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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

Enjoy the picturesque Dutch countryside on a day trip by comfortable coach. Encounter the famous windmills, and learn about Dutch traditional crafts. Take advantage of free wi-fi on board the coach before your first stop at the quaint village of Zaanse Schans. Stroll around at your leisure and admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses.  Next, head to the fishing village of Volendam. Visit a cheese shop that still makes cheese using the traditional Dutch method and take in a demonstration. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant at your own expense, before visiting the Volendam Museum and the Old Dutch Bakery. Select the all-inclusive tour option for more activities including a boat ride, visit to an operating windmill, and clog-making demonstration. In Volendam, try to spot the recognizable Dutch traditional costumes often featured on tourist postcards and posters. Afterwards travel back in time to the quaint island community of Marken.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

2. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

Travel by ferry and bike, bus, or drive to Watergang from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at the blue house in the village, where you will have a short introduction before you canoe. Canoe for 1.5 - 2 hours through the village and meadows. Learn about the Dutch waterways and water management as you canoe. After the canoe trip, you can relax in the guide’s garden, where you can have a picnic or snacks (not included in the tour price).

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

3. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

4. Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

Discover charming villages reared in Dutch tradition on this exclusive tour. Just 20 minutes from Amsterdam, traditional Dutch countryside awaits you. Appreciate the landscape and visit the museum outdoor at Zaanse Schans, which recreates an industrial town full of the windmills for which the Dutch are so famous. Explore inside the mill and get a whiff of all the spices used here. Learn about the many modes of operation and production in these mills. Then, travel to the village of Marken through a lone, winding road that was built in 1957. This historic place remains well-preserved to this day.   Visit a farm in the area and appreciate the high quality craftsmanship used to produce Gouda cheese. Your tour includes an extensive tasting. Volendam, the former fishing village, is the last stop on the tour. Lose yourself amidst the striking wooden houses and a maze of narrow streets and canals. Enjoy some free time to stroll the streets and explore the shops. If you get hungry, nibble your way through the harbor's many food stalls and restaurants, sampling the local fish as you go.

Weesp: Stand-up Paddleboard Rental

5. Weesp: Stand-up Paddleboard Rental

Feel like a local and discover the beautiful surroundings of the Vecht region on a self-guided SUP tour. Pass by windmills and local houseboats where people live. Follow the Vecht river which flows past 7 towns, ornate churches, tearooms, and castles. Explore the banks of Nigtevecht which features a 16th-century-old church. Glide past Vreeland or Loenen two picturesque towns that have working flour mills and drawbridges. Take in the fresh air and be in touch with nature. Rent your SUP for 1 hour up to 6 hours to maximize your time paddling.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 13 reviews

That day I had a wonderful time with the tour. The most friendly and outgoing guides took us to picturesque and spectacular villages to show us Holland countryside life and history. The weather was on our side and the day is certainly one of those to be remembered! The perfect day trip: half day but long enough to enjoy the authentic Dutch hidden beauties.

Excellent attention from the guides, and a very good driver. They were respectful and helpful. Punctual. It is such a beautiful tour that I recommend valuing more time in each place if possible. I suggest that the address of the site be more specific, or that there is a person outside the building guiding the tourist. We are very satisfied with this tour.

The weather was good for us. We liked the Zaandam open-air museum very much. A little bit of time for sightseeing, we didn't have 1 hour to admire the views. Likewise in Volendam. A charming town, we would like to stay there a little longer and be able to taste the fish, although the eel sandwich is awesome.

It is a must tour if you visit Amsterdam even for only 2 days. I feel that this suburbs tour was more enjoyable than the city itself. Value for money, picturesque spots, delicious chees tasting, many more....

It was amazing. Beautiful way to see the city, had lovely weather which was great