1. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam and Marken
Explore the culture of the Netherlands on a day trip from Amsterdam to the jewels of the Dutch countryside. Visit a clog factory in Volendam, see an Edam cheese demonstration, stroll past the wooden houses of Marken, and see the iconic windmills of Zaanse Schans. Start your tour at Amsterdam’s Central Station and meet your guide. Head to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Admire the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then, continue to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer. Learn about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses and try a cheese tasting. Make your way to a clog factory to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Finally, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the well-preserved traditional wooden houses in the Marken, and explore this quintessential fishing village.