Guided Day Trip from Amsterdam - Volendam, Marken and Windmills

Amsterdam, Netherlands

From US$40.58

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


Take a day trip out of the city and visit Holland’s famous windmills in the countryside around Amsterdam. On this tour you’ll see the canals and greenery of rural life in the Netherlands, and learn about the rich history of the area. Stroll around the historic village of Zaanse Schans and see the old shipyard, important here since the 17th century. In Volendam or Marken, see how wooden clogs are made!
  • Choose an all-inclusive tour option to include a cheese making demonstration and boat ride between Volendam and Marken
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned bus to and from Amsterdam Central Station
  • Explore historic fishing villages and get a real sense of rural life in the Netherlands
  • See the famous windmills up close on a special tour (all-inclusive package only)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Unlike many others, this fast-paced tour offers flexible start times, and half- or full-day options.

What's Included

  • Transport by luxurious air-conditioned bus with free Wi-Fi
  • The traditional Dutch experience in fishing villages Volendam & Marken
  • An up-close look at the windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Cheese demonstration
  • Visit a traditional Marker house (only on the All-Inclusive Tour)
  • 30 minute boat tour between Volendam and Marken (only on the All-Inclusive Tour)
  • Visit an operating windmill (only on the All-Inclusive Tour)
  • Clog making demonstration with operating antique steam engine (only on the All-Inclusive Tour)
  • Lunch (Charm of Holland option only, available on Fridays)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Tours & Tickets Amsterdam
    De Ruijterkade 34, 1012 AA Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The Tours & Tickets Shop is located in the IJ hall of Central Station on the far eastern side. Show your (smartphone) ticket at the Tours & Tickets office, where you'll be guided to the bus across the street.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Zaanse Schans

Admission Ticket Free


Admission Ticket Free

Cheese Factory Volendam

Admission Ticket Free


Admission Ticket Free

Wooden Shoe Factory Marken

Admission Ticket Free

Centraal Station

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children up to and including 3 years old are free of charge (not occupying a seat)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
We had a wonderful experience on this trip with our friends! Tony, Andrea, and Derek (I'm probably spelling his name incorrectly) were great tour guides. They were very informative, patient, and professional. At the end, we even learned a few Dutch phrases. The only recommendation I would make to inform travelers that you will have to get a hard copy ticket at the station before you can get on the bus. We had electronic tickets and thought those would be ok. Nonetheless, I definitely recommend.


