Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

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Highlights

  • Combine three Dutch countryside highlights with no need to rent a car
  • Listen to audio commentary on the motor coach ride to learn more about Dutch history
  • Entrance to a historic windmill in Zaanse Schans
  • Included ferry boat ride between Marken and Volendam (summer only)

OverviewLeave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the typical Dutch countryside outside the capital. You’ll drive through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses, windmills and fishing villages, and witness traditional crafts from days gone by. The picturesque village of Zaanse Schans is famous for its original buildings, vividly capturing Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. You’ll see the historic shipyard and windmills, and pay a visit to a shoemaker who works with wood to watch his clog-making techniques first-hand!What to ExpectMake your way to a central Amsterdam meeting point to board the coach bus, which will transport you to three famous Dutch countryside sites. In your comfy seat, listen to an audio guide, narrating the history, culture, and traditions of your destinations: the North Holland villages of Marken, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans.
While the driving is taken care of, enjoy the Dutch countryside, passing areas of land reclaimed from water, called polders, and dikes.
Arrive at Zaanse Schans to see the well-preserved windmills, some from the 17th century. Entry to one windmill is included.
Back on the coach, continue to Marken and Volendam, with stops at each. See traditional fishing boats and visit a dairy for a demonstration and samples. You’ll watch traditional clogs being made at a local shoemaker. In summer, a ferry ride between the towns is included.
The full-day tour includes longer stops at each destination. When the tour is complete, relax on the way back to Amsterdam for drop-off.

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