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  1. Netherlands
  2. North Holland
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Zaanse Schans

Amsterdam: Hop-on Hop-off Countryside Tour with Cruise

Product ID: 155148
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This hop-on hop-off tour through Holland’s picturesque countryside is the perfect way to explore outside the city and experience the rich culture by bus and by boat. Wander through quaint villages and enjoy a unique Zaanse Schans Windmill Cruise.
About this activity
Duration 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Experience the typical landscapes of Holland aboard a hop-on hop-off bus
  • Enjoy the flexibility of buses that operate every 45 minutes from each stop
  • See the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans from a different perspective
  • Taste traditional Dutch cheeses at a dairy farm
  • Visit the fishing village of Volendam and discover the old center of Edam
  • Enjoy a unique boat ride with breath-taking views of the Zaanse Schans
Full description
Depart from Amsterdam on a bus destined for the beautiful countryside. Hop-on the comfortable bus that will take you to the countryside just north of Amsterdam within 15 minutes. The tour includes eight stops which all promise a unique insight into Dutch history and tradition. As each stop provides its own special slice of culture, this tour has the perfect variety as you explore the Dutch countryside. You can hop-off as often as you like and enjoy self-guided walking tours with an audio guide or just walk around and admire the typical historical villages. En route, enjoy amazing country views away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

There are buses every 45 minutes from each stop which provides the perfect amount of freedom to enjoy your favorite area at your own leisure. Spending as much or as little time at each stop gives you flexibility that cannot be found elsewhere.

Along the route, you can hop-off at the Zaanse Schans, a village that is postcard picture perfect. Step back in time in this village that replicates 18th and 19th century Holland. You will see how residents used to live and work in the Zaan area, surrounded by the picturesque backdrop of fields and wetlands. Stroll along the cobbled streets and visit the historical windmills, the cheese farm and the wooden shoe factory. You can also admire the traditional wooden houses, many of which are still lived in today. To enhance your visit, this tour includes a boat ride along the Zaan River so you can view the cultural sights from a different perspective. During this 25 minute boat tour, enjoy breath-taking views of the Zaan skyline dotted with windmills while you learn about the history of the Zaanse Schans and its heroes. Experience part of Holland's heritage in a unique setting that is considered a World Heritage Site. When planning your trip to Holland, be sure not to miss this gem of a tour which is suitable for all.

Buses depart daily every 45 minutes from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The last bus departs from each stop as follows:
• Amsterdam - 3:00 PM 
• Zaandam - 5.55 PM
• Zaanse Schans - 6.35 PM
• Purmerend - 6.45 PM
• Edam - 6.50 PM
• Volendam - 7:05 PM
• Jacobs Hoeve Cheese farm - 7.20 PM
• Monnickendam - 7.30 PM
  • 1-day hop-on hop-off bus ticket with 8 included stops
  • Flexible travel with buses operating every 45 minutes
  • 25 minutes boat ride on Zaanse Schans Windmill Cruise and stop at wood mill 'Het Jonge Schaap'
  • Free guided tour at the Jacobs Hoeve Cheese farm
  • Audio tour on the bus via the app
  • Self-guided walking tours for each stop via the app
  • Countryside guide book with information on the stops, recommended sights of interest and local tips
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Visit to mill is € 3,50 extra. Ticket can be purchased prior to boarding your cruise

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Meeting point

THIS IS HOLLAND, Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam. The building is opposite Amsterdam Central Station on the banks of the IJ River. Please take the free ferry from Central Station to the opposite side (direction "Buikslotermeer"). It is only a three minute boat ride. Then, take a three minute walk to THIS IS HOLLAND and redeem your voucher at the check-in desk located on the ground floor. The Zaanse Schans Windmill Cruise is located at Zaanse Schans: bus stop number eight

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Important information
Know before you go
• A tour without hopping off will take approximately 2 hours
• Please note that the buses travel in one direction only. For example, if you hop off in Volendam, you cannot go back to the Jacobs Hoeve Cheesefarm
• The ticket is a day ticket and is valid for one round-trip only. You are not permitted to re-use your ticket after returning to Amsterdam
• If you would like to take advantage of the audio tours, make sure that you download the free app. The code is available at the check-in desk. The app also enables you to see the live location of buses so that you can always check if one is close to a nearby bus stop
• You can rent mobile devices and purchase earplugs at the check-in desk for €3 per mobile device and €2 for a set of earplugs
• The check-in desk is open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and buses depart every 45 minutes
• The last bus arrives back in Amsterdam at approximately 7:45 PM
• The Zaanse Schans Windmill Cruise operates from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (last departure)
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Product ID: 155148