Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

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  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2550PRTAMSLIN2A
On this Amsterdam shore excursion, leave the city behind for a half-day trip to discover the Dutch countryside. Enjoy a drive through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals; see authentic wooden houses, windmills and fishing villages; and witness traditional crafts from days gone by. The picturesque village of Zaanse Schans is famous for its original buildings, vividly capturing Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. See the famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken and visit a traditional cheese farm. You'll return to central Amsterdam at approximately 2:30pm or 8pm.
Experience the highlights of the Dutch countryside on this half-day sightseeing shore excursion! Depart Amsterdam in the morning or afternoon and head toward the beautiful Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, where you'll see the historic shipyard and windmills. Visit a local shoemaker and watch the clog-making techniques first-hand!

Next, visit the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, on the coast of the former Zuiderzee (now called Ijselmeer). In these authentic villages, the old wooden houses are built on stilts and locals still wear their colorful traditional dresses. To get from Volendam to Marken, take a 20-minute boat ride, with approximately 45 minutes at each stop (summer only).

During your tour, you'll also stop at one of the few farms where cheese is still made in the traditional Dutch way.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
This excursion is located within a 20-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Amsterdam. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

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Central Amsterdam
5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Returns to original departure point

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Morning Trip
Code: MORN

Starts at 9am

USD $51.54
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Afternoon Trip at 2:45pm
Code: AFT1445

Starts at 2:45pm. Available March 20 to October 25.

USD $51.54
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Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

Amsterdam Shore Ex

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Boat ride (optional, no extra charge)
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance to windmill (approx. 3 euros)
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jeff W S, September 2015

Was a great overview of the countryside with the story and history behind the draining of the poulders, how clogs are made, how windmills work and the important role played in the history of the Netherlands. Bus tour combined with a boat cruise. Efficient use of time - for a half day cruise it was informative and the pacing of activities and knowledge of the tour guides and presenters at each of the locations was fantastic!! The tour group was not huge and the logistics of managing all the stops and keeping to the schedule of returning to the bus or waiting for stragglers was not an issue.

Reviewed by:, Singapore, September 2015

Worth the money and time. Audio recording in the coach is very informative. Guides speak English well, friendly and helpful.

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