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

1. 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.

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Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

2. 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.

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Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

3. Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

The first stop on your tour from Amsterdam is Zaanse Schans, an old industrial village where windmills were used for a variety of purposes. The few windmills that have survived have been restored to their original function. You’ll see a water mill, an oil mill, a paint mill, and a spice mill. Near Zaanse Schans the area is famous for its traditional green timbered houses and warehouses. See the famous fishing village of Volendam, visit the famous harbor, take a stroll on the dike, and have a photo taken in traditional Volendammer costume. Visit a cheese factory, where you’ll see a demonstration about Dutch cheese and learn everything there is to know about making it. You can taste and smell the different cheeses produced at the factory. Get to know the famous fish dishes of the village by having lunch at one of the restaurants by the harbor (not included in the tour price). Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a walk through Broek, one of the most charming villages of the Waterland area. This former island is one of the few villages in the Netherlands where traditions are well preserved. Visit the wooden shoe factory and see how craftsmen quickly transform blocks of wood into wooden shoes, known as klompen.

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Volendam and Marken by Bike: Full-Day Tour

4. Volendam and Marken by Bike: Full-Day Tour

Feel like a local on your bike and discover the countryside North of Amsterdam in a private 8-hour guided full-day bike tour from Amsterdam. Your experienced and friendly guide is at your service all day long.  From the central Amsterdam meeting point, you will catch the ferryboat to the North of Amsterdam. Enjoy a scenic 90-minute ride to the island of Marken. Pass by small villages such as Durgerdam and Uitdam, just north of the city. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Marken and enjoy stunning views of Markermeer. Visit a museum to discover how the people of Marken used to live and enjoy some free time. Next is a half hour boatride to Volendam.  Upon your arrival in Volendam you can enjoy a short walking tour of this famous fisherman village. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbor, small buildings and houses and locals in traditional Dutch clothing has been a major tourist attraction since 1875. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the city, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction). Next is the charming medieval village of Edam, also referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famous in Edam is beyond any doubt the public weighing house, where in summer still every Wednesday the famous Edam Cheese is being sold.

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What people are saying about Marken

Amazing tour. Rob, the guide, is one of the best among bus tour guides I have ever seen. All is well organised from big to small details. We managed to see a lot of nice places and it was not particularly tired. In the middle of a tour we had a hour for lunch in the nice fish village.

Our tour guide lady, Laura Garcia, is the best. Besides providing information about the tour sites, she also consistently shares her different experiences while living in Amsterdam. She is very talkative, very energetic, and very friendly. I had a great time.

This trip was great!! You get to see a lot of sights and take a lot of photos. Our guide, Laura, was really helpful and a great person! She explained us everything and made the whole experience really exciting!!

It is a must of tour, very complete. Bring a raincoat or umbrella and lower it at each stop, because we went down with the sun and in 5 minutes the rain came, we had to do the tour in the rain hee.

Our guide was very informative and entertained us with lots of tiny interesting details and funny stories. I forget his name but he was excellent and so my 5 stars are for him