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Countryside and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam With Lunch and Food Tastings

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Holland on a comprehensive day-trip from Amsterdam. With a professional guide, travel through Holland’s beautiful countryside and discover tulip-filled meadows, historical windmills and traditional cheese factories. Visit villages and towns like Edam, Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans, and enjoy a pleasant balance of guided walking tours and leisurely free time. Taste the globally renowned cheese of Volendam; witness the art of wooden shoe-making in Marken; take a tranquil cruise to Volendam; and marvel at the ancient windmills of Zaanse Schans.
  • Day trip through the Netherlands’ countryside from Amsterdam
  • Experience traditional Dutch culture, folklore and craftsmanship with stops in four authentic villages
  • See the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Enjoy lunch at a traditional Dutch restaurant in Volendam and take a boat cruise on Ijsselmeer lake
  • Walk the charming streets of Marken and visit a wooden shoemaker
  • Taste Edam’s famous cheese and stroopwaffels, and see one of the Netherlands’ largest churches, the Grote Kerk
  • Live guide in English, Spanish and German

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This all-inclusive express tour lets you see a traditional side of the Netherlands without long travel times.
Depart from a central Amsterdam location and climb aboard a comfortable vehicle destined for the beautiful countryside of the Netherlands. Stop first in Marken, a traditional fishing town famed for its pristine preservation of Dutch culture, and embark on a guided walking tour of the town’s pretty streets. Visit a wooden shoemaker in a craftsman’s lair and delve into the rich history of this unique area. 

Then, climb aboard a boat headed to Volendam and absorb stunning views of Lake Ijssel. On arrival, enjoy some leisurely free time to explore the quaint boutiques and picturesque harbor of the fishing village, and then reconvene with your guide and group for a fulfilling Dutch lunch. Opt to enjoy meat, fish or a vegetarian 3-course meal.

Wander the cobblestone streets and gaze upon the quaint homes and bridges along Edam’s canals – it’s like taking a stroll through a Dutch postcard.

Travel onward to the province of Zaandam, famed for its collection of perfectly preserved Dutch windmills. Admire the quaint structures and disembark to visit one of the iconic windmills up close.

After your enriching Dutch excursion, relax during the ride back to central Amsterdam.
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Zaans Museum
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Volendam Marken Express
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Amsterdam City Tours
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Cheese Factory Volendam
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Zaanse Schans
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Centraal Station
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Edams Museum
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Woltje's Backerij

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A great day!
, Mar 2020
We thought this was an excellent tour that was scenic, informative, and fun! The day was jam packed with activities that provided the perfect introduction to the Dutch countryside.
Customer Excellence
, Feb 2020
Wonderful Customer Service..PIETER our guide was amazing , very in depth narration and descriptions of the places we went..He was very caring making sure that everyone had a great time ..This tour was the highlight of our trip..It was worth the money spent for this excursion..
Amazing Experience
, Feb 2020
The all day tour was excellent!! Pieter was extremely knowledgeable and kept everything moving very smoothly. I would highly recommend this tour!!
Excellent tour
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour which showed the best of netherlands . The tour operator peter is the best and made the trip worse it. Very funny and informative . Highly recommended tour and ask for peter
Charm of Holland
, Jan 2020
Amazing day trip! I would highly recommend it. All 4 stops were excellent. The fish lunch was very good. It was totally worth it.
Fabulous Tour
, Dec 2019
Yvette and Michael were the perfect hosts. Great stops and inclusions. Would recommend. Very happy .
Absolutely charming!
, Dec 2019
This was one of the best day tours I've done in all my travels! Our guide Yvette was a delight, such a joy to spend the day with and she provided interesting information, took pictures for us, and was all smiles along the way. The itinerary was perfect, we covered a lot of ground but it didn't feel rushed in any way. The villages were incredibly charming and picturesque, even on a cold day in November. Highly recommend!
wow what an experience!
, Nov 2019
The day was filled with sites, history, food tasting. It was a great excursion for 1 day out of Amsterdam to really learn about Holland's culture. I highly recommend a day outside of the city to complete the full picture. Great effort and delivery by this tour.
Charm of Holland
Judi N
, Nov 2019
This was a great opportunity to see the traditional Netherlands in the countryside setting. Was a fun and informative day well worth the time.
Charm of Holland
, Nov 2019
Loved the windmills. Enjoyed the wooden shoe factory. Cheese factory tour seemed more of a sales pitch.

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