1. Netherlands
  2. North Holland
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Dam Square

Amsterdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off to Zaanse Schans, Edam & Volendam

Product ID: 112093
Journey through the picturesque countryside of Holland aboard a hop-on hop-off bus. See the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans, learn more about cheese production at the Jacobs Hoeve cheese farm and much more.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Dutch, 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
  • Taste traditional Dutch cheeses at a dairy farm
  • Visit the fishing village of Volendam, and discover the old center of Edam
Full description
Encounter Dutch villages, windmills and cheese farms on a countryside tour aboard a hop-on hop-off bus from Amsterdam. Avail of 6 stops to get insights into the history and traditions of the Netherlands and benefit from an audio guide walking tour at various stops.

Learn the historical significance of Monnickendam and take a guided tour of the Jacobs Hoeve cheese farm. Marvel at the locals in traditional costume in Volendam and visit the town of Edam, famous for its cheese.

Admire the typical polders (land reclaimed from the water) and explore a collection of historical windmills at Zaanse Schans. Hop off to spend as much time as you like at each stop along the route. Benefit from regular daily departures from 9 AM to 2:30 PM.  

Upgrade your ticket for €15 to get 2 free admissions:

• Volendam Experience (regular price €8.50). Explore Volendam’s past with a guided and virtual reality tour
• Digital photo in traditional costume in Volendam (regular price €15.00)
• Edam Museum (regular price €5.50). Located in a 16th-century brick house (not suitable for wheelchairs)
• THIS IS HOLLAND (regular price € 16). Experience a unique 5D flight over all must-sees in the Netherlands.
  • 1-day hop-on hop-off bus ticket (6 stops)
  • Flexible travel (buses operate every 45 minutes)
  • Free guided tour at the Jacobs Hoeve cheese farm
  • Visit at Zaanse Schans
  • Audio tour on the bus via the app
  • Self-guided walking tours for each stop via the app
  • Countryside guidebook with recommendations, sights of interest and local tips at each stop
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

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 "Buiksloterweg"). It is only a 3-minute boat ride. Then, take a 3-minute walk to THIS IS HOLLAND and redeem your voucher at the check-in desk located on the ground floor.

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Important information
What to bring
  • ID card, copy accepted
Know before you go
• Buses depart from THIS IS HOLLAND every 45 minutes from 9 AM to 2:30 PM
• The last bus arrives back at THIS IS HOLLAND at 7:45 PM
• A full loop without hopping off takes approximately 2 hours
• Please note that the buses travel in 1 direction only. For example, if you hop off in Volendam, you cannot go back to Edam
• The ticket is a day ticket and valid for 1 round-trip only. You are not permitted to re-use your ticket after returning to THIS IS HOLLAND
• If you would like to take advantage of the great audio tours, make sure that you download the free app. The code is available at the check-in desk at the THIS IS HOLLAND. 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
• Headphones are available to purchase for € 1.00 per set
• The check-in desk is open from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, and buses depart every 45 minutes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 440 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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We highly recommend this entertaining self-paced tour. We were fascinated by the windmills and spent most of our day at Zaanse Schans. The windmills are not Disney reproductions--they're the real deal, dating back centuries and still in use. If you have any interest in engineering and mechanical devices (or even Rube Goldberg machines), climbing up amidst the moving, wind-driven gears will be a unique and very cool experience you just can't get anywhere else. The exhibits in the museum walk through the history of the windmills and their amazing industrial output with some neat interactive displays, videos, and samples of machinery and its output--suitable and interesting for the whole family. The cheese making demonstration and huge variety of excellent cheeses at the Catharina Hoeve were another spot we naturally gravitated to. If you like cheese and chocolate don't miss it. Finally, we strolled through Volendam, bought souvenirs, and had a great seafood lunch. We'll be back!

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October 6, 2019

Great day exploring the windmills

Really enjoyed the ability to spend as much time as we wanted in each location. The little village in Zaanse Schans was a delight to explore and photograph. Had lunch in Edam and loved photographing the quaint side streets and canal bridges. Comfortable bus that was always on time. Recommend!

September 22, 2019

It made a nice day activity.

This worked pretty well. It got us to some nice locations. The busses did get a little off schedule. Twice the busses got over full. One driver let people stand and the other driver did not allow it and left people standing to wait 45 minutes for the next bus. Two of the stops are highly recommended and the other 3 stops are optional. We were not able to get the walking tours to work on our phones.

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August 12, 2019

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Holland Ticket Services BV

Product ID: 112093