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Small Group Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Old Villages Tour from Amsterdam Including Dutch Schnapps Tasting

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Experience an iconic landscape of fishing villages, windmills and craftsmen’s shops on a small-group tour from Amsterdam into the Dutch countryside. Visit a series of traditional, restored windmills in Zaanse Schans, and walk the dikes and harbor of Volendam, a pretty port lined with bright houses and sailboats. Sample locally-make cheeses and Dutch schnapps, with time to choose a restaurant for lunch, then enjoy sweeping views of the landscape during the return trip to Amsterdam.
  • Small-group tour of the Dutch countryside
  • See picture-perfect landscapes and villages
  • Learn about traditional life and culture
  • Great overview and orientation for first-time visitors

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Great small group tour!
Yolalindsay
, Dec 2019
We had an awesome day with Nils! The meeting point extremely easy to find and the ride to each stop was comfortable and smooth. The Windmills are fascinating and even though we had a very foggy day, so worth seeing if you have the time. The clogs/cheese stop was fun and Volendam was beautiful - we enjoyed our walk around the 'maze' before we got to the (very touristy) main street. The highlight for everyone in our group was absolutely the final stop in a small town where we had a lovely stroll and a tasting of Dutch spirits. Crowds were really not bad in November and being in a small group is the way to go!
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👏👏👏👏 The best experience is Amsterdam 👏👏👏👏
610oliverc
, Nov 2019
I don't like group tours and it was the best experience. I was very fortunate to have Niels as the guide and in this case a personal one, the best, the most felxiboe the most knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to meet a different perspective of Amsterdam by someone local. Heel erg bedankt Niels. Mijn Dutch is niet zo goed als je Spaans of je Engels.
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Wonderful Tour led by Tol
RichDar
, Nov 2019
I came to Amsterdam from Texas 2 days before Globus tour. Had originally signed up for a longer tour in a Big bus. Luckily found this 5.5 hour tour in a Van only 6 of us Guide Tol and owner. He warmly greeted us and Safely drove with interesting Info. First stop Windmills Tol parked with easy access away from many Buses. Yes it was Rainy and Chilly but I was dressed for it. Plenty of time to walk around. Then to wooden shoe and cheese Demo. After to Old Fishing village Volendam time eat. Went to De Haven freshly fried Kibbeling Cod then next door for Fresh Mint Tea. Last stop in pretty village of Brooke en Water old Homes. Stopped by Lake and Toasted our Great Day with Bols Schnapps. I Highly Recommend Tol. Wonderful Guide and fun informative Day. I am 82 years Active senior had no trouble keeping up.
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Excellent tour
clay11172019
, Oct 2019
Neils was charming and witty. He took us to less traveled places and the natives clearly liked him and treated us great.
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Must See Tour
James E
, Oct 2019
Apostolis Noutsis has wired this tour to maximize every minute. He exceeded our expectations and the personal touch at every site was phenomenal. You will not regret selecting this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you!!! 😁
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Small group the best!
KathyH571
, Oct 2019
Our small group was eight people. Tour guide was informative. Wish the tour was longer at Zaanse Schans. We would have enjoyed spending more time in Monnickendam also. We would have paid extra for a little more time. You learn about places when other tourists ask questions, That's part of the fun. Four of the tourists were from the Netherlands so they spoke to the guide in Dutch, I guess. It would have been nice if they had been willing to speak in English or that the guide translated since this was an English speaking tour. Otherwise, great tour. I would do this again.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you and I am happy to hear you would do this again. Please let me know next time if you want more time. We could have arranged that immediately. All the best.
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A nice historic trip away from the city
Pattiwgn2019
, Oct 2019
It was an easy and fun way to check out/experience the free ferry to start the tour . Our guide was very informative and dedicated native of Amsterdam. His love for the country was obvious. Loved getting away from the hustle bustle and seeing the still active windmills, and beautiful historic fishing villages.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you, I am happy to have been part of your nice day.
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Great tour
166jaclync
, Sep 2019
The tour was made up of 7 people plus our guide Nils. We loved it. While the tour does have a schedule, it is still pretty flexible which was fantastic. So as a group we were able to pick which old villages we wanted to visit. We enjoyed everything about the tour - windmills, cheese/clogs tour, village visit and the Dutch Schnapps tasting. Nils was really knowledgable. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to take a small, customised tour.
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What a treat!!
870tedc
, Sep 2019
I am so happy we found this tour. We arrived a few minutes early and saw that there were other people waiting. We all became quick friends. We ended up leaving about 10 minutes late as there was a party of 7 that didn't show up. I think it was very generous of the tour guide, Tal, to wait for them. We ended up having to depart without them. They really missed out. We were able to see a lot of the local spots and try the local restaurants. Then we did go on to the touristy spots and they were just as amazing. I loved that our guide was very well versed in the history of the country and could answer all of our questions. It was beautiful as well as educational. I would recommend this tour highly!
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Best Ever
LeeLeon
, Sep 2019
Apostle and Neils were great as guides for the trip. They were informative, good drivers, knowledgeable of the history and insight of the places covered. We highly recommend this tour.

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