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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Join a guided bus tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop, and a cheese-making demonstration. Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Get a sense of what the village was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue. Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Day Trip Keukenhof Gardens with Windmill Cruise

2. Amsterdam: Day Trip Keukenhof Gardens with Windmill Cruise

Be inspired by the sights and smells of more than seven million bulbs in bloom at Keukenhof. Make the most of your time with skip-the-line access to this popular attraction. Sail thorugh the countryside on a canal cruise through the Kager lakes and stop at a windmill. Travel in comfort by bus to Keukenhof from Amsterdam. Embark on a sightseeing boat ride from the 'Ringvaart' Canal and enjoy views of the colorful bulb fields, traditional windmills, and authentic villages. Sail through the Amsterdam Kager lakes, which include ten unique islands. While traveling through narrower passages between the islands, marvel at historical mansions. Disembark at an operating windmill. After the visit to the windmill, take a 10-minute shuttle to the Keukenhof Gardens. Upon arrival, enjoy fast-track entry to this wonderful floral garden. Explore the Keukenhof Gardens at your own pace and stay as long as you wish.

Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

3. Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

Discover the highlights of beautiful Amsterdam on an exciting hop-on and hop-off open-top bus and canal boat tour. Marvel at Van Gogh's famed paintings, contemplate the history of the Jewish community at the Ane Frank House, or walk the famous alleys of the Red Light District. The bus operates from Wednesday to Sunday between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The last round starts at Stop 1 at 5:00 PM. Red Line (Some stops only operate during the summer season): Stop 1 - Central Station (in front of LOVERS Canal Cruises)Stop 2 - Amsterdam River Cruises/De Ruyterkade (summer only)Stop 3 - Passenger Terminal AmsterdamStop 4 - Gassan DiamondsStop 5 - Jewish Historical QuarterStop 6 - Royal Theatre CarréStop 7 - Heineken ExperienceStop 8 - Museum SquareStop 9 - Leidse SquareStop 10 - JordaanStop 11 - Westerdok

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

4. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Starting from Amsterdam, enjoy a comfortable drive to Zaanse Schans. There, hear your guide tell you about the sights and history of this unique, small village and region. Visit a wooden shoe workshop to see how the traditional wooden clogs are made. Also, enjoy a trip to a local cheese farm to learn how the Dutch Gouda cheeses are made. There, taste all kinds of delicious cheeses. After hearing about the magnificent windmills from your guide, enter one to see how these wind-powered industries operate. Get out on the balcony to experience the power of the wind yourself and to enjoy the lovely view of the countryside. After your guided tour at Zaanse Schans, head back to Amsterdam.

Zaanstreek Bus Day Ticket to Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek

5. Zaanstreek Bus Day Ticket to Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek

Go to the bus platform of Amsterdam Central Station and get on the red/grey public transport bus 391. Show your ticket to the bus driver, then take a seat and make yourself comfortable. Enjoy the beautiful city of Amsterdam before you go under the IJ-tunnel. Once you leave Amsterdam, you be surrounded by stunning landscapes as you soon enter the city of Zaandam. Either choose to depart there, or remain on the bus and go directly to de Zaanse Schans, one of the highlights of the Dutch history. De Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. Be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills.

From Amsterdam: Windmills of Zaanse Schans Tour in Spanish

6. From Amsterdam: Windmills of Zaanse Schans Tour in Spanish

There is no better way to enjoy an afternoon in the Netherlands than checking out the Zaanse Schans windmills, the economic engine of the country between the 16th and 18th centuries when the Dutch took advantage of wind power to grind the spices they brought from the colonies and make oils, mustards, and more. Learn about the history of this scenic and economically-significant spot as you tour the mills with your friendly, knowledgeable guide. First, take a walking tour of a mill to learn how it was operated and the history of industry in the Netherlands. Then visit a clog workshop to get acquainted with the manufacturing of traditional Dutch footwear. Stop in at a cheese factory to try a variety of traditional Dutch cheeses and learn about the cheese-making process. Enjoy free time to explore the scenic area, say hi to the farm animals, and snap some photos before returning to Amsterdam.

Keukenhof Gardens 5-Hour Group Tour in Spanish or English

7. Keukenhof Gardens 5-Hour Group Tour in Spanish or English

Discover the most famous tulip gardens in the Netherlands on a half-day tour of Keukenhof. Transfer from Amsterdam to the Keukenhof Gardens, situated between the towns of Lisse and Hillegom. In 1840, various landscape painters were commissioned to design what would become the Keukenhof park. The designers drew heavily on the English style prevalent at the time, with flowers as an essential element. Upon arrival at Keukenhof (Dutch for “kitchen garden”), explore more than 32 hectares of parkland. See a vast collection of flowers and hybrids of different species around the old mills, lakes, fountains and wide promenades. Purchase some bulbs or seeds in the greenhouses. Wander the park’s 4 main areas, named after members of the Dutch royal family of Oranje. Discover different varieties and displays in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion, Willem Alexander Pavilion, Koningin Beatrix Pavilion, and Koningin Juliana Pavilion.

Amsterdam: Guided Craft Beer Brewery Bus Tour with Tastings

8. Amsterdam: Guided Craft Beer Brewery Bus Tour with Tastings

Tour the city with friends and plenty of beer — tap into Amsterdam’s booming beer scene with an expert guide. Get the ultimate experience with included beer tastings. This all-inclusive brewery tour grants you insider access to top breweries in the Netherlands. During the 2 hours and 45 minutes, you’ll make 3 stops at local breweries in Amsterdam, and at each stop you’ll taste 3 of their best beers. At one location, you'll get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the brewery itself. Which local breweries will you visit? The breweries change each day, so it will be a surprise. Make your trip to Amsterdam an unforgettable experience by tasting the best beers the city has to offer on an exciting brewery tour.

From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Day Trip to Cologne

9. From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Day Trip to Cologne

Start the day with pickup from your hotel in Amsterdam or another location of your choosing. Head out of the city towards Cologne, soaking up the array of different landscapes along the way. Arrive in Cologne and begin the adventure with a visit to the city’s popular Chocolate Museum. Afterwards, enjoy the freedom to see the sights and landmarks that interest you most. Highlights of the city include the stunning Cologne Cathedral and the impressive Ludwig Museum. At the end of an action-packed day, say your goodbyes to the city and begin the return journey to Amsterdam.

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4.4 / 5

based on 9,426 reviews

I traveled with my husband and 16 year old Daughter. She sourced this excursion online, on her own. We’re very happy with her choice and enjoyed our time with the group. The guide, Yolanda, was entertaining and informative. We didn’t have enough time to visit the other side of the canal where the green houses are. After the clogs, cheese and windmill walk through we had just enough time to walk back through the souvenir shop and grab a quick bite at the cafe. All in all it was a great time!

our guide was great and knowledgeable. if you want to hear about some of the history behind the windmills suggest booking. if not it's super easy to take public transit out and back. we decided to stay longer as 2.5 hrs seemed to short for us and took public transit back to our hotel. the windmill open museum was very beautiful and picturesque. cheese was amazing.

It was an awesome experience. The guide is fluent in English, and shares lots of history about the place. Has possessed a good sense of humor too. :) Thank you

Our guide and driver Rick and Root were amazing! Very fun tour to see beautiful Zaanse Schans.

It was a wonderful informative 1/2 day tour , the free time was most adequate for the tour.