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From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

1. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on a tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. Visit a cheese producer, a clog factory, a fishing village, and see the iconic windmills. Start your tour at Amsterdam’s Central Station and head in the company of your guide to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Admire the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then, head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer, learn about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses, and try a cheese tasting. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Finally, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this quintessential fishing village.

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Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Small-Bus Tour

2. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Small-Bus Tour

Leave Amsterdam for half a day on this guided tour of the rolling Dutch countryside. Sit back and travel comfortably in a minivan with your fairly small group to the rural village of Edam. Take a walk through the quaint streets of Edam. En-route to Volendam, stop to visit an old cheese farm to see how authentic Dutch cheese is made. Indulge in trying some of these huge spheres of delicious cheese. Upon arrival in Volendam, follow your guide on a journey through the fishing village’s winding streets. Hear about how this bustling place was once the harbor for neighboring village Edam. Enjoy some free time to eat lunch. Next, move on to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Once used to ground spices, dyes, lumber, oil, cocoa powder, and many other items, the mills are still in use today. Some are now living museums where you can learn about the ins and outs of milling. Visit a wooden shoe factory and behold how traditional clogs are created using antique machines. Afterward, go inside a windmill and take a look at all the mechanisms and go out onto the platform for a remarkable view over the surrounding area.  Filled with newfound knowledge and a taste of the traditional Dutch ways of life, relax and reminisce about your trip while on the journey back to Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

3. Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

You will begin with to a trip to the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Known as the “Venice of North”, the village is notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. You will explore this fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Explore the preserved village on foot, and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village. Your trip will continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the Volendam harbor, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home or for yourself, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume in one of many photo studios of the village. Your last destination is to explore the most picturesque traditional 17th-century Zaanse Schans village which contains houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In Zaanse Schans village you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s also nothing more Dutch than cheese, and whilst there you can try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm where you will also learn about its production.

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Zaandam: Zaanse Schans Card - Attractions & Museums Tickets

4. Zaandam: Zaanse Schans Card - Attractions & Museums Tickets

Go on the perfect Dutch trip from Amsterdam and head to Zaanse Schans that brings the 18th and 19th centuries back into the present-day Netherlands. Explore the wooden houses, barns, and workshops, and get even more value for money with this ticket. Visit the Weaver’s House, where two families lived with their five looms. See the Coopery, where you'll observe how barrels were made. Get free entrance to the Zaans Museum and to the Verkade Chocolate and Biscuit Factory and experience a real-life Willy Wonka event. Benefit from a free audio guide in 8 languages offered at the Zaans Museum.

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Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

5. Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

The first stop on your tour from Amsterdam is Zaanse Schans, an old industrial village where windmills were used for a variety of purposes. The few windmills that have survived have been restored to their original function. You’ll see a water mill, an oil mill, a paint mill, and a spice mill. Near Zaanse Schans the area is famous for its traditional green timbered houses and warehouses. See the famous fishing village of Volendam, visit the famous harbor, take a stroll on the dike, and have a photo taken in traditional Volendammer costume. Visit a cheese factory, where you’ll see a demonstration about Dutch cheese and learn everything there is to know about making it. You can taste and smell the different cheeses produced at the factory. Get to know the famous fish dishes of the village by having lunch at one of the restaurants by the harbor (not included in the tour price). Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a walk through Broek, one of the most charming villages of the Waterland area. This former island is one of the few villages in the Netherlands where traditions are well preserved. Visit the wooden shoe factory and see how craftsmen quickly transform blocks of wood into wooden shoes, known as klompen.

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Amsterdam: Keukenhof, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

6. Amsterdam: Keukenhof, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

Experience the fantastic Keukenhof Tulips Gardens up close. Keukenhof is the place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, and other bulb flowers in the spring. This most beautiful spring garden offers a unique scent and color experience, with over 20 spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, and exciting events. Surrounding Keukenhof lies the famous bulb fields and from the windmill you will enjoy spectacular views of some of the bulb fields. There are activities for all ages allowing you to stimulate your senses as you smell, taste, listen, and enjoy. Keukenhof is a treat for the whole family where children can enjoy themselves in the playground, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and go on a scavenger hunt. Follow the stepping stones on the lake, meander in the maze, and eat delicious poffertjes (mini pancakes) at the Miffy playground. Your trip will then continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the Volendam Harbor, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home or for yourself, and you can also have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume in one of the many photo studios in the village. Your final destination is to explore the most picturesque traditional 17th-century village containing houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In the Zaanse Schans village, you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s nothing more Dutch than cheese, and you can try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm.

