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Experience three quintessential icons of the Dutch countryside — windmills, cheese and wooden clogs — on this 5.5 hour tour from Amsterdam. Journey to the North Holland towns of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, where you can view working windmills at an open-air museum on the Zaan River, visit a dairy farm or cheese weighing house, and step inside a clog factory. You’ll travel outside the city aboard a single-decker coach, allowing for a smaller group experience with your professional guide.


  • Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Marvel at the landmark monuments of Volendam, including the old fish auction rooms
  • Stroll the twisting street of Volendam and soak up the fishing village atmosphere
  • Watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
  • See the cheese weighing house in Edam and learn how Dutch cheese is being made in an old farm
  • Travel on a comfortable, single-decker coach with an onboard guide

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What You Can Expect

Dutch Countryside and Culture Tour from Amsterdam Including Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam

Admire the famous Zaanse Schans windmills

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the Zaan River and is home to traditional 18th and 19th century architecture, including several functioning windmills. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village on your own, before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from the water) of the Beemster area.

From there continue on to Edam, also commonly referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famous in Edam is beyond any doubt the public weighing house, where in summer still every Wednesday the famous Edam Cheese is being sold.  After a stroll around this history-rich town, you’ll have the opportunity to see how Edam’s world-famous cheese is made and, of course, to taste it in a closeby cheesefarm.

Finally, you will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbor has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over to see the small buildings and houses and take in the locals in their traditional Dutch clothing. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs for those at home or a memento for yourself, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the city, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction).

Customer Reviews

Roger G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour itself was wonderful. Well worth the expense. Going to the windmill Park is educational and fun for any age. I only wish we had more time in Volderdam for shopping.

Ruwan K. L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Yes it was fantastic. Specially Juliet who was our tour guide went out of her way to make sure that we enjoed.

Edward G S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great tour to cheese and wine tasting. We got to see a Guy make a wooden shoe . The cheese was so good I brought some home. Then we went on to a Village where there was 5 restored Wind Mills, animals it was very good trip because it got you away from the City into the Beautiful Country side. Highly recommend this one


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful trip. Charming villages, beautiful photo ops, Learned a lot about the history and importance of Dutch culture that I did not know before. A great investment.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour Guide know history and facts well. Bus was nice. All the stops were great and had enough time to see the sights and to shop. The tiny villages were super cute, a nice change from Amsterdam and bigger cities. The Cheese shop and the Clog shop had great gifts to buy, too!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour covering a number of interesting sites - we really enjoyed it.

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a lovely surprise this tour was. Much more than we expected. The little villages were charming and our guide was quite knowledgable. Just the might mix of hokey touristy amongst the breathtaking countryside. Highly recommend this one.

Casey A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great way to experience a little Dutch culture and get a feel for the Dutch countryside.

Anthony D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent. Fun


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The trip was informative and the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a very nice day.

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