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Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour

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Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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
Professional guide
Guided tour of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Live commentary on board
Desinfact handgel
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

1: This is Holland, Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands
2: Heineken Experience, Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Return Details

This is Holland, Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands
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).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kaaswaag Edam
Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Big Church, and former town hall. Most famous in Edam beyond any doubt is the public weighing house, where every year in July and August still every Wednesday morning the famous Edam Cheese Market is held. Walk during 40 minutes with your guide through this wonderful small city.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alidahoeve
you will have the opportunity to see how world-famous cheese is made. And, of course, to taste some cheese in a nearby cheese farm.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Volendam Haven
Finally, we will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbour has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over the world to see the small and houses and learn about the locals with their traditions and traditional Dutch costumes. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the village, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction) Also you can enjoy a walk on top of the Dike with a beautiful view of the IJssel-lake. • Enjoy an orientation guided walk with our live goude for 20 minutes. • During some free time you'll have the time to explore the city on your own.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zaanse Schans
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 River Zaan and is home to original 18th and 19th century architecture, including several still functioning windmills & wooden houses. 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 and a visit a windmill on your own, before travelling through the typical Polder-landscapes (reclaimed land from the water).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop
Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Tour Company will strictly follow all RIVM COVID-19 guidelines. We also ask everyone to bring and wear their own mouth mask.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour Company B.V.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour ?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour .

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Traveler Tips


  • "A word of advice to anyone taking this tour - double check with the guide on the meeting times and places and, although you shouldn't have to, come back 5 or 10 minutes earlier." See review
  • "Be prepared with WATER and Snacks as there really isn't time to stop to eat!" See review
  • "Highly recommended if you have less time at your disposal." See review

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Seeing the windmills
Anselmo_M
, Jul 2020
Everything was perfect. We had a private tour due to COVID. Out driver and guide were the best!!!!!!
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Wonderful!
Anne_D
, Mar 2020
Wonderful experience! I learned a ton & I explored some truly beautiful areas. If you have a few days in Amsterdam, I would definitely recommend this. The guides were exceptional as well!
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Great trip
Kathy
, Mar 2020
This is an excellent trip to see outside Amsterdam and the pretty villages. Juliet our guide was knowledgable and friendly.
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Wonderful tour
Regina_S
, Mar 2020
It was a great tour (despite the rain and wind). Beautiful sights and our guide Derek was wonderful. Would highly recommend
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Tour was great. Dedrick is awesome!
TouringTraveler
, Mar 2020
Very nice tour through Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans. The tour lasted a little over 5 hours and was guided by Dedrick, who was an excellent guide full of knowledge. He had a pleasant tone, was very funny and made sure that the entire group was able to hear him. My tour was in March and over the course of the 5ish hours was quite nice weather. There was a short bout of rain, but Dedrick helped us make the most of it. First stop was at a Henri Willig farm where we saw how their cheeses are made. There was a lot of cheese testing which was VERY good. If you want to buy cheese, this would be the stop to do it (although there are many cheese shops in Amsterdam). Make sure to try the cheese with the various jams. I will say that there cheese shops in Amsterdam that are better at recommending different cheese/jam combinations. Next stop was Volendam, which had shopping and free time. Edam was next, which is where we had a bout of rain. Although Edam is known for cheese, there were no shops here for us to sample/buy from. Final stop was Zaanse Schans with the wooden shoe making demo/shop and windmills. There's also a nice hot cocoa shop here. Overall a very good experience if you want a guided tour. I'd definitely tour with Dedrick again. This tour is family friendly, not too long or too short and you still have the afternoon and evening free to tour Amsterdam.
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Terrible
floreche2015
, Jan 2020
Bus not working so needed to wait until they fix it. Not enough time to complete the whole tour so needed to go back before visiting the third town and seeing in a hurry the second tour..
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Worth it!
syedf786
, Dec 2019
A very good and professsional guide. Lots of cheese tasting samples. Wooden shoes workshop was a nice touch.
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SUCH A SPLENDID TOUR
sc0ttb0ardman
, Nov 2019
Our tour guide was amazing and detailed in his knowledge!!! I always recommend this tour to everyone who visits!
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An interesting day
jobmob123
, Nov 2019
Eva our tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about explaining the sites to the group. The cheese making factory was fun as well as visiting the traditional neighborhood of Edam and seeing up close the windmills. I recommend this tour
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No Edam in Edam;
Lindak222
, Oct 2019
Harold and Hans (guide and driver) were pleasant, knowledgeable, fun. Harold surprise a group of young Germans on the bus by Speaking both English and German. They cheered and corrected his grammar and, with his great attitude, made the trip extra fun. However, don’t you think most people booking a trip to Edam are thinking about the cheese. Sadly, there is only a little history to be learned of this past life and a photo op or two in a very charming village. We did stop at a small cheese factory in the next village and enjoyed the owner’s short presentation on cheese making. Most of his cheese was Gouda. The “seaside” stop in Volendam was fascinating. What appears to be to sea is actually a freshwater lake constructed decades ago by building 32 kms of dikes 40-some miles out to sea. It’s part of the marvel of Dutch industry that I was glad to learn more about. The last stop was Zaanse Schans to see a collection of windmills and houses brought to the site as a museum. It was a real eye opener to realize how much people used the windmills to accomplish, as well as to live in them. A highlight was watching a shoemaker create a wooden shoe in a very short time. The large shop had museum pieces as well as I’m sure 1,000s of colorful clogs to buy. It was 5 1/2 hours well spent except for no Edam in Edam.

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