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The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production. Today, the Zaanse Schans is set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills open to visitors. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the village’s top attractions.

The Basics
The Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip destination from Amsterdam; the scenic drive through the Dutch countryside—past lovely fields, green pastures, and winding canals—is a tour highlight in and of itself. Visit on a half- or full-day tour to explore the five Dutch Golden Age windmills, including some that serve as a sawmill and an oil mill, and visit the workshops of local craftspeople. Cheese-making and clog-making demonstrations are other key experiences, in addition to pewter-casting and mustard-making demos. For a fun photo souvenir, stop by a shoemaker’s shop and try on traditional Dutch clogs and costumes. When you get hungry, pop into a bakery for a taste of the sweet white duivekater bread, head to the cheese factory for some famous Edam cheese, or step inside Albert Heijn—the village’s oldest shop—for a bag of sweets. A boat trip or a canal cruise is another excellent way to see the Zaanse Schans and the surrounding villages.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Zaanse Schans is a must-see for visitors interested in learning about traditional Dutch culture.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the outdoor area.
  • The Zaanse Schans is free to visit, but some individual attractions may require fees.
  • Not all areas are wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the area, but accessible bridges and parking are available. Jonge Schaap is the only wheelchair-accessible windmill.
  • Most shops and restaurants in the neighborhood accept credit and debit cards; ATMs are located at the Zaanse Schans parking office.

How to Get There
The Zaanse Schans neighborhood is set in Zaandam, near Zaandijk, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Amsterdam. The village, located on the eastern bank of the Zaan river, is easily accessible from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station by transit—it takes less than an hour to get there by bus, train, or car. Fee-based parking is available.

When to Get There
Though there is plenty to do year-round in the Zaanse Schans, much of the village’s charm lies in its outdoor attractions, making late spring and summer the best times to visit. Winters in the Netherlands are known to be rainy and windy, so if you’re visiting then, wear warm layers under a waterproof jacket.

The Dutch and Their Bicycles 
It’s said that there are 1.5 bicycles for every inhabitant of the Netherlands. The Dutch love their bikes and can be found pedaling them to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else in between. Renting a bicycle is a great way to see Holland like a local. In summer, a bike tour from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans is a popular way to experience the quaint village and the bucolic countryside.
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Semi-Private Tour to Windmills and Countryside Villages from Amsterdam

Semi-Private Tour to Windmills and Countryside Villages from Amsterdam

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Venture away from the busy streets of Amsterdam and take a trip into the Dutch countryside during this half-day tour. Enjoy a peaceful day exploring typical Dutch villages including the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, the fishing village of Volendam, the oldest town in Holland—Monnickendam, and Broek in the Amsterdam “wetlands.” Discover Dutch history and culture as you explore and enjoy your guide’s undivided attention on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours
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$101.86
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Bus tour to Volendam, Edam and the Windmills incl. 100 Highlights cruise

Bus tour to Volendam, Edam and the Windmills incl. 100 Highlights cruise

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If you want to leave the tourist traps in Amsterdam behind for the day, hop on this bus for a guided scenic tour of the Dutch countryside. Experience the churning windmills in Zaanse Schans, watch craftspeople at work, the cheese weighing house in Edam, and the seaside village of Volendam. A knowledgeable guide will teach you all about Dutch culture.
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  • 6 hours
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$74.90
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Amsterdam customizable private tour with Hotel or Airport Pick-Up

Amsterdam customizable private tour with Hotel or Airport Pick-Up

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Escape the city and create your own itinerary on a private full-day custom tour from Amsterdam. With just your guide and private party, explore the Dutch countryside, replete with windmills and waterways, in order to learn of the Netherlands’ history. Opt to discover the picturesque villages of Marken and Volendam; or snap photos of the windmills in Zaanse Schans; or see the 'garden of Europe' at Keukenhof. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$388.68
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Tulips and Windmills in a Very Small Group from Amsterdam

Tulips and Windmills in a Very Small Group from Amsterdam

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Experience Dutch nature and culture on this all-day guided excursion. After meeting up with a knowledgeable local guide, enjoy activities that include visiting a clog and wooden shoe workshop, stopping by a cheese farm to for a Gouda tasting, admiring historic windmills at Molen De Kat, and exploring one of the world’s largest flower gardens with skip the line access.
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  • 9 hours
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$168.71
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Private tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs and Volendam from Amsterdam

Private tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs and Volendam from Amsterdam

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Delve into traditional Dutch culture on a private countryside tour from Amsterdam. Skip the hassle of renting a car and navigating country roads, as a dedicated driver makes it easy to travel from the capital to charming villages like Zaanse Schans, Irene Hoeve, and Volendam. See working windmills, visit a cheese factory, watch how wooden clogs are made, and get tips on the top riverside restaurants for an authentic Dutch lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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$228.36
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All-inclusive Zaanse Schans VIP-tour with Kaatje Slagter from Amsterdam

