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Marken, Volendam and the Windmills

Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans
5 out of 5 stars (60 reviews)


During this tour you will visit the picturesque fishing villages of Volendam and Marken. You will drive through typical Dutch polders and along narrow dykes. Our luxury coach will take you to the Zaanse Schans and its many unique windmills. The old crafts of the Netherlands are not lacking in this tour. You will visit a wooden clog maker and you can see how Dutch cheese is made the traditional way.


This excursion takes us to the countryside north of Amsterdam, to the edge of the river Zaan, where we visit 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. In this day and age there are only five left. Through typical Dutch scenery we continue to Volendam for a city walk and the traditional fisherman’s village of Marken, situated on the shores of the former Zuiderzee. This tour includes a visit to a working windmill, boatride between Marken and Volendam, a demonstration in a cheese factory and visit to a traditional clogmaker.
The tour is live guided, but supported by an GPS audio system in 16 languages.



Damrak 26, Amsterdam (approx. 200 meters from the Central Station).
Present your voucher at the tour desk at least 30 minutes before departure



Tour concludes at original point of departure

Things to bring

  • Printed voucher
  • Photo / Video Camera


  • Live Guide in English, Spanish and German
  • Admission to a beautiful working windmill
  • Admission to the Cheese Factory Volendam
  • Demonstration from a traditional clog maker
  • A boat trip on the Ijsselmeer
  • GPS audio guide in several languages


  • Cancellations more than a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
  • Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 100% of the total amount
  • Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date: 100% of the total amount
  • No show: no restitution

Additional Info

Please note:

We advise to book this tour at least 48 hours in advance.

Check in at the location at least 30 minutes before departure time. 

Prices, times and itineraries are subject to change without prior notice. 

