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

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Patricia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Great tour .

Alex W.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This was a great small group experience! Our tour guide, Mr. T, was very nice and knowledgeable. Going around North Holland was beautiful and all the stops were incredible to see and walk around, even in the freezing cold! Very great tour. Highly recommend

olly1970

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Our tour guide Pol was excellent and the itinerary was great. Highly recommend.

Lea S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

I had a fantastic day on this tour. Was a little late because I got on the wrong ferry and the guide was there waiting for me!! The short trip to the windmills was filled with interesting stories and information. The tour was at a good pace with heaps of time for photo's and taking in the sites.

Cathy C.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

We had a wonderful day with our tour Guide Jan. He was an informative, personable, relaxed person that went with our flow our pace. The time of year worked in our favor as we were the only people on our tour. the Windmills are beautiful and we loved Volendam. Follow the directions as to where to meet your guide. The ferry you have to take from the train station to where you meet your guide is interesting insight as to how the Dutch commute! Great day overall.

Nicole P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

The Zaanse Schans was pleasing to the eyes and has a rich history which is very interesting. It was amazing that a lot of windmills are still functional and not just there for display. The old villages we went to were like a breath of fresh air from hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. We enjoyed waking around the villages and trying some of the delicious food. We also enjoyed buying souvenirs as there were a lot of shops and a wide variety of items. Our guide Apostolis Tol for short was very knowledgeable about the places we went to. He was also very nice and has a good sense of humor. Overall, we had a great time!!! Though, this almost didn't happen as our guide didn't show up at the meeting place but he made an effort to contact us if we would still like to do the tour at a later time. We didn't have anything planned for the afternoon so we were still able to do the tour. Tol was really apologetic for not showing up earlier and he more than made up for it. Just before we went back to Amsterdam, Tol made us try some Schnapps which we also liked. We had a really great time at the tour and we hope more people will go on this tour as well!!!

Amandri J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

We had a wonderful time with our guide Teun. He really went the extra mile to engage with the tour group and brought a personal touch to the tour with his humor and friendly approach. The tour itself was very well organised with all pickup instructions and information communicated well in advance. We really enjoyed each of the various stops and found that the tour offered sufficient time to visit each place without feeling rushed. Each of the different locations offer a unique experience with a great mix between the touristy Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam, to the more quaint and quiet old villages and scenic routes.

Bill E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

great tour, great guide, very happy we didn't do the big bus tour.....highly recommend this tour

Robyn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

A great way to see outside the city centre. Our guide had good local knowledge and we learned about the history of the areas we visited as well as enjoying the great scenery. There were only 6 people on the tour which made it like a private tour.

Debra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Our driver and guide was very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We saw a lot of places and things in a short time.

Tara B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This trip was AMAZING!!!! Our tour guide was super knowledgeable, nice and very energetic. She knew so much about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. It was a cold rainy day but that didn't stop us. I loved this tour and loved my tour guide. I highly highly recommend this tour!!!!

Sora S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This trip was super fun and super good!! The guide was very nice and knowledgeable, and every stop we made was so fun and unique. I loved the small fishing village where I tried herring and smoked eel for the first time! They were really fresh and flavorful. I would def. recommend this!

Anna Marie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

It was an amazing tour. Teun was very attentive and knowledgeable. He was fun and because we were a small group which their company prefers, it becomes much more personal and exclusive. Thank you Teun for the amazing experience!

WanderLust

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This tour was exceptional! It was my sister and I's first time in Amsterdam and we couldn't have chosen a better tour to explore the villages outside of the city. Our meeting point was at the Cafe, right in front of the ferry station. We stayed in a hotel near the Central Station so to get to the meeting point we had to take the ferry free of charge, to cross the river to get to the Cafe. At the meeting point, our tour guide, Tol I t think it was short for Apostole, was there to greet us. He was friendly, easy going, and on time. Our group was divided into two smaller groups and my sister and I ended up having a private tour 'cause it was just us two with Tol! Lucky us! The drive to the villages wasn't too long and Tol was an excellent driver- my sister and I felt safe.

We really enjoyed the windmills, which were amazing to see in person. We learned about the history of it and how they work. And there's so many photo ops so be sure to get your camera ready! For an extra 4 euros, we were able to climb one of the windmills on to the first deck. Be careful though because the steps on the ladders were steep and you have to climb back down the same way! But, the views up there were breathtaking . While there, be sure to stop at the hot cocoa store where you can make your own hot cocoa! During the tour we also got to see how the famous wooden clogs were made. We learned how the clogs came to be which was interesting and how there are different types of clogs- not just the yellow ones you often see in the stores. We even got to try some on!

We also got to go to Broek in Waterland, which was a nice, pretty, quiet town. It felt like we were hours away from the city because of the stillness and quietness, but it was only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam! We walked around the town with Tol and afterwards, did a couple of Dutch Schnapps tasting in front of a small lake. It was a great way to end the day before driving back to Amsterdam. Tol did a wonderful job as our tour guide. He was very easy to talk to and he allowed us to go at our own pace- we never felt rushed. He gave us educational information about the Dutch culture and at the same time gave us an experience to remember! Definitely give this tour a try!

