Countryside and Windmills Day Trip

The Essence of Holland Tour

/10 (3409 votes)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5 hours

About this tour

Step out of Amsterdam for a few hours and discover the typical Dutch countryside outside the capital. Enjoy the drive through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses, windmills and fishing villages and witness the traditional crafts of yore.

Your journey starts off at the Amsterdam Central Station to the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans famous for its original buildings, that capture the 17th and 18th centuries of Dutch life. You’ll see the historic shipyard and windmills, and pay a visit to a shoemaker who works with wood to watch his clog-making techniques first-hand! You’ll also see the canals and greenery of rural life in the Netherlands and learn about the rich history of the area. The trip has more stops Waterland area where you get to explore some of Holland’s most picturesque villages: Volendam, & Marken. Visit a cheese farm for a demonstration and a sampling of its dairy production in Volendam.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Quaint Dutch countryside excursion outside of the city
  • See the windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Charming fishing villages & traditions of island communities
  • Flavorful cheese varieties produced at an organic farm
  • Opportunity to watch skillful wooden-shoe makers at work(if option selected)
  • Take a boat cruise back in time to Marken (if option selected)

Practical information

What’s included

  • Transport by luxurious air-conditioned bus with free Wi-Fi
  • The traditional Dutch experience in fishing villages Volendam & Marken
  • An up-close look at the windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Cheese demonstration
  • Visit a traditional Marker house (only on the All-Inclusive Tour)
  • 30 minute boat tour between Volendam and Marken (only on the All-Inclusive Tour)
  • Visit an operating windmill (only on the All-Inclusive Tour)

Not Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


Additional information

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/10 (3409 votes)

My boyfriend and I had the absolute best time! The guides were amazing, so kind, funny and entertaining! The tour it’s self was so nice, affordable, beautiful and easy! I highly recommend!!

Review by april_f