• 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

Maria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

loved the tour.

Kaushik D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Fantastic.Very good passengers and crew.

Nelli A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

busy day, lots of people , lots of buses but we stayed in schedule and saw nice spots


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I did this tour 2nd time and it was as amazing as the 1st time. Beautiful tour and a must do for Netherland visitors.

Omio C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

To my opinion much better than Amsterdam. Its flat, green and water everywhere. Loved it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour was great! Great way to see the countryside as we had no private transport. The tour guide was very informative and good fun but fairly high paced so really had to keep up. Volendam and Marken were lovely towns and the windmills were amazing. Just wish we had more time to wander Zaanse Schans as there were 2-3 windmills and we only had time to visit one and only 15 minutes at the Museum in Volendam was definitely not enough. Overall, was very satisfied with this tour and highly recommend.

Simarjeet K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

The tour was very well organized. guide was very good. Highly recommended!!

Joel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Saw a lot in a short time. Hard to imagine there are only around 40 windmills left in all of Holland. Good cheese samples at the cheese factory in Volendam. My wife was disappointed that the wooden shoes at the factory in Marked are made by machine. The machines they use are over 80 years old so they have been doing it that way for a long time.

This tour is not for those that have trouble walking. I would not have taken it if I had known how much there was. It would be nice if Viator rated its tours the way cruise lines do 1 - 4. This one is at least a 3. Even though the land is flat there was a lot of it and when you are on a tight schedule you have to go at a good pace. My wife would not have been able to keep up if I did not help her.

chimchimcheree50 New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Excellent snapshot of the Netherlands in a day. Lots of variety of places on the tour where you learn local history, see authentic Windmills in action and locals making clogs and cheese and enjoy a delicious lunch on Volderdam Island. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and absolutely recommend it.

Narcis G Romania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Great trip! Our team leader Ricky warmed up the athmosphere even the weather was cold and windy, he played the piano for us on the boat and was full of joy. We appreciate also he speacks at least five different languages. Many thanks to our driver Daniel too. Unforgettable day! Mihaela and Narcis from Romania.

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