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

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tanujain872

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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.

A highly recommended tour.

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

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.

photmanparulian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Amazing., fantastic tour, well managed by Limberg Tour Amsterdam extra 1 cruise canal at night is very nice travelling for us both as a couple join with other travellers from other countries.

pamdeang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Great experience to visit the countryside, to view real windmills and be inside one, and take a boat ride between fishing villages of Volendam and Marken. Enjoyed the clog-making demo, and cheese manufacturing demo and samples, and demo of making cookies.

Don W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Beautiful places to visit with a great tour company! Would highly recommend this tour and this company. Great service!
Very well run!

Rebecca S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This tour was really nice, well organised well planned and excellent activities for the whole day. The staff running it were lovely and friendly and knowledgable in a lot of languages to cater for many tourists. The sites were also beautiful.

IronHorse

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!!!

Nandy

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.

C L W

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.

mary m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This is a beautiful tour that is a must if you really enjoy quaint villages , beautiful scenery and getting a true taste of the Netherlands you imagined. The tour guides were excellent! Very informative and very enthusiastic personalities. I would take it again whenever I return to Amsterdam. I took several tours through VIATOR and were all great!

Mahesh E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

It was Well spent Few Hours and Money in Amsterdam . The tour guides too care to look after the bus load of people , keep us informed and entertained well . The Places of visit were magnificent !!

Gail R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Beautiful! A great way to see some neat scenery and history outside of Amsterdam.

Stacey L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This tour was extremely well done. The tour guide was knowledgeable and you have more than enough time to see everything. I would recommend this tour to anyone who really wants to see Amsterdam.

Jeff W S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Was a great overview of the countryside with the story and history behind the draining of the poulders, how clogs are made, how windmills work and the important role played in the history of the Netherlands. Bus tour combined with a boat cruise. Efficient use of time - for a half day cruise it was informative and the pacing of activities and knowledge of the tour guides and presenters at each of the locations was fantastic!! The tour group was not huge and the logistics of managing all the stops and keeping to the schedule of returning to the bus or waiting for stragglers was not an issue.

Hero.sl Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Worth the money and time. Audio recording in the coach is very informative. Guides speak English well, friendly and helpful.

paigeyp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

I highly recommend this tour. The windmills are so beautiful. I did wish there was more time at this stop because you barely have time to use the facilities and see it all. My favorite stop was the fish town. So beautiful and had a delicious lunch. The ferry ride was great too. Unfortunately my visit was during a heat wave and the air conditioner was broken on the bus. That was the only down side.

Martin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This tour was amazing!

dj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This tour was amazing. Great views and tour of windmills. Interesting show making. Really fun cheese production show and taste. Note-volunteer to be in the show! Really good tasting lunch in a small fishing village. The trip was also very informative of the area.

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