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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

Enjoy the picturesque Dutch countryside on a day trip by comfortable bus. Encounter the famous windmills, and learn about Dutch traditional crafts.Take advantage of free WiFi on board the bus as you travel. Discover the unique village of Zaanse Schans. Stroll around at your leisure and admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Explore the fishing village of Volendam, visit a cheese shop still making cheese using a traditional Dutch method, and join a demonstration about Volendam cheese. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant at your own expense, before exploring more of Volendam. Select the all-inclusive tour option for more activities including a boat ride to Marken, a visit to an operating windmill, and a clog-making demonstration.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Bus Tour

2. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Bus Tour

Visit Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Marken on a guided bus tour from Amsterdam. Admire the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans, attend a clog-making demonstration, and sample Edam and Gouda cheese. Depart Amsterdam by luxury bus on this exciting tour and head north of the city to see the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on the banks of the river Zaan. Explore the traditional 17th-century houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. Continue on to visit Edam, a beautiful town known worldwide for its cheese. Enjoy a cheese tasting and an exciting clog demonstration. Before the end of the day, go to Volendam and Marken, passing many authentic polders, the name given to land reclaimed from the sea. Wander down narrow streets, past colorful houses and visit the harbors full of fishing boats. You will have some free time to shop for souvenirs and sample the local fish specialties. Back in Amsterdam, you will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

3. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

4. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on a tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. Visit a cheese producer, a clog factory, a fishing village, and see the iconic windmills. Start your tour at Amsterdam’s Central Station and head in the company of your guide to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Admire the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then, head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer, learn about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses, and try a cheese tasting. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Finally, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this quintessential fishing village. IMPORTANT The visit to Marken may be substituted for safety reasons in case of bad weather conditions.

Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

5. Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic full-day coach tour of North Holland, and discover a charming landscape of windmills, canals, picturesque villages, and locals in traditional costume. Choose the all-in option to add a few extras to your tour, including a clog-making demonstration and a boat trip. Depart from Amsterdam station for the small fishing town of Marken, renowned for its preservation of traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour through streets full of colorful houses. If you've chosen the all-in option, stop at a shoemaker’s studio to watch how wooden clogs are made. Next, head to Volendam by coach if you've chosen the standard option or board the Marken Express if you've chosen the all-in option for a boat trip across the beautiful IJssel Lake. On arrival in Volendam, enjoy free time to explore the shops or try on a traditional costume for a souvenir photo.  Then, enjoy a tasting at a traditional Holland cheese factory and learn how cheese is made before continuing into the heart of North Holland to Edam. Discover the history of the former shipyard and see Grote Kerk, the largest church in the Netherlands, as you stroll the cobbled streets. Next, take in the last stop on your tour, the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Admire its magnificent collection of historic windmills. If you opt for the all-in ticket, you can go inside one of the operating windmills to learn more about this Dutch icon of industrial architecture. Finally, marvel at the picturesque homes, wooden barns, and scenic meadows of North Holland as you travel back to Amsterdam by coach. If you prefer a smaller group, like to take your time and explore all the best of this tour, then opt for the Charm of Holland guided tour. Available on Fridays. The tourguide takes a small group to all the inclusions in the all-in tour. The Charm of Holland also includes lunch at a traditional Dutch fish taverne.

From Amsterdam: Keukenhof and Dutch Countryside Tour

6. From Amsterdam: Keukenhof and Dutch Countryside Tour

Visit the largest flower garden in Europe and discover traditional Holland on a guided tour from Amsterdam. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Dutch villages of Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken, and discover a world of colors and fragrances at Keukenhof. This 10-hour day trip takes you from Amsterdam's lively city centre to the beautiful countryside outside the city. Travel from Amsterdam Central to the Zaanse Schans open-air museum to see and visit the windmills, before travelling on to Volendam and Marken to discover these traditional fishing villages and some of the products made there. Board the bus again to head south to the gardens of Keukenhof. The order of the tour may change. Embark on a bus trip and receive fast-track admission to the world-famous flower park, where you will find more than seven million tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Have free time to explore the park and buy tulip bulbs to take back home. Pay a visit to the scenic towns and windmills in Holland. See what life is like in the picturesque villages of Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken. See how the Zaanse Schans windmills work and even go inside a working one to take pictures. Finally, explore an authentic Dutch bakery and a cheese factory, with a cheese tasting included. See a live demonstration by a traditional clog maker and take a boat trip on the IJsselmeer lake.

Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

7. Villages & Windmills Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

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 Broek, 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. Witness this craft that only 28 people in Holland have mastered.

Volendam: Guided Cruise on Gouwzee Lake + 1 free drink

8. Volendam: Guided Cruise on Gouwzee Lake + 1 free drink

Enjoy the Volendam area best way possible jumping on an exclusive, culturally historic lake cruise on the Gouwzee. During this 50-minute boat tours, we will be highlighting the rich history of Volendam and its surrounding fishing harbors on the IJsselmeer coast more than ever before. Let our experienced local skipper and tour guide take you on this fascinating journey through the past and step aboard! Its our pleasure to have you and your family/friends on board to give you a unique experience.

