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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

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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.

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

Customer Reviews

Wayne O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a fantastic tour - on time, efficient, comfortable, with a guide who was both multi lingual and very humorous. The on board commentary was informative and the time allowed at each location was close to ample. I would however have allowed more time at the Windmills and Marken and less time at the museum. Marken ended up being a rather quick walk to the clog factory and didn't have enough time for a good look at the village. But these are only minor grievances, overall it was an excellent overview of the Netherlands countryside and would highly recommend it.

Yvonne m H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Again another brilliant tour.
Basically I would recommend Viator to everyone.
In using this service we utilized our time beautifully and were never let down on any of our tours.
I would suggest to anyone to take these tours.
Oh, and I am a real person, my name is Yvonne.

Vicky D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was very enjoyable. Two tour guides. One for the faster walkers. One for the slower walkers. Lots of good information. Seen an array of sights. Time to walk around on your own to explore. Very well organized. Ferry ride was fun. Guides were funny.
There is a bit of a walk to where the bus picks you up. Also through the towns. However, I walk with a cane and it was doable.
I would recommend this tour to everyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was worth every penny for us. The tour was great and the guide spoke multiple languages. We were surprise as to how much we got for our money. Coach ride with guide recordings on information about the tour and sights we were seeing. 2 tour guides to answer any questions. Presentations provided at each site we visited and a bit of time to wonder around and have lunch. Public Ferry to Volendam and back on the Coach to Amsterdam. ... it was great to be able to see so much and learn so much about The Netherlands in such a short trip.

Rachel T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this tour! The bus ride included an audio tour which was great for learning while we were driving. The windmills were beautiful and incredibly interesting. We saw a cheese factory in Voldendam which was very cool and then we were given time to walk around the fishing village and have lunch. We ate some amazing friend cod for lunch. Then there was a boat ride to Marken where was walked through the town and got a tour of how wooden clogs are made. All in all it was a wonderful opportunity to see some cultural elements of the country while only being a short drive outside of Amsterdam. Highly recommend this tour if you have half a day to spare!

Tracey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What a great day, absolutely loved this tour. The team of guides were very helpful and made sure we all had a great time. The tour finished with a lovely sing song by the bus driver as we sat in the beautiful garden area outside the clog making - awesome experience!

Rafael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful trip full of information

Divya U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Friendly and informative coach staff.

Rich L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Everything was as advertised. Very enjoyable. All tour guides spoke very good English.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had an excellent trip. We were picked up at our hotel and this was a very nice feature. The bus was very comfortable and left on time. Our guide, Edgar, was terrific, we couldn't have asked for a better guide. Spoke several languages , very knowledgeable , very helpful and friendly to all.

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