From the churning windmills in the Zaanse Schans to the cheese weighing house in Edam, this tour highlights everything typical Dutch. See the beautiful landscapes of North Holland and explore the traditional fishing village of Volendam on a 5,5 hour guided tour from Amsterdam. Learn about clog making in the wooden shoe shop and try some tasteful cheese in one of the Dutch cheese farms.
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).
Please be noted:
- The order of visiting the villages in the description can be different on each day.
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Live commentary on board by Multi-lingual liveguide; English, German & Spanish
- Food & Drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Heineken Experience bus stop, Stadhouderskade 78, Wait on the side of the main entrance of the Heineken Experience, not on the water side)
- Till May 20th: – A’DAM tower/Lookout, Overhoeksplein 5, opposite central station
(Check-in desk inside the entrance of the A’DAM Lookout)
- From May 20th: – THIS IS HOLLAND – Overhoeksplein 51, opposite central station. How to get here: A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg runs 24/7 from Amsterdam Central Station to the north shore of the river IJ. Journey time is three minutes). Embark via the two middle pontoons. On disembarking, turn left. It’s two minutes’ walk to THIS IS HOLLAND.
- Heineken Experience bus stop at 8:30am
- Last pick up point: A’DAM Lookout/THIS IS HOLLAND at 9am