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Time5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 2 more

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
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).

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J
, Jul 2018

Excellent tour in which we learned a lot of history, as well as how products such as wooden shoes and Edam and Gouda cheese is made/created. It was a cold day for us, but the countryside is beautiful and our multilingual guide was very entertaining and full of useful knowledge. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone, especially families.

m
, Jun 2018

Tour guide was Edgar.
He was fun and friendly. Took really good care of us throughout the trip. It was great that he spoke many languages although it could be confusing at times when he switched from one to the other. I thought that this was an English only tour. I cant help wondering whether he could have provided more information on the places we went to if he wasnt translating in 3 different languages all the time. Great tour and guide and driver all the same.

P
, Apr 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!!!

R
, Apr 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.

E
, Apr 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!

L
, Apr 2018

So glad we chose to do this tour on our last day in Amsterdam. It was a great break from the city and if you are short on time, its a great opportunity to see the country side without it taking all day. We left at 10am and were back to our hotel by a bit after 4pm, even with transport, leaving us plenty of time in the day. The sights are beautiful and despite being it being a VERY windy and cold day, it was worth it. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and we learned much that we wouldn't have know otherwise, or in doing this excursion on our own. The windmills are gorgeous, but give yourself enough time to walk the distances before you decide to do any souvenir shopping, you want to make sure you have enough time because the photo ops are abundant and you will spend more time than you think doing this! Departures are prompt! Be at your designated meeting spot early, or they will leave without you!

H
, Apr 2018

Really good! I'd only change a few small things.

S
, Mar 2018

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

c
, Mar 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.

R
, Mar 2018

The trip was interesting and very knowledgeable.The adviser was very good in explaining things that went went on in Hollands history.
She was also very helpful on seeing me on and off the coach. On the whole very enjoyable trip.


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