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Explore the windmill village of Zaanse Schans and ride a boat through the Dutch countryside on a 4-hour tour from Amsterdam. Admire the picture-postcard hamlet with its traditional green-painted houses, and visit a clog workshop, cheese farm, working windmill and more. Take a boat trip on the River Zaan, passing windmills and the former warehouses of the Zaandam region as you learn about its industrial past. Plus, enjoy free time to shop, relax or visit the Czar Peter House, where the Russian ruler learnt about Dutch shipbuilding in the 1600s.


  • 4-hour Zaanse Schan village and Zaandam boat trip from Amsterdam
  • Discover the hamlet of Zaanse Schan, with its trademark green wooden buildings
  • Visit a working windmill, clog workshop and cheese farm
  • View Zaandam's windmills and one-time warehouses on a boat trip on the River Zaan
  • Use some free time to have lunch, shop or visit the Czar Peter House museum
  • Hear about Zaandam's bygone industries and the workings of windmills from an expert guide

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What You Can Expect

Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour Including Boat Ride to Zaandam from Amsterdam

See the Dutch countryside and its picturesque wind mills from the water

Customer Reviews

Liz C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I booked this trip last minute and it turned out to be a private tour. Bart was great, you could tell how proud he was of his heritage. I felt like we were getting an insiders tour. We had a greeat time...I just wish the weather was better!

Sean H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was wonderful. Great sights, wonderful addition to our trip. Knowledgeable tour guide who made the experience complete.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing scenery. Great local guide, we went on the tour even if I was alone (the other people didn and #39;t show up). He also let me drive the boat and dropped me at my airport, really really appreciated!

Marguerite M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour operator, Bart, was very knowledgeable. He lives near Zaanse Schans. There were a total of 4 people on the tour, which was a very nice change from the large tour buses. Bart was very personable and attentive to our group. For those who do not want to line up for a large bus tour, this is perfect! I recommend this tour enthusiastically.

Carolyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Bart is an excellent guide. Our tour was small - 3 people, so that even made it better. Zaanse Schans is a very busy place so the smaller tours that Zaan Tours provides work perfectly.

alice s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was amazing! So beautiful! And the best tour guide!

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