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Amsterdam Countryside, Windmills & Fishing Villages Tour

1. 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. 

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Tour

2. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Tour

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 Zaanse Schans in front of Zaandam Time Museum / Museum of the Dutch Clock. 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.

From Amsterdam: Small Group Zaanse Schans and Volendam Tour

3. 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!

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Private Tour

4. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Private Tour

- After pick you up at your hotel in Amsterdam, at the cruiseship, airport or Passenger Terminal or any other agreed upon location in central Amsterdam, we head for Central Station - In case you do encounter problems with walking we will take the bus to a stop very closeby (within 250 yards) from the entrance of the small village where the windmills are situated - In case everyone of your party is able to walk well we might take the train instead. The train is faster and there is a nice view from the bridge towards the windmills. The walk from the station to the village is around 2/3 of a mile - At the windmillcomplex it is possible to visit the interior of 2 windmills. Entrance fees are not included in the tour price (5 euro per person). - There are a cheese and wooden shoe factury at the village as well. It is free to watch how they make cheese and wooden shoes - This Private Tour (only your group, allthough we will take public transportation) takes 3 to 4 hours. - This is the closest by complex of windmills with the option to enter one near Amsterdam. You will get to see some for the Western part of The Netherlands classic countryside as well. - Tickets for public transportation are included in the price.

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4.3 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Our guide Steven made for an unforgettable day in rural Holland. As soon as he picked us up in the fancy car, he made us very curious with his charming and open manner. The whole tour was very individual in terms of content and timing and we rather had the impression of being a visitor. Steven informed us very competently at all times and answered our questions, all in very good German. His tips, e.g. B. hot chocolate in the windmill or Genever in Monnickendam, we gratefully accepted. Thanks to Steven and anytime again.

We can’t say enough great things about Steven and this tour. The countryside is so beautiful and Steven was an amazing tour guide who is so knowledgeable about the area and history (as well as friendly, personable, kind, funny - just a great guy). He made this tour uniquely personal to our interests and we will definitely be seeing him again in the future. He made us feel at ease and very welcome. I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS TOUR ENOUGH. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

I believe, as Steve told us, there are good and excellent tours. And, if you want to have a fantastic experience, you need to go with Private Day Tours 100%. Enough information to not drive yourself tedious or overwhelming, and with a special touch with humour and a great companion. What a legend!

Our guide Steve Attersol was well informed and fun to be with. His knowledge of the area is extensive and he answered all our questions. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him.

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