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Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Holland on a comprehensive day-trip from Amsterdam. With a knowledgeable guide, travel through Holland’s beautiful countryside and discover tulip-filled meadows, historical windmills and traditional cheese factories. Visit villages and towns like Edam, Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans, and enjoy a pleasant balance of guided walking tours and leisurely free time. Taste the globally renowned cheese of Edam; witness the art of wooden shoemaking in Marken; take a tranquil cruise to Volendam; and marvel at the ancient windmills of Zaanse Schans. 

Highlights

  • Day trip through the Netherlands’ countryside from Amsterdam
  • Experience traditional Dutch culture, folklore and craftsmanship with stops in four authentic villages
  • Walk the charming streets of Marken and visit a wooden shoemaker
  • Take a boat ride to Volendam, with coffee and pastries included on board
  • Enjoy lunch and dress up in traditional Dutch costumes in Volendam
  • Taste Edam’s famous cheese and see one of the Netherlands’ largest churches, the Grote Kerk
  • See the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This all-inclusive tour is a fantastic way to experience Holland's countryside! Everything is taken care of, including lunch, cheese tastings, a boat ride with coffee and pastries, walking tours and entrance fees.

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What You Can Expect

Dutch Windmills and Countryside Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Cheese Tasting in Edam

Enjoy a cheese tasting in Edam

Depart from a central Amsterdam location and climb aboard a comfortable vehicle destined for the beautiful countryside of the Netherlands. Stop first in Marken, a traditional fishing town famed for its pristine preservation of Dutch culture, and embark on a guided walking tour of the town’s pretty streets. Visit a wooden shoemaker in a craftsman’s lair and delve into the rich history of this unique area. 

Then, climb aboard a boat headed to Volendam. Enjoy a cup of rich and aromatic coffee accompanied by a tasty pastry as you absorb stunning views of Lake Ijssel. On arrival, enjoy some leisurely free time to explore the quaint boutiques and picturesque harbor of the fishing village, and then reconvene with your guide and group for a fulfilling Dutch lunch. Opt to enjoy meat, fish or a vegetarian 3-course meal. 

Sated, travel onward to Edam to enrich your knowledge of traditional cheese making processes. Head to a local cheese shop to pleasure your palate with the smooth taste of globally renowned Edam, and then begin an informative walking tour around the town’s charming churches and famous former shipyard. 

Travel onward to the province of Zaandam, famed for its collection of perfectly preserved Dutch windmills. Admire the quaint structures and disembark to visit one of the iconic windmills up close.

After your enriching Dutch excursion, relax during the ride back to central Amsterdam.  

Customer Reviews

lynne.speller

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A wonderful, well organised day with great guides and plenty of time at each stop. We were fed every step of the way with cheese and wine, stroopwafel and a delicious 3 course lunch. Our guide Edgar chatted all day with interesting facts and looked after us all very well - along with our very safe driver Tony. Group was small 25 so none of the frustrations of large tour groups. The towns visited were very lovely and the windmills were stunning. We very much enjoyed this trip and would definitely recommend.

Nidale T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Charm of Holland Tour which about 8 hours all in all. It included: visiting as the 1st stop the Zaans Schans we got to visit a wood cutting wind mill - it was very interesting and informative. Then we had a Walking tour in Volendam where we visited Woltje's backery also informative on how waffles were done and the place had a small museum in the basement. After finishing from Woltje's we headed to the Cheese Factory in Volendam you get the full explanation about how Gouda cheese are made, then you are given a glass of wine and you can sample cheeses - place was very crowded and noisy. Once done we got on the boat from Volendam to Marken about 25 minutes ride which was pleasant. We then were seated in the De Visscher Taverne we had to choose fish soup or tomato basil and for main dish: fish and chips or chicken. You also get an apple pie and coffee from the same place. Once done we had a walking tour in Marken and visited the flood museum. Next stop was the clog shoe maker where you get a full demo on how they do a clog shoe interesting but hot. Last, we had a walking tour in Edam which was not bad.


Overall: the experience was great.

George L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great guide and driver. Great destinations and explanations. Fine lunch experience.

Pamela K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely loved this tour. A beautiful day visiting beautiful places. So much to see in one day but a nice amount of time at each place. Well worth every cent and would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see some smaller villages full of their own charm and character in one day. Such a lovely day away from the hustle bustle of the big city.

Karen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was the best tour of our vacation. It was so fun! Our guide Pieter was fantastic, with a great sense of humor. He kept things moving right along, and our day went very fast. There was a lot to do and the guide kept it interesting with commentary, but not boring or long-winded. The only thing that disappointed me was that we didn't get to do any Edam cheese-tasting in Edam, only Gouda cheese tasting in Volendam. And of course, it would have been nice, as always, if we'd had more time to play in these 4 towns, but I say that on every tour! All in all, a great day.

Maureen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The best tours we have ever been on, the guide and driver very good company and learnt so much about Holland and it's history and people

pdamking

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a wonderful tour. Was great to get out of the city and see the countryside. The guide Mary Ann was amazing and very knowledgeable and Bert was a wonderful bus driver. Lunch was absolutely first class and very filling, an unexpected 3 courses. Very glad we did this tour, great value for money!

Isabel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Superbly designed and let day trip: well-paced, informative with an excellent guide Marianne and driver Bert. Highly recommended.

Yohann R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour! I normally don't like tours but this exceeded my expectations.

Patricia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The absolutely best tour I've taken! Not too long in the bus at any one time, and really outstanding, really great: windmills and a tour of how they work, trip to a bakery for a cooking lesson on the caramel waffle cookies, tour of a cheese factory with wine and cheese, walk thru a very very old town on the north coast with a lot of draw bridges a festival was going on there so we saw a lot of local flavor!, a delicious seafood lunch there and a ferry ride back to a town where we saw how they make the wooden shoes.

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