the tour duration is about 5.5- 6 hours long


" I liked it. "
5 out of 5 stars
I just wish that we would have had more time to be able to get off the bus to see more places.
" Great tour! "
5 out of 5 stars
Our guide was amazing, we had such a great time with our group, he was very funny and knowledgable. Volendam is a great little fishermans town, de Zaanse Schans is definately one of the highlights with a lot of authentic Dutch houses and a lot of original windmills that are hundreds of years old and still functional! There were also some shops, you can get some nice cheeses there too. Overall, wonderfull day, would definately recommend!
" Marken is nice from Volendam "
5 out of 5 stars
You can make pictures in authentic clothings in volendam, lots of fun with my family. Try to eat fish in volendam, it is very good! Everywhere restaurants
" Visit volendam AND marken "
5 out of 5 stars
Very nice travelling
" trip to the countryside "
4 out of 5 stars
This tour was well organized (including the use of headsets so that we did not have to listen to commentary in multiple languages). We got a good impression of the Dutch countryside and I also enjoyed the free canal cruise a couple of days later. We got to Marken a little late, after the shops had closed - since we'd had snacks at the cheese factory we could have left Volendam 1/2 hour earlier (and had dinner after getting back to Amsterdam).
" Fantastic tour "
5 out of 5 stars
Loved the tour. Our guide (Edgar) was very knowledgeable and fun to be with. We had some free time to eat and look around in the villages. Saw a lot that one probably wouldn't see on your own. I would definitely recommend this tour. Keep in mind they also offer a tour to Keukenhof Gardens but would not book them the same day. I did them as separate tours and never felt rushed!
" Very good "
4 out of 5 stars
" Windmills and kibbeling "
4 out of 5 stars
This is an excellent tour. We highly recommend it. Eduardo made the tour quite enjoyable. We only wished we had more time at the windmill site.
" Lovely windmills "
4 out of 5 stars
Overall, my husband and I were happy with this tour. We saw a lot. The two little towns were charming. Having a guide provides a lot of information. We could do this on our own but choose a tour like this for convenience. The only negative is we were sooooo hungry. We were up early to get in the bus at 8:45 and and got back at 2:40 ish. There was an hour break in Volendam but that was at 10:15 am, too early for lunch. Maybe if the tour was Marken first then we could have ate lunch in Volendam. We were able to use the canal cruise and saw more of the city but at water level. Our windmill pictures turned out great!
" Marken, Volendam and the Windmills , a breath of nature in Holland "
5 out of 5 stars
This was for me a spectacular tour to breath the true nature of Dutch landscapes. Each stop was designed in a very smart way to seize any essential aspects of the life in Holland. Half an hour boat cruise was included to catch the breeze from Volendam to Marken. The bus driver and the guide were professional and kind. Don't miss it!
" Best experience :) "
5 out of 5 stars
Recommend to all, tour was wonderful, tour guide was amazing (Edgar), places we have visit are like in fairy tale.... :)
" Great 1/2 day Adventure "
5 out of 5 stars
Highly recommend this tour for anyone that wants to see a bit of Amsterdam outside the main city. Didn't take long to get to all of the locations and the tour guides were very nice and made the trip very enjoyable.
" Marken, Volendam and Windmills "
4 out of 5 stars
Loved touring the countryside, very beautiful. The towns are quaint and charming. The windmills were extremely interesting and we could have spent more time there. The cheese factory was like heaven for me. Would have loved to hear more indepth information on the cheese making process. Also loved the wooden clogs. This tour was very informative and a lot of fun. Thank you.
" It was OK "
4 out of 5 stars
That was not enough time at the windmills. Riding across the lake was boring. Would not recommend for the elderly. Too fast paced.
" Great day to the countryside "
5 out of 5 stars
The day was well balanced with information and free time. Volendam and Marken are beautiful and well worth the visit.
" Best tour to go on from Amsterdam! "
5 out of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and thought it was good value for money. The guide and staff were helpful and friendly and very professional. The tour left straight on time and the coach was very comfortable - you're provided with headphones to listen to commentary as you go through the Dutch countryside. This tour is perfect for those short on time or just want a compact but comprehensive introduction to the towns outside of Amsterdam. Being on the early tour means you can also avoid the crowds when you get to the charming windmill village of Zaanse Schans! Would definitely buy another tour from here when I go to Amsterdam again!
" Great location "
5 out of 5 stars
Very organized tour. Everything was managed properly, punctual time and tour guide was very care to all the participants, very clear in giving the explanation. Nice bus as well.
" Dutch countryside ext "
5 out of 5 stars
Very well organised , helpful and knowledgeable guides and a true Dutch countryside experience . You have to try the food at the restaurant In volendam , amazing seafood
" Fantastic "
5 out of 5 stars
Everything was very well organized and the guides were really very nice...we really enjoyed everything,and the cheese factory was also fun..but the only problem was that the group was huge,would have been better if there were less people..
" Must Do "
4 out of 5 stars
This is a must do for anyone visiting Amsterdam. Well organized and a very nice day trip
" Great trip to calm Holland areas "
5 out of 5 stars
I was glad to book this trip! It was very convenient to be on a tour bus and not to use public transport to see all these places. All presentations were very interesting and informative. The speakers were using English and Spanish. I would recommend to increase time (+20 min) for staying next to the windmills. It's so beautiful there and 20 min more would fill the trip with more calmness as for me the planned time was not enough and I had to run back to the bus not to miss it. The process of the whole trip was organized wisely and all the detailes were taken into account. It was a positive experience. Thank you.
" Splendid trip "
5 out of 5 stars
The places they brought us are excellent with beautiful scenery. However the tour is too short. Hope I can spend more time at one please.. The tour guide is good.
