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Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half Day Tour

Head out of Amsterdam and explore typical Dutch countryside on this charming half day tour. See locals in colourful dress, visit the famous windmill village of Zaanse Schans and learn about traditional clog and cheese making techniques. ***For Summer 2020, your ticket also includes a FREE 60-minute Amsterdam sightseeing cruise!***

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's around 45 minutes free time in both Volendam and Marken to explore and shop. Your return journey to Amsterdam takes you to a cheese farm where cheese is still made using traditional techniques.

FREE: Tours departing from the 19th March up to the 18th October include a complimentary 60-minute Amsterdam sightseeing cruise!

Experience Includes

  • 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
  • A visit to a traditional Dutch bakery
  • Audio-guide (16 languages available)
  • Boat ride (summer only)
  • ***For Summer 2020, your ticket also includes a FREE 60-minute Amsterdam sightseeing cruise***

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off


Daily, year round. Does not operate 25, 26 and 31 December or 1 January.

Departure location

De Ruijterkade 34a. This is in the Central Train Station.

Start times

9.15am and 12.15pm in the Winter (28 October - 18 March) and 8.45am or 2.45pm in the Summer (19 March - 18 October).


Around 5.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • The boat ride does not operate in the winter months.
  • Please be at the meeting point 30 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Itinerary subject to change without notice.
  • Cancellation policy: If you cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 48 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellations need to be requested in writing and must be confirmed by the supplier in writing (Lindbergh Tour and Travel).
  • No canal cruise on the 27th April.
  • Free sightseeing cruise is only valid for departures between the 19th March 2020 and the 18th October 2020.