Day trip

Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

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Activity provider:Amsterdam Boat Cruises
Day trip

Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

Activity provider:Amsterdam Boat Cruises

From US$ 48.25 per person

Take a boat trip from Amsterdam to the idyllic windmill village of Zaanse Schans.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Travel by ship from Amsterdam to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the boats sun terrace
  • Sail through Amsterdam port and the Dutch polder landscape
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Sail out of Amsterdam and towards the Dutch polder. Enjoy the unique landscape and stroll around a living village filled with operational wooden windmills. Sit back, relax and take in Holland's unique scenery as you leave the port of Amsterdam. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's sun terrace as you glide through a landscape dotted with pumping stations, dikes, and, of course, windmills. Pass huge container cargo ships and through a traditional lock as you leave the city behind and make your way to the village. Disembark and take in a photogenic array of historic windmills, some of them over 350 years old. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the clog warehouse or the cheese factory. Enjoy a last look at picturesque historic wooden houses and factories, before boarding your boat back to Amsterdam.
  • Return cruise from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans
  • Entrance to the windmill village
  • Free wifi on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

The boat is located in the dock opposite of Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 45 (NDSM wharf). Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure time. From Amsterdam Central Station, take the free ferry to the NDSM wharf (purple line F4). During business hours the ferry leaves every 15 minutes, and the crossing takes approximately 15 minutes.

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  • Journey time is 2 hours in each direction
  • 2 hours are scheduled to explore the windmill village
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It was a beautiful, relaxing trip that we thoroughly enjoyed. The boat was very clean and well maintained. If one has not previously been through canal locks, that is a treat. I would like to commend the gentleman who served as bartender, food provider, and deck hand. He was most pleasant and helpful and performed all of his duties with aplomb.

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April 24, 2023

Très belle excursion en bâteau permettant de voir l'extérieur de la ville et de découvrir la charmante "île aux moulins" ! Le bâteau part et arrive à l'heure (12h - 18h = 2h de traversée à l'aller et au retour et 2h de visite libre sur place). On peut manger sur le bâteau (penser à apporter son picnic à bord, ou sinon on peut acheter de la nourriture pendant la traversée). La bâteau est facile à trouver grâce au ferry. Il suffit de le prendre à la gare centrale d'Amsterdam. La traversée dure 15 minutes environ. Tout est bien indiqué dans Getyourguide. Le personnel à bord est très accueillant !

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April 20, 2023


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April 20, 2023


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