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 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

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Next, you'll travel to the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, on the coast of the former Zuiderzee (now called Ijselmeer). The old wooden houses here are built on stilts and locals still wear their colorful traditional dresses. Then, take a 20-minute boat trip from Volendam to Marken, with approximately 45 minutes at each stop (summer only). The cruise is optional but is included in the cost of the tour.

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

7-Hour tour departing at 12pm
This option was created based on customer feedback to offer an alternative itinerary and longer tour duration. The afternoon tour at 12pm is 7hours in duration. It visits the windmill village of "Zaanse Schans" and the towns of Marken and Volendam. However, this tour gives you more time at all 3 locations.

Inclusions for Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken And Volendam Half-Day Trip From Amsterdam

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Boat ride - (optional but no extra charge)
  • Entrance to a windmill

Exclusions for Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken And Volendam Half-Day Trip From Amsterdam

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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)

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Overall experience was excellent. Tour guides were very friendly, enlightening, and entertaining. Time well spent.

  • It is an okay way to spend a day if you have nothing else to do. The best part was the first stop where we got to see the windmill work. The rest of it was a forced tourist shopping trip. Every stop had a 10 min demonstration of the activity how to make a clog, how to make cheese, how to make a stroopwaffle and then we would spend the next 20-30 min browsing the gift shop. I barely learnt anything more than a quick 1 minute look at a Wikipedia page wouldn't give me. Lunch was a forced trip to a restaurant that didn't serve more than one vegi meal. Again we just had to wait for 40 minutes at this stop. On top of that, I'm not sure if this is an issue with Viator or the tour because the same issue has happened before, but the tour timing was incorrect and the activities was wrong too. The tour was two hours longer than stated and included things that were not listed. This is great and all, but I had a flight to catch and I was stressed out the whole time that I wouldn't make it. If the duration was correct, I would have just gotten the earlier tour. Overall I wouldn't waste your time. I wouldn't do it again and was disappointed I spent my money on a huge tourist trap.

  • We enjoyed this tour and the fact that it provided transportation to the different places, but time in each place was much too rapid. Each location provided the typical show with a peddling of wares afterwards. Nevertheless, it gave us an opportunity to see the windmills, get our picture in a giant clog, see how clogs and cheese are made, and obtain some samples of cheese!

  • This tour was amazing!

  • This tour was amazing!

  • I was on this trip few days ago and it was amazing! Sandra was a brilliant guide and the bus driver was excellent. Anybody who is planning to visit Amsterdam should book this trip. It's worth your money and time. The countryside is beautiful and of course don't miss on getting some cheese before leaving Volendam.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • This was a fantastic tour. A great way to experience a liitle taste of Holland. Highly recommend.

  • It was an amazing tour! We enjoyed the countryside of Netherlands much more than Amsterdam. The windmills - demonstration of the sawmill, wooden shoe making factory in Marken, cheese factory in Volendam - cheese tasting was real fun! I would highly recommend this tour.

    The only reason I gave 4 stars was because of the management. We were 3 mins late for the tour we booked in the morning and were asked to take the next tour, even though the bus was still waiting at the Amsterdam City Central. We had to pay extra fee for rescheduling the tour. So, guys better be on time!! :-

  • Very nice and well organized. Great if you have time between the flights - you will see and learn so much about Holland

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