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From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

1. From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

With this 1-day electric scooter rental, you get to decide what time you’ll start out, when and where you’ll stop and how long you’ll spend at the numerous attractions. Before you start the activity you get instructions from an instructor and have a test run. After that, you can go off on your own (not in a group). Your route starts in Landsmeer, a small village just above Amsterdam. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi, car, or bus to get to the starting point from Amsterdam. After a cup of coffee or tea and an explanation of the navigation app routiq, head out to discover the beautiful countryside. With your scooter rental, you’ll get a digital route to the Zaanse Schans, with its traditional Dutch houses and windmills.

Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

2. Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

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. Take a lovely 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. The village is an excellent starting point to make a canoe trip through the area and there are a number of special museums and art galleries to discover.  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. 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. 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 before enjoying lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants in Holland (at own expense). Depending on the amount of time remaining, you can take a boat trip with the Volendam-Marken express. For over 80-years the Volendam-Marken Express has operated a ferry service between Volendam and Marken. The boats sail all year round and every year thousands of travelers use the ferry to enjoy a relaxed trip on the water and to visit the historic towns and harbors of Volendam and Marken. 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: Windmills & Volendam Private Tour

3. From Amsterdam: Windmills & Volendam Private Tour

Experience traditional Dutch culture on this 6-hour private journey from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a clog and cheese factory, and Volendam. After pickup from your accommodation in Amsterdam, your driver and guide will take you to the first destination of the day: Zaanse Schans, a region of the Netherlands full of traditional structures. Tour the wooden dwellings, windmills, and quaint little shops. Above all, you can admire the traditional mills scattered throughout the town, each of which has its own purpose: there's a paint mill, oil mill, saw mill, spice mill, and more.  The next stops will be the clog factory and cheese farm, two essential elements of any visit to the Netherlands. Learn how the cheese is made and taste some delectable tidbits. Then, you’ll be treated to a demonstration on making wooden clogs.  Next, visit Volendam, a fishing village known for its fresh eel and herring. Taste some fresh fish from a traditional cart and admire the old port, full of Dutch ships. Try on a traditional Dutch outfit and have your picture taken as you fit in with the Volendamers. In the center of the town, walk along the dyke (boulevard) and explore the various restaurants and shops. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy a traditional meal after taking in the best of the Netherlands.

Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam from Amsterdam

4. 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. Depending on the availability of time, you can take a boat trip with the Volendam-Marken express. For over 80-years the Volendam-Marken Express operates a ferry service between Volendam and Marken. The boats sail all year round and every year thousands of travelers use the ferry to enjoy a relaxed trip on the water and to visit the historic towns and harbors of Volendam and Marken.  After a day full of adventure and excitement you driver will return you back to your accommodation for an evening of well-deserved rest. 

Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

5. 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.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans, and Rotterdam Day Tour

6. 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.

Private Tour to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Windmills

7. Private Tour to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Enjoy an unforgettable tour of one of the biggest flower gardens in the world. Besides visiting the spacious 32 hectares of flowers, you can enjoy spectacular flower shows, inspirational gardens, unique art, and wonderful events. Do not miss the Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion. Christen your own tulip, see how the tulips are cultivated, and get advice and tips from experts about the use of flower bulbs in your own garden. This Keukenhof flower garden tour is also fun for children, as they can enjoy treasure hunts, a petting farm, a maze, and the playground. Afterwards, 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.

Amsterdam Countryside, Windmills & Fishing Villages Tour

8. Amsterdam Countryside, Windmills & Fishing Villages Tour

Explore the Dutch countryside in a comfortable car on a full-day guided tour from Amsterdam. You’ll visit Zaanse Schans and experience first hand the traditional Dutch way of making cheese and wooden shoes. You’ll have the opportunity to enter the windmills and see how these products were made 150-200 years ago. See a diamond shop and learn how windmills were once used in the production of dyes and in the timber and oil industries. Continue on to Monnickendam, a picturesque fishing and harbor village situated on the coast of the IJsselmeer. Alternatively, enjoy the picturesque village of Edam, home to the cheese of its namesake. Take a stroll through the cozy historic center, and walk across the old drawbridges. See the lock that saves the town from flooding! Next, your journey takes you to Volendam. Stroll among the colorful houses, enjoy the lively boulevard and all the little restaurants, coffee bars, and shops. After Volendam, enjoy a 20-minute drive to the Marken Island. Stroll around and explore its quaint streets. In the summer you may even take a 30-minute boat ride to this Island from Volendam. During the day you’ll have some time to relax and sample some typical, delicious Dutch food like pancakes and herring. 

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What people are saying about Zaandam

Great way to see the Windmills and countryside, the scooters were easy to ride, loved all the bike paths. Bart was friendly and easily showed us how to ride the scooters.

A must do if you want to get a taste of the Dutch countryside. We are very well received and the scooters are great. I highly recommend this experience.

Steve was very personable, knowledgeable and accommodating. Our group of 3 would highly recommend him.

Perfect tour, excellent driver and tour guide - Yohan was very, very customer-centric.

Our tour guide was more than perfect. Highly recommended