All-inclusive Zaanse Schans VIP-tour with Kaatje Slagter from Amsterdam

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Be transported back in time and see what life is like in a historic Dutch village. Meet a local resident dressed in traditional 18th century clothing. Your guide gives you a tour through Zaanse Schans, a preserved 18th and 19th century village. Sit down in her home with her for a treat before exploring the village yourself. Immerse yourself in traditional Dutch culture - from wearing wooden shoes, to seeing windmills at work.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$101.22
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PRIVATE Authentic Zaanse Schans Tour with Chocolate & Cheese Tastings Included

PRIVATE Authentic Zaanse Schans Tour with Chocolate & Cheese Tastings Included

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Zaanse Schans is known for its historic buildings and working windmills, but gaining intimate insight into the traditional region can be difficult on a self-led trip. Explore Zaanse Schans on a private tour from Amsterdam Centraal, and visit a clog workshop, traditional dairy, and chocolate factory for insight into the country’s industrial heritage, learning more about the neighborhood from your local guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$112.65
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Private countryside tour: the highlights of Holland with guide and transport

Private countryside tour: the highlights of Holland with guide and transport

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Immerse yourself in Dutch culture, history, and cuisine on a private 6- to 7-hour countryside tour. Comfortable and swift transportation takes you from the tourist crowds of Amsterdam and into the heart of Holland. Enjoy engaging commentary from your guide as you taste local cheese, stroll past windmills, and try on wooden shoes. Tour highlights include Zaanse Schans, the fishing village of Marken, Volendam, Church Broek, and more.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$538.09
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Full day tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills tour from Amsterdam

Full day tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills tour from Amsterdam

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Discover some of the Netherlands’ most beautiful countryside highlights on this seamless, private tour. Following pickup from your hotel, travel in the comfort of a luxury Mercedes. Your first stop is the charming village of Giethoorn: renowned for its scenic canals, thatched-roof homes, and tranquil pace of living. See the town, and go for a canal cruise. Then, transfer to Zaanse Schans: home to iconic, heritage windmills. Finally, return to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$352.24
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Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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Enjoy a day away from the capital on a tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Edam, with a complimentary city canal cruise ticket included. Gain insight into rural Holland from on-board commentary as you cruise between attractions with ease via air-conditioned vehicle. Benefit from free time to explore the Dutch countryside at your own pace, then unwind after sightseeing with a calm cruise on UNESCO-listed waterways.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Amazing Zaanse Schans Tour

Amazing Zaanse Schans Tour

Planning a trip to Nederlands? Looking for Off-the-Beaten-Path Tour in Amsterdam? What about visiting the world-famous Zaanse Schans? Amsterdam offers you the chance to discover the world-famous Windmills, an attraction that you must see once in a life. Wha’s included in the Amazing Zaanse Schans Tour? You will have the chance to discover the Zaanse Schans Windmills while you enjoy a walk around this magical town. A visit to Wooden Shoes factory, Cheese Factory, and Zaanse Museum are other stops on the tour. Get ready to learn more about Nederlands’ history. Get stunned with this fantastic Scandinavian journey. Get ready to experience Nederlands from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal interesting facts about Zaanse Schans’ sights.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Day Tour of Tulips and Windmills including a Pancake Lunch

Private Day Tour of Tulips and Windmills including a Pancake Lunch

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Escape the city crowds and discover the Dutch countryside on a private day tour to Zaanse Schans and Keukenhof from Amsterdam. Gain insight into Holland’s culture at a clog workshop, cheese farm, working windmill, and as you tiptoe through the tulips, the national flower of Holland. Avoid hidden costs with a pancake lunch and entrance fees included, and relax with seamless round-trip transfer from your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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Old Holland windmill cycling tour

Old Holland windmill cycling tour

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In a small group you will cycle at an easy pace through the landscape and visit hidden windmills that tell the special story of the industry in the 17th century around Amsterdam. Visit an original neighbourhood with 17th century workers' houses and discover what makes the merchant houses in the zaan region so special. You will also visit the Zaanse Schans with its clog factory and cheese tasting.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus THIS IS HOLLAND

Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus THIS IS HOLLAND

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Edam, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans are considered among Holland’s must-see sites of interest, but organizing transportation and tickets to explore solo takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach all three sites in a day with round-trip travel from Amsterdam included, and explore the culture and history of Holland. Discover 18th-century windmills, traditional cheese farms, and tranquil canals, and admire top attractions like the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$74.90
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Day Trip to the windmills of the Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edam

Day Trip to the windmills of the Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edam

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Step back in time and experience Dutch life in the 18th and 19th centuries as you visit three historic villages around Amsterdam. Explore the Zaanse Schans open-air museum, with its traditional windmills, Dutch cheese factory, and clog-making workshop. Continue to the picturesque fishing village of Volendam, then ride the ferry across the lake to Marken village, known for its distinctive wooden houses.
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  • 6 hours
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$70.71
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Private Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Windmills Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

Private Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Windmills Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

