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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Join a guided tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans which is an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop and a cheese-making demonstration. Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Get a sense of Zaanse Schans' prosperity from the 18th and 19th centuries in the windmill village. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue. Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Zaanse Schans + 1 Free Attraction

2. Amsterdam: Keukenhof & Zaanse Schans + 1 Free Attraction

Explore blooming tulips, windmills, wooden clogs, and Dutch cheese on a guided day trip from Amsterdam. Visit the world’s largest flower garden, Keukenhof, and wander among the windmills at Zaanse Schans.  Back in the city, choose from a canal cruise and a 5D flight simulation over Holland’s famous sights. Begin your day with a transfer from the meeting point in central Amsterdam. Get comfortable in your seat aboard a single-decker bus as you gaze out at the Dutch countryside, awash with colorful crocuses, tulips, and daffodils. Listen to your guide to learn more about the history of this region. Upon arrival at Keukenhof Gardens, step off the bus and go on a guided tour of the grounds. Covering an area of more than 79 acres (32 hectares), these magnificent gardens are home to innumerable blooming bulbs, all meticulously landscaped into aesthetically pleasing patterns. Next, continue to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Step into the most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In the village, follow your guide on an orientation tour of the town. Visit the clog museum, annex a wooden shoemaker shop, and get to taste Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore the village on your own. Finally, finish your day with a choice of 2 attractions. Enjoy the Amsterdam 100 Highlights Cruise, passing by canal houses, the Westerkerk, and Anne Frank's house.  Alternatively, embark on a 5D flight experience with special effects projected on a domed screen and feel like you’re soaring over the sights of the Netherlands.

From Amsterdam: Flowers, Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Day Trip

3. From Amsterdam: Flowers, Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Day Trip

Discover picturesque North Holland with a full-day bus trip, including a local guide and cheese tasting. Smell the fragrant flowers of the De Tulperij flower farm, marvel at the wooden windmills and colorful houses in Zaanse Schans, learn about traditional clog making, and visit a cheese farm. Begin your tour by boarding an air-conditioned bus in Amsterdam and driving to the De Tulperij, a flower farm known for its colorful assortment of tulips, dahlias, and hyacinths. Wander through fields of flowers while learning the history of the farm and the difference between bulbs and tubers. Continue to the village Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that features a collection of windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Listen as your guide details how the buildings were used and why they were relocated from the Zaan region in the 1960s.  Roam Zaanse Schans further and learn more about its industrial history, such as how windmills were able to execute the same tasks as many factories, including grinding valuable spices, cocoa, and flour. Marvel at colorful homes owned by wealthy merchants and discover restored mercantile buildings. Then it's time to visit the clog museum to learn about the art and tradition of making wooden shoes. Continue further to taste-test aged Dutch cheese on the cheese farm or take a rest for lunch. Enjoy time to explore more the village on your own before reboarding the bus and returning to Amsterdam.

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Very organized tour. The tour guide a local lady was very warm and welcoming. The tour was on time and the local zhaanse village was awesome. I couldn't just take my eyes off the beautiful village and the shoe factory and cheese factory visit was like cherry on top.

Meeting point easy to find and staff friendly and helpful Bus arrived on time, guide and driver were so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful Lovely tour with interesting visits. Wouldn't hesitate to book again.

It was a very unique and intriguing half day tour. I loved learning about the history of the windmills, how clogs were made and are now made, as well as trying cheese.

Really good trip. Lots to see and do and very well organised.

It was a great experience and the guides were professional