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Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

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On this Amsterdam shore excursion, leave the city behind for a half-day trip to discover the Dutch countryside. Enjoy a 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. See the famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken and visit a traditional cheese farm. You'll return to central Amsterdam at approximately 2:30pm or 8pm.
  • Stress-free shore excursion with multiple stops in the Dutch countryside 
  • Maximize limited time in the Netherlands, with optional upgrade to day tour
  • Several tour options include a cruise to be used at your leisure
  • Travel easily between stops with ease without getting lost 
What to Expect
Make your own way to a central Amsterdam meeting point, where you board a vehicle destined for the Dutch countryside. Your first stop is Zaanse Schans, where you stop at a historic shipyard and have time to snap photographs of iconic Dutch windmills. Then, you continue to Volendam and Marken, quaint fishing villages with wooden houses and colorful harbors. Spend free time at each and then stop at a Dutch cheese farm to sample the local cheeses. If you want to spend more time in each of the stops, upgrade to the full-day tour for a more relaxed approach to sightseeing. Your tour ends where it started.
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Departure Point
Tours & Tickets Departure Point, De Ruijterkade 34, 1012 AA Amsterdam, Netherlands
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • A boat trip on the Ijsselmeer
  • Visit to an authentic Dutch windmill + demonstration by the miller
  • Visit of the traditional fishing village Marken + demonstration by a clog maker
  • The Cheese Factory + the Old Dutch Bakery in Volendam
  • Entry/Admission - Wooden Shoe Factory
  • Entry/Admission - Volendam Marken Express
  • Entry/Admission - Cheese Factory Volendam
  • Entry/Admission - Woltje's Backerij
  • Entry/Admission - Zaanse Schans
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Restaurant de Lunch
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children up to and including 3 years old are free of charge (not occupying a seat)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

We did all day tour to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Voledam with ferry to Marlen. It was a very fast tour as we visited working windmills, cheese factory, wooden shoe maker, and stroopwaffle maker. The restaurant in Marlen was local and very good. I loved it...More

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LindberghTourTravel, Guest Relations Manager at Lindbergh Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2019

dear MariaER72, thank you for the 5 stars review! Your words are so kind and give us the energy to make all of our customers happy! See you soon in Amsterdam again :-)

Reviewed 3 August 2019 via mobile

It was nice to get outside of the city and to learn about the dikes, windmills, cheese, and wooden shoes. The countryside is beautiful and the little villages are nice as well. Great tour! Sandra, Guvan, and Daniel (our driver) were great tour guides as...More

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LindberghTourTravel, Guest Relations Manager at Lindbergh Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2019

dear Lscott001990, thank you for your positive feedback! We are pleased to read your 5 stars review! We are delighted you have enjoyed your tour with us and our colleagues! Thank you! Have a good day!

Reviewed 3 July 2019

A Large comfortable coach ride out to the Wind Mills, once at the windmill park we were directed to the farthest Wind Mill......as someone of size and with a mobility issue (I'm slow with walking with a bad knee and cane) it was a bit...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Kadymar
LindberghTourTravel, Guest Relations Manager at Lindbergh Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2019

dear Kadymar, thank you for your positive feedback! We are sorry to read about your walking and sitting issues during the tour, we are glad to hear you had a nice tour and glimpse of our beautiful countryside though. How was the cheese? Did you...More

Reviewed 6 June 2019 via mobile

This can be better done on your own rather than in a large group. The group leader was not interested in the people on the tour and rushed everyone through the walking tour. There was no place to sit to watch the demonstrations and not...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Bob80125
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Lindbergh Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2019

Dear Bob80125, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences with us. We are sorry to hear that you were not able to enjoy the excursion, and you felt the guide was rushing you. I would like to point out that...More

Reviewed 6 June 2019 via mobile

Great tour. I recommend it. Very informative. Very good tour guide.Great scenery.I would take tour again.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Robert C
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2 September 2019|
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Response from JohnPak1966 | Reviewed this property |
Canal cruise departs from various locations through out the city. Best to ask guide on the day as they will show you on the map.
11 March 2019|
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Response from avihaller | Reviewed this property |
around 2 hours in bus and 20 min in boat
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