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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

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Experience an iconic landscape of fishing villages, windmills, and craftsmen’s shops on a small-group tour from Amsterdam into the Dutch countryside. Visit a series of traditional, restored windmills in Zaanse Schans, and walk the dikes and harbor of Volendam, a pretty port lined with bright houses and sailboats. Sample locally-make cheeses and Dutch schnapps, with time to choose a restaurant for lunch, then enjoy sweeping views of the landscape during the return trip to Amsterdam.
  • Small-group tour of the Dutch countryside
  • See picture-perfect landscapes and villages
  • Learn about traditional life and culture
  • Great overview and orientation for first-time visitors
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Groupsize max 8 persons
Cheese tasting
Dutch fruit wine
Expert guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Overhoeksplein 51 , Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

We will depart in front of the entrance of the this is Holland building. A major landmark is also the ADAM tower. Food and drinks you can get in the morning at Albert Heijn around the corner at adres: Bercylaan 5, 1031 KP Amsterdam Opens at 08:00 CET.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age 7 years.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Experiencewaterland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "It was so worth paying more to take a "small group" tour rather than be on the cheaper group large bus tours." See review
  • "A small group is a perfect size for this type of tour." See review
  • "The Windmills are fascinating and even though we had a very foggy day, so worth seeing if you have the time." See review


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Zaanse Schans
, May 2022
The trip was just as described. The only suggestion is that the tour guide needs a bit more experience. He is a terrific guy, but he needs some experience guiding tours. Overall, it was very enjoyable.
Enjoyable tour to small villages.
, May 2022
Our guide was knowledgeable, and personable. He took us to a quaint village not on the agenda, at our request, and then took a wonderful back road to Amsterdam. It was a unique experience.
Fun day with a terrific guide
, May 2022
Our guide was great. He walked with us explaining everything as we went along and allowed us free time afterwards to explore on our own. He arranged for our lunch to be ready when we arrived in Monnickendam to save time and again walked us through the town. This tour was very worthwhile and I would definitely recommend.
Fantastic Day
, May 2022
We really enjoyed the windmills, cheese making and clog making demonstration. Our guide was fantastic and knowledgeable. We had a great day.
Maybe with a different guide
, Apr 2022
Cheese and wooden shoe making were great. Pickup location changed but we were not notified. Tour guide did not speak loud enough to hear in back of van and said he would not speak louder. Also did not keep group together. He continued walking and talking although more than half of group were not with him
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Janine, Thank you for your feedback and information. I am sorry to hear our guide would not speak louder on request. This should our guides always ask pro active to anybody in our van so it should not even come from you as our guest. I will dive in to this immidiate and take this up so we can keep our services as high as our trackrecord has always been. Departure location: The departure location has been changed in the beginning of the year 2022. When booked in 2021 we have sended everybody a message twice. If booked later the departure location is on the tickets at the bottom of the page. Do not know what happened there but I am happy all went fine in the end. Again, thank you for you feedback and i will follow this up, Kind regards, Apostolis
A wonderful and relaxing way to spend the day
, Apr 2022
The van was on time. The driver very knowledgeable about the local history. Zaanse Schans was really fun with its windmills and local shops. Lunch in the fishing village of Volendam was scenic. The best part is being driven around the Dutch countryside with stops here and there to see how Gouda and wooden clogs are made. Don’t miss this tour!
Great time!
, Apr 2022
Toll was a fabulous guide. I really enjoyed the small group...5 of us...and the personal touch he gave us. Highly recommended!!!
It was ok …. Just too...
, Apr 2022
It was ok …. Just too touristy in the village with the windmills The country side and the Fishing village was interesting but I feel it could have been better
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour!! Highly recommend
, Apr 2022
We really enjoyed our small group tour - Everything from the transportation, the timing at each stop, the conversation, the information, etc. We had such a great day and highly recommend to anyone who wants to explore some towns of Netherlands outside of the city of Amsterdam
Fantastic way to see this without feeling like a tourist
, Apr 2022
Fantastic tour guide and trip. Great way to see a popular attraction without feeling like a tourist. Would recommend this over any of the large tour buses.
Was a great tour!!
, Apr 2022
Our guide was incredible! He made our trip so much more meaningful. He really knew his stuff and was a pleasure to ride with. I would highly recommend Experience Waterland to everyone
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
HI Mark, Thank you for your nice words. Loved showing you around my backyard. All the best!!
Tour of windmills, cheese making and wooden shoes.
, Apr 2022
This tour was excellent. We were 8 persons in a van. We drove to tour first destination in about 20 minutes. This was a small community with several windmills. Our guide (Apostole, unsure of spelling) was great he talked with us about he windmills and then allowed us to explore on our own. His knowledge of the water projects and engineering of such in Holland was extensive and informative. He never lectured, just provide information and answered our questions. The next stop was the cheese factory that was most interesting, and then the wooden shoe factory that was also very interesting. We were allowed ample time at each stop but were never bored.We enjoyed the company of our guide, met some interesting people and saw some interesting places. We highly recommend this tour.
The tour was great. It...
, Apr 2022
The tour was great. It was a small group so we got to ask a lot of questions and to engage our guide, plus our guide adjusted the tour to address our interests. We learned a lot.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour with great guide
, Mar 2022
The tour gave a great perspective on the Netherlands' low country -- highly evolved water management, applications of wind power, transportation by canal. Watching the wind-powered sawmill operate and learning about its construction was a highlight. And we enjoyed seeing the small villages -- life as it happens now. Goulven was a terrific guide, knowledgeable, professional, happy to answer questions and to chat, responsive to our preferences.
Windmills and hot chocolate
, Mar 2022
This is a must see. The iconic Windmills were stretched out along the countryside and looked magnificent. It was as I had imagined it would be. The shops were very nice especially the Chocolate shop serving that delicious hot chocolate.
Just what we were looking for
, Mar 2022
Apostolis was an excellent guide with a lot of great info to share. I loved the flexible & small group tour format. He tailored the tour to our preferences. A really great experience. Thank you.
Windmills all for us
, Feb 2022
We were the only people on this tour due to the restrictions but, it was still good as we avoided the rush. It was raining that day but, it did not stop us from enjoying the windmills up close. Our guide is really nice and explained everything well, I just forgot his name.
Wonderful tour
, Nov 2021
Tol was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable. Fun tour. The windmills were very interesting. Each one has different purpose. The eco system is extremely important to Amsterdam. Visited a fisherman’s village too!
Well worth it
, Oct 2021
This was a really enjoyable and chilled trip. There was only three of us on the tour and it was really well paced. There was a good mixture of guided time and free time. The guide was excellent and certainly knew his stuff.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Richard, Thank you for your kind words and I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed the day. Hope you had a great time the rest of your holiday here in Amsterdam. Kind regards, Apostolis
Great entertainment and education
, Sep 2021
Guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable on a wealth of subjects. Cheese, wooden shoe guy was a hoot. One of best experiences of our 17-day trip.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Paul, Yes the wooden shoe man is something else :-). Great you enjoyed the day! Nice to have met you and hope you enjoyed amsterdam.

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