" A tour not to be missed! "
4 out of 5 stars
very interesting and informative tour, departure point easily accessible from the Central Station; the day was quite full which might have contributed to some panic on the part of some of the participants especially the elderly. The excursion leader and assistant were very friendly while the places visited were fascinating. I recommend this tour.
" Don't miss it ! "
5 out of 5 stars
" Beautiful and exciting "
5 out of 5 stars
The tour takes you to amazing small villages outside amsterdam. The audio guide is great, the cheese and shoe factorys were very nice and the windwills are awesome. And anika is the best!
" Windmills Voldendam "
5 out of 5 stars
My teenage son and I took a 5.5 hour tour of the windmills, Marken and Voldendam. High recommend. Tour was well organized, transportation was comfortable, tour guides were very friendly and helpful. You will be glad you saw this part of the Netherlands and you'll learn interesting facts and history. Great value.
" Visit to the Windmills was a great experience. "
5 out of 5 stars
The information shared by our friendly guide and friendlier Driver were very good. Learnt a lot about the history of Netherlands. I would love to take another tour with Amsterdam city tours when I am here the next time
" Fabulous tour "
5 out of 5 stars
Fabulous tour of some beautiful locations and a very helpful guide, very informative and so relaxing to see the wonderful sights.
" It's like a goodie bag! "
5 out of 5 stars
My main reason for choosing this tour was to see Zaanse Schans and the countryside of The Netherlands. The villages themselves would've been enough to wow me but the demonstrations at the windmill, clog factory and the cheese factory were all added bonus. I was a solo traveller on this tour but the tour guides were fantastic, even the bus driver was very kind and humorous that made me feel very much part of the group. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience the Dutch countryside without the fuss of planning and finding your way to such places.
" Time to short "
4 out of 5 stars
Next time need more time to pleasure, drink a glass of chocolate and enjoy the beautiful view. The city is fantastic
" great guides and great itinerary "
5 out of 5 stars
" fantastic "
5 out of 5 stars
Adrian our giude was fantastic! Really enjoyed it :-)
" Beautiful Amsterdam "
5 out of 5 stars
Memorable experience- a taste of Dutch history and culture including the windy and wet weather. Love the places and funny warm friendly people/locals. Very entertaining. Recommendable. Awesome!
" Great day "
5 out of 5 stars
Excellent trip very well managed and very informal would highly recommend
" Great day tour to see the windmills! "
4 out of 5 stars
It was a well-worth trip despite the not so great weather.
" Excellent trip! "
5 out of 5 stars
It was very good trip, Hillary and Her assistant( I think his name was Gooron) were very friendly and nice. They answer all questions with patients and very good knowledge. I will definitely recommend to anyone visits Holland to take this tour, special thanks to David which solved my problem very nicely.
" Very Good but more time (and windmills) would have been great "
4 out of 5 stars
It was very organized. Left on time and got to places on time. The windmills are now only icons (just 5 left standing against modernization thanks to the windmill association for this) but their significance was well explained by Daniella. Would have loved to enjoy hot choco n goodies and sit or walk around more since Zaanschan is a nice place. Same with the clog town. Daniella ang Jamil were able to keep us on time without appearing to hurry us up (great ability). Same with Marken and Volendam nice places to have just wandered around snacking and buying. There were the usual infomercial at each stop and they were good not just telling you to buy. Ate a lot of cheese (bought at lot too, smoked ones really good) Ferry was a nice touch very good added value for expirience (added because we took the bus on the way back). Audio added very little abd has to be update. So yes it was really enjoyable educational and worth it. Thanks to Daniella Jamil and the driver (his dream house is my dream house too)
" Tour to Zaanse Schans, Markem and Voledam was great. "
5 out of 5 stars
We had a great day on this tour. Our tour guide ILLY was fantastic, along with our other guide (not sure of his name, though) and coach driver. They were all very nice and made the tour very enjoyable. Thank you
" A nice culture introduction. "
4 out of 5 stars
Our tour included many parts including seeing the inside of a windmill, a cheese factory, a clog maker and a baker. All the actual demonstration stops were quite small with part of our tour group having to stand some times. Each demonstration was actually quite short, 10 minutes or less. Previous reviews stated that more time in each village would have been appreciated and my family agrees. It felt like we were rushed from one site to another without time to soak in the beautiful sights or talk to locals about their culture. Overall the tour was nice, we did learn a lot, however we feel there was a lot left out strictly due to the limited time.
" Enjoyable and pleasent "
5 out of 5 stars
We took the half day tour to the windmills, Volendam and Marken. The guides were courteous and looked after us well, showed us around with a lot of interest and made the whole experience enjoyable. The bus was comfortable and the whole trip was nicely spaced and well planned.
" Good. Just wish there was more time "
4 out of 5 stars
Overall, this tour was good. A must-do for anyone visitinf Amsterdam. You start off with the Windmills which has a free demonstration of the how the wind-powered oil mill works, followed by a trip to the Dutch clog makers then a boat trip to the cheese factory. I really have no complaints, except for one thing (or two): I just wish we weren't so rushed. I felt there wasn't enough time to walk around on our own, explore and take pictures. Sure you'll be able to but you will feel rushed. They can't emphasize enough that you have to be back by a certain time. Also, you are not allowed to eat or drink on the bus- so if you buy a strooplwaffle during your windmill tour, expect to eat it fast. Because of this, I give them a solid 4 star, I can't go above that.
" Worth the time and money! "
4 out of 5 stars
The trip started according to schedule. what I like most is the volendam scenery and windmill zaanse schans. perhaps if the windmill tour is a bit longer then we will have more time to wander around the village. the tour guide brief us with mix of english and dutch explanation.
