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Charms of Holland - Luxury Small Group Tour of Volendam, Marken, Edam and Windmills

Enjoy a scenic bus tour through the picturesque Dutch countryside whilst learning the history, stories and interesting points about places of interest from your guide. Take a walk through Holland's most authentic villages of Marken, Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans.

Take a tour of Holland's scenic landscapes where you can enjoy views of windmills, picturesque canals, villages with charming streets, locals dressed in traditional costumes, tasty Dutch specialities and much more on this full day, all-inclusive tour of Holland's most authentic villages.

Depart from Amsterdam and enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful countyside of the Netherlands. The first stop is Marken, a small fishing town renowned for preserving traditional Dutch culture. Your guide will take you on a walking tour through the charming streets whilst educating you on the history of this special town.

You will even get the opportunity to visit a wooden shoemaker, where you can see a craftsman at work, demonstarting the fine skill of wooden shoemaking.

Board the Marken Express where you will continue your journey to Volendam, this is no ordinary boat ride! You will be taking in the beautiful view of the IJssel lake. Upon arrival in Volendam, you will have free time to explore this Dutch fishing village, browse the shops and pick up some souvenirs or even take a picture of yourself in traditional Volendam costume before re-grouping and meeting for a delicious lunch.

After lunch, your next stop is in the heart of North Holland, Edam. This little town, famous around the world for its cheese and here you will enjoy a cheese tasting, so you can savour the flavour of Edam.

This town also has a rich history as a former shipyard and is home to one of the largest churches in the Netherlands, "Grote Kerk". Walk the cobblestone streets and gaze upon the quaint homes and bridges along Edam's canals.

From Edam, you will continue on the scenic countryside drive until you reach Zaanse Schans where you will see a magnificent collection of historic windmills which have been preserved since the 18th and 19th centuries.

This tour includes a special visit to one of the windmills, where you can explore the inside of this building and discover the importance of this Dutch icon. This is the final stop on your tour before being taken back to Amsterdam.

Experience Includes

  • Scenic bus tour through the Dutch countryside
  • Guided walk through the villages of Marken, Voldendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans
  • Visit a wooden shoemaker's workshop and live demonstration
  • Explore the inside of a traditional windmill
  • Boat ride on the "Marken Express" on the IJssel lake
  • Lunch at a local restaurant on Volendam's Dike
  • Cheese tasting visit in Edam

Experience Excludes

  • Any additional refreshments, not mentioned in inclusions
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional gratuities


Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 19 October to 18 March and daily from 19 March to 18 October.

Departure location

De Ruijterkade 34a, in the IJ hall of Central Station.

Start times



8 3/4 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Children aged 3 and under travel free.
  • Hotel Pick-ups are NOT incuded. Please meet at Damrak 26, Amsterdam – close to Central Station.
  • Please check in 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
  • Once booked tickets are non refundable.