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We met our tour guide Bart and his associate Ray in the morning. The group took two vans and we were the only two in Ray's van, he pointed out a lot of interesting things along the way. We arrived at Zaanse Scchans parking lot and met with Bart and the the other group Bart led us on a tour of this Unesco site and provided historical information and insight. He was able to answer any questions that popped up. We weren't aware you could take a boat ride back to Zaandam so we opted to pay a little more and do that. Ray piloted us there and we had lunch in Zaandam then met Bart for the ride back to town. Great tour!
Zaanse Schans was perhaps the highlight of our trip to Amsterdam. Beautiful village and surroundings, loved the cheese factory, clog workshop and being inside a windmill. The tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Good transport arrangements.
excellent. Only wished that we had more time in Zaanse Schans
The Zaanse Schans Windmills were very interesting. I loved the farm and the gentleman who - in the
Windmill - told us all about their workings, generation of water, etc. It was obvious he loved his job and the farm where all the workers lived.
I would have been nice the have our guide stay with us and direct us back to the bus at the end of
the journey. Thank goodness, he did not talk all the way back to Amsterdam!
We really enjoyed getting out a bit in the country to see Zaanse Schans. We went to most of the buildings to learn about the making of wooden shoes and cheese and followed it up a a koffee afterwards. Nice afternoon!
A quick and effective way of getting out into the Dutch countryside and seeing cheese and clog making, and working windmills first hand. The Zaanse Schans area is a bit Hollywood but I really did enjoy the half day trip. Dare I say it: a but 'cheesy', but fun.
The morning session of Zaanse Schans, windmills and cheese tasting was very interesting and enlightening. However, the afternoon session of The Hague, Madurodam and the Royal Delft was a little lengthy.
Overall though, it was a fun trip to go and gave us a glimpse of Netherlands!
The tour covers everything that they state, but commentaries at the windmills, clog shoe factory, and cheese factory lasted approximately 5-10 minutes for each site. While a recorded narration was provided, it was very limited and only offered on the bus. No information is provided while walking the grounds in Zaanse Schans, Marken or Volendam. This large group tour was very large double decker bus was filled. Better off paying the extra money and book a private or a small group tour to see these sites!
Edana United Kingdom
I absolutely loved this trip. All three places we visited were beautiful, especially Volendam and Marken. The tour guides were nice and the trip there and back was fine.
At Zaanse Schans we got to go inside a working windmill and were able to climb up onto the balcony part. There was a visit to the cheese factory in Volendam and a visit to the clog factory in Marken.
The only downside is that we didn't get a lot of time in any of the places. In Zaanse Schans I didn't get any time to look around the shops which was a little disappointing. In Volendam we had about an hour of free time, which was enough time to get some lunch and walk around for a bit. In Marken we got to see the clog demonstration and that was about it. We were back in Amsterdam soon after 2pm.
Even though you don't get a lot of time in each place, I'd still recommend going on this trip. You see a lot in the 5 and 1/2 hours that you're there and it's a great chance to see a bit of the Dutch countryside. It's like a completely different world!
A fun day trip! Our favorite was the first stop, Zaanse Schans. The clog demonstration was fun and the windmills were beautiful! We payed the extra 4 euros to go into the windmill and we were glad we did. Only downside: it was only a half day. We would have liked to go to more places or stay longer.
This was an excellent trip. Certainly it would have been difficult to see all these things by yourself. Our tour guide Aaf was very knowledgeable. The start to Zaanse Schans was very commercial, but the windmill was excellent. So many different types of cheese to taste at Volendam. Unfortunately we couldn't buy any as they were too big and heavy for us to carry in our suitcases.
We absolutely love this tour! I would love to come back. But maybe next time at least allow us enough time to take photos.Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken are both beautiful in different ways. This is the real Holland! Your visit to Netherlands is not complete if you will not see this places.
The first part of the trip is nothing more than a shopping trip to buy clogs Marken and cheese Volendam. The cruise from Marken to Volendam is fairly boring. Nothing much to see along the way. Only the Zaanse Schans Windmills is worth while, but it was a little rush.
Part 2 was way more interesting. The visit to delft is mostly occupied by another shopping trip to Royal Delft. The Hague bus tour was interesting, even though it was short and very rushed photo opportunity 5 mins. Madurodam is a great overview of all the famous buildings in miniature form.
The 1st half was great except the cheese factory demo. We were told hoe cheese was made, rather than shown. More of a cheese shop than factory. The clog factory in Marken was great as was the sawmill in Zaanse Schans. The afternoon trip to Delft , the Hague and Madurodam left much to be desired. The guide wasn't very lucid or informative....just pointed out the buildings in The Hague....a little closer look would be desirable.He could have given us more on the background on Delft and what to see in the City Square. He gave no info on Madurodam and those who hadn't done their homework had no idea what it was. We had no clue as to what the scan cards we were given were to be used for, and the 1 hr allotted was too less to figure it out and enjoy the place.
Loved Zaanse Schans, the windmills were wonderful to see. I think my favorite was visiting Delft, however. We loved visiting the fishing village as well and wished we had more time there.
2o min car drive in silence to Zaanse Schans. We were a small group of 6. Zaanse SChans is a small village museum like place. We visited clogmaking, bakery museum, cheesemaking, windmills inside a windmill as well and a chocolate museum. A lot of tourists, and we had to stand in line for a lot of the places...a lot of waiting... and all of the places we visited were practically museums with shops.. so basically, enter here, listen to some history, here you go - please buy something...
Very nice place, and some wonderful photo opportunites, but you could just as easily visit the place on your own, however nice to have a driver
A must do trip, a good look at Holland its windmills at Zaanse Schans and the ferry ride to the chees factory at Volendam was great. We had a great guide that made the trip a good experience
This was a wonderful half day excursion to Zaanse Schans. Bart was friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a great understanding of the area. For those who don't have time for a full day excursion, this tour will give you the highlights and not leave you disappointed. Thanks Bart!
we had a wonderful time visiting the three lovely little villages.
Zaanse Schans was really lovely and very interesting. Edam had a cheese market the day we were there and that was great to watch. Volendam again very different from the other two places was very nice too. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see more than just the city of Amsterdam.
Peter E Australia
We thorougly enjoyed the Countryside and Windmills tour. The windmills at Zaanse Schans, the clog making at Matken and the chees factory at Volendam were all amazing.
Our local tour guides from Lindburg tours were excellent, friendly and helpful.
Excellent value for money. Tour guides very helpful and well informed. Loved Zaanse Schans, Voilendam and Marken.
I loved all aspects of this trip! From tasting the cheese in Voldenam, the delicious seafood meal in Marken and the beautiful windmills in zaanse-schans and our guide josey was very informative and attentive. It was a fun and wonderful trip! Highly recommended.
Zaanse Schans and Marken were great to visit. I wasn't fussed on Volendam as it was very touristy and felt like a tourist trap.
This was a very nice tour through the Dutch countryside. All the stops were enjoyable, although we felt a little rushed at times. At Zaanse Schans, you see a wooden shoe making demonstration and then have time to go in one or two windmills. Lots of good places to eat in Volendam boardwalk.
Tour guide Juliet was really knowledgeable and friendly ensuring that all the people on the tour were well taken care off. Coach timings were really punctual and overall a smooth journey with no frills, just take your time to enjoy the beautiful countryside that Volendam/Edam and Zaanse Schans has to offer!
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