Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Zaanse Schans Excursion from Amsterdam

From US$43.90

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the delights and history of Zaanse Schans and the Dutch countryside on a 3-hour, small-group trip from Amsterdam. With an informative guide, admire the lush, canal-crossed Dutch landscape. Take a tour of pretty Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills and green-painted houses, and visit a cheese farm and clog-making workshop to learn about these traditional crafts. Lastly, visit a working windmill to learn how these waterside factories helped drive the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Numbers are limited on this tour for a small-group experience.
  • 3-hour trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans and the surrounding countryside
  • Delight in the pretty countryside, pastures and canals of the Zaans region
  • Explore the picturesque museum village of Zaanse Schans to see its green-painted weatherboard houses
  • Visit a clog-making workshop and cheese farm to learn about these olden crafts
  • Head inside a working windmill to see its spinning sails, stones and cogs
  • Learn about the historical Zaans region, an industrial powerhouse during the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Prins Hendrikkade 74
    Prins Hendrikkade 74, 1012 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Meet your driver in opposite of Amsterdam Central Station at a small square in front of the Saint Nicholas Church and hotel NH Barbizon Palace. Just before the departure time, look out for an orange umbrella saying "Zaan Tours".

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Zaanse Schans

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Zaan Tours (Pass By)

Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Molen De Kat

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • As seats on this tour are restricted, all travelers should have a ticket
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour contains a moderate amount of walking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Wear comfortable shoes” does not cut it for handicapped visitors.
Just a short ride from the city and WELL worth it.


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Wonderful Trip to Zaanse Schans on October 31, 2023
Teresa_E, Sept 2023
I had landed in Amsterdam in the morning but felt I had to see some windmills. The meeting place in Amsterdam was right by the Centraal Station, so easy to find. Our guide, the mayor of the city, was fantastic! The entire tour was great! I bought some cheese there and brought it back for my home and office. It was a tour I'm so happy I signed up for and I highly recommend it! Thank you!
Zaanse windmills
Sharon_S, Sept 2023
Wonderful experience! Maake was informative but flexible with the tour. I loved everything about the tour except the drive to the location was a little rough. I think the bus needs maintenance.
Lovely afternoon tour
Leslie_M, Sept 2023
Lovely afternoon tour - our tour guide was very knowledgeable about history of the area. The information shared/demonstrations by the clog maker, cheese shop and chocolate shops were run and informativet as well.
Great tour
Heidi_B, Sept 2023
Fun afternoon on this tour. Our tour guide was well informed on the history of the area and the demonstrations by the clog maker, cheese shop and chocolate shops were excellent. It was great to get out of the city and see what life was like in Hollland a long time ago.
Easy day trip for great views!
Kelsey_B, Sept 2023
Great way to get out of the city of Amsterdam and see beautiful views in a few shorts hours. Our guide Maaike was super friendly and we fit a lot of stops and education into a half day.
View windmills, countryside, and learn
Sara_H, Sept 2023
Our guide, LiseLore, was excellent in providing history, answering questions, and suggesting ways to maximize our time. It was a nice way to go beyond the city and glimpse the past, learn about windmills and cheese and clog making. The village was lovely and the walking was easy. The small group size was a plus. This tour is a good value and a memorable experience.
Great way to see more than just Amsterdam city
Lorraine_A, Sept 2023
What a great tour to get out of Amsterdam city itself and see a little of the surrounding area. The windmills were a surprise to see how they worked, and the cheese making demo and tasting were good too. Needless to say I bought cheese :)
Informative and fun tour
Scott_C, Sept 2023
Nice tour of Zaanse Schans. A bit touristy but no fault of our guide Maaike who was great. She was very informative and friendly. The wooden shoe and cheese shop were our favorites. The meet up at the church and hotel near city center was flawless.
Picturesque but disappointing
Marie_A, Sept 2023
Tour was picturesque. Guide was informative but seemed rushed. Lots of gift shops but not enough time to select something and pay for it. Very slow cashiers. Constructive criticism here: I tried to call guide when we were left behind. Phone number was not in service. Other tour company provides guide’s phone number. Drop off was not at the pickup location. We had arranged for a ride. Not a big deal since we were able to get a taxi.
Highly recommended
todada327, Sept 2023
I enjoyed the history and the way the people lived. Amazing to see what the windmills are used and see it at work. Enjoyed the demonstration on the clog making and cheese making and of course the cheese samplings. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
What fun!
Sharon_C, Sept 2023
This was a great way to start our first trip to Amsterdam! Our guide Micki was friendly, fun and very knowledgeable! We got lots of information on cheese making, the wooden shoe demonstration was so interesting. We got to see everything and had plenty of free time for shopping and exploring. It was a great experience!
Great experience!
Jim_G, Sept 2023
Ester was a great guide with lots of knowledge and good humor to her stories. The sights were so great and the tour was perfect!
Great tour
Thomas_G, Sept 2023
The tour was great but touring a working windmill was exceptional. The cheese was delicious. Bus driver was very accommodating with our wheelchair.
Peter_J, Sept 2023
Loved experiencing the clog making and the working windmill. Our guide was excellent and very friendly.
Don't hesitate, book now!
Lynette_R, Sept 2023
I had high expectations of this tour, but these were exceeded! I had the most amazing morning and we covered so much during this time (clog and cheese making, as well as the windmills). Beautiful, quaint town. Our guide, Maaike, was absolutely brilliant. She obviously loves her job and was very knowledgeable, outgoing and beautifully presented in traditional dress (complete with the clogs!). I would highly recommend booking this tour :)
Nice trip with an exceptional guide (Toast without the T)
Paulo_F, Sept 2023
The highlight of the trip is the quality of the guide (Toast without a T at the end), very knowledgeable and good spirit.
Wonderful tour to see windmills
Douglas_T, Sept 2023
Loved visiting the working windmill and seeing wooden shoes made. Our guide was very informative about the use of windmills in the Netherlands.
Great tour! Knowledgeable...
Tammy_C, Sept 2023
Great tour! Knowledgeable tour guide! I liked that I saw cheese making, wooden shoe making and working windmills all in a 3 hour tour!
Great quick getaway from Amsterdam
Andrea_I, Sept 2023
It was beautiful to see this village. So close to Amsterdam, yet so far away in many other respects. Good to get away from the crowds and noise of the capital. It was only 3 hours long which was actually perfect- otherwise it may have got a bit old all too soon.
A must visit
Elaine_R, Sept 2023
Best part of our holiday learning about the history of Holland and seeing how clogs were made and a working windmill. Would highly recommend

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