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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

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

Fiona B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was fantastic! It was so well organised and the places they took us to were really great, we would highly recommend this tour.

James W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The guide are very nice and friendly. They are very caring also. The rule are clear so we have discipline and good behavior from other tourist too.

But because of limitid time, the tour was hasty, so for those who need relax, this tour is not the one

Overal is a very great one

elyna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is most value trip if you gonna visit Amsterdam. Such a beautiful places to visit and the tour is really efficient and organized all the time.

KWEE YONG C Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Well organised. See what you cannot miss in Amsterdam.

Mohammad K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was well organized, and full of pleasure.Thanks

Abdulaziz B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Overall was excellent. The best parts were the mills as the boat to Volendam. The later is amazing. Restaurants in Marken are also nice.

sohaib

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

good

Vijay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great view of Holland's countryside - windmills and all.
Clog making and cheese making demonstrations were good.

Terry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was such an amazing tour, the only thing I wished for was more time to wander the really cute, quaint, communities. The tour guide, Astrid, did a wonderful job telling about the communities and the country overall. I would strongly recommend this tour to someone who wants a flavor for Holland and doesn't have a lot of time to devote to several days of touring.

Rhey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We absolutely love this tour! I would love to come back. But maybe next time at least allow us enough time to take photos.Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken are both beautiful in different ways. This is the real Holland! Your visit to Netherlands is not complete if you will not see this places.

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