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
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).
We had a great guide with a great personality that gave interesting facts in a lively manner. The tour was on time and kept to the schedule. Highly recommend seeing these places and it’s much easier with the tour than on your own.
The tour was excellent! The tour guide speaks very good english and is extremely fun and detailed in the info she provides. It is one of the must do tours as an escape from the City and to know more about culture and specifics of Dutch people.
We absolutely loved this tour! The tour guide, Richard, gave us lots of interesting commentary about the culture and countryside. The bus was comfortable and the itinerary was well organized. We absolutely loved the fishing village of Volendam. We could have spent the whole day there, but thoroughly enjoyed the time we did have there. The Edam tour was lovely as well, and of course the windmill stop was quite breathtaking. The clog and cheese demonstrations were ok, and we did enjoy getting to sample the various cheeses. The countryside was so beautiful, and we had time to take many wonderful pictures to remember the trip by. I would recommend this tour without reservation.
Charming Dutch Countryside Tour is a photographer's paradise
, Aug 2019
This was a well-organized tour with an English speaking tour guide, giving you a glimpse of what is life in this part of Netherlands. Plenty of opportunities for picture taking with Edam having the most "instagrammable" places. Definitely a tour that should not be missed!
Enjoyed this tour. Gave excellent information on the reclaiming of land from the sea, loved the Edam Cheese factory & fishing village. Wish we could have eaten at the fishing village - it was getting past lunch time by the time we got the the windmill part of the tour, however the restaurant at the windmill's was very good
Four tourists that were late and missed tge bus caught up to us and verbally barrated the poor tour guide. Then the tour office kept her on the phone and the toursts began to stray. The tour itself was good, but there were far too many people to hear the tour narrative or to keep the group together.