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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 bus. Encounter the famous windmills, and learn about Dutch traditional crafts.Take advantage of free WiFi on board the bus as you travel. Discover the unique village of Zaanse Schans. Stroll around at your leisure and admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Explore the fishing village of Volendam, visit a cheese shop still making cheese using a traditional Dutch method, and join a demonstration about Volendam cheese. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant at your own expense, before exploring more of Volendam. Select the all-inclusive tour option for more activities including a boat ride to Marken, a visit to an operating windmill, and a clog-making demonstration.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Bus Tour

2. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Bus Tour

Visit Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Marken on a guided bus tour from Amsterdam. Admire the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans, attend a clog-making demonstration, and sample Edam and Gouda cheese. Depart Amsterdam by luxury bus on this exciting tour and head north of the city to see the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on the banks of the river Zaan. Explore the traditional 17th-century houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. Continue on to visit Edam, a beautiful town known worldwide for its cheese. Enjoy a cheese tasting and an exciting clog demonstration. Before the end of the day, go to Volendam and Marken, passing many authentic polders, the name given to land reclaimed from the sea. Wander down narrow streets, past colorful houses and visit the harbors full of fishing boats. You will have some free time to shop for souvenirs and sample the local fish specialties. Back in Amsterdam, you will be dropped off at the meeting point.

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

3. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on a tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. Visit a cheese producer, a clog factory, a fishing village, and see the iconic windmills. Start your tour at Amsterdam’s Central Station and head in the company of your guide to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Admire the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then, head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer, learn about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses, and try a cheese tasting. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Finally, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this quintessential fishing village.

Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

4. Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic full-day coach tour of North Holland, and discover a charming landscape of windmills, canals, picturesque villages, and locals in traditional costume. Choose the all-in option to add a few extras to your tour, including a clog-making demonstration and a boat trip. Depart from Amsterdam station for the small fishing town of Marken, renowned for its preservation of traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour through streets full of colorful houses. If you've chosen the all-in option, stop at a shoemaker’s studio to watch how wooden clogs are made. Next, head to Volendam by coach if you've chosen the standard option or board the Marken Express if you've chosen the all-in option for a boat trip across the beautiful IJssel Lake. On arrival in Volendam, enjoy free time to explore the shops or try on a traditional costume for a souvenir photo.  Then, enjoy a tasting at a traditional Holland cheese factory and learn how cheese is made before continuing into the heart of North Holland to Edam. Discover the history of the former shipyard and see Grote Kerk, the largest church in the Netherlands, as you stroll the cobbled streets. Next, take in the last stop on your tour, the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Admire its magnificent collection of historic windmills. If you opt for the all-in ticket, you can go inside one of the operating windmills to learn more about this Dutch icon of industrial architecture. Finally, marvel at the picturesque homes, wooden barns, and scenic meadows of North Holland as you travel back to Amsterdam by coach. If you prefer a smaller group, like to take your time and explore all the best of this tour, then opt for the Charm of Holland guided tour. Available on Fridays. The tourguide takes a small group to all the inclusions in the all-in tour. The Charm of Holland also includes lunch at a traditional Dutch fish taverne.

Volendam: Express Boat Cruise to Marken Island

5. Volendam: Express Boat Cruise to Marken Island

Make the most of your time in the Netherlands and visit the traditional harbour villages of Volendam and Marken with a one-way or return trip ticket. Hop onboard the vessel from Volendam Harbour, then begin the tranquil 30-minute cruise to Marken where plenty of sightseeing and scenic views await. You can start your trip from Marken as well. As you sail, marvel at stunning views of the coastline and learn about the former Zuiderzee area from an insightful audioguide. Along the way, admire the colorful rows of fishermen’s houses that line the shore and get a sense of local life in the village. Upon arrival in Marken, disembark the boat then head off to explore the island at your own pace. On the island, be amazed by the differences between Volendam and Marken despite their close proximity. When the adventure is over, make your way back to the vessel for the return journey to Volendam.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Windmills & Giethoorn Private Tour

6. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Windmills & Giethoorn Private Tour

Start your tour with a convenient, pickup service from your accommodation. After being picked up from Amsterdam in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver, travel to one of the most beautiful villages in Holland, Giethoorn.  Enjoy a relaxing canal cruise through the village, known as the Dutch Venice. The elongated village is located in one of the largest areas of continuous fenland in northern Europe.  After exploring Giethoorn, you will visit the Zaanse Schans. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. Admire the views of wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops. Enjoy a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops, or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. After a day full of adventure and excitement, your driver will return you back to your accommodation for an evening of well-deserved rest.

