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

Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

Product ID: 50111
From the cheese weighing house in Volendam to a delightful walk through Edam, followed by a visit to the churning windmills of the Zaanse Schans, this tour highlights all that is typically Dutch.
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Duration: 6 hours
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Spanish, English, German
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  • Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Learn how Dutch cheese is being made on an old farm
  • Stroll the twisting streets of Volendam, and soak up the fishing village atmosphere
  • Watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
  • Marvel at the landmark monuments of Volendam, including the old fish auction rooms
5 hours
  • Amsterdam

  • 30 minutes
  • Volendam (walk)

  • Photo stop, cheese factory

  • Edam (walk)

  • Zaanse Schans (free time, wooden shoe factory)

  • 30 minutes
  • Amsterdam

    • Entry not included
Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
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 famous in Edam is beyond any doubt the public weighing house, where in summer still every Wednesday the famous Edam Cheese is being sold.

After a stroll around this history-rich town, you’ll have the opportunity to see how Edam’s world-famous cheese is made and, of course, to taste it in a closeby cheese farm.

Finally, you will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbor has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over to see the small buildings and houses and take in the locals in their traditional Dutch clothing. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs for those at home or a memento for yourself, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the city, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction).
  • Transportation by single decker bus with live guide
  • Pick-up and drop off in Amsterdam
  • All taxes and parking fees
  • Visit to a clog (wooden shoe) maker
  • Visit to a cheese weighing house
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry fee to the windmills at the Zaanse Schans
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Please note, the tour's itinerary may vary depending on the guide on the day
• This tour involves a small amount of walking
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions
• Informative, friendly and professional live guide
• May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
• This tour is not recommended for wheelchair-users or those with mobility issues
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 518 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Totally enjoyed this trip! The times allotted for every part of the excursion was perfect! The tour guide was excellent. He spoke perfect English and Spanish. Learn a lot about Holland. The sites where they took us were beautiful! The coach bus was very clean and comfortable! I definitely recommend this tour if you are in the area!

February 25, 2020

For a tourist, this experience was certainly the best anyone can get... The guide was brilliant and kept all of us engaged through out the 6 hours of the trip. Evelyn was full of information about Holland and it was very interesting. All the Dykes and Dams of Holland are very interesting. Thank you for making such an experience for the outsiders.

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February 7, 2020

I was nervous that we were going to be packing in too much in too shorter time period, but the tour was well timed and well executed. We had enough time in each place to explore properly and the guide was able to provide us with all the information we required.

January 10, 2020

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Product ID: 50111