Guided tour

Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Experiecewaterland
Guided tour

Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Experiecewaterland
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Head to the Dutch countryside, traveling on a modern 8 person bus. Visit traditional fishing villages including Volendam and Broek, and take a stroll through Zaanse Schans, a village world famous for its windmills. Visit a cheese factory for a tasting.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Stop in Zaanse Schans to admire the world-famous windmill village
  • Enjoy traditional villages like Volendam, Broek, and Monnickendam
  • Visit a cheese factory and taste a variety of Dutch cheeses and wine
  • Visit a wooden shoemaker watch as they are crafted by hand
  • Ride in a modern Volkswagen bus that is airconditioned and spacious
Full description

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.

  • Transportation by modern bus
  • Dutch fruit wine
  • Guide
  • Tasting 12 Dutch cheeses
  • Dutch poor man's cookie tasting
  • Wooden clog making demonstration
  • Stop in what once was the richest village in Holland
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Departure in from in front of the THIS IS HOLLAND building. Public transportation: Every five minutes a free ferry to "Buiksloterweg" departs from behind the central train station of Amsterdam. This free ferry brings you across within 2 minutes. Coming off the boat, turn left towards the THIS IS HOLLAND building.

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  •  Children must be at least 7 years old and a minimum of 1,10 meters (43,3 inches) tall and be a minimum weight of 16 kg (35 pounds)
  •  The maximum group size is 8 guests
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based on 182 reviews

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We loved this tour because we traveled in a small van with eight passengers total. While the first place we saw it was crowded with tourists, the other small villages we visited were quaint and relatively tourist free, which gave us a very authentic experience. Additionally, our guide Goulang was very personable and informative. I

March 31, 2023

A great tour from start to finish. Our guide was fabulous, full of interesting facts and we were lucky to park at the other end of the windmills avoiding all the crowds and buses, it was a very personal tour being a small group. Loved our visit to Volendam and Marken, was nice to wander the small laneways, didn't find any holes in the dyke. On our way back to Amsterdam we stopped at the most beautiful little village, wandered and then toasted each other with a drink, sorry don't have the name on me. Great tour, great guide and was fabulous with everything we saw and experienced.

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March 31, 2023

It was good experience to know Netherland history about windmil how important windmill in this country. My guide Tol he was so nice and very good service.He gave us all information and things to do in Netherland.That was a great moment time stay in Natherland by my self with beautiful country.

March 31, 2023

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