Volendam: Bike Rental with Suggested Countryside Route

9. Volendam: Bike Rental with Suggested Countryside Route

Depart from the old harbor in Volendam on your bike to explore multiple villages. See a beautiful windmill, lots of meadows and a countless number of cows and sheep.  From Volendam, choose or be advised which villages you would like to visit with your bike. Within one hour you can perfectly visit Edam, an almost 800-year-old town north of Volendam.  You can also visit Monnickendam in one hour. When walking or cruising around in the old center of Monnickendam it will feel like you have stepped back in time. Along the streets, you will see the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks. If you have more time, continue to Marken, a stunning town with lovely bridges over the small canals and gorgeous wooden façades. The small town is surrounded by water. From Marken, it is possible to take the boat back to Volendam. The Volendam-Marken Express is departs every 30 minutes from Marken to Volendam and it is possible to bring your bike on the ship. Why book your vehicles with Rent & Event? Safety comes first! Before we send you off on your way we will make sure you have exactly the right vehicle for your comfort, whether it be a bike or electric vehicle. If you feel you need to bike with a helmet, just let us know and we will make sure you have one. Our expert staff will make sure you know how to work your chosen vehicle and let you ride on it first to make sure you are comfortable with it and know how it works. We have various routes to choose from where you can easily go off on your own. Just scan the code and the route will open in Googlemaps. (Make sure your maps is set to bike and not car for routes). Thousands of people have done this and we haven’t lost one person yet . If you prefer a guided tour instead, we can arrange that as well. (guide requests must be made well in advance). Do you need support or have questions when you are on your way? Fear not as we are just a phone call away. Our office is ready to answer any questions or offer support with anything you may need.

Volendam: E-Fatbike Rental

10. Volendam: E-Fatbike Rental

Depart from the old harbor in Volendam on your super cool E-fatbike to explore multiple villages. Along the route you will see a beautiful windmill, lots of meadows, a countless number of cows and sheep and you will cross the famous Dutch dikes. You will be cruising on top of the dike, so you can see (and even dive into!) the lake, the 'Gouwzee'. You can also ride meters below sea level along the dike to experience how the Dutch locals live behind the dikes.  From Volendam you can either choose or be advised which villages you would like to visit with your E-fatbike. Within one hour you can perfectly visit Edam, an almost 800 year old town north of Volendam. Edam is famous for its peaceful narrow alleys and small canals, the beautiful façades of the cozy houses and the unique small boutiques. Also Edam is known for its cheese market where visitors can both taste and purchase a various number of cheeses.  Also another town, which is called Monnickendam can be visited in only one hour of time. When walking or cruising around in the old center of Monnickendam it will feel like you went back in time. Along the streets you will see the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks. Also the old harbor with its pretty ships and charming terraces is definitely worth a visit. An absolute highlight in Monnickendam is the beer brewery, where you can see where and how the beer is brewed, where you can taste the homemade sausages and enjoy the lovely terrace along the water. When you have more time to spend it is highly advised to make a tour from Volendam to Monnickendam and from Monnickendam to the former island Marken. Marken is a stunning town with lovely bridges over the small canals and really nice wooden façades. As the island can only be reached by the 10 kilometer long dike, the small town is surrounded by water where it becomes really clear again how the Dutch are dealing with living below sealevel. From Marken it is possible to take the boat back to Volendam. The Volendam-Marken Express departs every 30 minutes from Marken to Volendam and it is possible to bring your E-bike on the ship. After a 30 minutes cruise you will be back in Volendam where you can drive underneath the dike back to the rental company to bring back your E-fatbike.  Why book your vehicles with Rent & Event? Safety comes first! Before we send you off on your way we will make sure you have exactly the right vehicle for your comfort, whether it be a bike or electric vehicle. If you feel you need to bike with a helmet, just let us know and we will make sure you have one. Our expert staff will make sure you know how to work your chosen vehicle and let you ride on it first to make sure you are comfortable with it and know how it works. We have various routes to choose from where you can easily go off on your own. Just scan the code and the route will open in Googlemaps. Thousands of people have done this and we haven’t lost one person yet .

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It was amazing, Diego our tour guide it was very nice and very informative and our bus driver Peter was very nice and kind! The trip it was so beautiful I loved all the places, the only bad is that we didn't spend a lot off time in each place but is normal because we visited 4 villages in less than 8 hours

Covered many places and everything was very well explained! Our guide Carli was amazing and kept us entertained with interesting facts throughout the journey.

Excellent day trip.Tri was wonderful and our driver was very good , maneuvering in wet weather. Overall, it was a wonderful day Thank you.

Erik, Alexandra and Stef were amazing 😎 and made the day trip memorable

Very nice day trip with very nice beautiful landscape