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Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Experience three quintessential icons of the Dutch countryside — windmills, cheese and wooden clogs — on this 5.5 hour tour from Amsterdam. Journey to the North Holland towns of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, where you can view working windmills at an open-air museum on the Zaan River, visit a dairy farm or cheese weighing house, and step inside a clog factory. You’ll travel outside the city aboard a single-decker coach, allowing for a smaller group experience with your professional guide.
  • Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Marvel at the landmark monuments of Volendam, including the old fish auction rooms
  • Stroll the twisting street of Volendam and soak up the fishing village atmosphere
  • Watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
  • See the cheese weighing house in Edam and learn how Dutch cheese is being made in an old farm
  • Travel on a comfortable, single-decker coach with an onboard guide
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Professional guide
Guided tour of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting point
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Live commentary on board
Desinfact handgel
Food and drinks
Gratuities
This is Holland , Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

THIS IS HOLLAND is the iconic circular building between A’DAM Lookout and the EYE Film Museum, opposite Central Station. A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg departs from Central Station and will take you to across the IJ. On disembarking, turn left. It’s two minutes’ walk to THIS IS HOLLAND.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the Zaan River and is home to traditional 18th and 19th century architecture, including several functioning windmills. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village on your own, before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from the water) of the Beemster area.

From there continue on to Edam, also commonly referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famous in Edam is beyond any doubt the public weighing house, where in summer still every Wednesday the famous Edam Cheese is being sold.  After a stroll around this history-rich town, you’ll have the opportunity to see how Edam’s world-famous cheese is made and, of course, to taste it in a closeby cheesefarm.

Finally, you will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbor has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over to see the small buildings and houses and take in the locals in their traditional Dutch clothing. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs for those at home or a memento for yourself, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the city, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kaaswaag Edam
Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Big Church, and former town hall. Most famous in Edam beyond any doubt is the public weighing house, where every year in July and August still every Wednesday morning the famous Edam Cheese Market is held. Walk during 40 minutes with your guide through this wonderful small city.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alidahoeve
You will have the opportunity to see how world-famous cheese is made. And, of course, to taste some cheese in a nearby cheese farm.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Volendam Haven
Finally, we will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbour has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over the world to see the small and houses and learn about the locals with their traditions and traditional Dutch costumes. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the village, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction) Also you can enjoy a walk on top of the Dike with a beautiful view of the IJssel-lake. • Enjoy an orientation guided walk with our live goude for 20 minutes. • During some free time you'll have the time to explore the city on your own.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zaanse Schans
Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the River Zaan and is home to original 18th and 19th century architecture, including several still functioning windmills & wooden houses. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village and a visit a windmill on your own, before travelling through the typical Polder-landscapes (reclaimed land from the water).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop
Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Tour Company will strictly follow all RIVM COVID-19 guidelines. We also ask everyone to bring and wear their own mouth mask.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour Company B.V.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam.

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  • "I do not think children under five years old should be allowed on tour." See review
  • "I suggest to buy the I-Amsterdam city card before travelling as it includes the entries to additional attractions" See review
  • "You will have ample of time to enjoy the many restaurants at the village and also to walk around." See review

