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See Volendam, Marken and Zaanse Schans on a half-day windmill tour departing from Amsterdam. Visit a cheese factory to sample local dairy products, admire a classic line-up of authentic windmills on the Zaan River and watch a shoemaker fashion wooden clogs using traditional methods. Hear fascinating commentary from your audio guide during the coach journey, and enjoy guided tours in each picturesque village. Upgrade your 5.5-hour tour to include a ferry ride to Marken and museum admission in Volendam (seasonal only).


  • Half-day trip from Amsterdam including the Zaanse Schans windmills, Volendam and Marken
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
  • See the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam
  • Relax on the 20-minute boat trip from Volendam to Marken
  • Visit a cheese factory and a clog-maker
  • Morning and seasonal afternoon tours available

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Here's a great way to pack a bunch of Holland highlights into a short tour. You get to see windmills, scenic villages with stilt houses, a Dutch cheese factory and a clog-maker plying his trade.

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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 luxury coach 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.

On arrival at Volendam, admire a quaint scene of fishing boats and the occasional local wearing traditional Dutch dress. Your 45-minute stop includes a visit to a local cheese factory for a demonstration and a sampling of its dairy production.

During March–October, you have the option to spend a bit more time here, including entry to a small museum where you can learn about the town’s history and see displays on traditional Dutch clothing. This upgrade includes a 20-minute ferry ride to Marken, a traditional fishing town that was once an island.

With either tour option, you’ll have time to spend exploring Marken. Admire the old wooden stilt houses and visit a local shoemaker to admire the art of carving and painting Holland’s iconic wooden clogs.

Continue by coach to 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 and eye-catching windmills.

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

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent experience. Totally worth the money !!!!
Make sure you reach the tour office at least half an hour before the tour starts to collect your tickets.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide made this an experience to remember forever . As a solo traveler I enjoyed every moment and was amazed at the interesting history she shared with us she was a star. I would recommend this trip to everyone of all ages as it was a suitable pace for the elderly.

Maria R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I adore my experiente in this trip and I Highly recomend!

Hany F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Sheila G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We enjoyed the whole trip. The time allotted for each place was just enough. It was also a comfortable ride in the bus.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Superbbbbbb...!!! Viator made the trip easy and EXCELLENT than what I had expected while booking... I would highly recommend Viator for everyone who wants to make most of it and it's truly worth each penny you spend. Thanks Viator! Great job!!!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a fabulous guide and a very charming tour of this part of Holland. I highly recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A beautiful day out....very comfortable bus with great ,interesting facts along the way from our tour guide.The places we visited where wonderful with just the right amount of time spent in them.A must on any ones travel plans

Rosemarie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My husband and I loved this tour! It was a real revelation of Hollands unique countryside.....working windmills which we saw operating as a saw mill,villages and much of the highlights of our travels.5 star recommendation!

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