Day trip

Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

Activity provider: Tour Company

Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

Activity provider: Tour Company

From US$ 38.77 per person

Embark on a guided tour of the Dutch countryside from Amsterdam. Explore a cheese weighing house in Volendam and enjoy a charming walk through Edam. Visit the churning windmills of the Zaanse Schans.

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Duration 6.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German

Experience

Itinerary
5.5 hours
  • Amsterdam

  • 30 minutes
  • Volendam (walk)

  • Photo stop, cheese factory

  • Edam (walk)

  • Zaanse Schans (free time, wooden shoe factory)

  • 30 minutes
  • Amsterdam

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Learn how Dutch cheese is being made on an old farm
  • Stroll the twisting streets of Volendam, and soak up the fishing village atmosphere
  • Watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
  • Marvel at the landmark monuments of Volendam, including the old fish auction rooms
Full description

Join a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside from Amsterdam and see the windmills of Zaanse Schans. Learn about the region and its history from your guide and tour Volendam and Edam.

Embark in an air-conditioned bus 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 close by cheese farm. 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).

Includes
  • Transportation by single-decker bus
  • Tour guide
  • Pick-up and drop off in Amsterdam
  • All taxes and parking fees
  • Visit to a clog (wooden shoe) maker
  • Visit to a cheese weighing house
  • Tasting of a local cheese
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry fee to the windmills at the Zaanse Schans
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Start your tour at the Tour Company tour office. It is located in the This is Holland building, opposite the central station. How to get here: A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg runs 24/7 from Amsterdam Central Station to the north shore of the river IJ. Journey time is three minutes). Embark via the two middle pontoons. On disembarking, turn left. It’s two minutes walk to This is Holland Please make sure you arrive on time at your chosen starting point. Due to traffic regulations in Amsterdam the tour buses are not allowed to stop for a long time at the starting points.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The tour's itinerary may vary depending on the guide on the day
  • This tour involves a small amount of walking
  • Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 595 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Very good daytrip. Went with my 11 year old and 8 year old and they really enjoyed every stop, especially the cheese tasting. Allows you to see the countryside of the netherlands that is very different from Amsterdam. Would definitely recommend. Easy to reserve the trip, even last minute (i booked the night before on the app).

August 17, 2022

Rick the guide and hanks the driver were chill and accommodating. Overall, great pacing. 1 hr free time at volendam, 1 hr at Zaanse Schans with free entry to one windmill. No pressure to buy at the cheese and clogs stops. Was overall a very good trip. Recommend this one!

May 15, 2022

We had a wonderful time with Evelyn (our guide) and Jan (our driver). Because of the very low amount of tourists nowadays due to COVID, we ended up having a private tour. The tour is very convenient because the driving times are very short (everything is close by) and we get to spend a significant amount of time exploring each place we stopped.

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September 14, 2020

Product ID: 50111