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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Join a guided bus tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop, and a cheese-making demonstration. Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Get a sense of what the village was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue. Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

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

See three different regions of the Netherlands with pickup and drop-off from Hotel ibis Amsterdam Centre. Sample local cheeses, enjoy lunch, dress up and take pictures, and take a cruise in Giethoorn. First, start with a visit to the 17th-century village, Zaanse Schans. See windmills from the country's industrial background, and stroll among the green residences. Then visit a factory that makes the popular clogs in this region of the Netherlands.  Before continuing to Volendam, stop at Catharina Hoeve Farm, where you can sample cheese and learn how its made. In Volendam, see brightly-painted wooden buildings and residents dressed in vibrant regional clothing. Your guide will lead you on a brief stroll around Volendam harbor.  Pick up souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home, and take photographs in traditional Dutch costumes. Stop for a local lunch, then continue to Giethoorn in the northeastern Netherlands, known as the "Venice of the North". See the numerous canals and lack of motorways in Giethroon. During a 1-hour guided boat trip, you'll learn about this fairy-tale village with less than 3,000 residents. Next, stroll through the preserved village.  Finally, explore the village's small footpaths to find hundreds of bridges and take in the tranquil ambiance before returning to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

3. Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Learn about Dutch culture and history as you discover the area of Zaanse Schans on a half-day bicycle tour from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station and travel to Zaandam by train to start the bicycle tour. Cycle past industrial windmills and admire the beautiful landscape. Stop at a sawmill to learn how it operates, and visit a paper mill to see how paper was made in the 17th century. Pedal through the stunning wetlands, painted by Monet at the end of the 19th century. Pass the neighborhood of Domineestuin, filled with authentic wooden houses, before arriving in Zaanse Schans. Park your bicycle and enjoy a demonstration of how clogs are made. Take the opportunity to taste delicious Gouda cheese, a local specialty. After a fantastic half-day experience, return by bike to Zaandam and board the train back to Amsterdam Central Station, where your tour will end.

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,946 reviews

Despite the horrendous weather this was a fantastic trip and well worth getting soaked for. The guide added funny little comments throughout the tour and gave some great facts along the way. The clog making was great to watch as was the cheese making and tasting. We managed to get into two of the windmills and ventured to the top of one, although the severe weather was against us doing much more, I can safely say I would like to repeat this day trip should I get the chance to go to back to Amsterdam in the summer. The coach was clean and comfortable there and back. The tour time of 3.5 hours includes half hour travel time each way.

Great value for money, Short ride but it takes you to other world then city.. Village that smells on chocolate, local households, greenary, wind mills , what else to look for .. Its great half day tour

It was really nice, the person explained everything very well. But you need to keep in mind that this tour is from the museum. So you should go in and check-in before the tour starts.

We a had a very nice tour guide, a lady who explained us in details the history of Amsterdam, it's population and story of the windmills.

This is a perfect tour to get a taste of Amsterdam, without being out all day