative, especially for a first time visitor like myself.

Padmanabhan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Truly amazing- Perfect guide Mr.Edgar for the perfect tour. He has great idea about the place and his narration was an icing on the cake. Majestic Holland where nature has been abundant. Must do for tourists. ..Earth's Beauty descends the countryside Zaanse Schans , Volendam, Edam, Marken, Dutch windmills reflects national heritage, cheese tasting meant indulgence, and wooden shoe factory visit signified a legacy . Weather was outstanding. Christmas decorations at homes and shops added a flavor. Nice Hospitality of Dutch a point to note..In all a Relaxed and refreshing tour. Thanks Viator. Salutes to Holland.

Nicole M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour. I recommend getting there about 30 minutes early to secure a decent seat we had a double-decker bus, or you're stuck facing the back with no view. There was a driver and a separate speaker/guide, as well as the headset system where you could pick your language for the times when the guide wasn't talking. Listening through the headphones was nice and clear and to be used when the guide wasn't speaking. The Dutch countryside is lovely, and the small fishing villages and windmills were really cool. Be sure to go to the top, well, just because you can and should. There wasn't really time for shopping or exploring in Zaanse Schans but that was fine with me. The boat ride from Volendam to Marken was really cool too - you could get food, snacks, and beverages including beer on the boat and that was neat. The cheese factory and clog-maker were really interesting as well. There are not too many places to eat in Marken but the guide recommended a place so everyone went there. You only get about 1 hour to explore there after the cheese factory, so in the interest of time, we walked a little bit down the way and picked a place that nobody else on the boat went to so we could get done faster and have a bit of extra time before meeting back to jump back on the bus. I definitely recommend this tour to get out of the city and see the countryside.

Kim D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour scenery was beautiful, guides were really lovely. Wish we had more time at the windmills!

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This trip is excellent. Sit back relax and enjoy the scenery, the people and the activities.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Such a beautiful place and very interesting, but we are always wanting more time!

Firoz S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Beautiful scenery and it was really interesting to see the windmills and how they work. Also had a chance to see the cheese factory and shoe factory. I would've liked a little more time to wander around at your own leisure my opinion but you do get time to do this. The hosts were every friendly and helpful.

jayson t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing tour

Stephanie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The guide was excellent, which made the trip even more interesting

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