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Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour

1. Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour

Depart Amsterdam by luxury bus on this 8-hour, small group, Spanish-language 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. Before the end 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.

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Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Small-Bus Tour

2. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam, & Zaanse Schans Small-Bus Tour

Leave Amsterdam for half a day on this guided tour of the rolling Dutch countryside. Sit back and travel comfortably in a minivan with your fairly small group to the rural village of Edam. Take a walk through the quaint streets of Edam. En-route to Volendam, stop to visit an old cheese farm to see how authentic Dutch cheese is made. Indulge in trying some of these huge spheres of delicious cheese. Upon arrival in Volendam, follow your guide on a journey through the fishing village’s winding streets. Hear about how this bustling place was once the harbor for neighboring village Edam. Enjoy some free time to eat lunch. Next, move on to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Once used to ground spices, dyes, lumber, oil, cocoa powder, and many other items, the mills are still in use today. Some are now living museums where you can learn about the ins and outs of milling. Visit a wooden shoe factory and behold how traditional clogs are created using antique machines. Afterward, go inside a windmill and take a look at all the mechanisms and go out onto the platform for a remarkable view over the surrounding area.  Filled with newfound knowledge and a taste of the traditional Dutch ways of life, relax and reminisce about your trip while on the journey back to Amsterdam.

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From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills Tour

3. From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills Tour

The first stop on this 8-hour trip from Amsterdam will be the windmills in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the region of Waterland, and visit the villages of Edam, Volendam and Marken. Your guide will tell you about the history of each place and the churches and traditional houses of the 15th century. Visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. Learn how they produce world-famous Dutch cheeses as well. Spend some of your free time enjoying a meal (not included in the tour price), before returning to Amsterdam at around 5:30 PM.

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Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

4. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

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 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).

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Canal Cruise

Zaanse Schans will be your first destination, where you will explore this most picturesque traditional 17th-century village. Discover houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In the Zaanse Schans village, you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s also nothing more Dutch than cheese, and you will be able to try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm. The most obvious association with the name "Edam" is its cheese. For centuries the well-known and round Edam cheeses have been sent from this town to all corners of the world. You will be invited to take a walk along the old streets and quiet canals, where one can easily imagine how it looked centuries ago. Discover the well-preserved gables, squares, bridges, and tea-houses on the "Schepenmakersdijk", as well as the leaning Carillon tower (1561), the historic museum with its floating cellar, the dam, the Townhall, and more. Your trip will continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through Volendam Harbour, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costumes. For the final part of your tour, you will be invited to enjoy the city of Amsterdam throughout a canal cruise. There is no better way to experience the essence of the Dutch capital than on an Amsterdam canal cruise, as you wind past grand merchant houses, Gothic churches, museums, and medieval buildings.

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Amsterdam: Full-Day Countryside Tour

6. Amsterdam: Full-Day Countryside Tour

Choose between a customizable private tour or a small-group tour for a high-quality experience at an affordable price. Either way, you'll discover the scenic Dutch countryside and enjoy driving down winding country roads.   Climb the dikes and admire views of the water below. The local guide will explain the history of the intricate canal system that was constructed to protect the people from the sea. Visit some of the local gems, like Broek in Waterland, or Edam and Volendam and take pictures of ancient windmills and the grazing livestock.  Visit a cheese farm and learn how the famous Dutch cheese is made. Taste some delicious samples before continuing to a clog factory to see what it's like to walk in traditional wooden clogs. Take a break along the way to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a delicious Dutch treat.

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3-Day Guided Trip to Amsterdam & Dutch Countryside

7. 3-Day Guided Trip to Amsterdam & Dutch Countryside

Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans and see the picturesque Dutch countryside by bike on this 3-day trip. Visit typical villages such as Volendam and Edam. Enjoy a cruise along gorgeous Amsterdam canals and experience the city's culinary hotspots during a walking dinner tour. Day 1: Check in to your hotel, greet your guide, and enjoy a welcome drink. Spend the evening dining in a monumental restaurant, dating back to 1885, based in the antique central train station building. This hidden gem is known as Europe’s best Station Restaurant. Hop on a scenic 1-hour canal cruise taking you through the most iconic landmarks of Amsterdam. Day 2: Be whisked away to your next destination on a comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus. Marvel at the harbor of the typical Dutch fishing village of Volendam as you explore the streets with your guide. From here, explore your surroundings like a local. Get on an e-bike and ride through the scenic Dutch countryside. Soak in the green landscape crisscrossed with ditches. Stop for a break in rural Edam for some delicious coffee and cake. Continue to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This open-air museum houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th century. Relive the most prosperous period of the Zaan region. Follow your guide through the village for an orientation tour. Witness a clog-making demonstration at the Wooden Shoe Workshop and museum. Learn about Dutch cheese-making and sample some of it. Admire the elegant houses of rich merchants and windmill owners. Step inside the windmills and learn how they were used in the production of cocoa powder and oil for food. Hop on your bike to enjoy the last cycling route before your arrival in Wormer. Take a well-earned break and feast on a 3-course lunch in a beautiful grand-café, located within a historic former warehouse next to the river Zaan. Relax on the bus ride back to Amsterdam. Reflect on your day in the Dutch countryside. Then discover what the vibrant city of Amsterdam has in store for you. After a short break in the city hotel, wander around Amsterdam’s 17th-century Canal Ring, listed on the UNESCO world heritage list. Jump from one culinary hotspot to another during a 3-course walking dinner tour. Day 3: After a night of relaxation in the hotel, kick off the final day with a hearty breakfast.

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based on 404 reviews

Juliette was a wonderful guide, she answered all our questions, shared insightful information about the sites and kept the day moving as there is a lot to see. We enjoyed each town for its own charm, our driver was great as well.

Excelente Actividad, muy bien llevada y muy interesante con bellos paisajes Personal muy capacitado, entrenado y muy agradable para hacer de este paseo un un dia excepcional Altamente recomendable

Excelente experience to know the "real" Netherlands . Great time with the guide, always telling good, fun, and historical stories about visited places. Friendly driver and nice warmed Van.

Very nice lady as a guide who can give a comprehensive insight into the life of the locals. The tour has flown by, it was super interesting and would do it again anytime!

Very well guided tour, our tour guide woman was very nice, courteous and competent