Lors de cette excursion en bord de mer à Amsterdam, laissez la ville derrière vous pour un voyage d'une demi-journée à la découverte de la campagne hollandaise. Vous traverserez de magnifiques paysages parsemés de canaux, vous découvrirez d'authentiques maisons de bois, des moulins à vent et des villages de pêcheurs, ainsi que les techniques artisanales du passé. Témoin de la vie aux Pays-Bas aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, le village pittoresque de Zaanse Schans est célèbre pour ses bâtisses d'époque. Vous verrez les célèbres villages de pêcheurs de Volendam et Marken et visiterez une ferme fromagère traditionnelle. Vous retournerez au centre d'Amsterdam vers 14:30 ou 20:00.
La ballade était superbe, seul hic, nous avions réservé pour les commentaires en FRANÇAIS , nous avons eu le droit à l'espagnol et à l'anglais de façon majoritaire....Et lorsque l'on comparait les commentaires en anglais et en espagnol, et ce que l'on nous disait en français, cétait de manière très édulcorée .
Ensuite, au départ d'Amsterdam, nous avons eu un très gros embouteillage, de ce fait avons perdu plus d'une heure.....et la visite des moulins c'est faite au pas de course, avec un guide qui ne s'occupait pas de savoir si on suivait ou pas.....on a donc visité le site en moins de 50 minutes, c'est dommage, car le lieu est charmant et je pense avoir été volée de cette visite, les moulins.
Donc je conseille aux personnes francophones de faire attention : la visite ne se fera pas spécialement et uniquement en Français .
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.
We loved the windmills visit. We also loved the visit to the fishing village of Volendam - gorgeous town, lovely seafood, wonderful cheese at the cheese factory we visited. Clogs aren't of interest to us, so the visit to the Marken clog factory was a little boring, but the small village was picturesque. The ferry ride from Volendam to Marken was quite nice.
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.