From Amsterdam: Charm of Holland Guided Day Tour with Lunch

7. From Amsterdam: Charm of Holland Guided Day Tour with Lunch

Explore the Dutch countryside without rushing The best way to see the Dutch countryside is by visiting the most beautiful places in traditional Holland without rushing. With this tour you’ll visit the picturesque towns of Volendam, Zaanse Schans, Edam and Marken. In each town your guide will accompany you on guided walks and provide you with fascinating information about the sights. Traditional Holland at its best Discover what the Netherlands is all about and have fun on this special full-day trip. During your visits you will discover traditional Dutch customs in each of the towns. For instance, when you visit Zaanse Schans, you will see the world-famous antique windmills that are still in use today and have the opportunity to go inside one, where a miller will show you how it all works. On the former island of Marken one of the few remaining professional clog makers will give you a demonstration with an antique steam engine, and you can visit an authentic Marken home from the 1940s. In the harbour of either Marken or Volendam, you will sit down for lunch at a traditional fish restaurant. The two-course lunch consists of two soup options and a fish, chicken or veggie main. To travel between Marken and Volendam, you won’t be getting back on the bus. Instead, you will step on board of the local ferry for a boat cruise on the IJsselmeer lake. In the picturesque village of Volendam, you will visit the Cheese Factory for a cheese making demonstration as well as a wine and cheese tasting. And a visit to a traditional bakery includes a demonstration on how to make delicious stroopwafels and taste an unbelievably tasty stroopwafel liqueur. As you walk through these traditional places you’ll see the colourful costumes of the locals and experience the culture. There are opportunities to purchase souvenirs such as clogs, ceramics, tulips and much more in each of the towns. Amazing countryside tour! The Charm of Holland Tour is one of the most complete countryside tours that we offer. Escape the hustle and bustle and get out of the city with this fun and relaxing countryside tour. This tour to traditional Holland is definitely a must-do during your holidays in the Netherlands, especially if you want to take your time. Get your Dutch Countryside Tour tickets here for a great experience!

Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

8. Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

Start your tour in the famous old-harbor of Volendam, soak up the fishing village atmosphere and pick up souvenirs. See the famous maze Doolhof with small streets and cute houses, dress up in the Volendam costume and get photographed.  Move on to Katwoude, known for its cheese farms. Visit the traditional cheese farm and taste the different types of cheese. Head to Monnickendam, known for its smokehouses, 3 churches, and shipyards. See the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks, the old harbor, and charming terraces. Explore the city center and head to the harbor to check out the boats. Stop at a canalside cafe for a drink and a snack. Visit a nice restaurant in Monnickendam and enjoy a lunch. Continue to the former island Marken, formerly an isolated island. See its characteristic houses, pleasant ambiance and the beautiful view over the Gouwzee and the Markermeer. Stop at the viskraam (fish stall) and try some haring (raw herring served with chopped onions) or kibbeling (fried fish nuggets). From Marken, take the boat back to Volendam. Cruise along the former Zuiderzee coastline and learn all about this area's fascinating history and culture.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

9. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

Marken, Volendam and Edam: Private Full-Day Tour

10. Marken, Volendam and Edam: Private Full-Day Tour

Explore the beautiful Dutch countryside with this full-day tour from Amsterdam. Meet your local guide at your hotel in Amsterdam and enjoy a scenic 45-minute ride to the island of Marken. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Marken and enjoy stunning views over the Markermeer, then have visit a local mini museum to discover how the people of Marken used to live. Continue your tour with a lovely 30-minute boat ride across the lake towards Volendam, where you will embark on a short walking tour of the famous fisherman village. Explore its labyrinth, see its unique former fish auction building, and then make your way to a local cheese shop to sample some local cheese. After some free time to explore Volendam, set off for the next stop on the tour: the charming medieval village of Edam. Visit Edam's former town hall, the floating cellar, as well as the oldest wooden house in town before you catch a local bus back to Amsterdam bid farewell to beautiful Dutch countryside.

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This was absolutely incredible!!! Our tour guide Rob was amazing and my friend and I sat up the front, so we got to talk to Rob a lot and it was so amazing! Rob is funny, very, very knowledgeable, and really great at giving suggestions! I know its expected to have a knowledgeable tour guide on whatever tour you do, but Rob was outstanding with his knowledge! The price we paid for the whole trip, felt like a steal!! So cheap for everything we got - the transport, the cheese and clog making tour and cheese tasting!! Absolutely incredible! This whole day was such a beautiful memory I’ll keep forever ! Thank you so much Rob and our amazing bus driver (I’m horrible at remembering names please forgive me) who got out the bunny at the cheese and clog factory and let me hold and pet it! You brought amazing positivity and high energy in the trip when we saw you in the cheese shop, being kind is always much appreciated and I loved your vibe and positivity. Thank you again so much!

Our tour guide Rob was really what made this tour brilliant. The little insights he provided into the Dutch culture and history as we made our way through the stops was really great. The cheese and clog factory were by far my favourite of the day! 10/10 worth the time and money!

Our trip was fantastic. Our tour guide Laura was very friendly and knowledgeable, always happy to answer questions. Saw some lovely little villages and the cheese tasting was a nice touch. Definitely recommend for a day trip if you are looking for something outside of the city!

It was perfect! Our guide was without a doubt the best. Thank you so much for this wonderful day and with so much knowledge that you gave us.

Great experience with the team, very friendly and knowledgeable.