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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Tour from Amsterdam

Highlights
  • 5-hour trip to Zaanse Schans and Volendam from Amsterdam
  • Admire Zaanse’s working windmills, wooden shops and neat houses
  • Visit an authentic Dutch Windmill, see its giant cogs, grindstone and spinning sails as well as get a demonstration by a miller
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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Tour from Amsterdam
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Overview
Get a taste of old-world Holland on this half-day tour from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans and Volendam. Step back into the Dutch Golden Age at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum pieced together using buildings brought from all over the Netherlands to recreate a 17th-century town. Then, continue to the fishing town of Volendam, typified by its pretty waterfront, fish restaurants and weatherboard houses.
What to Expect
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour and then meet your guide in central Amsterdam. Board your air-conditioned minibus, and travel north to Zaanse Schans, a museum village on the Zaan River.

On route, pass Holland’s famous polders — lands reclaimed from water — and dykes, and hear about the country’s permanent battle to stave off the sea. As you look, listen to stories about Zaanse and its historical, still-working wooden windmills.

After roughly 30 minutes on the road, arrive in Zaanse Schans, and admire quaint wooden shops, museums and neat riverfront houses as you walk to one of its large windmills. Head inside and listen as the miller explains the age-old milling operation. Climb the ladder to the first floor to see the huge, wooden cogs that help produce wind energy, and then head out onto the platform to watch the sails whip right past your nose.

Continue to Volendam on the shores of IJselmeer Lake. Hear how Volendam thrived as a fishing port during Holland’s Golden Age due to its position on the bay of Zuider Zee, and learn how the Zuider was later sealed off by a man-made dyke, turning it into IJselmeer.

Stroll along the charming De Dijk waterfront past boats, houses and fish restaurants, and visit Volendam Museum. Explore the exhibits that include traditional Dutch costumes, musical instruments and handicrafts, and trace the town’s history through the old maps and photos.

Afterward, stop at a cheese factory to discover how Holland’s famous cheese is made. Watch a cheese-making demonstration and sample some delicious varieties for yourself.
Lastly, enjoy some free time at the waterfront to have a meal (own expense) or buy souvenirs before rejoining your guide. Your tour ends in central Amsterdam.
Reviews (45)
1 - 5 of 26 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The Charm of Holland Tour: Phenomenal Guide

Pieter was the best tour guide I've ever had! He was passionate, informative, engaging and entertaining not to mention well-liked by all the locals! I learned a lot about the windmills, Volendam, Edam,and Marken from him! Pieter recognized right away that I had Dutch heritage...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Penny A
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Lindbergh Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Penny A, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us! We are glad to learn you enjoyed the tour. We can agree that a lot can be seen during this journey with some beautiful sights included. Also a big thanks for complimenting...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018
Nice little slice of countryside

Also called the VIP tour, Countryside and Windmills, this gives you a chance to see a bit of what’s outside Amsterdam. It’s a smaller group, which makes it nice. It also includes a canal tour of Amsterdam. We took the canal tour the day before....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank laxjunkies
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Lindbergh Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2018

Dear laxjunkies, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the countryside VIP experience. It is a great way to see and learn more about The Netherlands in just one day. Did you know...More

Reviewed 27 September 2018
I wish we had more windmills and less sales pitch

The tour of Zaanse Schans Windmills was the absolute highlight of the tour, wish we had had more time there. The lunch in Volendam was pretty good. The museum in Volendam was OK. The cheese making demo and opportunity to buy cheese felt like a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PAman
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Lindbergh Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2018

Dear PAman, Thank you for taking the time to share this great review with us! It makes us happy to know you highly enjoyed your visit to the charming village of Zaanse Schans and its marvelous windmills and, above all, we are delighted to read...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Zaanse Schans

Although I learned later that this is a recreated "typical" city, it was still fun to visit. The homes, crafts, windmills, etc. make it worth the trip.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank imnotbob
Reviewed 24 August 2018
Great Purchase

My friend and I were in Amsterdam for a week and we really wanted to get out of the city one day to see the surrounding area. We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the VIP tour. Our guide (Daniela) was absolutely wonderful...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank malloryt622
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We booked this tour on one day for the next day departure. It's based on availability as space is limited. The tour was 5 1/2 hours from start to finish. There are tourist ticket offices throughout the city who all offer... More
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