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  • Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken Day Trip

    1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken Day Trip

    A visit to Amsterdam and the Netherlands would not be complete without having seen the picturesque Dutch countryside. First stop is the quaint village of Zaanse Schans, where you will walk around and be able to admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses.  Next, head to the fishing village of Volendam. Visit a cheese shop that still makes cheese using the traditional Dutch method. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant, before visiting the Volendam Museum and the Old Dutch Bakery.  In Volendam, try to spot the recognizable Dutch traditional costumes often featured on tourist postcards and posters. Afterwards travel back in time to the quaint island community of Marken.

    Fantastic day out with a great tour guide and driver, who kept us entertained. Plenty time giving to see everything and the demonstrations were excellent. Highly recommend this tour

  • From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

    2. 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.

  • Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour

    3. Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour

    Depart Amsterdam by luxury bus on this 8-hour, small group, Spanish-language tour and head north of the city to see the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on the banks of the river Zaan. Explore the traditional 17th-century houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. Continue on to visit Edam, a beautiful town known worldwide for its cheese. Before the end the day, go to Volendam and Marken, passing many authentic polders, the name given to land reclaimed from the sea. Wander down narrow streets, past colorful houses and visit the harbors full of fishing boats. You will have some free time to shop for souvenirs and sample the local fish specialties. Back in Amsterdam, you will be dropped off at the meeting point.

    I have to say this was one if the not the most incredible tour we’ve had so far! I want to start off by saying that our guide Estefanía was the best in every possible way to describe it, incredibly knowledgeable about each of the sites we visited in North Holland, super accommodating of our individual needs and of the group, managed tour time perfectly well, and overall a super sweet, exemplary tour guide which others should emulate! The tour itself was breathtaking, impressive sceneries and activities, the towns we visited were honestly so beautiful they looked like scenes taken out from movies or posters! Will definitely book with Camaleon again, and hopefully we’re booked with the same AWESOME tour guide! Gracias Estefanía de parte de la familia Soto-Rivero. :)

  • From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

    4. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

    Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destination in just 20 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: wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things. The prosperity in the 18th and 19th cent...

    Good tour make sure you check the weather sunny days will give you the best experience

  • Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

    5. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the Zaan River and is home to traditional 18th and 19th century architecture, including several functioning windmills. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village on your own, before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from the water) of the Beemster area. From there continue on to Edam, also commonly referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famou...

    The cheese making demonstration in Edam was very interesting and the variety of cheeses available to taste was enlightening. The windmills in Volendam were beautiful and the tour inside was fascinating. Volendam itself was a lovely village but touristy, a larger version of Holland Michigan.

  • Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Small-Bus Tour

    6. 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.

  • From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn with Boat Ride

    7. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn with Boat Ride

    Start your day with a drive through the green countryside on your way to the reconstructed village Zaanse Schans. Here, visit a clog workshop and see a demonstration of clog production. Stroll along the village's pathways and marvel at the old wooden houses. Wander along the banks of the Zaan river and take in panoramic views of the typical dutch windmills. Continue to the picturesque town of Giethoorn. Take a boat ride along the canals, view the picturesque fairy-tale houses and enjoy free time for wandering through the village. On the way back to Amsterdam, pass the great polders – land reclaimed from the sea. If it is the season, there will also be some flowering tulip fields along the way where you can stop for pictures.

    Perfect tour for a day to see and visit other ! Definitely worth the money and the driver-guide was incredible!

  • Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

    8. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

    Your experience begins as your guide meets you at the pickup point from where you travel to the typical Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum complete with a cheese farm, clog factory, diamond museum, bakery museum, and Kuiperij, where barrels were made to transport goods, green timber houses, traditional crafts, and windmills. Following noon, be transferred to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to nice stories including the history and significant elements in the region of Giethoorn throughout the roughly 2-hour bus ride, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons, and contains a simple beauty which hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Throughout...

    Cherry isn't just an excellent tour guide, she is an excellent person. Definitely would recommend this trip to anybody. They let me drive the boat through the canals which was the highlight of my trip.

  • Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

    9. Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

    Sail out of Amsterdam and towards the Dutch polder. Enjoy the unique landscape and stroll around a living village filled with operational wooden windmills. Sit back, relax and take in Holland's unique scenery as you leave the port of Amsterdam. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's sun terrace as you glide through a landscape dotted with pumping stations, dikes, and, of course, windmills. Pass huge container cargo ships and through a traditional lock as you leave the city behind and make your way to the village. Disembark and take in a photogenic array of historic windmills, some of them over 350 years old. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the clog warehouse or the cheese factory. Enjoy a last look at picturesque historic wooden houses and factories, before boarding your boat back to Amsterdam.

  • Holland by Electric Scooter: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese

    10. 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!

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What people are saying about Zaandam

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 150 reviews

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.

Laura was our guide for the coach trip. She was excellent. Very friendly and helpful. Full of energy and knowledge. Enjoyed it very much

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!