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From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

From 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

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: Live-Guided Zaanse Schans & Cheese Tasting Tour

Amsterdam: Live-Guided Zaanse Schans & Cheese Tasting Tour

After you arrive, your guide will lead you on an introductory tour of the town. You'll have the chance to visit a Wooden Shoemaker's Shop, where they'll offer a live demonstration of crafting wooden shoes. Following that, you'll experience a demonstration at an authentic Dutch Cheese Farm. You can taste as much cheese as you want at the shop! Once you're ready to explore Zaanse Schans independently, your guide will share more insights about the village's uniqueness, local history, and culture. They'll also provide insider recommendations for activities and destinations. With this information, you're all set to embark on your self-guided exploration before returning to Amsterdam Amsterdam Canal Cruise Embark on the Amsterdam Canal Cruise, a leisurely journey that showcases the city's iconic attractions, including the historic Canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank House. Delight in a relaxing and immersive sightseeing experience as you glide past these renowned landmarks, discovering the charm of Amsterdam from a unique perspective.

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

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

Amsterdam: City Card with Free Entrance & Public Transport

Amsterdam: City Card with Free Entrance & Public Transport

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with an I amsterdam City Card, and enjoy free entrance to many of the city's top museums and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, A'DAM LOOKOUT, H'ART Museum, Moco Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. Benefit from discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Johan Cruijff Arena, and Amsterdam Dungeon. Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours from first use, unlimited access to the city's public transportation system for the duration of your card allows you to get around quickly. Enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam and 24-hour free bicycle rental. Complete listing offers included in the I amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions (timeslot booking may be required): • A'DAM LOOKOUT • Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam • Amsterdam Museum • Amsterdam Pipe Museum • Amsterdam Tulip Museum • Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam • ARTIS Royal Zoo • ARTIS Micropia • ARTIS Groote Museum • Cobra Museum Amstelveen • Diamond Museum • Self guided Foodie Tours • Embassy of the Free Mind • EYE Filmmuseum • Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam • Fun Forest • Gassan Diamonds • Geelvinck Pianola Museum • Grachtenmuseum - Museum of the Canals • H'ART Amsterdam • Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden • Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography • Jewish Cultural Quarter - Portuguese Synagogue • Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter • Luther Museum • Moco Museum • Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum • Museum de Dageraad • Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder • Museum Het Rembrandthuis • Museum Het Schip • Museum Tot Zover • Museum Van Loon • Museum Willet-Holthuysen • De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam • Outsider Art Museum • Oude Kerk • Rijksmuseum • Het Scheepvaartmuseum - The National Maritime Museum • Science Center NEMO • The Studio NEMO • Stadsarchief Amsterdam - City Archives • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam • THIS IS HOLLAND • Wereldmuseum • Verzetsmuseum - Dutch Resistance Museum • Woonbootmuseum - Houseboat Museum In Haarlem: • Frans Hals Museum • Teylers Museum • Verwey Museum In Volendam/Marken: • Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry) • Volendams Museum In Enkhuizen: • Zuiderzee Museum In Zaanse Schans e.g.: • Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience • Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery) • Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House • Mills 25% Discount: Music & Stage • Bimhuis – Jazz • Boom Chicago - English improvisation comedy theatre • Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music • Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% Discount Attractions e.g. • The Amsterdam Dungeon • Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours • Fabrique des Lumieres • Heineken experience • House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) • NXT Museum • Our House • Rembrandts Amsterdam • STRAAT museum 25% discount at Transport & Rentals

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

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.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

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.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Trip

Amsterdam: Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Trip

From Amsterdam: Daytrip to the windmill village Zaanse Schans and Keukenhof Set off on a self-guided day trip from Amsterdam and immerse yourself in Dutch culture. Discover the world's largest flower garden at Keukenhof and visit the traditional windmill village, Zaanse Schans where you can admire the windmills, sample some Dutch cheese, and see the Wooden Shoe Museum. Depart from Amsterdam and transfer to the Zaanse Schans. Go at your own pace and check out the activities on offer including wooden shoe-making and clog painting workshops (at your own expense). Use our great app for a walking tour and tips from locals. Try some Dutch cheese and see the historic buildings and windmills that the Netherlands is so well known for. Head to Keukenhof and admire millions of tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils in bloom. Enjoy the flower shows, visit special exhibitions, and take part in different activities. The garden also features a sculpture park, a maze, and a fairytale garden. Stay as long as you like in Keukenhof. Return to Amsterdam at your leisure. Schedule: Schedule A 08.30: Departure from Amsterdam 09.00: Arrival Zaanse Schans 12.00: Departure Zaanse Schans to Keukenhof 13.00: Arrival Keukenhof -- Stay as long as you like in Keukenhof, last bus back at 18:30 Schedule B 10.00: Departure from Amsterdam 10.30: Arrival Zaanse Schans 14.00: Departure Zaanse Schans to Keukenhof 15.00: Keukenhof -- Stay as long as you like in Keukenhof, last bus back at 18:30 Why should you choose this tour? 1. Immerse yourself in a sensory delight as you stop and smell the vibrant blooms at Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden. 2. Embark on a journey to the charming windmill village of Zaanse Schans, where you can explore its rich history and culture through a digital smartwalk. 3. Immerse yourself in traditional Dutch culture and partake in unique activities like clog painting, where you can unleash your creativity. 4. Indulge your senses in the millions of flowers and captivating exhibits on display at Keukenhof, offering a feast for the eyes and soul. 5. Experience unparalleled freedom and flexibility as you have the liberty to stay as long as you desire in the enchanting Keukenhof gardens. 6. Treat your taste buds to a delightful experience by sampling some traditional Dutch cheese during your visit to Zaanse Schans, a true gastronomic delight. Choose to travel with the official partner of Keukenhof and embark on a seamless and extraordinary journey that will create memories to last a lifetime.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Edam Live Guided Tour

