Zaandam Bus & minivan tours

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

Enjoy the picturesque Dutch countryside on a day trip by comfortable bus. Encounter the famous windmills, and learn about Dutch traditional crafts.Take advantage of free WiFi on board the bus as you travel. Discover the unique village of Zaanse Schans. Stroll around at your leisure and admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Explore the fishing village of Volendam, visit a cheese shop still making cheese using a traditional Dutch method, and join a demonstration about Volendam cheese. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant at your own expense, before exploring more of Volendam. Select the all-inclusive tour option for more activities including a boat ride to Marken, a visit to an operating windmill, and a clog-making demonstration.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

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

Join a guided bus tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, 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 what the village was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. 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: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

3. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Starting from Amsterdam, enjoy a comfortable drive to Zaanse Schans. There, hear your guide tell you about the sights and history of this unique, small village and region. Visit a wooden shoe workshop to see how the traditional wooden clogs are made. Also, enjoy a trip to a local cheese farm to learn how the Dutch Gouda cheeses are made. There, taste all kinds of delicious cheeses. After hearing about the magnificent windmills from your guide, enter one to see how these wind-powered industries operate. Get out on the balcony to experience the power of the wind yourself and to enjoy the lovely view of the countryside. After your guided tour at Zaanse Schans, head back to Amsterdam.

Zaanstreek Bus Day Ticket to Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek

4. Zaanstreek Bus Day Ticket to Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek

Go to the bus platform of Amsterdam Central Station and get on the red/grey public transport bus 391. Show your ticket to the bus driver, then take a seat and make yourself comfortable. Enjoy the beautiful city of Amsterdam before you go under the IJ-tunnel. Once you leave Amsterdam, you be surrounded by stunning landscapes as you soon enter the city of Zaandam. Either choose to depart there, or remain on the bus and go directly to de Zaanse Schans, one of the highlights of the Dutch history. De Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. Be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills.

From Amsterdam: Windmills of Zaanse Schans Tour in Spanish

5. From Amsterdam: Windmills of Zaanse Schans Tour in Spanish

There is no better way to enjoy an afternoon in the Netherlands than checking out the Zaanse Schans windmills, the economic engine of the country between the 16th and 18th centuries when the Dutch took advantage of wind power to grind the spices they brought from the colonies and make oils, mustards, and more. Learn about the history of this scenic and economically-significant spot as you tour the mills with your friendly, knowledgeable guide. First, take a walking tour of a mill to learn how it was operated and the history of industry in the Netherlands. Then visit a clog workshop to get acquainted with the manufacturing of traditional Dutch footwear. Stop in at a cheese factory to try a variety of traditional Dutch cheeses and learn about the cheese-making process. Enjoy free time to explore the scenic area, say hi to the farm animals, and snap some photos before returning to Amsterdam.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

It was a beautiful experience. I’d book it once more hehe We had Alejandro & Silvia as our guides and they were really funny and professional. We had our 1st stop at a windmill in Zaanse Schans (where we were explained how it basically works - and blimey it was still working and producing peanut oil). Then we reached Marken where we went to a clog factory and got a very entertaining and enthusiastic presentation of how clogs are made. Then away we went via a ferryboat to Volendam where we had time to walk around, eat and witness a great live session on how gouda cheese it being made. We also bought some. It’s delicious (especially if you are a cheese lover). We also had the chance to find out more about the history of the stroopwafels. It was a very pleasant day and we were very lucky because the weather was our friend. We didn’t feel rushed, but maybe a bit more time in Marken (10-15 min more) would be the perfect touch. Other than that, it was really great.

I traveled with my husband and 16 year old Daughter. She sourced this excursion online, on her own. We’re very happy with her choice and enjoyed our time with the group. The guide, Yolanda, was entertaining and informative. We didn’t have enough time to visit the other side of the canal where the green houses are. After the clogs, cheese and windmill walk through we had just enough time to walk back through the souvenir shop and grab a quick bite at the cafe. All in all it was a great time!

It was an awesome experience. The guide is fluent in English, and shares lots of history about the place. Has possessed a good sense of humor too. :) Thank you

The tour was very well organised and punctual with a lot to see and do Guides and driver were superb and caring Really enjoyed it

it was a tour for me and my friends. I can recommend it.