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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

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  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: 5 to 6.5 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2550LIN2A
Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes criss-crossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses and old-fashioned cheese-making in Volendam. Watch a shoemaker make clogs in Marken, and capture photos of the windmills the Netherlands is famous for in the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. Throughout this half-day trip, listen to commentary about the history, culture and sights of the Netherlands.


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Meet in central Amsterdam and travel into the Dutch countryside by luxury coach, passing polders -- or land reclaimed from the water -- and dykes. Learn about the sights you see and the history of the Netherlands through an audio guide in one of 16 languages.

Visit the fishing village of Volendam and see old fishing boats and locals wearing colorful traditional dresses. During your 45-minute stop in Volendam, visit a cheese factory and watch a demonstration of how cheese is made. Then, take a 20-minute boat ride to Marken. Spend some time exploring this traditional fishing town that was once an island and admire the old wooden houses built on stilts to protect them from flooding. You’ll even visit a local shoemaker to watch him make clogs!

Continue to Zaanse Schans, best known for its massive, well-preserved windmills. See the historic shipyard and many original buildings that vividly evoke Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. And be sure to have your camera ready so you can take pictures of the eye-catching windmills!

Return to Amsterdam by coach and conclude your 5.5-hour tour of some of the Netherlands' most charming towns.

6.5-Hour tour departing at 12pm (summer only)
This longer, afternoon tour also takes you to see the Zaanse Schans windmills and the towns of Marken and Volendam. However, this tour gives you more time at all three locations and also includes a visit to a museum in Volendam.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Amsterdam
Departure Time:
5 to 6.5 hours
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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8:45am Departure
Code: EN0845

5.5-hour tour departs at 8:45am. Available March 21 to October 30

USD $56.26
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9:15am Departure
Code: EN0915

5-hour tour departs at 9:15am. Available October 27 to March 20

USD $51.66
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12pm Departure
Code: EN1200

6.5-hour tour departs at 12pm. Available March 21 to October 30

USD $67.74
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12:30pm Departure
Code: EN1230

5- hour tour departs at 12:30pm. Available October 27 to March 20

USD $51.66
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2:45pm Departure
Code: EN1445

5.5-hour tour departs at 2:45pm. Available March 21 to October 30

USD $56.26
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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

  • Transport by comfortable coach
  • Professional guide
  • Audio guide (15 languages available on 5.5 hour tour only)
  • English, German and Spanish language is available on 6.5-hour tour
  • Museum of Traditional Costumes (6.5-hour tour)
  • Entrance fee for Windmill
  • Boat ride (summer only)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Frances M, January 2016

We had a great time! The scenery was stunning, great guides and presentations at the windmill, clog factory and cheese factory...and amazing cheese! :

Reviewed by: travelman, January 2016

An excellent value! In about 5 1/2 hours, we really saw a lot. A very personable guide that spoke fluent English and Spanish. We got to go inside one of the windmills that is used for sawing lumber and see how it operated. Also, we visited the factory where the wooden shoes are made and watched the process. On to Volendam next by ferry where we visited a cheese factory and watched cheese being made. Then had lunch at a nearby restaurant. The bus ride and commentary were also nice and informative, especially for a first time visitor like myself.

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Tour code: 2550LIN2A