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From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

1. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destination in just 20 minutes. The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In its golden age the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things. The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue. At arrival in the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and in the cheese farm you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese. Then it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off to discover the Zaanse Schans on your own, your guide will give you further information on the Zaanse Schans and its unique character, teach you local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about what to do and where to go.

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

2. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

Your experience begins as your guide meets you at the pickup point from where you travel to the typical Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum complete with a cheese farm, clog factory, diamond museum, bakery museum, and Kuiperij, where barrels were made to transport goods, green timber houses, traditional crafts, and windmills. Following noon, be transferred to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to nice stories including the history and significant elements in the region of Giethoorn throughout the roughly 2-hour bus ride, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons, and contains a simple beauty which hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town, be accompanied by a local guide who also doubles as your captain. Get to know everything about Giethoorn throughout your boat trip, with extra time included to walk along a narrow footpath by foot or by bike, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back to Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

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Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

3. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive 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. From there continue on to Edam, also commonly referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famous in Edam is beyond any doubt the public weighing house, where in summer still every Wednesday the famous Edam Cheese is being sold. After a stroll around this history-rich town, you’ll have the opportunity to see how Edam’s world-famous cheese is made and, of course, to taste it in a closeby 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. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the city, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction).

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Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

4. Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Learn about Dutch culture and history as you discover the area of Zaanse Schans on a half-day bicycle tour from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station and travel to Zaandam by train to start the bicycle tour. Cycle past industrial windmills and admire the beautiful landscape. Stop at a sawmill to learn how it operates, and visit a paper mill to see how paper was made in the 17th century. Pedal through the stunning wetlands, painted by Monet at the end of the 19th century. Pass the neighborhood of Domineestuin, filled with authentic wooden houses, before arriving in Zaanse Schans. Park your bicycle and enjoy a demonstration of how clogs are made. Take the opportunity to taste delicious Gouda cheese, a local specialty. After a fantastic half-day experience, return by bike to Zaandam and board the train back to Amsterdam Central Station, where your tour will end.

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Amsterdam: Countryside Tour and Canal Cruise or 5D Flight

5. Amsterdam: Countryside Tour and Canal Cruise or 5D Flight

Depart Amsterdam and travel by air-conditioned coach to the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Marvel at the historic windmills and other typical architecture, and watch live demonstrations of traditional craftsmen at work to see how authentic clogs are made. Get some free time to explore on your own before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from water) of Beemster. Continue to Edam to see the tranquil canals, lined with beautiful 17th-century buildings, including Carillon Tower and the Town Hall. Learn how Edam cheese is made and taste some at a nearby farm. End with a visit to the fishing village of Volendam, where you can buy souvenirs or put on a traditional Dutch costume for a photo keepsake. Walk through the oldest parts of the village to discover sights such as the wooden Stolphoevekerk before driving back to Amsterdam.  Finally, finish your day with the choice of two attractions: The ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside or a relaxing canal cruise to admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions. The cruise passes all of Amsterdam's most famous attractions and you’ll encounter canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank House. The unique 5D flight experience doesn’t just show you the Netherlands, it lets you live it. Experience breathtaking films providing you with a spectacular perspective from the air and new insights into how the Netherlands was created. Thanks to the astonishing special effects projected on a huge domed screen, you’ll feel like you’re soaring over the must-see sites of the Netherlands.

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From Amsterdam: Small Group Zaanse Schans and Volendam Tour

6. From Amsterdam: Small Group Zaanse Schans and Volendam Tour

A relaxing and complete journey to the typical Dutch countryside, visiting a windmill and fishing village. After being picked up from your hotel in the Amsterdam area by a friendly local guide, you will transfer to your van to enjoy a small-group traveling experience with a personal touch. Your typical Dutch experience begins with the Zaanse Schans windmill village. You can see the clog makers at work in the workshop, and learn about the history of wooden shoes in the museum. Following this you will experience a cheese factory demonstration where staff will be dressed in traditional Dutch costumes. You can buy beautiful souvenirs in a wide variety of outlets from cheese, wooden shoes, delft blue pottery, to local handcrafted items. Do not miss your chance to have your picture taken in the giant wooden shoe! Following this, you will arrive in Volendam at around noon. Here you will begin a guided walking tour to explore the charming seaside village. You can stroll along a walkway adjacent to the old port area, visit local vendors for authentic Dutch treats, experience seafood from the region, and sample cheese, waffles and pancakes. You will also have the opportunity here to dress up in an authentic local costume!

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Tour in Italian

7. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Tour in Italian

Visit this famous Dutch village and marvel at the windmills and other sights. Taste local spices, and explore factories devoted to clog and cheese making. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central station, where you'll take the train to Zaanse Schans together. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flat Dutch landscape as you speed to your destination. Arrive at the windmill village, and enjoy a 90-minutes guided tour in Italian. Encounter the picturesque sights of the village, including the typical houses, and the guide will show you the village and the typical dutch atmosphere. You will have the chance to go inside a typical dutch house and to visit the wooden shoe factory and why not, try on a pair of wooden clogs. After the tour, explore the village at your leisure, and shop for local delicacies like mustard, cheese, and traditional Dutch cookies. At the end of the tour, the guide will leave you to continue the visit of the village by yourself and to be back in Amsterdam when you wish.

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What people are saying about Zaandam

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

Cherry isn't just an excellent tour guide, she is an excellent person. Definitely would recommend this trip to anybody. They let me drive the boat through the canals which was the highlight of my trip.

badly fell with the weather. pity that everything in English. but the guide spoke a little French and spoke to us a little. very nice and very pretty place to see! the Dutch tradition. to do

had such a good time, the guide was fantastic and such a lovely man! they were so easy to talk to and had loads of information to share. I would recommend 1000%

The staff was very informative and friendly. The entire day was absolutely amazing.

he tour guide was very patient with us and we enjoyed hearing the history.