Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Loved the tour. Certainy worth the price. We had a last minute change for the tour time and it was no problem. Would take this tour and use this company again!
The guide (with her red tulip umbrella) was delightful and friendly. Her narrative was informative. Expectations on when and where to meet up after the times on our own was clear. I was thrilled to get to see so much in 6 hours and for a reasonable price! I had wanted to visit the Netherlands for years and my friends who live there happened to be out of the country so this gave me an opportunity to see it on my own.
This was a great trip, would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Amsterdam. We were able to experience some of the history of the Netherlands all in one easy tour.
Very excellent place but we were given only a very limited time by the Tour Guide such that there was not enough time to see the windmills where they were built. We had to be content with a long distance shot.
We truly enjoyed seeing the Windmills up close and visiting Marken. We have been to Amsterdam a few times, yet have not ventured into the country. This is a must for those who have a few hours to spare while in Amsterdam.
My mum and I nicknamed this tour "Cheese, Clogs and WIndmills". What a wonderful showcase of everything cliched we associate with Holland. From Amsterdam it was a coach ride through beautiful Dutch countryside, accompanied by informative and entertaining commentary. The tour included a boat trip from Marken to Volendam - two gorgeous little fishing villages. Try to make the time to have your photo taken in Volendam in traditional Dutch costume for a unique souveneir to take home. This was my second trip to Amsterdam and I was keen to get into the countryside this time. For a half-day tour, this was AWESOME! I would recommend this tour 100%.
Loved this tour! Very informative! Beautiful country side...boat ride was fun!
Great tour to the countryside! Beautiful places and a very nice informative tour guide!
Excellent trip to see a little bit of everything when your trip is only for a few days. If you love taking pictures of everything, this trip might not be good for you since you only stay around 30-35 mins in each place. Other than that, it was an excellent opportunity to see the windmills and how the clogs are made. We didn't see that much about the cheese though.
It was my best trip in Amsterdam. I loved it so much and I liked our guide, she was very helpful and friendly.
What an enjoyable experience! While in Netherlands, we definitely wanted to see windmills, clog shoes, a traditional Dutch village and cheese!!! We got all that in this single tour. We took the funniest (and most beautiful) photos while in the Netherlands. Wouldn’t been able to find so many great things on my own :)
Tania Dey writes:
This will probably be the most memorable conducted tour that I ever had. I knew that my stay in Flanders will remain incomplete if I don’t see the Dutch countryside and viator.com was my first choice, as I have traveled with them before (Montreal and Boston). The local tour operator, Lindbergh Excursions, had their office just a few steps away from Amsterdam Central Station (photo), which was our departure point. The tour was very informative. Our bus was equipped with GPS audio guide and our tour guide Erna (photo) seemed to have a thorough understanding of Dutch life and culture. Her personality and sense of humor added a different dimension to our tour.
Our first stop in this tour was the Village of Marken. The serenity of those cottage shaped vegetable dyed houses (photo), the beautifully decorated front porches (photo) and the ponds with duckies had a tranquil impact on me. It was raining every now and then, but that didn’t seem to reduce our enthusiasm at all. After a short walk, we reached the Clog and Cheese Factory in Beatrix Brug (photo). The inside was studded with typical Dutch wooden shoes or ‘clogs’ - some hand-painted (photo), some being raw (photo). We watched a guy making those nice shoes in front of us and a lady demonstrated some basic facts about their traditional cheese making. There was also an outlet to purchase souvenirs.
After an extremely refreshing boat tour, we reached the Village of Volendam, a stunningly beautiful fishing village on the bank of river IJ. We enjoyed our fish-n-chips dinner over here. The souvenir shops around had a good collection of keep-sake items including Delftware potteries (photo) and it felt like buying a few more. A stroll around the bank revealed some lively statues and a panoramic view (photo).
This time we walked through the village houses of Volendam with some amazingly beautiful decorations (photo) and boarded the bus again. Our final stop was the Village of Zaanse Schans, a UNESCO heritage place, famous for its fabulous Windmills (photo). Although lost in my endless photography (photo) and plunged in the beauty of the surroundings, finally I made it in time. Our driver with a huge clock (photo) showing the meeting time and with the warning of this place not having any public transportation, it was hard for us to forget when to get back. This place also had some souvenir shops, a cheese outlet (bought some mouth watering Smoked Cheese) and women with traditional costumes (photo), but windmills were the prime attraction to me.
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Everything went as planned except for the weather. Our guide was a real trooper who got us where we had to go. She was fun and informative even though torrents of rain were coming down. Would love to take the tour in the sunshine in order to fully appreciate the beautiful scenery.