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Amsterdam: Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour and One Attraction

7. Amsterdam: Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour and One Attraction

After beginning your tour at the central meeting point, a comfortable, air-conditioned single-deck bus will take you to your day's destination in just 25 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 which acted as wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories, many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machines, the grinding of 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 homes 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. Upon 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 traditional Dutch farmer cheese. It will then be 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 provide you with insider tips about what to do and where to go. Finally, finish your day with a choice of two attractions. Either enjoy the ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside without leaving the city, or, sit back and relax on a canal cruise and admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions from the canalside. The Amsterdam 100 Highlights Cruise passes all of Amsterdam's famous attractions. You will encounter canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank. Sightseeing in Amsterdam couldn't be a more relaxing experience. This Is Holland is a unique 5D flight experience: it doesn’t just show you the Netherlands, it lets you live it. Breathtaking filming provides you 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 feel like you’re soaring over the must-sees sites of the Netherlands.

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Canal Cruise

8. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Canal Cruise

Zaanse Schans will be your first destination, where you will explore this most picturesque traditional 17th-century village. Discover houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In the Zaanse Schans village, you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s also nothing more Dutch than cheese, and you will be able to try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm. The most obvious association with the name "Edam" is its cheese. For centuries the well-known and round Edam cheeses have been sent from this town to all corners of the world. You will be invited to take a walk along the old streets and quiet canals, where one can easily imagine how it looked centuries ago. Discover the well-preserved gables, squares, bridges, and tea-houses on the "Schepenmakersdijk", as well as the leaning Carillon tower (1561), the historic museum with its floating cellar, the dam, the Townhall, and more. Your trip will continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through Volendam Harbour, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costumes. For the final part of your tour, you will be invited to enjoy the city of Amsterdam throughout a canal cruise. There is no better way to experience the essence of the Dutch capital than on an Amsterdam canal cruise, as you wind past grand merchant houses, Gothic churches, museums, and medieval buildings.

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Zaanse Schans: Pancake Restaurant Visit

9. Zaanse Schans: Pancake Restaurant Visit

Marvel at the views of the windmills and the waterfront of Zaanse Schans from one of the beautiful terraces at Restaurant De Kraai. Depending on the option selected, choose your pancake topping and select either delicious Dutch cheese, syrup, Nutella, apple sauce, or crispy bacon. Or, just sit back and relax while relishing homemade apple pie. Each option will be served with either coffee or tea.

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3-Day Guided Trip to Amsterdam & Dutch Countryside

10. 3-Day Guided Trip to Amsterdam & Dutch Countryside

Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans and see the picturesque Dutch countryside by bike on this 3-day trip. Visit typical villages such as Volendam and Edam. Enjoy a cruise along gorgeous Amsterdam canals and experience the city's culinary hotspots during a walking dinner tour. Day 1: Check in to your hotel, greet your guide, and enjoy a welcome drink. Spend the evening dining in a monumental restaurant, dating back to 1885, based in the antique central train station building. This hidden gem is known as Europe’s best Station Restaurant. Hop on a scenic 1-hour canal cruise taking you through the most iconic landmarks of Amsterdam. Day 2: Be whisked away to your next destination on a comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus. Marvel at the harbor of the typical Dutch fishing village of Volendam as you explore the streets with your guide. From here, explore your surroundings like a local. Get on an e-bike and ride through the scenic Dutch countryside. Soak in the green landscape crisscrossed with ditches. Stop for a break in rural Edam for some delicious coffee and cake. Continue to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This open-air museum houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th century. Relive the most prosperous period of the Zaan region. Follow your guide through the village for an orientation tour. Witness a clog-making demonstration at the Wooden Shoe Workshop and museum. Learn about Dutch cheese-making and sample some of it. Admire the elegant houses of rich merchants and windmill owners. Step inside the windmills and learn how they were used in the production of cocoa powder and oil for food. Hop on your bike to enjoy the last cycling route before your arrival in Wormer. Take a well-earned break and feast on a 3-course lunch in a beautiful grand-café, located within a historic former warehouse next to the river Zaan. Relax on the bus ride back to Amsterdam. Reflect on your day in the Dutch countryside. Then discover what the vibrant city of Amsterdam has in store for you. After a short break in the city hotel, wander around Amsterdam’s 17th-century Canal Ring, listed on the UNESCO world heritage list. Jump from one culinary hotspot to another during a 3-course walking dinner tour. Day 3: After a night of relaxation in the hotel, kick off the final day with a hearty breakfast.

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What people are saying about Zaanse Schans

Our tour guide lady, Laura Garcia, is the best. Besides providing information about the tour sites, she also consistently shares her different experiences while living in Amsterdam. She is very talkative, very energetic, and very friendly. I had a great time.

Juliette was a wonderful guide, she answered all our questions, shared insightful information about the sites and kept the day moving as there is a lot to see. We enjoyed each town for its own charm, our driver was great as well.

It is a must of tour, very complete. Bring a raincoat or umbrella and lower it at each stop, because we went down with the sun and in 5 minutes the rain came, we had to do the tour in the rain hee.

Excelente experience to know the "real" Netherlands . Great time with the guide, always telling good, fun, and historical stories about visited places. Friendly driver and nice warmed Van.

Very well guided tour, our tour guide woman was very nice, courteous and competent