Raissa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip to the villages outside of Amsterdam. We were a little wary about having to take the ferry across since we had to find the station but the ferry station was easy to find right outside Central Station, off to the right of the pedestrian/bike walkway and the ferry came every 3-5 minutes. The free ferry ride was quick and once we were across, the meeting point at the Cafe was directly right in front and our guide Tol can't remember his full name was already there waiting for us. We wanted a drink at the Cafe, which only accepts credit cards, and Tol offered to pay with his card and we'll pay him with cash. Tol was awesome, very informative and allowed my sister and I to go our own pace we like to take lots of pictures. We ended up having our own private tour with him since our group was split into two groups one was a group of 8 friends and the other group- just my sister and I. Tol even helped two girls we met at Zaanse Schans because they got left behind by their tour group! He let them join our group so they can finish seeing the rest of the villages.

Our favorite was seeing the windmills and how they operate. We paid an extra 4 euros to be able to climb to the first deck caution: the stairs are very narrow and it was worth it because the view was beautiful. It was such a picturesque village! The demonstration about how wooden clogs are made was fascinating also. The clog maker explained to us the different meanings behind each of the different wooden clogs and we got to try our own! Tol even gave us a free personalized souvenir from this wooden clogs shop. The Edam cheese was very tasty! We wish we could've bought cheese but had to keep in mind our luggage weight limit. Volendam was also a nice and quaint fishing village where we had free time to walk around try some of the local food. We had the chance to go to Broek in Waterland where Tol did a small walking tour and at the end, we tried the Dutch Schnapps. It will warm you up on a cold day like we had!

This was a great tour to venture out of the city of Amsterdam and see how locals live. The villages were awesome and had amazing views- a lot of good photo opportunities everywhere! Tol was great- he was very knowledgeable, patient, and made our trip very memorable!

Marie Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This small group tour was amazing, would recommend small group tours all the time

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Great way to see some countryside outside of Amsterdam. Free ferry across to pick up point was easy and our guide was ready and waiting. The windmills were beautiful and the wind showed up to give us a look at the windmills in motion. Places to buy hot drinks and souvenirs,welcome on the cold day. Volendam was a wonderful surprise,quaint and interesting to wander around. Totally enjoyed the day.

lana_1227

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This is a great 1/2 day tour option, I am not a 'tour' person, but wanted to see some of the smaller towns and this seemed like an easy way to do so. It was. It was even fun to take the harbor boat across the canal to the meeting point, in the am it gives a great sunrise view and when the tour finishes you can go to the Eye or the top of the building for a sky high view. Our guide was great, friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. His name was Toon I believe, great guide. We had rainy cold weather and he was quick to offer options and give us the best day possible. Really good driver and pointed out interesting things along the drive. It was a fun day and I would highly recommend this tour with this company, it is well laid out, not stressful or rushed for time, fun, informative and offers a good time in the cute, albeit touristy villages. but you are on vacation and are a tourist to enjoy it. Hans the wooden shoe and cheese maker is really funny and interesting.

iblynda

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Guide was excellent and went out of his way to make the tour personal. Only six of us on the tour so far superior to the big bus tours we saw, especially at the Zaanse Schans Windmills. Volendam was lovely and we could have spent more time there but the old villages were also enchanting and worth visiting. Loved the Dutch countryside!

Bailey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Small tour. Great guide. Loved every second of it.

Andrea G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

A wonderful tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We learn so much about the history and geography of the Netherlands. We saw many places we would never have discovered on our own.

Simon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was a fantastic tour. The stops we made were excellent to learn and experience the local culture. The countryside is beautiful. Our guide Teun was awesome. He made the entire tour very comfortable and was shared many valuable insights. Highly recommended.

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We had a wonderful day on this tour! After easily negotiating the Central train station and finding our way to the free ferry with hundreds of other commuters, most on bikes!, we are picked up at the designated meeting place right on time.
It turned out that we were the only travellers that day, so we had a private tour for the day. Our guide, Roxanne, was terrific. She was very friendly, personable and knowledgeable about all the sights we visited. We never felt rushed nor pressured to visit or buy merchandise in the more touristy areas we visited. Roxanne kept an easy pace for the walking tours and is an experienced and careful driver.
We had a wonderful day in the bright sunshine and we were pleased to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours. We wanted to see some of the countryside and this tour did just that.
Well done Roxanne!

christap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

It was very interesting. Have learned a lot about Windmills. The guide was excellent and very informative. We really enjoy walking through the old villages. The cheese making as well as the clog making was also very interesting. The total tour was excellent and will definitely recommend same.

Kez Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was an amazing tour and our tour guide Roxanne was fantastic!!. She was a good driver and provided us with just the right amount of history about Amsterdam and Holland. Her English was really good. It was really good to be taken to some of the small towns surrounding Amsterdam which I would have otherwise never had the chance to see. It was great to sample some local food and have a small drink at the completion of the tour. I would defiantly recommend doing this tour.

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