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

Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

Product ID: 57118
Head to the Dutch countryside, traveling on a modern 8 person bus. Visit traditional fishing villages including Volendam and Broek, and take a stroll through Zaanse Schans, a village world famous for its windmills. Visit a cheese factory for a tasting.
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Duration: 5 hours
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  • Stop in Zaanse Schans, the world-famous windmill village
  • See traditional villages such as Volendam and Broek
  • Visit a cheese factory and taste a variety of cheeses
  • Visit a wooden shoe facory
  • Drive a modern Volkswagen bus
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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).

Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a walk through Broek, one of the most charming villages of the Waterland area. This former island is one of the few villages in the Netherlands where traditions are well preserved. Visit the wooden shoe factory and see how craftsmen quickly transform blocks of wood into wooden shoes, known as klompen.
  • Transportation by modern 8 person bus
  • Dutch Shnapps tasting
  • Guide
  • Dutch cheese tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Dutch poor mans cookie tasting
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Café De Pont, Buiksloterweg 3-5, Amsterdam

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• Children must be at least 7 years old and a minimum of 1,10 meters (43,3 inches) tall and be a minimum weight of 16 kg (35 pounds)
• The maximum group size is 8 guests
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4.9 / 5

based on 166 reviews

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A great tour from start to finish. Our guide was fabulous, full of interesting facts and we were lucky to park at the other end of the windmills avoiding all the crowds and buses, it was a very personal tour being a small group. Loved our visit to Volendam and Marken, was nice to wander the small laneways, didn't find any holes in the dyke. On our way back to Amsterdam we stopped at the most beautiful little village, wandered and then toasted each other with a drink, sorry don't have the name on me. Great tour, great guide and was fabulous with everything we saw and experienced.

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January 14, 2020

It was good experience to know Netherland history about windmil how important windmill in this country. My guide Tol he was so nice and very good service.He gave us all information and things to do in Netherland.That was a great moment time stay in Natherland by my self with beautiful country.

December 2, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this small group tour. There were 8 of us on the tour but the van seated us all comfortably. Our guide, Apostolis aka Tole, was just lovely, casual and very informative about the old Dutch traditions and ended the tour with a riverside send off with a shot of Dutch spirit (prost!) Stopped for lunch in a small fishing village where you can try the traditional broodj herring with onion and pickles or fish and chips for the not so experimental! A good day out overall :)

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September 30, 2019

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Product ID: 57118