Experience three quintessential icons of the Dutch countryside — windmills, cheese and wooden clogs — on this 5.5 hour tour from Amsterdam. Journey to the North Holland towns of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, where you can view working windmills at an open-air museum on the Zaan River, visit a dairy farm or cheese weighing house, and step inside a clog factory. You’ll travel outside the city aboard a single-decker coach, allowing for a smaller group experience with your professional guide.
Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans
Marvel at the landmark monuments of Volendam, including the old fish auction rooms
Stroll the twisting street of Volendam and soak up the fishing village atmosphere
Watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
See the cheese weighing house in Edam and learn how Dutch cheese is being made in an old farm
Travel on a comfortable, single-decker coach with an onboard guide
Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the Zaan River and is home to traditional 18th and 19th century architecture, including several functioning windmills. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village on your own, before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from the water) of the Beemster area. From there continue on to Edam, also commonly referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famous in Edam is beyond any doubt the public weighing house, where in summer still every Wednesday the famous Edam Cheese is being sold. After a stroll around this history-rich town, you’ll have the opportunity to see how Edam’s world-famous cheese is made and, of course, to taste it in a closeby cheesefarm. Finally, you will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbor has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over to see the small buildings and houses and take in the locals in their traditional Dutch clothing. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs for those at home or a memento for yourself, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the city, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction).
Zaanse Schans was very commercialized and busy and we didn't have enough time there. The other stops were great, especially our walk through Edam where we didn't see any other tourists. Our guide was very knowledgeable and flexed her help as the group decided. I was happy the tour company decided to split our initial group into 2 so we had a better sized group to match 1 guide.
The John the driver and Harold the tour guild were very good, I wish there was more time at fisherman villiage maybe another 15-30 minute but rest of tour stops were just right
This tour was like walking through postcard.
Excellent tour in which we learned a lot of history, as well as how products such as wooden shoes and Edam and Gouda cheese is made/created. It was a cold day for us, but the countryside is beautiful and our multilingual guide was very entertaining and full of useful knowledge. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone, especially families.
Tour guide was Edgar.
He was fun and friendly. Took really good care of us throughout the trip. It was great that he spoke many languages although it could be confusing at times when he switched from one to the other. I thought that this was an English only tour. I cant help wondering whether he could have provided more information on the places we went to if he wasnt translating in 3 different languages all the time. Great tour and guide and driver all the same.
Don't miss this tour! Loved the charming, picturesque villages and the windmills. Punctual, informative guides. No matter how beautiful Amsterdam is, the countryside is memorable. On finalizing our tour, they dropped us off a short 5 minute walk away from a free ferry to the downtown area where you have quick access to restaurants, shopping, Madame Tussauds, the Royal palace, etc.
This is the second tour of this type we have taken and we loved every minute of it. We actually wish we had booked the longer tour so we could spend more time at each location. Especially Zaanse Schans. Juliet was our guide and she did an excellent job. Considering you are dealing with about 20 people all with their own personalities and wants, she was able to keep us all in check and well entertained. She was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and made us feel like a good friend was showing us around, not a paid guide. Hank, our bus driver was excellent as well. How he dealt with small spaces and backing the HUGE bus up amazed me. Be prepared with WATER and Snacks as there really isn't time to stop to eat! You can leave bags on the bus as well while visiting your next stop. I look forward to booking again through Viator for our next vacation!
So glad we chose to do this tour on our last day in Amsterdam. It was a great break from the city and if you are short on time, its a great opportunity to see the country side without it taking all day. We left at 10am and were back to our hotel by a bit after 4pm, even with transport, leaving us plenty of time in the day. The sights are beautiful and despite being it being a VERY windy and cold day, it was worth it. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and we learned much that we wouldn't have know otherwise, or in doing this excursion on our own. The windmills are gorgeous, but give yourself enough time to walk the distances before you decide to do any souvenir shopping, you want to make sure you have enough time because the photo ops are abundant and you will spend more time than you think doing this! Departures are prompt! Be at your designated meeting spot early, or they will leave without you!