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Amsterdam: Guided Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Tour

1. Amsterdam: Guided Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Tour

Begin your day with a pickup from one of the pickup points in central Amsterdam. As you leave the city, gaze out at the vivid flower fields of the Dutch countryside, which are awash with colorful crocuses, tulips, and daffodils. These blooming fields are remarkably beautiful, and as you admire them you can listen to your guide reveal more about the history of this region. Depending on the time, you might also stop to take photographs of this stunning landscape. When you arrive at Keukenhof Gardens, step off the bus and embark on a guided tour of the grounds. Covering an area of more than 79 acres (32 hectares), these magnificent gardens are home to innumerable blooming bulbs, all meticulously landscaped into aesthetically pleasing patterns. The gardens are filled with delicate blossoms of all sorts of colors and textures, which emanate a gently perfumed fragrance. After soaking up the garden vistas, continue to Zaanse Schans. The windmill village of Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum with a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. These buildings were brought there from 1961 onward, bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region. Alongside windmills, barns, and other buildings, you'll see beautiful houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige, and light blue. Upon arrival at the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour. Visit the clog museum and annex wooden shoemaker shop, and get to taste Dutch farmer cheese at the cheese farm. Then, it's time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off to discover Zaanse Schans, your guide will provide you with further information on the unique character of the village, teach you the local history and culture, and give you insider tips about what to do and where to go.

From Amsterdam: Floriade Expo & Zaanse Schans Full-Day Tour

2. From Amsterdam: Floriade Expo & Zaanse Schans Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself amongst plants and flowers at Floriade Expo 2022, the international horticulture exhibition in Almere, Netherlands. This exhibition happens only once every ten years. Later, travel to Zaanse Schans and see the historic windmills and architecture of the village. Choose from two meeting points in Amsterdam, then take a 40-minute ride to the expo on a single-deck bus. Upon arrival, take an orientation tour through the park with your guide. Learn facts and stories as you walk. The main theme of the expo this year is “Growing Green Cities.” More than 40 countries from all over the world will show you the possibilities of a greener, more sustainable world. The event is situated in an area of 60 hectares (148 acres) that will be converted into a green urban district in Almere after the exhibition is finished. Immerse yourself in this scenic park over the green bridges and amongst the flowers. After your guided tour, enjoy free time to explore the area on your own. Your guide will provide further information about things to do and see. Visit the pavilions where the participating countries will present their flowers, plants, and culture. Learn about cultivating food in a city, sustainable energy solutions, and green infrastructure. Get tips and tricks for a healthy lifestyle. Optionally, grab a drink or try a local healthy dish. After the expo, take a 45-minute ride to the second location of the excursion: the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This is a typical Dutch village with windmills and houses from the 18th and 19th centuries situated on the riverbanks of the Zaan region. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the village. Visit the clog museum and see how to make clogs. Later, stop by a cheese farm and get a demonstration of how to make Gouda cheese. There may even be the opportunity for a taste test. Enjoy a cable car ride over the Expo grounds. After the tour, take advantage of free time to discover the village on your own. Explore as you sightsee green-colored houses with attractive architecture in which people are still living today. See some of the more than 600 windmills that were used for industrial purposes such as sawing wood, producing oil, and milling grain. On the village’s riverbank, see the 8 windmills that are still in active use today. At the conclusion of the tour, get dropped off at the designated drop-off point.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Zaanse Schans + 1 Free Attraction

3. Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Zaanse Schans + 1 Free Attraction

