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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.

Volendam: Express Boat Cruise to Marken Island

2. 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

3. 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.

Marken, Volendam and Edam: Private Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

5. 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.

From Amsterdam: Charm of Holland Guided Day Tour with Lunch

6. 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!

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What people are saying about Marken

I saw that experience of the Windmills go, being inside one of them was great. Beautiful nature during the tour, Green pastures and beautiful cows and sheep. An unforgettable experience and one that we must see again when we return. Going to the Cheese Factory sailing to get there was incredible. Agustin a very good guide. Thank you

This tour was well organized and very informative. The bus was comfortable and the guide was friendly. We enjoyed all 4 stops so much. The places are very beautiful and iconic. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!

The local tour guides are very knowledgeable to share us the story of the places of interest. Overall tour arranged timely, bus is clean.

Friendly guides who made the tour very interesting and informative.

This is a great experience. Very organize and informative.