• Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour guide, Edgar, was funny, very patient with our group, gave awesome tips and interesting information about Amsterdam, Zaanse, Edam and Volendam and in 3 languages English, French, German!!!

Rosa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Don't miss this tour! Loved the charming, picturesque villages and the windmills. Punctual, informative guides. No matter how beautiful Amsterdam is, the countryside is memorable. On finalizing our tour, they dropped us off a short 5 minute walk away from a free ferry to the downtown area where you have quick access to restaurants, shopping, Madame Tussauds, the Royal palace, etc.

Erin Lynn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is the second tour of this type we have taken and we loved every minute of it. We actually wish we had booked the longer tour so we could spend more time at each location. Especially Zaanse Schans. Juliet was our guide and she did an excellent job. Considering you are dealing with about 20 people all with their own personalities and wants, she was able to keep us all in check and well entertained. She was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and made us feel like a good friend was showing us around, not a paid guide. Hank, our bus driver was excellent as well. How he dealt with small spaces and backing the HUGE bus up amazed me. Be prepared with WATER and Snacks as there really isn't time to stop to eat! You can leave bags on the bus as well while visiting your next stop. I look forward to booking again through Viator for our next vacation!

Sean Ryan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Must-do tour when in Amsterdam! A small break from the buzz of the city.

chy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was an excellent day trip away from Amsterdam. We had a chance to see Dutch life and the beautiful countryside. Our guide was super informative, kid, and very accommodating. We had our children elementary aged who loved this excursion. Many beautiful sights and interesting aspects of Dutch culture to be learned. The stop in Edam was amazing and the cheese delicious. The Voldendam stop was nice, but really touristy. We wished we could have had more time in the little fishing village. Get a fresh fried cod fish sandwich and try the mini pancakes.

to.ange

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour guide and easy experience on a luxury coach. Ample time to enjoy each town and soak up the ambiance. Loved the charm of Edam and Zanse Schans windmills. Do it!

Kelly C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I would highly recommend this trip. See lots of different things around the countryside including Edam, cheese tasting and windmills. The guide we had was fantastic.

Shamita K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our guide Raphael, was very knowledgeable and provided interesting insights all through the visit. Highly recommended if you have less time at your disposal. Though I expected headsets, the way Raphael conducted the tour was excellent and did not cause inconvenience.

Jamali B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Beautiful country side, meeting point at Adam Tower is very easy, within the Central Station, exit on your left,
take the free transfer ferry which moves frequently. Be punctual as tour leaves on time.

Melinda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent trip outside of Amsterdam! We enjoyed all parts of the day. We especially enjoyed lunch in Volendam and picked foods that our guide recommended. They were using a brand new smaller coach and it was very comfortable. I have been on a lot of coaches and these were really nice. This also meant we had a smaller group for the trip. The cheese farm in Edam was great and we are still enjoying all of the cheese we brought home. We could have used a little more time at Zaanse Schans but at least we were able to go into one of the windmills.

The only downside was that the guide had to give the tour in 3 different languages which did take away from the experience a little bit. Some times she had to speak quickly and switch back and forth so she could fit everything in while we were driving and it was hard to tell if we got all of the relevant information. Also, the tour picked us up from a point near our hotel but on the way back we were dropped at the ADAM tower and had to figure out the ferry back. It wasn't too difficult but it did make the day seem a little longer. We got back to the hotel much later than expected.

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