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clock-o5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Overview

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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This day trip makes it easy to experience the Dutch countryside, with the half-day option offering a quick introduction and the full-day option allowing for more time to explore. Choose the morning tour if you have your heart set on shopping, as some stores close in the afternoon.
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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L
, Oct 2018

it is amazing

E
, Oct 2018

Excellent trip. Well executed, planned, and knowledgeable and fun guide. She had so much energy and information to share —- it was a joy to travel with her. The restaurant she suggestion she sufggested was only mediocre but the cookie demonstration at the end was fun. Enjoyed the clog factory and cheese factory as well,

P
, Oct 2018

Windmills and more it was more than expected. Learned a lot and saw a lot and worth every penny. Ferry ride to island of the shoes was a highlight and perfect way to end the day.

B
, Oct 2018

After a couple of crazy days in Amsterdam it was nice to do something different. We saw the windmills, shoe factory and cheese factory which was in a little town that looks like the Christmas Gingerbread houses :)

E
, Oct 2018

This was the perfect tour given that I only had a few days in The Netherlands. I wanted to see the countryside, windmills and typical Dutch neighborhoods. This trip delivered. While other reviewers suggested that the 7 hour trip gave more time in the different areas, I was content with the time allotted during the 5.5 hour trip. We had an hour in Zaanse Schans and spent most of the time in Volendam which was so quaint and right on the water. We walked through neighborhoods and saw sweet homes and lovely gardens. Restaurants and shops abound when we got to the business area. The guides were knowledgeable and personable. The boat trip was pretty but for me the highlights were Zaanse Schans and Volendam. Pretty, quiet and very interesting and entertaining. I highly recommend this trip.

N
, Oct 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this informative look at the scenery, tasting the food, sailing the lake and visiting the various sights!

s
, Oct 2018

The tour itself was incredible--the guide not so much. He was very rude to all the guests. But he was very informative and had great language skills.
Him aside, the tour gave us a perfect "iconic Dutch experience" of everything you'd want but couldn't do on your own from the city. It was awesome!!

w
, Oct 2018

Windmils were great to see well paced trip cheese tastings stroffle samples and clog making were fun Two cool towns Only drawback was that it seemed a little too commercial

D
, Oct 2018

Fantastic day we could highly reccommend this trip. Diana and her team we so kind and Informative. Great value for money, you get to see so many beautiful aspects of Dutch life outside the city. Thank you so much for making so many happy memories for us!

b
, Oct 2018

This tour was excellent. The bus was very comfortable. The guide was awesome. We went out and into the windmills and it was totally picturesque. The clog factory was really cool and they even demonstrate how to make them. If anything, I would say the trip needs to be longer. We would have liked more time in town by the cheese factory. Overall though, a total must do.


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