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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 this amazing tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. The tour starts from Amsterdam’s Central Station and heads to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Spend some time admiring 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 and learn from the cheese master about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Then, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this ...

    Wonderful interesting tour. I saw many out-of-the way places that I enjoyed so much. Slow pace so we can take photos. Very good English-speaking. Price for value is Excellent! Highly recommend, top marks.

  • 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 where you can see the authentic windmills. Once used to ground spices, dyes, lumber, oil, cocoa powder, and many other items, these mills are still in use today. Some are now living museums where you can learn a...

    Très belle excursion avec Richard comme guide et Jan comme chauffeur. Une belle immersion dans les traditions.

  • Zaandam: Zaanse Schans Card - Attractions & Museums Tickets

    3. 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.

    It was nice wheather! You can feel free. Museum fantastic.. You can see a lot and experience a different feeling. The molens they are so beautiful! I will go again with my family.

  • Holland by Electric Scooter: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese

    4. Holland by Electric Scooter: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese

    With this 1-day electric scooter rental you get to decide what time you’ll start out, when and where you’ll stop and how long you’ll spend at the numerous attractions. Before you start the activity you get instructions from an instructor and have a test run. After that you can go off on your own (not in a group). Your route starts in Landsmeer, a small village just above Amsterdam. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi, car or bus to get to the starting point from Amsterdam. After a cup of coffee or tea and an explanation of the road map and highlights of the route, head out to discover the beautiful countryside. With your scooter rental you’ll get a road map to the Zaanse Schans, with its traditional Dutch houses and windmills.

    Bart was very pleasant and helpful. Hot drinks after a chilly ride hit the spot!

  • Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

    5. 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 grea...

    it was perfect and the guid is so wonderful. he laugh all the time and he was helpful.

  • From Amsterdam: Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Small Group

    6. From Amsterdam: Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Small Group

    Enjoy a leisurely, laid back tour to some of The Netherlands most popular rural tourist destinations on a half-day countryside tour from Amsterdam. Traveling in small groups of no more than 20 people, you will visit the once busy fishing harbor of Volendam. Now a picturesque tourist destination, it is the perfect spot to watch the boats come and go, taste local fish delicacies, or walk along the narrow alleyways between traditional fishermen’s houses. Next, go to western Europe’s first industrial area, and admire the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans. Travel back to the 17th and 18th centuries as you explore well preserved buildings, and discover how traditional Dutch clogs are made at a wooden shoe workshop. Continue off the main road to experience the Dutch countryside up-close-and-personal. Pass some of the lesser known villages of the area, such as Broek in Waterland, Monnickend...

    Excellent day trip into the counteyside with a great guide who explained things very well.

  • Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

    7. 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). Afterward...

    It was a great Tour . We enjoyed every second of the Trip. Our Tour Guide Goulven was great!!!! He made a great Job and we would recommend everyone to book this excursion. Lovely places to see and lovely people to meet. Thank you!!

  • Amsterdam: Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour and One Attraction

    8. 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 i...

    Enjoyable experience. Great guide + bus driver. Very informative. Had a great time learning about + tasting the different cheeses. Windmills were fantastic just a shame not able to go in one due to restoration taking place. Another week later + I could have. Maybe next time I visit I will try again. Also enjoyed watching the clog making . Very impressed . This is a trip highly recommended.

  • Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

    9. Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

    Discover charming villages reared in Dutch tradition on this exclusive tour. Just 20 minutes from Amsterdam, traditional Dutch countryside awaits you. Appreciate the landscape and visit the museum outdoor at Zaanse Schans, which recreates an industrial town full of the windmills for which the Dutch are so famous. Explore inside the mill and get a whiff of all the spices used here. Learn about the many modes of operation and production in these mills. Then, travel to the village of Marken through a lone, winding road that was built in 1957. This historic place remains well-preserved to this day.   Visit a farm in the area and appreciate the high quality craftsmanship used to produce Gouda cheese. Your tour includes an extensive tasting. Volendam, the former fishing village, is the last stop on the tour. Lose yourself amidst the striking wooden houses and a maze of narrow streets and can...

    Our guide, Miguel, made the experience so much more special. He was attentive to our physical needs and was very knowledgeable about the places visited, the area and country. We had an amazing time, exploring all the demonstrations and shops. It was all at a leisurely pace and this made the experience very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

  • Zaanse Schans: Zaans Museum Entrance Ticket

    10. Zaanse Schans: Zaans Museum Entrance Ticket

    Get ready for a fascinating insight into Holland's hard-working industrial history with this Zaans Museum ticket. Learn about the history of working mills, and see the churning machinery of an early 20th-century chocolate and biscuit factory.  Step inside The Zaans Museum and enter the world of Holland's past and present. Get to know all about Zaanstreek, the very first industrialized region of Europe, which shot the country to fame and fortune in the Dutch Golden Age. Breeze through the history of Holland's landmark windmills, learn about the various industries that thrived among the green wooden houses and find out more about Dutch icons, Albert Heijn, Honig, Verkade, and more. Discover the Verkade Experience, which takes sweet-toothed visitors back to the working, churning innards of an early 20th-century chocolate and biscuit factory. The Zaans Museum serves up everything you nee...

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What people are saying about Zaandam

It was nice wheather! You can feel free. Museum fantastic.. You can see a lot and experience a different feeling. The molens they are so beautiful! I will go again with my family.

It is a good Tour to see all These Places in a short time if you dont have a car. The Guide made a great Job by describing history and interessting facts in a funny way.

Very nice to get information about the Netherlands as a Dutch person, as foreigners get it. Nice guide and good driver. Nice excursion.

The guidenwas very helpful, i arrived late and I could catch them in some point to take the rest of the tour

great experience.. and the tour guide was very accomodating.. big plus!