• Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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See Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken on a half-day or full-day windmill tour departing from Amsterdam. Visit a cheese factory to sample local dairy products, admire a classic line-up of authentic windmills, and watch a shoemaker fashion wooden clogs using traditional methods. Hear commentary from your audio guide during the coach journey, and enjoy guided tours in each picturesque village. You can also opt for a 20-minute ferry cruise from Volendam to Marken (summer only, included in tour price). Choose the 7-hour full-day option for more time at each stop.


  • 5.5- or 7-hour day trip to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
  • Scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
  • See Zaanse Schans' windmills and a traditional clog-maker
  • Visit the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam
  • 20-minute boat trip (summer only)
  • Visit a Dutch cheese farm
  • Morning and seasonal afternoon tours

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What You Can Expect

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Volendam, The Netherlands

Hop aboard your transport in central Amsterdam and settle in for the scenic journey out of the city to the Dutch countryside. En route to several North Holland villages, listen to your audio guide and learn about the passing sights, including dikes and polders — areas of land reclaimed from the water.

Your first stop is at Zaanse Schans, a pretty town on the Zaan River and a popular destination due to its well-preserved windmills, some dating back to the 17th century. See evocations of traditional Dutch life at the historical shipyard, as well as iconic Holland windmills — entry into one is included with your tour.

Next, continue to Volendam and Marken and admire a quaint scene of fishing boats and the occasional local wearing traditional Dutch dress. In addition to roughly 45-minute stops in each town, you'll visit a nearby cheese farm for a demonstration and a sampling of its dairy production. A visit to a local shoemaker to admire the art of carving and painting the wooden clogs the Netherlands is known for is also a memorable part of the trip. 

In the summer, you'll have the option to board a boat for a 20-minute trip between the two towns.

Once you’ve snapped plenty of photos, your 5.5-hour or 7-hour tour concludes with the return to central Amsterdam by coach.

Please note that this tour requires a moderate amount of walking.

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Customer Reviews

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great half day tour for our first full day in Amsterdam. Trip did take longer than 5 hours - almost 7 hours in total trip back took almost 2 full hours so don't plan on tight dinner reservations. Also free canal cruise that came along with each tour was great! Didn't know that Dinner was included dinner on your own - that they coordinated at a local restaurant in Volendam. It appears that depending on the weather this is either a 5 hour or 7 hour tour or something in between as was ours since we only signed up for the 5 hour tour, but got the ferry ride, dinner time and plan which you pay for on your own, and a dessert treat and demonstration at the local stroopwafel shop. Clearly more than we planned or anticipated when we signed up for what we thought was a 5 hour tour. Overall though since we did not have any dinner plans or reservations that night, the day turned out great and we loved the tour.

Ben R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a great tour and very well organised. I would highly recommend.

Hannah E T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Marken and Volendam were both quaint and lovely! I would love to go back and spend more time at each place.

Christa V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a good deal and a lot to pack into one day, but I wish we could have spent more time in Zaanse Schans, you only get about an hour there and there is 2-3 hours worth of windmills to go inside and visit there.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Loved this tour! Great way to see the countryside if you don't want to deal with renting a car. The whole team was very organized from the get-go. The tour guide was very informative, professional and fun. Volendam and Marken were lovely towns and the boat ride was the cherry on top. The windmills were amazing just wish we had more time to wander Zaanse Schans. Overall, was very satisfied with this tour.

Swarup D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Everyone in this trip was fantastic!!! Be it the bus driver, be it the tour guide. They were extremely good in managing the things, highly professional, takes care of all your concerns, explaining things in every details and makes you comfortable. The only thing is to follow them, have your camera ready, be disciplined in terms of time and enjoy the 5.5 to 6 hour tour with them.

Delia Ai Hui T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

It was a little rushed at the windmill village. We didn't get to enjoy the place fully but otherwise the itinerary is very well-planned!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

What a lovely day. We found the windmills and Marken amazing. The time spent in Volendam was great. The cheese factory was very interesting. We bought some cheese to take home. Lunch as also a great experience in Volendam. You also have some time to do some souvenir shopping. There are a lot of small shops in the area and you are spoil for choice. The staff on the bus was very friendly and informative. Great experience. A tour to consider when visiting Amsterdam

Skeeta S Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This ended up being longer than half day, but well worth the trip.

Narayanaswamy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very enjoyable day covering the main sights around Amsterdam and an wholesome experience. Guide was very good and the time was adequate.Would highly recommend

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