• 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I was on this trip few days ago and it was amazing! Sandra was a brilliant guide and the bus driver was excellent. Anybody who is planning to visit Amsterdam should book this trip. It's worth your money and time. The countryside is beautiful and of course don't miss on getting some cheese before leaving Volendam.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very nice and well organized. Great if you have time between the flights - you will see and learn so much about Holland

Madeline D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a fantastic tour. A great way to experience a liitle taste of Holland. Highly recommend.

Neta-Lee K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The trip was one of the best!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Absolutely fantastic tour. We loved everything on it and the windmills at the end of the tour were just magnificent. The commentary was excellent and I really felt like I learnt about the Netherlands and experienced their culture.

Scott O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing! Very well organized the tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. There is so much more to the Netherlands than just Amsterdam and the coffee shops. A must see in my book.

Sankaran P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very good service and friendly guides

Edward T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing tour! We had a great tour guide who spoke many languages. Amazing things to see and take pictures of. Highly recommended for all ages.

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