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Marken, Volendam and the Windmill Village Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam & FREE Canal Cruise - Special Offer

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Key Highlights

  • Round trip transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Visit one of the regions renowned cheese farms and a wooden shoe maker
  • Visit the charming rural towns of Zaanse Schans, Marken and Volendam
  • The countryside is dotted with windmills and colourful homes
  • Enjoy a boat ride between Marken and Volendam
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Book now for travel before 27 Oct 2019 & get a FREE Canal Cruise!
  • Overview

    Special Offer: Book now and get one hour Amsterdam canal cruise ticket FREE!i

    This wonderful half day excursion from Amsterdam introduces you to some of the rich traditions and fine scenery of the Netherlands.

    Admire the monumental and colourful Windmills of Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans is full of traditional green-timbered houses and warehouses. The characteristic green wooden houses, hump-backed bridges and windmills perfectly embody the picture-perfect landscape for which Holland is so well known. Explore Volendam on a city walk, where you can learn more about the history and culture of this village.

    Witness the cheese making, the traditional Dutch method which is still used to make cheese and visit to a traditional clogmaker. You will also enjoy a Boat ride between Marken & Volendam.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    5.5 hours

    Canal Cruise : 1 hour approx.

    Start time

    19 March till 18 Oct: Daily at 8:45am and 2:45pm

    Canal Cruise: Daily from 09.00am till 10:00pm (Boat departs every 20 minutes)

    Meeting Point

    Make your way to De Ruijterkade 34a, in the IJ hall of Central Station on the far eastern side.overview

    Canal Cruise: Make your way to Boat departs from Lover Canal Cruises, in front of Central Station.

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 30 minutes early

    Ending Point

    Original point of departure


    The tour starts from Damrak 26 in Amsterdam. You will travel by coach.

    Leave the city of Amsterdam behind to explore the Dutch countryside. Your luxury coach will take you to windmill village ‘de Zaanse Schans’, with its characteristic green wooden houses. On the turn of the 18th century this district was an industrial area with approximately 700 windmills in use.

    Continue to Volendam, you will explore the city on a walking tour and you will also visit the traditional fisherman’s village of Marken, situated on the shores of the former Zuiderzee

    After a stop for photos of the windmills, visit a clog-maker to discover how the traditional wooden shoes are made also known as Klompen. Decode the secret of making world famous Dutch cheese when you visit a traditional cheese farm. Enjoy a Boat ride between Marken and Volendam and take in the beauty of the views on your way.

    One Hour Free Canal Cruise:

    Your trip to Amsterdam is incomplete without a canal cruise. Learn about the beautiful Dutch capital and take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful capital city. With audio commentary in over 19 languages.

    The tour ends at Damrak 26.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Air-conditioned deluxe motorcoach
    • Visit to a working windmill
    • GPS Guide (Available in English, Spanish, Catalan, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish)
    • Visit to a cheese factory
    • Visit to a clog maker
    • Boat trip between Marken & Volendam
    • 1 hour Canal Cruise FREE (offer valid till limited time) Audio Guide for Canal Cruise in 19 languages


    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
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  • Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.

    During winter, the visit to Marken is replaced with the picturesque medieval town of Edam (note that this means that no cruise is included during this time).

    You can present your voucher on your device for this tour.

    Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher contains the local activity operators contact details. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Customer Reviews
    • Value for money travel experience

      Very friendly and informative guides. Had an awesome day visiting the countryside and the bus is also very comfortable....

      Christy angelica, Malaysia
    • Highly recommended!!

      In a short span of 5-6hours, this tour covers 3 beautiful villages near Amsterdam. Worth every penny and highly recommended for people who are in dearth of time. On booking the...

      sunilkumar mallikarjun, Switzerland
    • Peacefull view

      Tge guide was very cheerfull. The trip should have been a little slower since there were old people as well as small children in the group who could not keep up with the leader....

      Mir Obaid, United Arab Emirates
    • perfect to spend full day .

      Perumal Thirumalai, India, 28/Feb/2020
    • Excellent guide and trip. Would have liked to spend a bit longer at each location.

      Dorothea Simpson, United Kingdom, 05/Jun/2019
    • totally exceptional from A to Z

      brian brand, Israel, 23/Dec/2018