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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 5.5-hour shore excursion from Amsterdam is available in the morning and afternoon.


  • 5.5-hour 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 20-minute boat trip (summer only)
  • Visit a Dutch cheese farm

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What You Can Expect

Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam

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, where you'll see 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 20-minute boat ride takes you from Volendam to Marken, and enjoy about 45 minutes at each stop (summer only). 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, you'll also visit one of the few farms where cheese is still made in the traditional Dutch way.

7-Hour tour departing at 12pm
This option was created based on customer feedback to offer an alternative itinerary and longer tour duration. The afternoon tour at 12pm is 7hours in duration. It visits the windmill village of "Zaanse Schans" and the towns of Marken and Volendam. However, this tour gives you more time at all 3 locations.

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great experience to visit the countryside, to view real windmills and be inside one, to take a boat ride between fishing villages of Volendam and Marken and to realise how the Dutch mastered to expand their land from the sea, to sit in a clog-making demo and cheese manufacturing demo, and to try the fresh herring with diced onion and squeezed lemon. It's the tour, the experience that makes part of good memories.

Jorge B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excelent too short the first stop no time to enjoy

Merey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful experience and got to taste some fantastic produce!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour exceeded our expectations. It was well worth going. You so so many more sights then you could on your own. They took us to several different sights.

Philip T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fabulous day tour from Amsterdam. We thought we were only going to see old windmills, which in fact they were but still in use today. The one we visited was used for logging and sawing the logs for restorations etc. and was fascinating. The clog demonstration also great and fishing village great. Thoroughly recommend the tour.

Kathryn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is a wonderful tour that includes many interesting places. We loved seeing a working windmill that could be explained to us by the Miller. Next we went to a cheese factory and heard all about making cheese and as a bonus got to taste many different kinds of cheeses. Next was lunch at a local restaurant. They were waiting and ready for us so it was very efficient. Then the boat ride which gave a little time to relax and talk with other visitors to Amsterdam. Last we went to the wooden shoe factory. It was fascinating. Where else could you try on actual wooden shoes. All in all it was a perfect day.

Ken C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Personable guide. Clean, safe bus. Beautiful views and commentary on countryside and reclamation of land from sea. Best part, though: I never expected to see an authentic windmill actually working up close and inside. A must see. Absolutely fascinating. The host miller ground flax seed with massive mills stones driven by the wind. Everything made of wood and absolutely the way they did it in the old days. Many thanks to the folks who have kept this windmill running.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was excellent - the service and information from the guide and bus driver was exceptional. A fantastic day!

Kate H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guides were excellent. Bus was good. There was a full bus of tourists but it went well. Long day but worth it. You do not have to do a tour of an area ie the cheese factory but keep an eye on the time so you can meet the group afterwards. Windmill was included in the price so keep with the group or you pay 4 euros for entrance. Defiantly a good day trip to experience some of Holland outside the city center.

Henry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful time on our tour and were thoroughly impressed with our guides. We rate it a 10.

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