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

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Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the typical Dutch countryside outside the capital. You'll 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. You'll see the historic shipyard and windmills, and pay a visit to a shoemaker who works with wood to watch his clog-making techniques first-hand!
  • Combine three Dutch countryside highlights with no need to rent a car
  • Listen to audio commentary on the motor coach ride to learn more about Dutch history
  • Entrance to a historic windmill in Zaanse Schans
  • Included ferry boat ride between Marken and Volendam (summer only)
What to Expect
Make your way to a central Amsterdam meeting point to board the coach bus, which transports you to three famous Dutch countryside sites. In your comfy seat, listen to an audio guide, narrating the history, culture, and traditions of your destinations: the North Holland villages of Marken, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans. While the driving is taken care of, enjoy the Dutch countryside, passing areas of land reclaimed from water, called polders, and dikes. Arrive at Zaanse Schans to see the well-preserved windmills, some from the 17th century. Entry to one windmill is included. Back on the coach, continue to Marken and Volendam, with stops at each. See traditional fishing boats, visit a dairy for a demonstration and samples, and watch traditional clogs being made at a local shoemaker. In summer, a ferry ride between the towns is included. The full-day tour includes longer stops at each destination. When the tour is complete, relax on the way back to Amsterdam for drop-off.
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Departure Point
Tours & Tickets Departure Point, De Ruijterkade 34, 1012 AA Amsterdam, Netherlands
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • GPS audio guide system available in 16 languages
  • Live guide in English, Spanish and German on the Extended Tour
  • Visit to an authentic Dutch windmill + demonstration by the miller
  • Visit of the traditional fishing village Marken + demonstration by a clogmaker
  • The Cheese Factory + the Old Dutch Bakery in Volendam
  • A boat trip on the Ijsselmeer
  • Special offer: Free Amsterdam Canal Cruise
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children up to and including 3 years old are free of charge (not occupying a seat)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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It was a great tour very well organized and guided by two great tour leaders...we surely recomended ✌🏻✌🏻
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Great day Great guides and a great bus driver Stef Astrid and Elania were all great The only bad thing is that it was cold in Jan
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I am not a great fan of organized tours... I generally prepare to be free to choose my open path and pace.With that said, I highly recommend this tour (we booked in via "Tours and Tickets" office which is spread all over Amsterdam center)... and, if you can ask for Ian - he is a
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The Lindbergh Travel tour to the Zaanse Schans windmills was a highlight of our stay in the Netherlands. To learn about the types and importance of windmills on the trip there and then to see an oil mill in action was fantastic. Juan, Nico and Nick made the tour fun yet had the
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We really enjoyed this tour. The windmills were lovely to look at, the waffle and cheese making demonstrations and freebees were great, and the clog factory was class. You even have time to stomp about in some clogs!!! (And then put them back because they won’t fit in ur hand
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By: Lindbergh Day Tours
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Madame Tussaud’s
Very disappointing to be honest not a lot there and we went through it really quick wouldn’t recommend
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Brighton, United Kingdom
A Must In Amsterdam!
I highly recommend this super saver ticket as it was so worth the price and I loved both the canal cruise and ice
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London, United Kingdom
Great tour
My husband and I always do these tours and find them very informative and a great way to see the city. We also
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Baltimore, Maryland
Great place to visit
Trip to Brussels was fun(although I didn't cared much about our guide's attitude). Chocolate making presentation
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Something different
Was nice to do something different while visiting Amsterdam. It's about a 10 minute walk from the main centre but
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Erica F
Boston, Massachusetts
Don’t waste your time
Boat was awful, could barley see out of the windows as they were so foggy and not well kept. The audio headphones
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Freesing evenig
Very happy to have had this esperience, the permance time is not Much more than twenty minute but is enought to
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England, United Kingdom
Good laugh.
Staff were great fun while doing the presentation before going into the ice bar and great at the bar after. You
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It is nice to see something different.
Inside was very cold but they gave us jackets and gloves. They use ice glasses to drink. The floor manager Borris
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Lovely night
Lovely night, brilliant service never ending drinks and a very tasty burger would definitely recommend
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Very enjoyable
This was a super deal and is definitely worth going for. The booking was very flexible as we could choose when
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Siggiewi, Malta
Fantastic place
It was a great tour very well organized and guided by two great tour leaders...we surely recomended ✌🏻✌🏻
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Freezing Good!
What an experience this was, subject to people saying you have to book, we didn’t maybe because it was January. My
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Don't Waste Your Money People
Visited the ice bar october 2019, it is cold there is ice and its tiny, we paid €50 at the door for two adults
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Miami, Florida
Highlight of my weekend in Amsterdam!
Thank you Steph, Astrid and Elena for making this trip/tour so great!! Visiting Zaanse Schans, Volendam and
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  • Duration: 5h 30m
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