Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half Day Tour

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Perfect way to see some of Holland's highlights!

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.

Our guide to Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half Day Tour

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 sawmill, 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 the traditional colourful dress.

A twenty-minute boat trip takes you between the two villages and there are 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.

Departs

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

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).

Duration

Around 5.5 hours.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half Day Tour

  • The boat ride doesn't operate in the winter months.
  • Please be at the meeting point 30 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Itinerary subject to change without notice. 
  • No cruise on the 27th of April.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled before your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post-departure.