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Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Experience three quintessential icons of the Dutch countryside — windmills, cheese and wooden clogs — on this 5.5 hour tour from Amsterdam. Journey to the North Holland towns of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, where you can view working windmills at an open-air museum on the Zaan River, visit a dairy farm or cheese weighing house, and step inside a clog factory. You’ll travel outside the city aboard a single-decker coach, allowing for a smaller group experience with your professional guide.
  • Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Marvel at the landmark monuments of Volendam, including the old fish auction rooms
  • Stroll the twisting street of Volendam and soak up the fishing village atmosphere
  • Watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
  • See the cheese weighing house in Edam and learn how Dutch cheese is being made in an old farm
  • Travel on a comfortable, single-decker coach with an onboard guide
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Professional guide
Guided tour of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Live commentary on board
Desinfact handgel
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

THIS IS HOLLAND is the iconic circular building between A’DAM Lookout and the EYE Film Museum, opposite Central Station. A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg departs from Central Station and will take you to across the IJ. On disembarking, turn left. It’s two minutes’ walk to THIS IS HOLLAND.

Departure Point

Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Heineken Experience bus stop, wait on the side of the main entrance

Return Details

Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

This tour will end at THIS IS HOLLAND. No drop off at the Heineken Experience.

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 cheesefarm.

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).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kaaswaag Edam
Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Big Church, and former town hall. Most famous in Edam beyond any doubt is the public weighing house, where every year in July and August still every Wednesday morning the famous Edam Cheese Market is held. Walk during 40 minutes with your guide through this wonderful small city.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alidahoeve
You will have the opportunity to see how world-famous cheese is made. And, of course, to taste some cheese in a nearby cheese farm.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Volendam Haven
Finally, we will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbour has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over the world to see the small and houses and learn about the locals with their traditions and traditional Dutch costumes. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the village, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction) Also you can enjoy a walk on top of the Dike with a beautiful view of the IJssel-lake. • Enjoy an orientation guided walk with our live goude for 20 minutes. • During some free time you'll have the time to explore the city on your own.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zaanse Schans
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 River Zaan and is home to original 18th and 19th century architecture, including several still functioning windmills & wooden houses. 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 and a visit a windmill on your own, before travelling through the typical Polder-landscapes (reclaimed land from the water).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop
Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Tour Company will strictly follow all RIVM COVID-19 guidelines. We also ask everyone to bring and wear their own mouth mask.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour Company B.V.
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour .

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Traveler Tips


  • "I do not think children under five years old should be allowed on tour." See review
  • "I suggest to buy the I-Amsterdam city card before travelling as it includes the entries to additional attractions" See review
  • "You will have ample of time to enjoy the many restaurants at the village and also to walk around." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Nice trip but a little too long and took 6,5 hour instead of the expected 5,5 hours
Lars_A
, Oct 2021
It’s was a nice trip. Maybe a little long because of too much time on your own. Because of that the trip took 1 hour more than the expected 5,5 hour.
star-5
All inclusive
William_C
, Aug 2021
Wonderful tour, very knowledgeable was Juliette. Would highly recommend this tour especially with her
star-5
Great excursion to experience Holland
Wayne_A
, Aug 2021
The guide was very knowledgeable and the stops were all great. Enjoyed each one. Edam was so picturesque and peaceful. Free time was also available to explore on your own.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Excursion!
Rusten_H
, Aug 2021
Loved this excursion to the villages outside Amsterdam. Our guide and driver were so knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend if you are looking for something out of the city.
star-5
Gezellig
Amough_S
, Jun 2021
Brilliant and personalised tour!!! Amazing guide with a immense knowledge. Very insightful trip indeed.
star-4
Great guide, awful driver!
Leca_G
, Oct 2020
We had a great, knowledgeable guide. I wish I could rate this experience separately. Guide 5 stars, driver 1. Our guide was wonderful, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Unfortunately the driver was very unprofessional. He wore a grayling uniform which was not the company, the van was dirty with coffee cups from the last tour so little unsettling with COVID and he SMOKED in the van while we were on tour with the guide. We and our packages reaked of smoke. Worst of all I left my purse in a bathroom stall in the last village. I realized it 5 minutes down the road and instead of just going back for it he continued tearing down the highway. The guide called the village they had it. When we got back she helpfully translated to the uber driver what we needed and 70 euro later I had it back. The uber driver didn't want to even take the tip I forced on him he felt so bad for me. Funny if the driver of our tour would have went back 5 minutes I probably would have gave him 50 euro at least. Driver really ruined the trip for us between the smoke etc. I wish I could get ahold of the guide she deserves a great tip and my cash was in my purse!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Seeing the windmills
Anselmo_M
, Jul 2020
Everything was perfect. We had a private tour due to COVID. Out driver and guide were the best!!!!!!
star-5
Wonderful!
Anne_D
, Mar 2020
Wonderful experience! I learned a ton & I explored some truly beautiful areas. If you have a few days in Amsterdam, I would definitely recommend this. The guides were exceptional as well!
star-5
Great trip
Kathy
, Mar 2020
This is an excellent trip to see outside Amsterdam and the pretty villages. Juliet our guide was knowledgable and friendly.
star-5
Wonderful tour
Regina_S
, Mar 2020
It was a great tour (despite the rain and wind). Beautiful sights and our guide Derek was wonderful. Would highly recommend

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