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Marken, Volendam and the Windmill Village Zaanse Schans - Tour from Amsterdam

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Key Highlights

  • Visit the charming rural towns of Zaanse Schans, Marken and Volendam
  • The countryside is dotted with windmills and colourful homes
  • Visit one of the regions renowned cheese farms and a wooden shoe maker
  • Round trip transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Enjoy a boat ride between Marken and Volendam
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    5.5 hours

    Start time

    26 Oct 15 - 20 Mar 16: 9:15am & 12:30pm
    21 Mar 16 - 30 Oct 16: 8:45am & 2:45pm

    Meeting Point

    Tour departs from 26 Damrak, Amsterdam. 26 Damrak is a 5 minute walk from the Central Station. As you come out of Central Station it is the street straight in front of you which leads to the Dam Square.
    Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the tour start time, your seats are guaranteed until this time.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at 26 Damrak

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This wonderful half day excursion from Amsterdam introduces you to some of the rich traditions and fine scenery of the Netherlands.

    Admire the monumental and colourful Windmills of Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans is full of traditional green-timbered houses and warehouses. The characteristic green wooden houses, hump-backed bridges and windmills perfectly embody the picture-perfect landscape for which Holland is so well known. Explore Volendam on a city walk, where you can learn more about the history and culture of this village.

    Witness the cheese making, the traditional Dutch method which is still used to make cheese and and visit to a traditional clogmaker. You will also enjoy a Boat ride between Marken & Volendam.

    Itinerary

    The tour starts from Damrak 26 in Amsterdam. You will travel by coach.

    Leave the city of Amsterdam behind to explore the Dutch countryside. Your luxury coach will take you to windmill village ‘de Zaanse Schans’, with its characteristic green wooden houses. On the turn of the 18th century this district was an industrial area with approximately 700 windmills in use.

    Continue to Volendam, you will explore the city on a walking tour and you will also visit the traditional fisherman’s village of Marken, situated on the shores of the former Zuiderzee

    After a stop for photos of the windmills, visit a clog-maker to discover how the traditional wooden shoes are made also known as Klompen. Decode the secret of making world famous Dutch cheese when you visit a traditional cheese farm. Enjoy a Boat ride between Marken and Volendam and take in the beauty of the views on your way.

    The tour ends at Damrak 26.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Air-conditioned deluxe motorcoach
    • Visit to a working windmill
    • GPS Guide (Available in English, Spanish, Catalan, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish)
    • Visit to a cheese factory
    • Visit to a clog maker
    • Boat trip between Marken & Volendam

    Exclusions

    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.

    During winter (26 Oct - 20 Mar), the visit to Marken is replaced with the picturesque medieval town of Edam (note that this means that no cruise is included during this time).

    You can present your voucher on your device for this tour.
    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher contains the local activity operators contact details. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Amazing tour.

      Amazing tour and good value for money. Both tour guides were very helpful. Keep it up....

      John Fenech
    • An easy, fun time

      This is simply great way to get acquainted with the Netherlands. Sure it's "tourist-y" but it's also a quick and easy way to see working windmills, the countryside, the amazing...

      Barbara Rarden
    • A great experience

      It was a lovely trip. Nice to learn about the culture of the Netherlands...

      J C Houston
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