• Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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
  • 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

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 and 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

Henry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

One of the best one day tours we've been on! Our tour operator Pieter made it even more special. He had so much knowledge of the area and a good sense of humor as well. Must say we enjoyed the cheese tasting the most.

Inderawati S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Awesome tour!

eugene.w.wu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I really enjoyed our day trip from Amsterdam. The Netherlands quite easy to travel by train, but going by bus I felt that we had the opportunity to go a bit slower and enjoy the scenic country side. There was also an opportunity to see how clogs are made and get a preview of dutch culture by sampling cheese and waffles. I think both the cheese and waffles can be purchased more cheaply elsewhere. That said, the tour guide was very good and quite professional. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

Liverbird

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We went on this experience on Saturday 23 December. We had Pieter as our guide who was very knowledgeable and kept us up to date wherever we were. We also enjoyed his sense of humour. Even the driver Bert?? was very cordial and cooperative.

It was very interesting to visit the countryside at winter time and really enjoyed the windmill experience, lovely village. Imagine how lovely it would be in spring and summer time....something to think about. Very nice memories. Thank you.

Yen Yen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Love the pretty villages and the whole tour.

Jennifer L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was the highlight of our 8 day European holiday!! Our guide Peter did an outstanding job. He kept us engaged the entire time, provided us with a lot of information/history with his great wit and sense of humor. Highly recommend this tour!

HEATHER M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was such an amazing tour! Pieter was our wonderful guide - he oozed passion for The Netherlands and all of its glory! This was a fun tour of The Netherlands countryside. The day consisted of seeing the Windmills and learning about how they are used, meeting a wooden shoe maker and watching how clogs are made, stopping at a cheese shop for a lesson in cheese, and then the waffle shop to see how stroopwafels are made. Lunch, wine, cheese, wafels - history - and an amazingly beautiful landscape. This was a fantastic tour!

elizabeth M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour was wonderful and our guide Yvette very experienced and a happy person to be with

ckminnie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a very good tour with lots to see and do. Thank you!

Kimberly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This day tour was amazing! We had the best guide, his name was Edgar Beer, and the best driver Bert! Edgar was so great and helpful all day long, showing us all the great sites and using all his experience and information to help us all learn about he best parts of the country! We got to see a cheese demonstration where we had a glass of wine followed by cheese samples. Than we saw a waffle factory demo with a tasting as well. The whole day was great and comfortable. We got to see and experience so many great things especially two small great towns with lots to see and do! We are so glad we chose this trip, it was a nice day away from the city of Amsterdam. Would highly recommend to anyone, also asked for Edgar! He was the best!

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