Leave the bustle of Amsterdam behind and spend half a day exploring the Dutch countryside. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 17th and 18th centuries when you visit Zaanse Schans, a village of windmills and wooden houses. Your idyllic journey continues in the well-known fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, and includes a visit to a traditional cheese farm. This half-day shore excursion from Amsterdam is available in the morning and afternoon.
Half-day shore excursion to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken from Amsterdam
Scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
See the windmills of Zaanse Schans and visit a traditional clog-maker
Admire the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam
Enjoy a boat trip from Volendam to Marken (summer only)
Step off your ship in Amsterdam and delight in the Dutch countryside on this half-day sightseeing shore excursion. In central Amsterdam, board an air-conditioned coach and travel with your guide through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals. Stop in the village of Zaanse Schans, home to windmills and a historic shipyard. Your charming outing includes visiting a local shoemaker and watching clog-making techniques firsthand. Continue to Volendam and Marken, located on the coast of the former Zuiderzee (now called Ijsselmeer). A boat ride (summer only) takes you from Volendam to Marken, and enjoy free time at each stop. In these authentic fishing villages, locals still wear their colorful traditional dresses and the old wooden houses are built on stilts. Before you return to Amsterdam by coach, visit one of the few farms where cheese is still made in the traditional Dutch way. If you want to spend more time exploring at each location, upgrade to the full-day tour. Worry-free Shore Excursion: This excursion is located within a 20-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Amsterdam. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Albeit it may have been nice to have a bit more time, overall all it was a good experience. It was a very calm day, so unfortunately the windmills were not operating. But if the wind is up on the day you go, you will have a wonderful opportunity to see windmills operating and doing various tasks. Personally my favorite windmill was the saw mill.
Really enjoyed this tour with the highlight being the working windmill in Zaanse Schans. Guides were excellent and lots of info available. The clog making was a little kitsch as it is all done by machines.
I enjoyed seeing the three villages and definitely rate those high on my list. Great diversions from the city of Amsterdam for a day. I did not like the big crowd on the bus and will opt for a smaller group next time. Fewer people to wait for. Our guide was informative but we were always in such a rush that it was difficult to enjoy anything. I will say though that he was good humored and the bus was clean. We had scheduled tours along the way that were quick and well organized.
The weather was cool and overcast but I really didn't mind that part. Dress appropriately so you can enjoy walking around.
The tour was very informative, and I have to say that the Dutch countryside is absolutely gorgeous. Our tour guides - Sandra and Marco - made this tour truly memorable for me. All the three places covered have their own charm and uniqueness.
A highly recommended tour.
We loved the windmills. The fishing village of Volendam was gorgeous - lovely seafood, wonderful cheese at the cheese factory. We weren't interested in clogs, so the visit to the Marken clog factory was not for us, but it was a pretty little town.
I booked this tour online. I did not have a printed voucher, but I just showed the agent at the tour office my voucher on my phone and she quickly printed it for me the morning of the tour. We met our guide in front of the of the tour office at 8:30AM and followed her about 3 blocked to the double Decker tour bus. We got a seat on top and had a great few of the city and country side as we drove to our first stop at the Zaanse Schans Windmills. We had a nice walk with lots of great scenery to the windmill. We got a tour of the windmill and then had some free time. The bus when took us to the island of Bolendam were we had a demonstration of how wooden shoes are now made by machines. We had a little time for shopping and then followed our guide to the port and boarded a boat for a ride over to the fishing village of Marken. We were taken to a cheese shop and given a quick demonstration of cheese making. We then had some time to shop for local cheeses. Our guide then gave us an hour to shop and have some lunch. We really enjoyed the village of Marken. We found the bus and made it back to the center of Amsterdam about 2:00PM. Seeing the windmills, having a nice boat ride, and visiting the village of Marken were the highlights of this trip. This tour should not be missed by anyone visiting Amsterdam.
Really enjoyed the Zaanse Schans Windmills and the surrounding area. Wish we had more time here as to explore the other shops etc. The others places was nice and scenic but a bit of a walking required .
I wasn't impressed with this tour. Even though it was a wet day it seemed very rushed and we didn't really know what was going on all afternoon. The tour guide wasn't informative at all. We had to ask a couple times where we were going and what time we had to be at the bus. disappointing as we were looking forward to a day out in the countryside.