Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam
- Tour to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans and world famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken
- Scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
Chance to view a working windmill and also see a traditional shoemaker and cheese farm
Audio-guide (16 languages available)
- Boat ride (summer only)
Your day starts with a scenic drive through the Dutch countryside characterised by polders and little canals as you head to the Zaanse Schans village, famous for its collection of wooden windmills. The windmills are all still in use and offer a glimpse of Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries when thousands of windmills were lined along the dykes and powered the Dutch economy. Here you have a chance to explore one of the mills that still perform various functions including a saw mill, a paint mill (grinding pigments), and oil mill (grinding linseed or peanuts to draw off the oil). You will also get the chance to visit a wooden shoemaker to learn how clogs are made. Afterwards, the tour continues to the renowned fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, where you can see traditional Dutch wooden houses and locals still wear traditional colourful dress. A twenty minute boat trip takes you between the two villages and there is around 45 minutes free time in both Volendam and Marken allowing you to explore and shop. Your return journey to Amsterdam takes you to a cheese farm where cheese is still made using traditional techniques.
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- Optional gratuities
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Casual. Dress according to the weather for that day.
The boat ride does not operate in the winter months.