See Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken on a half-day or full-day windmill tour departing from Amsterdam. Visit a cheese factory to sample local dairy products, admire a classic line-up of authentic windmills, and watch a shoemaker fashion wooden clogs using traditional methods. Hear commentary from your audio guide during the coach journey, and enjoy guided tours in each picturesque village. You can also opt for a ferry cruise from Volendam to Marken (summer only, included in tour price). Choose the full-day option for more time at each stop.
Half- or full-day trip to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
See Zaanse Schans' windmills and a traditional clog-maker
Visit the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam
Enjoy a short ferry ride between Volendam and Marken (summer only)
Visit a Dutch cheese farm
Morning and seasonal afternoon tours
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Unlike many others, this fast-paced tour offers flexible start times, and full- or half-day options.
Hop aboard your transport 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. Your first stop is at 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, as well as iconic Holland windmills — entry into one is included with your tour. Next, continue to Volendam and Marken and admire a quaint scene of fishing boats and the occasional local wearing traditional Dutch dress. In addition to stops in each town, you'll visit a nearby cheese farm for a demonstration and a sampling of its dairy production. A visit to a local shoemaker to admire the art of carving and painting the wooden clogs the Netherlands is known for is also a memorable part of the trip. In the summer, you'll have the option to board a boat for a trip between the two towns. Once you’ve snapped plenty of photos, your half- or full-day tour concludes with the return to central Amsterdam by coach. Please note that this tour requires a moderate amount of walking.
This tour lets you see so much and allows a visitor to experience so much of the areas surrounding Amsterdam. Be prepared for an extreme amount of walking. If you have physical limitations, please keep in mind that you are required to do a lot of walking. The tour bus drops you off several times and you must walk with the tour guide. There is no way to avoid all that walking.
We had a good time joining the tour. Tour guide was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, speaks well and with a smiling face all the time. Because it was a big group, we had 3 guides and a driver. Everyone of them are wonderful. We enjoyed the tour at Zaanse Schans, Marken and the cruise to Volendam. Beautiful sceneries and amazed by the architectures. A must to visit when you are in Amsterdam. Plus point to the tour guides. Thank you for an enjoyable day.
My family and I (6 total) really enjoyed the 8:45 tour on Sunday, March 31! We are from various places in the US but meet up for travel and family time across the world. We learned about cheese, clogs and windmills in a serene environment. Ian was a PERFECT tour guide with plenty of info and most importantly...jokes. He made the tour worthwhile! He even stopped at our table as we crossed the canal and told us about his time in Spain and how he came to learn all of his languages. He told us about the beauty of Spain’s beaches and much more.
Equally as charming was Steve!!! On all of the tours we’ve been on, the driver doesn’t interact but Steve was the loveliest of the bunch! He sang on the intercom, told his own variety of jokes and even complimented my cousin’s hairstyle. At the cheese factory he was nice enough to not only take our photo but had us move behind the flowers to get the best shot. I cannot rave enough about the staff here. While the tour itself was nice, these two guys made it the BEST experience we had in Amsterdam!!!
Loved Zaanse Schans and the private tours of the windmills (lumber and oil). Wish we would have had more time to explore Zaanse Schans area (shops and museum). The cheese and clog demonstrations felt more like a sales pitch, would've liked more of the history of Marken and Volendam and cheese and clog making. Overall, great value with the bus, ferry, guided tours, especially if you get the free canal cruise ticket at check-in.
The half day tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam was fantastic! The windmills were very interesting and the presenter at the windmill explained the function and procedures used in detail. Marken is where the wooden shoe demonstration took place. Also a very interesting demonstration and the gift shop offered all types of goods. Volendam was the seaside town where the cheese making demonstration took place which was interesting. The guides suggested a restaurant and it was fantastic! The food was simply delicious. There were many shops in Volendam and I personally would love to go back to this little seaside town someday. Juan, our head tour guide, was fabulous! He was informative and very clear in his instructions. The other two guides were also very helpful and very friendly. I would highly recommend this tour. I thought it was money well worth spent!