" Great tour, great tour guide "
5 out of 5 stars
If you plan to visit the beautiful countryside of Holland, or if you would like to experience the dutch culture, this tour is gonna be a good choice for you! The tour was well planed, and the tour guide was very friendly and helpful!
" A lot to see "
5 out of 5 stars
We liked very much, we seen lots of things, recomand
" Windmills and cheese! "
4 out of 5 stars
Had a great time today. Everything was smooth and the whole trip was great!
" A visit to volendam and Zanse schanns "
5 out of 5 stars
We had a splendid experience. A big Thanks for making our day wonderful.
" Amazing!!! "
4 out of 5 stars
Very memorable tour for me and my sister. Nice and clean bus. Very friendly tour guides. Highly recommended
" Less than impressed "
3 out of 5 stars
Being a tour operator myself in the US. I will never recommend this tour again to anyone. I’ve put my word on this tour and took it today for myself and was less than impressed. Mainly, because I overheard a tour operator flat out lie to a guest. To state that certain items can’t be purchased elsewhere but other than the first stop on the tour is a lie By the 3rd stop the item asked about could be purchased for 6 Euro less. Also, tour was ran from a self serving stance of the tour company. Sad!!
" Great snapshot of Holland! "
5 out of 5 stars
I loved the half-day tour! I only had one full day in Amsterdam and this was a great way to see many of the essential highlights - windmills, wooden shoes, cheese factory, and amazing countryside! I visited on an absolutely freezing day (which made the boat part of the tour impossible) but the sights were worth being out in the bitter cold! Seeing a windmill in action with an excellent explanation of how it works was a highlight! Every tour guide was super-informative, friendly and knowledgeable in multiple in languages. I'm glad I got to see so much of Holland this way and still had hours left in the day to explore Amsterdam on my own. Well worth it!
" Amazing time! "
5 out of 5 stars
Definitely a must to do when visiting! The windmills, boat ride, cheese factory, clog factory, all wonderful! Amazing guides too!
" Seeing a lot in a shortish Tour "
5 out of 5 stars
Great tour filled with tons of activities and yet relatively minimal travel times since everything was so close together. The tours of the windMills, the cheese factory and the wooden shoe factory were all good, but it was learning about the Netherlands history with the sea that was most interesting. Great tour guides, especially the lead guy who spoke so many languages!
" Fun to see all of these things, drastically over priced "
3 out of 5 stars
Based on what we did for the day and some quick research majority of the things we did today we're actually free so we paid for an expensive bus ride and some information during the tours. I enjoyed the experience still but I am a bit upset J paid so much for it, when I could have rented a car for cheaper and done all the same things.
" Very well organized "
5 out of 5 stars
We did the 12:15 tour and found it to be very informative and scenic. It was not rushed as a lot of other people had mentioned. We even enjoyed a lovely meal at the end of the tour before heading back to Amsterdam. Our guides and Driver were all very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour.
" Very fantastic tour "
5 out of 5 stars
We enjoyed the tour. We enjoyed lunch of country side in Volendam.. We are still remembering it. We also like ship cruise to Marken. Thanks for it. Last but not least. Staff was always co-operative and share good information about various places. regards, Dinesh
" A lovely day outside Amsterdam "
4 out of 5 stars
My husband, two teenage sons and I took the morning tour from Amsterdam. On the bus ride to our first stop, the windmills, we listened to one of our guides and a pre-recorded audio commentary about the area and its history. The bus itself was very comfortable. The visit to the windmills was wonderful! The town was even more picturesque than it had appeared in pictures. We visited a working windmill and were given a presentation by a millworker who had worked there for decades . The views from the top of the windmill was stunning. We had a little time to get some hot cocoa for my sons before heading back to the bus. Our next stop was Volendam, a small fishing village. There we went to a cheese factory and store. We received a very brief explanation about how gouda is made and then had the opportunity to sample many different types of gouda in the store above. We walked out with enough cheese to last us a couple of years. Having tried it back home, it's as delicious as it was in the shop. In Volendam we had time to walk around the village or to have lunch. My sons opted to walk around and get some frites. My husband and I had lunch at a small cafe the guide suggested. She told us that the portions were large enough to share so we ordered the fried cod and frites to split. She was right--the portions were enormous and delicious! After lunch we took a ferry from Volendam to Marken, which we were told is an island where people still wear traditional dress and wooden shoes. Our guide lead us through the narrow streets passed charming little homes to a shop where we saw wooden shoes being made. The shoemaker was very entertaining and you could try on a pair after the presentation. My only disappointment was that we didn't see any locals wearing traditional dress or shoes. I wouldn't have been disappointed if they hadn't advertised this as such, but they did. The bus met us outside the wooden shoe factory and we were back off to Amsterdam. In all, a lovely day trip that gave us a taste of life in the countryside of the Netherlands.
" Great tour "
5 out of 5 stars
Even though you don’t spend the entire day in these cities, this tour is perfect to have a quick view. They are very punctual which is a great thing and show the important aspects of these places. If you’re in Amsterdam for a few days, this is a must.
" Too short time to see windmills "
3 out of 5 stars
Wasting time to see wooden shoes at Marken and just less than one hour to see windmills is out of my expectation.
" Half day we’ll spent "
5 out of 5 stars
This tour was very good. It was great value for money. The guides Francesco and Natalia were very helpful and nice. Enjoyed the tour despite the rainy weather.
" Great tour with a nice team! "
5 out of 5 stars
" Fantastic day trip! "
5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic day trip, that shows you the real Netherlands. The tour guides were very helpful and informative