The mostly car-free village of Giethoorn, with its boat-filled waterways, is one of the Netherlands' most beautiful places. Skip the impersonal group tours and explore its attractions in the company of just your party and a guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$359.52
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$359.52
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Countryside & Zaanse Schans Windmills Tour

Countryside & Zaanse Schans Windmills Tour

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☑ Countryside & Windmills Tour Day trip from and to Amsterdam. ☑ Price includes return transfer from a central location. ☑ Choose one of our luxurious Mercedes-Benz Fleet (V-Class, S-Class and E-Class). ☑ Qualified drivers with 20 years of experience. ☑ Multi-Language drivers (English, Arabic, Dutch). ☑ Comfortable and smooth ride. ☑ VIP Meet & Greet. ☑ Every single request will be dealt with individually. ☑ Available 24/7 in your service. ☑ The rates cover all taxes, tolls, fees and gratuities (excl. extra waiting time). ☑ Benefit from the personalized service of a private trip.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$297.34
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Private Briski Tour Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

Private Briski Tour Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

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Leave the tourist crowds behind on a private tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. Embark on an alternative sightseeing experience, hopping on an electric scooter to efficiently zip around the neighborhood, and benefit from historic and cultural insights provided by your guide. Enjoy free time to explore by foot at your own pace, and relax with round-trip transfer to the outlying location by private vehicle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.79
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans and River Zaan Cruise from Amsterdam

Private Tour: Zaanse Schans and River Zaan Cruise from Amsterdam

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Travel to a storybook land of windmills, wooden houses and cheese shops on this private, half-day tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. Visit the traditional Dutch village for a glimpse into the Old World crafts scene and charming atmosphere, and then glide by the many windmills that line the banks of the Zaan River on a private boat trip. Stop for lunch in the town of Zaandam, and hear stories about life on the river from a friendly skipper and guide.
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  • 5 hours
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$256.46
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Amsterdam Highlights & Zaanse Schans Private Tour

Amsterdam Highlights & Zaanse Schans Private Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Amsterdam to the picturesque Zaanse Schans village including traditional Dutch sights at their best – from cheese tasting to windmills and more. Tour Highlights • Zaanse Schans Windmill Village • During the flower season April - May, the polders are beautifully colored with flower fields • Unique Dutch landscape - polders & canals • Dutch cheese tasting • Windmill visit • Clog making workshop • Visit to a local cheese farm • Panoramic countryside drive through Polder de Beemster • Amsterdam sightseeing tour • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 6 hours
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$728.00
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Private tour from AMS airport to Zaanse Schans windmills

Private tour from AMS airport to Zaanse Schans windmills

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Famous for its pretty windmills and colorful houses, Zaanse Schans offers a snapshot of traditional life in Holland. On this tour, begin with pickup at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and head straight there with your private guide. With entry fees included, see clog-making done the traditional way, sample local Gouda cheese, and gain insight into Holland’s traditional crafts. You can enjoy a drop-off back at the airport, or head onward to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.80
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Private Guided Tour: Zaanse Schans and Zaandam from Amsterdam

Private Guided Tour: Zaanse Schans and Zaandam from Amsterdam

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Discover delightful Zaanse Schans and the charming city of Zaandam on a 6-hour private tour from Amsterdam. With an informative private guide, explore the enchanting windmill hamlet of Zaanse Schans. Admire the trademark green-painted houses, craft studios and windmills; and see inside a clog-making workshop, cheese farm and working windmill. Then, take a River Zaan boat ride past windmills and old warehouses to Zaandam. See the city’s highlights, enjoy a delicious lunch and visit the Czar Peter House, where the Russian ruler learnt about Dutch shipbuilding in the 17th century.
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  • 6 hours
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$293.61
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Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour with THIS IS HOLLAND

Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour with THIS IS HOLLAND

From the central meeting point, a short bus ride will take you to the windmill village Zaanse Schans. Here you will experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours. See the historic working windmills of Zaanse Schans on a tour from Amsterdam with a professional guide. Learn about cheese making, watch traditional craftsmen making clogs and other artefacts and view the wooden, green painted houses and shops. A professional, experienced and friendly guide will accompany you throughout the village before you get time to further explore the village on your own. Back in Amsterdam: you will receive your voucher for The Ultimate 5D Flight Experience ‘THIS IS HOLLAND.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$56.92
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Private Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Marken from Amsterdam

Private Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Marken from Amsterdam

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At the desired time, your English-speaking professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation in a private vehicle After a 0.5-hour ride, you will reach Zaanse Schans. Taking small paths here will lead you to the bakery museum where the smell of fresh home-made bread floats in the air. Along the way, you will see authentic workshops where the clog- shoes with a thick wooden stole are made. Do not miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the windmills. Next is Volendam. Here are the best-known fishing villages in Holland. The village has a beautiful harbor with Dutch ships where you can take a boat trip to Marken. Take a picture wearing traditional Volendam clothes! Finally, you will reach Marken. It was separated from the mainland by the storm in the 13th century. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited. At the end of the ride, your friendly driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$194.78
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$194.78
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