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Windmills, Marken, Volendam and Keukenhof Full Day Tour

Explore the stunning Dutch countryside, stop at the famous windmill village of Zaanse Schans and visit Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in Europe and one of the most spectacular attractions in the Netherlands.

This over 10 hour long tour will take you from the lively city centre of Amsterdam to the beautiful countryside outside the city. Travel from Amsterdam Central Station to the open air museum of Zaanse Schans to see and visit the windmills there before traveling on to Volendam and Marken to discover these traditional fishing villages and some of the products created there. Then get back on the bus to head south, to the Keukenhof gardens. The order of the tour can change.

A visit to Zaanse Schans means you can get your fill of historical windmills. Over ten windmills line the banks of the Zaan river and the area around them is free for you to wonder around in as it really is an open-air museum. Zaanse Schans is one of the best places to see windmills in Holland.

Volendam is a typical Dutch fishing village and taking a walk along De Dijk and through the harbour area will not disappoint. Here you will visit the Cheese Factory to learn more about how the Dutch make cheese and have a little taste as well. Another stop along the tour is Woltjes Backerij, where you will step back in time to the 19th century to see how people lived then and how they made stroopwafels. If you are staying in town for lunch, we recommend the freshly caught fish.

Next is the village of Marken, a former island in the Markermeer, now a peninsula. You'll travel between Marken and Volendam by boat, with a scenic, 30 minutes trip across the IJsselmeer. On Marken you’ll visit a traditional clog, or wooden shoe, maker where clogs are still made according to a 100-year-old tradition with steam powered tools. They are surprisingly comfortable as you will be able to try for yourself.

At Keukenhof you can wander along 15 kilometres of footpaths surrounded by more than seven million flowers. The Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands are world-famous, open less than two months a year and the largest flower gardens in all of Europe. You’ll start your visit to Keukenhof with a one hour guided tour through the gardens.

After the guided tour you’ll have several hours to explore the gardens on your own. You can discover a world full of colourful and fragrant flower fields, including 800 different species of tulips, crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and many more in inspirational themed gardens, flower parades and beautiful flower shows. The millions of flower bulbs are planted by hand every year.

Your ticket comes with a free Amsterdam canal cruise This one hour cruise from Amsterdam Central Station will take you through the iconic canals of the city. From the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht to Amstel and IJ rivers, from the water you’ll get a unique perspective of the city.

Experience Includes

  • Tour to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans and world famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise to be booked at check-in
  • Fast track admission to the Keukenhof Garden.
  • Chance to view a working windmill and also see a traditional shoemaker and cheese farm
  • One hour guided tour at Keukenhof and a stroll through the beautiful gardens at your own pace
  • A 30 minute boat tour between Volendam & Marken
  • Visit an authentic Marker home from the 1940s
  • See how clogs are made with an antique steam engine

Experience Excludes

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

Departs

Daily, from 24 March to 15 May.

Departure location

Please check-in at the Tours & Tickets shop located at De Ruijterkade 34A in the IJ hall of Central Station

Start times

8.45am.

Duration

Around 11 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please be at the meeting point 30 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory on the bus and inside attractions
  • A COVID-19 Certificate is required
  • Itinerary subject to change without notice.
  • A variety of flowers bloom from March to May, however the best chance to see the gardens at their very best, including the tulips would be April.
  • This tour is a combination of two separate tours. The order of the tour may vary due to availibilty and clients might have to change buses in between.
  • 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).