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Marken, Volendam and the Windmills

Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans
5 out of 5 stars (36 reviews)

Description

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.

Itinerary

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.

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Pickup

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

Dropoff

Tour concludes at original point of departure

Things to bring

  • Printed voucher
  • Photo / Video Camera

Inclusions

  • 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

Cancellation

  • 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. 


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Reviews

" 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
Excellent!
" 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.
" Not a great experience "
2 out of 5 stars
The places we toured were beautiful but I regret not going by myself. The first stop on the tour I fell very had and was really injured in the ground, 5 people just stared at me on the ground and the tour guide pretty much brushed me away when I tried to get help. Horrifying. Will not recommend.