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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

ilove2travel United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved it! After St. Petersburg, the best tour of our whole trip!

timthoo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very enjoyable and picturesque day trip. Highly recommended for someone who wants a quick introduction to the Dutch countryside. The tour guide - Maryanne and coach driver - Brett were very friendly and provided excellent service. Be prepared to walk a bit. The group size was just right to make it a very enjoyable tour.

M D P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Pieter was a fantastic tour guide -- humorous, respectful, kind, knowledgeable. The bus driver Bert was very courteous and helpful for my handicapped wife. The tour of the countryside was just what we wanted to see. Put this on your bucket list. Bar none!

Alison P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great tour, nice and relaxing around the country side a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city! The guide was excellent and trip was very informing and beautiful!

mollyvarquez13 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really had fun. It's highly recommended for first timer in the country.

Dian A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I always love visiting villages.
We had a very nice companion within the tour.
Love the food for lunch too.

Andrew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The driver and guide are extremely caring. They make sure you have an exceptional good tour experience.

karen USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved this tour. It was put together well. Beautiful countryside. If you find yourself in Amsterdam, dont miss this.

bmille22

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nice trip - -many good sights. Suggested updates to itinerary is to say you will only see Tulips in season, and should warn participants that restroom stops are not free and they should have some Euro Coins with them for these stops

LILA N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The places we visit are beautiful, Edgar the tour guide is excellent

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