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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

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

Tristan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Good tour and tour guide, well planned, with a lot of good info.

Petra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Fantastic trip, gives you a great appreciation of Amsterdam and our Tour guide was so enthusiastic and so knowledgeable couldn't have had anyone better. Must do!

Tuck B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent guide but due the small size of our group they had to combine us with the Spanish speakers so that was a lot to listen to.

Rebecca T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

While the windmills were impressive, the highlight has to be the cheese tasting!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was an informative and well paced tour. We visited windmills, clogs, cheese, a fishing village and some really old tilted buildings. The tour guide spoke in 3 different languages, amazing that she could remember what she was saying, and she knew a lot. I enjoyed my day, even though it was very cold and icy.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Absolutely wonderful, great guide, great places

Noor Adzlin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My guide was a very nice lady who was friendly and made a conscious effort to interact with every member of the tour. She was very knowledgeable and answered all queries.

The tour was perfect for those who do not have much spare time. It feels like an express tour but there was ample free time to roam around and explore. Overall, it was an excellent tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had a really enthusiastic, eager and informative Dutch tour guide. He knew all the history and knew when the right times were to speak. He was also very funny, inclusive of everyone and catered to our needs i.e. if we wanted to try a particular something for lunch. The bus ride from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans only took half an hour-45 minutes, and from Zaanse Schans to Edam/Volendam less than half an hour, so you were not stuck on a bus for most of the tour at all! In between these stops as well, you visit this gorgeous little Dutch cheese factory, where they show you how cheese is made and stored, and there are also wooden shoes clogs to buy. They demonstrate to you how they carve the shoes- very impressive!
We were blessed to have clear blue skies on our day, and it wasn't too busy at it was November.

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.

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