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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands
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5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 10 more


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.

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Laura F
, Jul 2019
We took this tour prior to hopping on a cruise the next day. We met inside Central Station at the tour shop near Starbucks. Took a Hop on Hop Off bus with 2 guides and drove out to windmills where admission to one windmill that cuts wood with presentation and free time to look at other windmills and shop. Took bus to Market and saw demo on clog making. Took 20 minute ferry ride on smooth water to Volendam fishing village where we went to cheese factory and got some time for lunch/shopping/pubs then demonstration at waffle bakery, then to a local dutch museum.
Nice places, needed better guide
Joseph S
, Jul 2019
The places are great but the guide did not give clear instructions. She just walked from one place to another without waiting for the whole group to walk together. At Volendam we just walked after her . She explained nothing. Then i heard people asking her about the houses coluors as it seems that colours had meaning and explained to them only. Other tours I took with viator like the CANAL tour were excellent.
Alison G
, Jul 2019
This was an excellent tour. Only problem not enough time to explore Marken. Shops and clog demonstrations were fab.
Lots of walking
, Jul 2019
Walked 4 - 5 miles on trip. Unless you really care how cheese, waffles and wood shoes are made this is not a fun trip. Windmills were ok
Very "Touristy" Tour of Windmills, Clogs, and Cheese
, Jul 2019
Three of us (including a teen) were left with a very "touristy" opinion of this tour. One thing that was not noted beforehand was this was a two-language tour. Everything was covered in Spanish and English by the same guide. That was quite distracting listening to both languages at every turn (whether you speak Spanish or English), both at the tour sites and on the bus. The three stops were nice and quaint, but all three were loaded with tourists. At the last stop (windmills), we were told we had to be back at a certain time and this was stressed several times by the guide. That's fine, but for the few folks who came back on time, there reward was to wait another 15 meetings for the rest of the group. Everyone who came back on time could've used the extra 15 minutes there because each stop is short. That part was disappointing. Overall, we give this a poor rating for these reasons noted unfortunately.
Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken & Volendam Half day trip
, Jul 2019
Half day makes it tight schedule, specially at the crowded location of Zaanse Schans. May be its the most visited location outside of Amsterdam. Ian, our tour guide had a nice sense of humour. Would have loved to spend more time . Would recommend a full day trip as all the 3 locations were very pretty and deserves some more time to soak it in.
Fascinating look into three of Amsterdam’s past and current industries
, Jul 2019
It was incredible seeing a centuries old working windmill in action, along with ancient clog making machinery. We also loved learning about the gouda making process and tasting samples of exotic goat cheese and pesto infused items. Who knew that the windmill once put the Netherlands on the European map as the top industrious nation.
Luis C
, Jul 2019
This tour was excellent. We loved every moment of it. We visited a chocolate and cheese and wooden shoes factories. Besides we went on a short boat ride that was enjoyable. I would recommend this our to everybody.
Typical Viator fare
Rob and Kim M
, Jul 2019
Too much on pushing vendors as per normal Viator, guide and driver were good, the last visit to the bakery was a waste of time, need more time at the first wind mill location. Too rushed, and the bus at the last stop was much too far for the end of day walk.
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rochel h
, Jul 2019
loved the half day tour. they really kept the group moving. we saw lots of interesting things. highly recommend!

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