Explore blooming tulips, windmills, wooden clogs, and Dutch cheese on a guided day trip from Amsterdam. Visit the world’s largest flower garden, Keukenhof, and wander among the windmills at Zaanse Schans.  Back in the city, choose from a canal cruise and a 5D flight simulation over Holland’s famous sights. Begin your day with a transfer from the meeting point in central Amsterdam. Get comfortable in your seat aboard a single-decker bus as you gaze out at the Dutch countryside, awash with colorful crocuses, tulips, and daffodils. Listen to your guide to learn more about the history of this region. Upon arrival at Keukenhof Gardens, step off the bus and go on a guided tour of the grounds. Covering an area of more than 79 acres (32 hectares), these magnificent gardens are home to innumerable blooming bulbs, all meticulously landscaped into aesthetically pleasing patterns. Next, continue to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Step into the most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In the village, follow your guide on an orientation tour of the town. Visit the clog museum, annex a wooden shoemaker shop, and get to taste Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore the village on your own. Finally, finish your day with a choice of 2 attractions. Enjoy the Amsterdam 100 Highlights Cruise, passing by canal houses, the Westerkerk, and Anne Frank's house.  Alternatively, embark on a 5D flight experience with special effects projected on a domed screen and feel like you’re soaring over the sights of the Netherlands.

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

4. 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, Zaanse Schans, and Rotterdam Day Tour

5. Amsterdam: Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans, and Rotterdam Day Tour

Explore the beauty of Holland on this 8-hour private day trip from Amsterdam. See the flowers in bloom at Keukenhof, explore inside the windmills at Zaanse Schans, then journey to Rotterdam and discover its unique, modern architecture. After being picked up, you’ll drive to the countryside to see the millions of colorful flowers at Keukenhof Gardens.  Then it’s on to the Zaanse Schans, filled with its historic windmills and distinctive green wooden houses – a must-see when visiting the Netherlands. Explore these beautiful windmills and see the original wooden houses, barns, and shops. You’ll even get to go inside one of the windmills to admire the design.  You’ll then have the chance to visit a cheese-making factory and a stroopwafel factory, where you can see how Dutch cheese and waffles are made.  From there, your guide will drive you to charming Rotterdam. You’ll learn how the destruction during World War II led to an intensive rebuilding process and to Rotterdam becoming one of the most daring examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands. After your visit to Rotterdam, your guide will drive you back to your hotel or any other desired location in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Green Expo, Zaanse Schans & Canal Trip/5D Flight

6. Amsterdam: Green Expo, Zaanse Schans & Canal Trip/5D Flight

Experience a greener world at the Floriade Expo 2022 in Almere, visit the delightful windmill village of Zaanse Schans, and top it off with a canal cruise or the adrenaline rush of a 5D flight simulator. Enjoy a three-in-one day trip from Amsterdam to some of the Netherlands' best attractions. Choose from 2 convenient meetings points in Amsterdam, then settle in for the 40-minute journey to your first stop. Start by immersing yourself among the plants and flowers of the Floriade Expo 2022, the international horticulture exhibition in Almere. This expo is a big deal, as it only happens once every ten years. Enjoy a guided tour of exhibits on the theme of "Growing Green Cities", featuring contributions from more than 40 countries across the world. You can also try the food or drink options, or take a ride in the cable car. Next, hop back in the bus for the 45-minute ride to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Enjoy a walking tour of this typical Dutch settlement filled with picturesque houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the clog museum and see how to make this wooden footwear, then stop by a cheese farm and get a demonstration of how to make Gouda cheese. There may even be the opportunity for a taste test. Finally, finish your day with the choice of two attractions. Choose between a relaxing canal cruise passing Amsterdam's most famous attractions, or strap into a 5D flight simulator for a spectacular perspective of the Netherlands from the air.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Countryside Small Group Tour

7. 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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What people are saying about Zaandam

The excursion was very well organized. Our nice tour guide Eva and the bus driver Jan tried very hard. Unfortunately, a number of pavilions at the Floriade are not yet finished and therefore cannot be visited. Everything went well on the trip to Zaanse Schans

Perfectly organized. Meet at the This is Holland check-in desk. As a language genius, our guide HARALD knew how to guide us through the whole day, answering all questions and making the two excursions a real experience.

Excellent day spent alongside Rick, culture and good humor at the rendezvous. Everything perfect.

easy to find the meeting point, nice guide and arrangments

Meeting point was easy accessible, on time and comfortable