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Edam Live Guided Tour

Are you ready to escape the bustling streets of Amsterdam and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Dutch countryside? Join us on our 6.5-hour guided tour as we take you on an unforgettable adventure through Zaanse Schans, Edam, and Volendam. We'll begin our journey with a short 20-minute drive to Zaanse Schans, a picturesque windmill village nestled along the banks of the river Zaan. Prepare to be captivated by the timeless charm of 18th and 19th-century architecture, where functioning windmills and wooden houses paint a scene straight out of a storybook. Discover the fascinating art of traditional Dutch wooden shoe-making as skilled artisans showcase their craft before your eyes. Afterward, it's time to explore the pearl of the former Zuiderzee - the enchanting village of Edam. Lose yourself in its narrow streets lined with stunning 17th-century buildings, tranquil canals, and the iconic public weighing house. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the famous Edam Cheese Market and even indulge in a taste of delicious cheese at a nearby farm. Our final stop will be the picturesque seaside village of Volendam. Wander alongside your knowledgeable guide as you soak in the history and charm of this idyllic destination. Explore the time-honored St. Vincent's Church, the remarkable wooden Stolphoevekerk, and witness the vibrant Fish Auction. Take a leisurely stroll atop the Dike and be mesmerized by the breathtaking panoramic view of the IJssel lake. Don't miss your chance to experience the beauty and culture of the Dutch countryside. Reserve your spot now and join us on this incredible adventure. Let the magic of Zaanse Schans, Edam, and Volendam create memories that will last a lifetime. Volendam Lake Cruise Embark on a luxurious, full electric ship. Sit back and relax, enjoying your complimentary beverage while a knowledgeable captain guides you on this 50-minute cruise over the Gouwzee. During the cruise, you will learn all there is to know about the sights, monuments and history of Volendam and its surrounding villages. Amsterdam Canal Cruise Embark on the Amsterdam Canal Cruise, a leisurely journey that showcases the city's iconic attractions, including the historic Canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank House. Delight in a relaxing and immersive sightseeing experience as you glide past these renowned landmarks, discovering the charm of Amsterdam from a unique perspective.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Tour

Amsterdam: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Tour

Experience an unforgettable adventure as you discover the enchanting beauty of Giethoorn and the iconic Zaanse Schans windmills. Immerse yourself in the peace and splendor of Giethoorn's picturesque waterways during a scenic canal cruise, where you can admire the charming thatched-roof farmhouses and elegant bridges that adorn this car-free village. In Zaanse Schans, witness the impressive windmills in action, paying tribute to the rich heritage of craftsmanship and innovation in the Netherlands. Throughout the tour, you'll be accompanied by a passionate local guide who shares captivating stories and insights about the history and culture of the region. Indulge your taste buds with a delicious stroopwafel, a typical Dutch treat, and stay hydrated with complimentary bottles of water. The tour provides live commentary on board, offering interesting facts and anecdotes as you travel in comfort. Immerse yourself in the charm of Giethoorn and the fascinating world of Zaanse Schans, creating lasting memories and developing a deep appreciation for the natural and cultural wonders of the Netherlands. Get ready to explore, experience, and enjoy the best of these iconic destinations.

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Very knowledgeable tour guide. The tour covered many areas of interest with just the right amount of time at each place. If I was to criticise there was very little vegetarian food available at place we stopped for lunch which needs to be on initial booking information. We had some trouble finding place to meet as well which was unclear & we only just made the bus which resulted in myself & my young child sitting separately with no option to move.

The landscape, very interesting and beautiful towns And the guides Kathrin and Lara wonderful!

The tour was wonderful. Beautiful place full of culture. I highly recommend it!

Everything was great. Special thanks to Cecilia, Susan and Dimitri.

Our guide Wybe was great. Knowledgeable and never boring!