Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Tour (5 hours):
In central Amsterdam, board an air-conditioned coach and travel with your guide through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals as you head out of the city.
Stop in the village of Zaanse Schans, where you'll see windmills and a historic shipyard. As you tour the town, learn more from your guide about this town renowned for its 17th- and 18th-century buildings that vividly depict historical Dutch life. Then visit a local shoemaker and watch clog-making techniques firsthand.
Next, enjoy a 20-minute boat ride to Volendam and Marken. In these authentic fishing villages, locals still wear their colorful traditional dresses and the old wooden houses stand on stilts. After seeing the villages, head to a local cheese factory for a demonstration and tasting of cheese crafted in the traditional Dutch way.
Return by coach to Amsterdam, where you'll have 30 minutes of free time to relax and have lunch (own expense) before starting your tour of Keukenhof Gardens.
Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour (5 hours):
Board the coach and together with your guide, then admire the countryside landscapes on the 1-hour drive to Keukenhof, passing colorful tulip fields along the way. En route, hear about the history of Keukenhof and the flower fields that are characteristic of the surrounding area.
Upon arrival, enjoy three hours of free time to explore the Keukenhof Gardens (more than 80 acres/32 hectares) on your own, with a provided map that gives you the gardens’ highlights, including sculptural installations. Wander along windy paths, into greenhouses, along brooks and shady ponds. Admire the swathes of colors from the blossoming tulips, daffodils, bluebells, hyacinths, and others.
When it’s time to leave, board your coach for the return trip to Amsterdam.