• Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: 5 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.

Highlights

  • 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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

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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

Aref K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I really enjoyed this tour. Without taking a good tour like this it is difficult to see the Dutch countryside. The tour was well organised and although I had turned up one day early by mistake they let me join the tour!

Eddy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

It was a very well organized trip. Zaanse Schans was beautiful. We have chosen the option with the ferry ride, it was really good. We enjoyed it very much.

Mom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Excellent tour with the making of cheese and the inside scoop on the windmill function.
Loved climbing to the top of the windmill. Great information and a variety of fun with shopping, boat trip, bus, and windmills.

vitusbartes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

good tour to cover these 3 towns in an afteernoon, no other way to do it so efficently

Azmat A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The best trip of Netherlands. It is MUST MUST DO! The trip was very well planned and the longer 7 hour trip was better than the shorter 5.5 hour one as we had enough time to enough each and every place

jmaryanopolis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The countryside is just breath taking. I loved everything about this tour except I wish it were longer. I picked a shorter tour on purpose, but had I known how much I would love this I would have picked a full day or planned an extra day just to go back to the countryside. Definitely making my way back to the Netherlands so I can spend time in Marken and Volendam. Our bus guide was super informative and entertaining as well.

Christopher K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Wonderful tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Very comfortable bus, but needed more fresh air blowing!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great tour!!! Beautiful countryside and fabulous guide!!! Awesome windmills and fishing villages!! Highly recommend!!!

Debasis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Nice trip indeed. Informative trip. Had lunch with fish and chips. Fishes are fresh and good. Countryside is picturesque and beautiful.

Kenny N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Awesome ! We had a great time. The explanation of the windmills and the grinding they do when turning.

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