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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).

Highlights

  • 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

MARTIN W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful tour around the Dutch countryside. Great information from the guide. Great way to learn a lot about Holland's history and enjoy great views.

Darryl W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful day trip. Comfy coach. Plenty of time to wander around. Loved everything we saw. Would recommend this to anyone.

rspianotech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really enjoyed this tour

Susan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great trip. Seeing a working windmill was of great interest to all but particularly to the engineers in the group. Volendam is a delightful town we enjoyed the museum, cheese shop and fish and chips at the recommended restaurant. The boat ride to Marken and the wooden shoe factory were also quite enjoyable. The tour guide provided insight we would not have had if we had visited these locations on our own. Loved all we did!

Margaret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very interesting and informative experience.

r.barboza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

excellent. Only wished that we had more time in Zaanse Schans

smherndon1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Zaanse Schans Windmills were very interesting. I loved the farm and the gentleman who - in the
Windmill - told us all about their workings, generation of water, etc. It was obvious he loved his job and the farm where all the workers lived.

I would have been nice the have our guide stay with us and direct us back to the bus at the end of
the journey. Thank goodness, he did not talk all the way back to Amsterdam!

Danielle M. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour was great and w/ample time to walk on our own or shop. Our tour guide Edwin, Erwin or something like it and his team was great! Very energetic, knowledgable and positive. He lives in the area so knew several of the establishment owners and locals in the village personally. Loved the windmills, and especially the Fishing Village in Voldendam! Really beautiful and quaint. Would highly recommend!

Paprika

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour was tons of fun, well organized, with fantastic guides and ample time to see everything. All the stops were gorgeous too and the extra boat ride was absolutely worth it. Great way to see a new side of the Netherlands.

Marie Claire G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great experience seeing 3 places even if it's just a half-day trip.

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