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Amsterdam Countryside, Windmills & Fishing Villages Tour

Amsterdam Countryside, Windmills & Fishing Villages Tour

Activity provider: Private Day Tour Amsterdam

From US$ 264.88 per person

Spend an enjoyable day touring the Dutch countryside by car and take in the rustic views of windmills, dikes, and wooden shoe factories. Discover the magnificent Dutch polder landscape north of Amsterdam, featuring fishing villages, lakes, and dams.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Dutch, English, German
Pickup included
Pick-up is available at your hotel, the airport, or the cruise ship pier.
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  • See the 15th-century houses and preserved windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Visit the picturesque Monnickendam or Edam
  • Stroll through Volendam's colorful houses
  • Cruise Zuiderzee on a relaxing 30-minute boat trip (summer only)
  • Wander the streets of the historic Marken Island
Full description
Explore the Dutch countryside in a comfortable car on a full-day guided tour from Amsterdam. You’ll visit Zaanse Schans and experience first hand the traditional Dutch way of making cheese and wooden shoes. You’ll have the opportunity to enter the windmills and see how these products were made 150-200 years ago. See a diamond shop and learn how windmills were once used in the production of dyes and in the timber and oil industries. Continue on to Monnickendam, a picturesque fishing and harbor village situated on the coast of the IJsselmeer. Alternatively, enjoy the picturesque village of Edam, home to the cheese of its namesake. Take a stroll through the cozy historic center, and walk across the old drawbridges. See the lock that saves the town from flooding! Next, your journey takes you to Volendam. Stroll among the colorful houses, enjoy the lively boulevard and all the little restaurants, coffee bars, and shops. After Volendam, enjoy a 20-minute drive to the Marken Island. Stroll around and explore its quaint streets. In the summer you may even take a 30-minute boat ride to this Island from Volendam. During the day you’ll have some time to relax and sample some typical, delicious Dutch food like pancakes and herring. 
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  • Guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Boat trip (EUR 8 per person)

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  • Traffic can cause delays, so don't book anything else close to the scheduled ending time of this tour.
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based on 16 reviews

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We can’t say enough great things about Steven and this tour. The countryside is so beautiful and Steven was an amazing tour guide who is so knowledgeable about the area and history (as well as friendly, personable, kind, funny - just a great guy). He made this tour uniquely personal to our interests and we will definitely be seeing him again in the future. He made us feel at ease and very welcome. I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS TOUR ENOUGH. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

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October 11, 2022

Our guide Steven made for an unforgettable day in rural Holland. As soon as he picked us up in the fancy car, he made us very curious with his charming and open manner. The whole tour was very individual in terms of content and timing and we rather had the impression of being a visitor. Steven informed us very competently at all times and answered our questions, all in very good German. His tips, e.g. B. hot chocolate in the windmill or Genever in Monnickendam, we gratefully accepted. Thanks to Steven and anytime again.

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August 3, 2021

I believe, as Steve told us, there are good and excellent tours. And, if you want to have a fantastic experience, you need to go with Private Day Tours 100%. Enough information to not drive yourself tedious or overwhelming, and with a special touch with humour and a great companion. What a legend!

August 26, 2020

Product ID: 43082