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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

Enjoy the picturesque Dutch countryside on a day trip by comfortable bus. Encounter the famous windmills, and learn about Dutch traditional crafts.Take advantage of free WiFi on board the bus as you travel. Discover the unique village of Zaanse Schans. Stroll around at your leisure and admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Explore the fishing village of Volendam, visit a cheese shop still making cheese using a traditional Dutch method, and join a demonstration about Volendam cheese. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant at your own expense, before exploring more of Volendam. Select the all-inclusive tour option for more activities including a boat ride to Marken, a visit to an operating windmill, and a clog-making demonstration.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

2. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Join a guided bus tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop, and a cheese-making demonstration. Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Get a sense of what the village was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue. Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

Zaanse Schans: Zaans Museum Entrance Ticket

3. Zaanse Schans: Zaans Museum Entrance Ticket

Get ready for a fascinating insight into Holland's hard-working industrial history with this Zaans Museum ticket. Learn about the history of working mills, and see the churning machinery of an early 20th-century chocolate and biscuit factory.  Step inside The Zaans Museum and enter the world of Holland's past and present. Get to know all about Zaanstreek, the very first industrialized region of Europe, which shot the country to fame and fortune in the Dutch Golden Age. Breeze through the history of Holland's landmark windmills, learn about the various industries that thrived among the green wooden houses and find out more about Dutch icons, Albert Heijn, Honig, Verkade, and more. Discover the Verkade Experience, which takes sweet-toothed visitors back to the working, churning innards of an early 20th-century chocolate and biscuit factory. The Zaans Museum serves up everything you need to know about Dutch life from the first mills to the latest factories, plus a little cafe and free WiFi.

Zaanse Schans: World of Windmills Museum Ticket with Greeter

4. Zaanse Schans: World of Windmills Museum Ticket with Greeter

Get your entry ticket for World of Windmills, an interactive museum on the site of the home to more than 1100 windmills in the 17th-century Netherlands.  Chat to your greeter upon entry and have any questions answered before delving into the history of this dutch icon. Learn the history of the materials used, runnings of the windmill, how they powered the country during the Industrial Revolution and after, and the people that made the windmills a success.  Even visit a windmill yourself to get a feel for the real thing. If you’re lucky, chat to a miller who will be happy to answer any questions if there.  Experience the rich history of the mills, listen to the stories of the people who lived and worked here, and enjoy the technology, craftsmanship, and nature.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Despite the horrendous weather this was a fantastic trip and well worth getting soaked for. The guide added funny little comments throughout the tour and gave some great facts along the way. The clog making was great to watch as was the cheese making and tasting. We managed to get into two of the windmills and ventured to the top of one, although the severe weather was against us doing much more, I can safely say I would like to repeat this day trip should I get the chance to go to back to Amsterdam in the summer. The coach was clean and comfortable there and back. The tour time of 3.5 hours includes half hour travel time each way.

It was really nice, the person explained everything very well. But you need to keep in mind that this tour is from the museum. So you should go in and check-in before the tour starts.

This is a perfect tour to get a taste of Amsterdam, without being out all day

Friendly guides who made the tour very interesting and informative.

This is a great experience. Very organize and informative.