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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.

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.

From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills, and Panoramic Tour

4. From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills, and Panoramic Tour

The day trip will start with a beautiful panoramic tour around the city center of Amsterdam from the bus, with the most iconic places out of the city center. After this panoramic view in Amsterdam, the first stop on this 8-hour trip from Amsterdam will be the windmills in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the region of Waterland, and visit the villages of Edam, Volendam and Marken. Your guide will tell you about the history of each place and the churches and traditional houses of the 15th century. Visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. Learn how they produce world-famous Dutch cheeses as well. Spend some of your free time enjoying a meal (not included in the tour price), before returning to Amsterdam at around 5:30 PM.

Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam from Amsterdam

5. Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam from Amsterdam

Start your tour with a convenient, pick-up service from your accommodation. Here is where your driver will be to pick you up and after a short meet and greet you will hop in your private car and set off on your adventure.  Firstly you will visit the Zaanse Schans, a residential area in which the 18th and 19th-centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and, the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and, workshops. Enjoy a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational. After the windmills, you will visit Volendam, a small fishing village with 22000 citizens. Walk along the beautiful harbor and marvel at the typical Volendam shops and enjoy lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants in Holland. After a day full of adventure and excitement you driver will return you back to your accommodation for an evening of well-deserved rest. 

Day trip to Gouda, Volendam and Zaanse Schaans.

6. Day trip to Gouda, Volendam and Zaanse Schaans.

Visit the city of Gouda, discover the Dutch countryside, and visit the picturesque towns of Volendam, and Zaanse Schans on a day trip from Amsterdam. Hear all about local history and culture from your guide and visit a traditional clog and cheese factory. The first stop on this 10-hour trip from Amsterdam will be Gouda, famous for giving its name to one of the best known Dutch. Continue to the region of Waterland, and visit the villages of Volendam, and Zaanse Schans, where the famous windmills are located. Your guide will tell you about the history of each place and the traditional houses of the 15th century. Visit a factory where the popular clogs are made. You'll also learn how they produce world-famous Dutch cheeses as well. Spend some of your free time enjoying a meal (not included in the tour price), before returning to Amsterdam in the evening.

Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

7. 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. Witness this craft that only 28 people in Holland have mastered.

Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

8. 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

9. 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!

From Amsterdam: Windmills, Volendam, & Marken Private Tour

10. From Amsterdam: Windmills, Volendam, & Marken Private Tour

Start your tour with a convenient, pick-up service from your accommodation. Here is where your driver will be to pick you up and after a short meet and greet you will hop in your private car and set off on your adventure.  Firstly you will visit the Zaanse Schans, a residential area in which the 18th and 19th-centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and, the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and, workshops. Enjoy a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational. After the windmills, you will visit Volendam, a small fishing village with 22000 citizens. Walk along the beautiful harbor and marvel at the typical Volendam shops and enjoy lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants in Holland. Then you will take the ferry to Marken an old Dutch island where you can see houses on wooden poles. After a day full of adventure and excitement you driver will return you back to your accommodation for an evening of well-deserved rest. 

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Travelling with a 12 year old its not always easy to keep everyone entertained, however, on this tour everyone had an amazing time. I do not want to incorrectly spell our tour guides name, but he was so knowledgeable and funny, with so many quint little stories. I will recommend this tour to anyone that wants to get away from the Amsterdam hustle and bustle for a day. Beautiful towns & villages and so much to see. Definitely recommended.

Good compromise outside the Amsterdam context. Different places and realities united by the professionalism and passion of the guide. Recommended experience if you want to stay out of the city routine for a few hours.

Friendly guides who made the tour very interesting and informative.

This is a great experience. Very organize and informative.

This is a great excursion experience in Amsterdam.