Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken Half-Day Tour

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken Half-Day Tour

From $32.23 per person

Explore the Dutch countryside on a half-day classic or all-inclusive tour. Explore the quaint villages of Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken. Stop at a traditional Dutch cheese farm.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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English, Spanish
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Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Catalan, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese


4.5 hours
  • Amsterdam

  • 45 minutes
  • Zaanse Schans

  • Marken (shoemaker's workshop)

  • Volendam (cheese factory, fishing village, lunch)

  • 30 minutes
  • Amsterdam

Meeting point
Main stop
  • Explore the Dutch countryside
  • Taste traditionally-made Dutch cheese
  • Stop at the island community of Marken
  • Enjoy a stop at the fishing village of Volendam
Full description
A visit to Amsterdam and the Netherlands would not be complete without having seen the picturesque Dutch countryside. First stop is the quaint village of Zaanse Schans, where you will walk around and be able to admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses.  Next, head to the fishing village of Volendam. Visit a cheese shop that still makes cheese using the traditional Dutch method. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant, before visiting the Volendam Museum and the Old Dutch Bakery.  In Volendam, try to spot the recognizable Dutch traditional costumes often featured on tourist postcards and posters. Afterwards travel back in time to the quaint island community of Marken.
  • Transport by luxurious air-conditioned bus with free Wi-Fi
  • The traditional Dutch experience in fishing villages Volendam & Marken
  • An up-close look at the windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Cheese demonstration
  • Visit to a traditional Marker house (only on the All-inclusive Tour)
  • 30-minute boat tour between Volendam and Marken (only on the All-inclusive Tour)
  • Visit an operating windmill (only on the All-inclusive Tour)
  • Syrup waffle demonstration (only on the All-inclusive Tour)
  • Clog making demonstration with operating antique steam engine (only on the All-inclusive Tour)
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

• Meet at the local partner's office in the Ij hall in the rear of Amsterdam Central Station, on the right-hand side as you face the water • The local partner's office is called Tours & Tickets: look for the red writing • The office is in the back concourse of the station, on the side closest to the water • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour departure time

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  • Children aged 3 years or younger go free of charge (provided they do not occupy their own seat).
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 3416 reviews

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It’s a lot to see in the time allotted so if you want to leisurely explore these areas this is not the tour for you. Our bus wasn’t completely full but all the experiences we were overflowing the spaces and it was difficult to see and hear. The guide and bus driver were very good when we could hear what they were saying.

September 21, 2021

The Tour lasts like 5 to 5.5 Hours. The Tourist Guide was very friendly and entertaining, also the bus Driver. The Tour was great, the best was Shoe making, the guy who explained it was the best. Cheese Factory and Waffle Factory has a free tasting afterwards, that's one of the best part. The Windmill explanation was okay. The Ferry was also good and has a nice view. Overall the trip was excellent.

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September 2, 2021

Upon arrival, I was warmly welcomed by the guide – Diana, I felt embraced, and with such a friendly atmosphere I had a fantastic start! The guide and tour were extremely good, very organized (appreciate this!) and for that, she deserves special thanks. I had a great day there, which obviously also added up to the experience. Diana is such a warm, kind, knowledgeable personality and a highly motivated guide (recommendable!). Diana's language versatility was striking. No matter if it was Italian, Spanish, French, or English she sounded like a native speaker. The information provided was very interesting. I truly enjoyed walking the picturesque villages of Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken. The scenery was charming and it was a true pleasure to admire the historic windmills and houses; to learn so much about the traditionally-made Dutch cheese, experience the famous homemade waffles, and have fun posing in a Dutch traditional costume.

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September 2, 2021

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