Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam - Reviews

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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.

yeeyin

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 .

lmatthewscma

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.

vkdipaolo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Great tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, on the ride there we saw much of the countryside and Zaanse Schans was wonderful to see and experience.

Olga S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This was a great tour! The windmills are fascinating--especially the paint mill--but we really liked seeing the clogs being made too. The houses are beautiful and we were able to go inside one of them and learn even more about the culture of the Netherlands. Highly recommend this quick tour!!!!

Hanna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Highly recommended. I traveled alone and joined a group we were only 7 in the van.
Bart is such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. Well worth your visit.

Marilyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

We loved it.

Miklós F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Nice guide and travel mates a family of four in a small van. Spectacular destination, interesting presentations. Highly recommended!

Xavier H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

As expected! Tour was quick, got to see the main sights of Zaanse Schans, and the group was small so you don't feel like a cow being herded. One downside was the van, we were stuck in backward seats in a small mini-van which caused us some motion-sickness until the highway.

Pretty touristy experience, but it was a quick/cheap way to reach Zaanse Schans and check everything out without sacrificing a whole day. The town itself has become a major tourist attraction and has lost much of its original charm.

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This is a great way to see a taste of Amsterdam! The guide was great. I had my elderly mother with us and our guide was beyond patient. Thank you for all the history. Don't hesitate to take this tour!!

Chad J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Great Tour, small group and a very personal experience with a great guide that was in character throughout the experience.

Niall R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The team were wonderful we were met at the pre-arranged place and were promptly put into a minicab and taken to the destination. Ou tour guide was local to the area and very knowledgeable. The tour itself was enjoyable and even though it was raining as we climbed one of the windmills it didn't dampen our spirits. The clog making was a really interesting and skilled process. Although i must say the highlight aside from feeding the goats was the exquisite cheese making shop we almost exceeded our baggage allowance coming back with the amount of various flavours of gouda bought.
All in all a really well planned and ran trip, would advise anyone who wants to briefly get away from the bustle of the city and get an insight into traditional rural Dutch life to give this one a go.

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Another excellent tour of the clog factory, cheese factory and the old windmills all in the same area that has been preserved for future generations. Also Albert Heins original store.

Nicola D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This tour is not to be missed! Our tour guide Bart was very knowledgeable, funny and engaging. The village is beautiful and well worth the visit. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Dorothy Anne C. M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This tour was very nice, enjoying the visit to a little Dutch village which included actually seeing inside one of the occupied homes escorted by our delightful guide who was dressed in period attire. She brought us through the entire village and general store where we saw all the wares necessary for daily living in the old days - dry goods, meats, beverages and ales, cheeses, beans and flours and breads, sweets, etc. We visited a working windmill, the last of the original wooden ones. The gift ship featured a most interesting display of wooden shoes actually used in the past for people and animals, and one of the locals gave an interesting demonstration of creating wooden shoes on machines of old. It was amazing how the blocks of wood used to make the shoes are so wet, making it necessary for the shoes to dry before they're ready to wear. The scenery was beautiful as well as interesting.

catherine s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

We really enjoyed this trip. It leaves from a very central, easy to find location and the guide was very punctual. We were on our way within five minutes of meeting up and Zaanse Schans was a quick 20-minute journey. Bart was an excellent guide, he had lots of information which made the trip very interesting to us. The village itself is beautiful with so many photo opportunities. So much can be fitted into such a short trip, including shopping for souvenirs!! These were very reasonably priced, to our surprise. I would definitely recommend this small group tour to anyone on a short stay in Amsterdam. The one thing I wasn't keen on was the fact that when I read about this tour on Viator it didn't give a start time. I took a chance anyway hoping it wouldn't be very early in the morning. All worked out fine as it was a 10 am start. This, however, wasn't apparent until I printed my confirmation after paying. I would stress that this is not the fault of Bart and Zaan tours as I have since been on their website and the start time is listed there before payment is requested.

Monica L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This tour was a high light of our trip to Amsterdam. There was only one other couple in our group so it was truly a small group tour. Bart our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with an interesting history of the area. The history that Bart provided made seeing the both the windmills and the surrounding village a unique experience rich in both culture and history, it was also fun. I highly recommend this tour, we had a great time.

Judith K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Our guide was great, able to give a 'local's' story and focus on highlights of the village.

Miroslava V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Nice and interesting , a chance to understand duch living! Friendly and helpfull guide. Don and #39;t miss it !

Steven T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

We had a great day with Bart. He met us at the prearranged location right on time. There were only four people on this tour which made it really enjoyable. Bart provided a lot of interesting information about the history of the area. When we went into the cheese workshop and the wooden shoe workshop, he was able to get someone to demonstrate the process involved in making each thing. We had front row seats for both demonstrations. Going inside the windmill was the highlight for me. It was amazing to see the mechanics of how it operated. At the end of the tour, Bart dropped us off at Dam Square which was the location for our Free Walking Tour. I would definitely recommend the small group tour as it made it much more personable and time efficient.

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