• Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Discover the delights and history of Zaanse Schans and the Dutch countryside on a 3-hour, small-group trip from Amsterdam. With an informative guide, admire the lush, canal-crossed Dutch landscape. Take a tour of pretty Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills and green-painted houses, and visit a cheese farm and clog-making workshop to learn about these traditional crafts. Lastly, visit a working windmill to learn how these waterside factories helped drive the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Numbers are limited on this tour for a small-group experience.


  • 3-hour trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans and the surrounding countryside
  • Delight in the pretty countryside, pastures and canals of the Zaans region
  • Explore the picturesque museum village of Zaanse Schans to see its green-painted weatherboard houses
  • Visit a clog-making workshop and cheese farm to learn about these olden crafts
  • Head inside a working windmill to see its spinning sails, stones and cogs
  • Learn about the historical Zaans region, an industrial powerhouse during the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Typical Green houses at Zaanse Schans

Customer Reviews

Maria Mechi United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This trip gave us more than Expected! We took the tour 4/418 at 10:00 am and met in front of NH Hotel in Amsterdam. We were 8 people six adults and two very well behaved children in this tour. The driver arrived 10 minutes prior to the start time and once everyone arrived before tour time, he took off to Zaanse. Once in Zaanse we were introduced to a lovely lady, sorry I cant remember her name, a resident of the town who became our guide. She not only showed the entire town and gave detailed history of each place we stopped by, but she took her time to take us to let us shop and ask questions. She took us to the Mayors house, whose wife is her friend and we saw how the people in town live. We even met her cute dog. I will be recommending this tour to all my friends and posting the information on my FB travel group, so if anyone of my friends or family members travels to Amsterdam, they can book with Zaanse Tours!

Neil B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This a wonderfully charming place not too far a trip out of Amsterdam. The village is beautiful to look at even on a very misty day as when I visited. Ingrid, our guide, was a brilliant companion of for the trip. A resident herself and passionately knowledgeable about her village and its history.

If you're looking for something a little different to most Amsterdam sites, then this is well worth your time.

Sabrina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a fantastic tour. It was great to get away from Amsterdam and see something new. It was so green and beautiful. The little town was adorable, I would love to live there! My boyfriend and I loved it, we learned so much about the windmills, clog making and the village.

Cheryl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

So pleased we selected this tour. It did not disappoint. Bart picked us up on time and drove us to where we met our guide Callum. It is a must to wear comfortable footwear as the tour involves a bit of walking. Callum provided us with the history of Zaanse Schans as we passed beautiful houses and into a clog factory where we saw them being made and then onto the cheese factory where we got to sample a variety of cheeses. We then walked towards the windmills which some were working. Callum gave us information on the history of the windmills and the part they played in Amsterdams past. Although the tour was only a half day we came away with greater knowledge of Amsterdam and it's history. A great morning, very enjoyable.

Laura W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

GREAT TOUR — highly recommend. We were only three persons on the tour, with an extremely knowledgeable and friendly guide. Went at a slow pace to accommodate the two ladies over age 70. Everything we wanted from the tour was met.

Jena R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Good experience for the money! Guide knew what he was talking about.

Martin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was excellent. Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable, as he was from the area. We enjoyed watching the wooden shoe demonstration and seeing the windmills. Lovely little place.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The Zaanse Schans trip is excellent, the local guide provide us the most insightful story about the village. It is really a small group, only 9 of us and all of us have different tour package. I chosen the 3 hour package which only visit the Zaanse Schans in the morning and back to Amsterdam by 2pm which allowed us to have more time in Amsterdam. This is highly recommended for the price and arrangement. By the way, due to the traffic, they come to pick us up a bit late, they even wait for another 5 minute for the missing guest.

Petra E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This trip was amazing. Ray our bus driver was fantastic he also took us back by boat. Ingrid was our tour guide she was so knowledgeable and fun. I would definitely recommend this tour .


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Really enjoyed this tour. Zaanse Schanz is a beautiful area. Very informative and friendly guide who had personal knowledge of the area. Would definitely recommend this tour.

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