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

Volendam, Marken & Windmills with Free 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Product ID: 609
Explore the Dutch countryside and leave Amsterdam behind for a half-day tour with free canal cruise included. See the famous Zaanse Shans windmills, explore the quaint fishing villages of Volendam and Marken and stop at a traditional Dutch cheese farm.
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Duration: 5.5 - 7 hours
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English, Spanish, German
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Spanish, Turkish, Catalan, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Russian
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  • Explore the Dutch countryside
  • View the picturesque windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Stop at the island community of Marken
  • Visit a traditional wooden shoemaker
  • Enjoy a stop at the fishing village of Volendam
  • Taste traditionally-made Dutch cheese
  • Experience a free 1-hour canal cruise in Amsterdam at anytime during your stay
4.5 - 6 hrs
  • Amsterdam

  • 45 minutes
  • Marken (shoemaker's workshop)

  • Boat cruise

  • Volendam (lunch, cheese factory, fishing village)

  • Zaanse Schans (windmills)

  • 30 minutes
  • Amsterdam

    • Entry not included
Meeting point
Main stop
Full description
A visit to Amsterdam and the Netherlands would not be complete without having seen the lovely Dutch countryside. 

Journey from Amsterdam on an informative tour of the picturesque Dutch countryside. Visit one of the most popular destinations outside of Amsterdam, the windmills of Zaanse Schans, and see its typical green-timbered houses and warehouses.

In Zaanse Schans, admire a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses and visit a working windmill. Then visit the famous and lively fishing village of Volendam. Stop by a cheese factory/museum and enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant.

Afterwards travel back in time to the quaint island community of Marken, where you will visit a wooden shoemaker. In Volendam, try to spot the recognizable Dutch traditional costumes often featured on tourist postcards and posters. You will also have a chance to visit a cheese shop that still makes cheese using the traditional Dutch method before returning to Amsterdam. Choose the 7-hour extended tour option for more time at each stop. This extended tour offers additional visits to the Volendam Museum and the Old Dutch Bakery in Volendam.

To make this experience even more special, you will also get a free 1-hour canal cruise to use at anytime during your stay in Amsterdam. 
  • 1-hour canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Entrance fees
  • Volendam to Marken cruise
  • Audio guide available in 16 languages (if shorter option selected)
  • English, Spanish, and German-speaking guide (if extended option selected)
  • Visit to the Volendam Museum and the Old Dutch Bakery (if extended option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

De Ruijterkade 34A, at the local partner's office in the IJ hall of Central Station. In the back corner of the building, on the right hand side. Please be sure to arrive 30 minutes before the tour departure time.

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Children aged 3 years or younger go free of charge (provided they do not occupy their own seat).
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3172 reviews

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Very interesting trip to different villages tracing from Amsterdam. A trip well worth going on indeed It was very informative & you see some traditional skills of Holland & get to taste some too! Plus Included a 1 hour boat trip along the water ways of Amsterdam this can be taken at anytime!

March 14, 2020

It was a very efficiently and professionally planned. I appreciate how the guides (yellow team Juan, Nick and Nickolas) went round personally to make sure our earpieces worked so that we could hear the commentaries and how they sternly told another traveller that we could turn back to pick up her photos she forgot because she had ample time to do it but didnt and we should not make 84 other passengers go back just for it. The team was smooth and their cheery disposition certainly lent the outing an extra boost amidst the picturesque windmills and fun visits to the cheese and stroopwafel shops.

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January 3, 2020

Great way to get out if the city and see the country side!

We absolutely loved this tour.. it's was awesome to visit the windmills; cheese shop; waffle shop and wooden clog shop.. was great to have the locals share their knowledge regarding their traditions and what they have been doing for many many years.. the actual bus trip was a highlight.. with Steve the singing Driver Dutch Rock and his crew!! They were all amazing and would highly recommend this tour!

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October 17, 2019

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Product ID: 609