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Great Tour
Marilyn_B, Sept 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The weather could have been better but that’s not in the tour’s control. Great to have the opportunity to see an actual windmill in operation plus a wooden shoe being made. Be prepared to do a fair amount of walking. Also, washrooms at the windmills don’t accept coins, need a debit or credit card for 1 Euro charge. The food at the restaurant in Volerdam is excellent but has big portion. Recommend this tour.
Ziyad_A, Sept 2023
Superb Ian tour guide was superb and very funny and entertaining I would recommend to everyone Amazing
Spinning thru Holland like breeze on a windmill
Karen_K, Sept 2023
Overall a fun experience. I couldn’t hear the miller very well but enjoyed touring the windmills. The clog making was actually my favorite stop as I had no idea how they were made or why. Satisfied my curiosity and sad I didn’t have room in my luggage to buy a pair for myself. Our guides were fun, enthusiastic and active on our journey. The wedding March on Maarken was a bonus. Don’t knock that against Diana, we were trapped from the path to be able to get out!
Magical Volendam and Marken.
Jenny_W, Sept 2023
The vibe in Rotterdam was electric as we visited during the 4 day festival. Marken was magical and the piano playing coach driver rounded the day trip nicely.
It may sound a long trip,...
Fiona_S, Sept 2023
It may sound a long trip, but you got to see so much and their wasn't lengthy bus travel. Also you got enough time to actually look at some of the shops, and have lunch. Great experience all in all.
"Traditional" tickets.
Catharine_P, Sept 2023
Being excluded from many of the experiences because we didn't have the "right" ticket! We couldn't go into the windmills for example. There were only 3 of us with the red arm bracelets whereas the others had the green bracelets.
Singing driver
Nikki_R, Sept 2023
Excellent tour! Our driver was wonderful and played piano and sang to us. Overall our group of 6 had a great time between exploring a real wind mill, walking around a coastal town, learning about Dutch cheese making and how stroopwafels are made, taking a boat ride, and learning about how traditional clogs were made. So much fun!
Nice little trip
Neil_B, Sept 2023
Only in town for 3 days and visited Amsterdam before so booked this trip. Windmill was great as was the clog making demonstration, Cheese 'Shop' staff friendly but really not much other than a sales stop. Ian, Eric and Jan where great and my wife enjoyed learning some facts from the audio guide.
Amazing experience
Betty_L, Sept 2023
It was amazing. Beautiful scenery. Interesting. The shoe maker and the windmill guy were great. The bus ride was comfortable and the guides that we had were funny, friendly and we had so much fun with them. I would definitely recommend.
Too little information, Too much marketing
Barb_M, Sept 2023
The guide and bus driver were good but the educational portions of the tour were extremely brief (10 mins max at each stop) and then there was lots of time just to walk around. Felt like the main purpose was for us to spend money in the businesses.
A amazing experience
szeszecynthia_c, Sept 2023
So much fun! I enjoyed very much. The team of 2 tour guides are so much fun! Great gifts shop. What are amazing experiences. I am highly recommended. I booked the half day trip, so perfect for me.
Great and very patient animators: Ian and Eric did excellent job with a bunch of turbulent tourists!
Sylvie_V, Sept 2023
It was far to hot for an excursion like that. However, we had two great guys and a fabulous driver who entertained a very big bunch of very turbulent tourists with patience, good sens of humor and professionalism A big cheer to Ian, Eric and Leon (I think the driver’s name is Leon……) merci beaucoup!
Binu_M, Sept 2023
Ian and team was very good. Good explanation. Clean bus , good guide and excellent conversations Binu
Day trip to countryside
Julie_J, Sept 2023
Commentary on bus was a little hard to follow at times . Did not msg h fiend we were visiting ? Staff were great and very friendly !! Overall would recommend and is good value for money
Memorable Day
Brendan_B, Sept 2023
We had a wonderful day visiting the windmills, the clog making demonstration, the cheese making demonstration and, my favourite part, the waffle making demonstration. We stopped and had lunch at this amazing village. Agustin, Suzie and our driver (Ferrari) Frank where amazing. Very friendly and very helpful. Very knowledgeable in the history of Amsterdam and we learnt a lot. The bus is very comfortable and has seatbelts. Strongly recommend choosing this company for your next tour.
Excellent tour
Karen_W, Sept 2023
The tour was great. It is fast paced, and there is plenty of walking, but it’s a wonderful way to see the windmills and the countryside.
Fun and interesting
Kyle_B, Sept 2023
The Bus driver Steph, was amazing. One of the best. Funny guy and made the bus ride fun. He was very entertaining. My only negative was it did feel a little rushed. A lot packed into the trip. Didn’t leave much time for looking around. Despite that I’d still highly recommend the trip.
Amsterdam country side and Windmills
Mitra_G, Sept 2023
Windmill, cheese factory and Glogs (wooden shoe factory. Unfortunately we haven’t have a good start as there wasn’t a clear direction to our meeting point (even we were in that area 45min) and because of that we had take a cab to go to the next stop and it cost us 57€. The Tickets&Tours haven’t offer any compensation. And we find out we weren’t the only one and it happens more often to other travellers. But the rest of the tour was nice and beautiful.
Erez_S, Sept 2023
I was waiting at the address sent to me by the vendor . Nobody showed up or answered my texts through the viator app. I have screenshots of everything and working on getting my money back to fight that fraud
Excellent tour of Windmills, clogs, cheese, woodworking and waffle making!!
Barbara_O, Sept 2023
All the sights were great. The tour guides Steph and Cecilia were a joy! The added piano and singing brought lots of joy!

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