Head to the Dutch countryside, traveling on a modern VW bus. Visit traditional fishing villages including Volendam and Marken, and take a stroll through Zaanse Schans, a village world famous for its windmills. Visit a cheese factory for a tasting.
What to Expect
The first stop on your tour from Amsterdam is Zaanse Schans, an old industrial village where windmills were used for a variety of purposes. The few windmills that have survived have been restored to their original function. You’ll see a water mill, an oil mill, a paint mill, and a spice mill.
Near Zaanse Schans the area is famous for its traditional green timbered houses and warehouses. See the famous fishing village of Volendam, visit the famous harbor, take a stroll on the dike, and have a photo taken in traditional Volendammer costume.
Visit a cheese factory, where you’ll see a demonstration about Dutch cheese and learn everything there is to know about making it. You can taste and smell the different cheeses produced at the factory.
Get to know the famous fish dishes of the village by having lunch at one of the restaurants by the harbor (not included in the tour price).
Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a walk through Marken, one of the most charming villages of the Waterland area. This former island is one of the few villages in the Netherlands where traditions are well preserved. Visit the wooden shoe factory and see how craftsmen quickly transform blocks of wood into wooden shoes, known as klompen.
On the return drive to Amsterdam you’ll pass by the villages of Uitdam, home to the pilots sailing the Dutch VOC vessels from the island of Pampus to Amsterdam, and Ransdorp, famous for its old beheaded tower and as home to the artist Rembrandt van Rijn.
- Transportation by modern Volkswagen bus
- Dutch cheese tasting
- Wine tasting
- Old Dutch sailors drink tasting
- Dutch poor mans cookie tasting