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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.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

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

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

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. Before the end 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: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

4. Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

You will begin with to a trip to the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Known as the “Venice of North”, the village is notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. You will explore this fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Explore the preserved village on foot, and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village. Your trip will continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the Volendam harbor, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home or for yourself, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume in one of many photo studios of the village. Your last destination is to explore the most picturesque traditional 17th-century Zaanse Schans village which contains houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In Zaanse Schans village you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s also nothing more Dutch than cheese, and whilst there you can try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm where you will also learn about its production.

Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Day Trip

5. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Day Trip

Leave Amsterdam for half a day on this guided tour of the rolling Dutch countryside. Sit back and travel comfortably in a coach to the rural village of Edam. Take a walk through the quaint streets of Edam. En-route to Volendam, stop to visit an old cheese farm to see how authentic Dutch cheese is made. Indulge in trying some of these huge spheres of delicious cheese. Upon arrival in Volendam, follow your guide on a journey through the fishing village’s winding streets. Hear about how this bustling place was once the harbor for neighboring village Edam. Enjoy some free time to eat lunch. Next, move on to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Once used to ground spices, dyes, lumber, oil, cocoa powder, and many other items, the mills are still in use today. Some are now living museums where you can learn about the ins and outs of milling. Visit a wooden shoe factory and behold how traditional clogs are created using antique machines. Afterward, go inside a windmill and take a look at all the mechanisms and go out onto the platform for a remarkable view over the surrounding area.  Filled with newfound knowledge and a taste of the traditional Dutch ways of life, relax and reminisce about your trip while on the journey back to Amsterdam.

Volendam: E-Scooter Rental

6. Volendam: E-Scooter Rental

After picking up your fantastic E-scooter, you will depart from the harbor to discover picturesque Dutch villages. See magnificent meadows, working windmills and countless cows as you ride through the famous Dutch dikes.  When you pick up your E-scooter, you will receive plenty of advice on different routes, so your journey is entirely up to you! Within an hour, you can take a trip to Edam, a nearly 800 year old town famous for its peaceful narrow alleys and small canals. Get a true taste of the Netherlands and sample some delicious cheeses in Edam's markets.  Discover the town of Monnickendam, also within an hour-long ride of Volendam. Admire the town's stunning houses made of light bronze brick, or take a trip to the old harbor with its charming terraces and pretty boats. If you're looking for some refreshment, head down to the beer brewery to learn more about the brewing process and savor some homemade sausages as you sit on the waterfront.  If you want a longer excursion, travel from Monnickendam through beautiful countryside to the former island of Marken, now a spectacular town with its bridges over the small canals. From here it is possible to take a boat back to Volandam, just hop on board with your E-scooter!

Picture in Volendam Costume with Cheese and Clog Tour

7. Picture in Volendam Costume with Cheese and Clog Tour

Time to try on something that wouldn't normally be in your wardrobe: traditional Volendam wear, including warm baggy trousers for the men and a high, pointed bonnet for the ladies. And of course, no outfit would be complete without Holland's most famous footwear - clogs! Say 'cheeeessseee' and your professional photographer will snap a photo of you and your friends, a souvenir which you can show to everyone at home. After the photo shoot, you can enjoy a guided tour in which you learn how to make a typical Dutch Gouda or Edam cheese. In the clog factory, you will get the chance to see a piece of wood turn into footwear and learn about the different varieties of clogs. In the shop you can have a look at all kinds of souvenirs and taste Dutch biscuits such as stroopwafel, a delicious local fruit wine and of course all kinds of cheeses. Try a rock hard, two-year old cheese or a cheese with cumin seeds, a famous delicacy in Holland. When you are finished perusing the souvenir section your photos will be waiting for you at the checkout. 

Volendam: E-Bike Rental With Suggested Countryside Route

8. Volendam: E-Bike Rental With Suggested Countryside Route

Depart from the old harbour in Volendam on your E-bike to explore multiple villages. Along the route you will see a beautiful windmill, lots of meadows, countless number of cows and sheep, and you will cross the famous Dutch dikes. From Volendam, you can ask for advice as to which villages you would like to visit with your E-bike. Within one hour you can easily visit Edam, an almost 800 year old town north of Volendam. Edam is famous for its peaceful narrow alleys and small canals, the beautiful façades of the cosy houses, and the unique small boutiques. Also Edam is known for its cheese market where visitors can both taste and purchase various cheeses. Another town,Monnickendam, can also be visited in only one hour of cycling. When walking or cruising around in the old centre of Monnickendam it will feel like you have gone back in time. If you have more time to spend, it is highly recommended that you go from Volendam to Monnickendam and from Monnickendam to the former island of Marken. Marken is a stunning town with lovely bridges over the small canals and really nice wooden façades.

Volendam: Original Volendam Costume Photography Session

9. Volendam: Original Volendam Costume Photography Session

Your opportunity to experience a photo workshop where everyone is skillfully dressed in authentic Volendam costume. The clothes are original, and it will show in your pictures. Much time will be spent on getting the poses exactly right, securing the perfect images. Your photographic professionals have an eye for every detail, and will take a number of pictures in order to have a least one picture that is both perfect and professional. During the photo-shoot, it will be closely monitored that everybody is looking into the camera and providing their best appearance. The professionalism of your photographers will mean that nothing is left to chance. After taking the pictures, you will be able to decide which pictures are best, with the result being an authentic and professional picture which everybody likes. Quality and pleasure are everything in this unique photo opportunity.

Volendam: 2.5-Hour Cheesemaking Workshop & Clog Making Tour

10. Volendam: 2.5-Hour Cheesemaking Workshop & Clog Making Tour

Starting out with milk from the local cows, learn about the steps involved in making cheese. Mixing, heating, pressing and eventually eating, of course! Make your own little farmer's cheese. This is a very young cheese which can be vacuumed and eaten directly or ripened at home using liquid plastic as a cover around the cheese. While the homemade cheeses are being pressed, enjoy a guided tour through the wooden shoe factory for a chance to learn how to turn a piece of wood into footwear. The varieties of clogs are shown, from historical to modern day clogs. In the shop, marvel at all kinds of souvenirs and taste Dutch biscuits such as stroopwafel, a delicious local fruit wine, and of course all kinds of cheeses. During the workshop coffee and tea are complimentary.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get Around Volendam?

    Do as the locals do and get yourself a bike. Renting bikes is an inexpensive way to get around Volendam and sightsee at the same time. For day trips from Volendam you have the option of taking ferries, buses, or trains.

  • What to eat in Volendam?

    First and foremost, be sure to sample the cheese in Volendam. Other local goodies include waffles, apple tarts, poffertjes (small pancakes), bitterbaalen (fried balls of cheese), and many more Dutch delights.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Volendam is during the summer months. It can be quite cold in the winter and you are most likely to get sunshine and warm weather from June to August.

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What people are saying about Volendam

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,036 reviews

With this type of "transport card" you can travel outside Amsterdam and reach for example Haarlem station (where you can rent bicycles to reach Keukenhof park) or the wonderful Zaanse Schans area. Also included is the train to and from the airport. A little expensive but it saves you the time to always buy tickets and in addition you save

It was a fun time, I could have skipped the cheese and wooden shoe stuff but that was personal preference. The guide is very nice and informative. The locations are beautiful

Extremely practical you can go very far except that you have to pay the first transport to go to the point of issue of the card otherwise it's excellent

It was the wonderful trip and the guide was explaining everything through the journey and it id really worth of money.

Easy to book. easy to find the starting place. The guide was very good and the sights were as expected.