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star-5
It was pretty good
Hilary_H
, Aug 2022
Favorite part was visiting Edam. What a beautiful city. The rest of the tour felt extremely commercial and over-touristy. Guide was just ok. Bus was comfortable. Would do again.
star-5
Excellent day trip from Amsterdam
Elda_D
, Aug 2022
The cheese tasting and the cogs workshop were pure magic. Watching the mill in action, then, was so quintessential.
star-1
Refund is warranted
Edward_N
, Aug 2022
The guide was horrible. He was in charge of around 50 people and he was leading us on a walking portion of our tour to the dam near the windmills. He had no flag or sign or any way to identify himself to us. We lost him. It was raining and there were several groups in the area at the same time. As a result, we did not see the dike and the working windmill and have any explanation of this part of our tour. When we finally met up with him and confronted him on these issues he shrugged his shoulders and said he was there. We are very disappointed in this guide and feel that we did not get the type of tour we have come to usually get with Viator and also feel that this was not value for our money. We spent most of our time with free time not guide time.
star-5
Experience Holland
amy_B
, Jul 2022
From start to finish this tour was fantastic. Harold our tour guide was a true gem. His love of Holland and of people was remarkable. He made us feel like we were part of his family. We have been on many tours and this is one of the best! Such an incredible way to see so much in a day. Each part of the trip was wonderful. Not to be missed.
star-1
DON'T DO THIS TOUR!
Morley_H
, Jul 2022
This was a terrible experience: too long too tiring it was supposed to be in English only but the guide spoke also in German too many people - over 50 and some very, too young little kids the driver and guide locked one of the participants in the bus during one excursion!!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Morley, Thank you for reachting out to us. We will answer your message as soon as possible
star-5
Great way to see key attractions around Amsterdam
Shashank_S
, Jul 2022
This is a great tour to see some of the key attractions around Amsterdam. Danielle, our guide was knowledgable and patient. While we took 90mins more to complete the tour, it was well worth it.
star-1
Terrible Customer Service
Kyle_H
, Jul 2022
My flight was cancelled 15 minutes after booking the tour. I immediately let them know that I wouldn’t make it due to flight cancellation and requested a refund , but they unreasonably refused.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Unfortunately we cannot give refunds for cancelled flights. Herefore is a special insurance.
star-5
Great experience! It was...
Ramkumar_C
, Jun 2022
Great experience! It was a convenient trip with interesting information of the place given along the way.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We'll choose you again in our next trip.
ioannis_s
, Jun 2022
The visit to Edam, and the visit to cheese factory. Perfect arragement. Excelent driver and guide. Our regards for waitting for us because we were late. Thanks foe all.
star-5
Good experience
Laura_V
, Jun 2022
Nice trip out if the city of Amsterdam to see how other people in Holland had lived and still do. Windmills and cheese making were interesting. The tour guide gave lots of information about the area.
star-5
Amazing Tour
LaZendra_D
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was absolutely amazing. She was so knowledgeable and kept the group engaged. This tour was absolutely amazing. From the first stop in Edom to the last stop to the windmill farm we were completely captivated. And it was the perfect timing for each stop. This tour gave a view of Amsterdam outside of the city. It honestly was the highly of our stay in Amsterdam. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Julie, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed our tour! Kind regards, Tour Company
star-5
Amazing!
Joanna_R
, Jun 2022
The tour was excellent!!!. Rick our guide was awesome, knowledgeable and fun. He provided great information in multiple languages. The time at each place was perfect for us to experience the key areas with the group and explore on our own. In summary, perfect duration and experience.
star-5
Super Trip
DAVID_A
, Jun 2022
An excellent trip. The guide, Harold, was absolutely fantastic. He looked after everyone superbly. Would definitely recommend.
star-4
Delightful excursion
Lucie_D
, May 2022
The villages we visited were really beautiful. The cheese and fish were excellent. The guide was knowledgeable and well organized.
star-5
Amazing trip
Haifa_A
, May 2022
We had a great time in the trip. The guide Explained the history of this two villages as well as the major history of Netherland. She walked and showed us around. She is flexible about time; when we need extra time, she give it to us. She tries to treat everyone individually. The driver drove very safely. He is very nice and has welcomed attitude. They are very generous give us water and waffles. I am looking forward to be on one of their trips next time.
star-5
Windmills...WOW!!!
psabubby
, May 2022
Windmills cheese making story and all the beautiful sites. The guide and driver were excellent and well informed making the trip memorable.
star-5
Great places to feel the local vibe
Grigorescu_O
, May 2022
Excelent time, Benedictus was a great guide, lovely place -defenetly not to miss! The trip was very relaxing, not to fast paced, with time to spend on you own as well. I totaly recommend the trip!
star-5
Don’t miss this tour
Sherin_A
, May 2022
The tour was so nice, I enjoyed it too much, never visit the wonderful Netherlands without going to Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Ricky tour guide was a friendly and so nice, explain every thing in short and clear, help the all and always keeping his eyes on the whole guests, The bus driver was friendly too . I enjoyed much and advice every to do it . Thank you Ricky I loved Netherlands much
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Philip_C
, May 2022
The wooden shoe making demonstration was fantastic. Volendam was a lovely seaside city with wonderful food. The cheese factory stop was very interesting and the cheese tasting was delicious.
star-4
Excellent trip
Ralph_A
, May 2022
Nicely organized, excellent information from our tour guide Dick. Provided the rich history to set the context of the places we were visiting.

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