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Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Day Trip

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

Zaanse Schans Windmills 4-Hour Tour in Italian

3. Zaanse Schans Windmills 4-Hour Tour in Italian

Travel aboard a comfortable train to Zaanse Schans which is famous for its collection of historic windmills on this day trip from Amsterdam. Go to a wooden clog factory and savor a variety cheeses with a visit to a farm.  Depart Amsterdam from the Centraal Station and journey by train to the town of Zaanse Schans. Discover the typical green wooden houses used by the locals, along with small bridges that link the streets of the village.  Capture pictures of the windmills and escape the hustle and bustle of city living and experience a gentle pace of life in the Dutch lowlands. Learn more about the windmills that made the area of the Zaan River famous and rich in the 1700s.  Visit a factory where the traditional wooden clogs are still made, and learn how the famous Dutch cheese is produced with a visit to a local farm. Return to Amsterdam by train at the end of your tour. 

Ámsterdam: Tour a Róterdam, Zaanse Schans, Marken y Volendam

4. Ámsterdam: Tour a Róterdam, Zaanse Schans, Marken y Volendam

Hop on board a panoramic bus to admire the sights of Amsterdam. Visit Rotterdam, discover the Dutch countryside, and visit the picturesque towns of Marken, Volendam, Marken, and Zaanse Schans. In addition, visit a clog and cheese factory. The day trip will start with a panoramic tour around the city center of Amsterdam from the bus, with the most iconic places out of the city center. After this panoramic tour, the first stop on this 10-hour trip from Amsterdam will be Rotterdam, a city that portrays a mix of traditional and modern styles. Continue to the region of Waterland, and visit the villages of Marken, 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.

From Amsterdam: Flowers, Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Day Trip

5. From Amsterdam: Flowers, Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Day Trip

Discover picturesque North Holland with a full-day bus trip, including a local guide and cheese tasting. Smell the fragrant flowers of the De Tulperij flower farm, marvel at the wooden windmills and colorful houses in Zaanse Schans, learn about traditional clog making, and visit a cheese farm. Begin your tour by boarding an air-conditioned bus in Amsterdam and driving to the De Tulperij, a flower farm known for its colorful assortment of tulips, dahlias, and hyacinths. Wander through fields of flowers while learning the history of the farm and the difference between bulbs and tubers. Continue to the village Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that features a collection of windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Listen as your guide details how the buildings were used and why they were relocated from the Zaan region in the 1960s.  Roam Zaanse Schans further and learn more about its industrial history, such as how windmills were able to execute the same tasks as many factories, including grinding valuable spices, cocoa, and flour. Marvel at colorful homes owned by wealthy merchants and discover restored mercantile buildings. Then it's time to visit the clog museum to learn about the art and tradition of making wooden shoes. Continue further to taste-test aged Dutch cheese on the cheese farm or take a rest for lunch. Enjoy time to explore more the village on your own before reboarding the bus and returning to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Countryside Small Group Tour

6. Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Countryside Small Group Tour

Meet your guide and driver in central Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan will take you to today’s destination Keukenhof. After a short ride from Amsterdam to the bulb flower area around Lisse, start your tour by making a scenic ride in this area. Depending upon the season, you will see a landscape with colorful bulb flower carpets in almost any color you can imagine. Try to find a spot where you can stop to make some pictures. Then, continue to the true highlight of this tour, the park Keukenhof. Once a mere kitchen garden filled with vegetables and herbs, the Keukenhof now has the distinction of being the world’s largest flower garden, hosting some 1,000,000 visitors per year. Wander through the 15 kilometers of footpaths and 32 hectares of gardens, where millions of bulbs are planted each year. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs of a variety of vibrant colors carpet the grounds. After having spent about 3.5-hours in the gardens, continue to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the Zaan River and is home to traditional 18th and 19th century architecture, including several functioning windmills. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village on your own before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from the water) of the Beemster area. Next is the opportunity to see how the world-famous Dutch cheese is made and, of course, to taste it at a cheese farm. Finally, you will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbor has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over to see the small buildings and houses and take in the locals in their traditional Dutch clothing. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs for those at home or a memento for yourself and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume. Finally, you will return to the city and can look back on a day full of great and typical Dutch highlights.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Fantastic day out and a great way to experience more of Amsterdam. The windmills are beautiful, as are the two villages. Not forgetting the Edam cheese always a favourite.

Manuel was very informative and friendly throughout the trip. The place we went for cheese and clogs were funny and nice. I would recommend anyone to join this tour.

the guide was absolutely amazing, he really went above and beyond. I had a wonderful time. Thank you.

Kosta is a great guide! Very informative and entertaining. Learned a lot and had a great time.

Great/easy day trip out of Amsterdam. Rob was especially welcoming and knowledgeable