Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

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From USD 97.36

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience an iconic landscape of fishing villages, windmills, and craftsmen’s shops on a small-group tour from Amsterdam into the Dutch countryside. Visit a series of traditional, restored windmills in Zaanse Schans, and walk the dikes and harbor of Volendam, a pretty port lined with bright houses and sailboats. Sample locally-make cheeses and Dutch schnapps, with time to choose a restaurant for lunch, then enjoy sweeping views of the landscape during the return trip to Amsterdam.
  • Small-group tour of the Dutch countryside
  • See picture-perfect landscapes and villages
  • Learn about traditional life and culture
  • Great overview and orientation for first-time visitors

What's Included

  • Groupsize max 8 persons
  • Cheese tasting
  • Dutch fruit wine
  • Expert guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Overhoeksplein 51
    Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

    We will depart in front of the entrance of the this is Holland building. A major landmark is also the ADAM tower. Food and drinks you can get in the morning at Albert Heijn around the corner at adres: Bercylaan 5, 1031 KP Amsterdam Opens at 08:00 CET.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age 7 years.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

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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Traveller Tips

It was so worth paying more to take a "small group" tour rather than be on the cheaper group large bus tours.
A small group is a perfect size for this type of tour.
The Windmills are fascinating and even though we had a very foggy day, so worth seeing if you have the time.
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Saurabh_S, Mar 2023
Excellent trip. Well planned and covered everything I expected. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.
Excelent choise
Alejandro_R, Mar 2023
Guvert and Josephine were very nice, they showed us the local jewels of the Netherlands food and traditions. The tour was very open to our own pace
Worth every penny.
Julie_R, Dec 2022
The guy who did the tour was fantastic, he was informative, funny & kind making sure we were all ok.
Fascinating experience
JOANN_T, Dec 2022
Our trip was fascinating! We loved the windmills and the sawmill. Goulven was an amazing guide. Our group of 6 enjoyed the entire day!
A tranquil day in the country side
Mary_L, Dec 2022
This small group tour was a wonderful way to spend some time in the country side. The visit to the windmills was fun and interesting. The visit to Volendam, a fishing town, was a nice contrast to Amsterdam, where we stopped for lunch. But most importantly, our guide was wonderful. He was friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour.
Take this tour!
Rebecca_C, Nov 2022
This was such a special tour! Goulven was a marvelous guide. There were only 3 of us on the tour- myself as a solo traveler and a couple; so it was quite easy to ask questions and learn. While I would agree with some other reviews that maybe more time built into the tour at Zaanse Schans would be helpful, I wouldn't take away "points" from the review for that. This was still a really unique experience! Goulven chatted with us between the locations- the Zaanse Schans, Irene Hoeve, and Monnickendam. Sometimes I think you just as much in those moments as you do in the locations! It is an experience you cannot always have in larger tours. The windmills as I said before was slightly rushed, but still really nice. The clog and cheese farm was exactly as I hoped, and I left needing to buy more luggage to hold my new purchases! Monnickendam was truly charming. I don't even like fish, and hadn't cared much about visiting a fishing village, but the fish we ate there was amazing and the town is so beautiful! If I hadn't chosen this tour I wouldn't have seen this town, and I'm so glad that I did. I appreciate this company and their approach to tourism. Thank you, Goulven!
Fantastic tour!!
Dwayne_L, Nov 2022
Our guide was phenomenal! I cannot remember his name, but he’s the #2 guy with this tour company. Very, very friendly. Very informative. Very patient. Very flexible in the schedule and showed us things and places most tourists never see. FIVE STARS IS NOT HIGH ENOUGH!
Great Choice
Brian_B, Nov 2022
Tour was super - tour company honored commitment regardless low attendance that day. (Sun off season) Tour Guide - Goulven (?sp?)- was great, a lot of knowledge, friendly with locals, and very personable. Next time in AMS would look up for other tour opportunities.
Perfect in every way!
Collette_L, Oct 2022
We LOVED this tour. The gorgeous countryside, the quaint villages, the stop at the wooden shoes and cheese establishment, even the darling and delicious lunch stop - all was very memorable. Goulven was knowledgeable, friendly and considerate. He added so much to our tour - even navigating his van down narrow streets to show us the beauty of the small villages. An absolutely delightful day. Can’t wait to come back!
Great tour
Margaret_H, Oct 2022
We had a lovely time with the guide,(french.)Told us lots about windmills and took us to a lovely .place for lunch.
Magical informative and intriguing tour.
James_K, Oct 2022
Strolling through the town was a bit like walking through a fairy tail. The windmills create a feel of antiquity and nostalgia. At the same time the history of the use of windmills makes the reminds you of the fascinating accomplishments of this culture so many years ago. The museum on the building of the windmills and the working saw mill was another eye opening experience. The visit to the small cheese and wooden shoe store was the perfect compliment to the experience.
A day in the Dutch country side
Sherry_F, Oct 2022
We signed up for this small group tour because my husband hates the big bus tours. We were told that there was a required minimum of passengers for the tour to go forward but, to our surprise, we were the only two on this tour because it is low season. We were very happy when our guide, Ale, showed up and was still happy to take us out for the day. We had a lovely and relaxing day visiting the sites and we especially appreciated Ale’s enthusiasm, professionalism, and knowledge of the places that we visited. We would highly recommend this tour.
Sharon_B, Oct 2022
Small group. Wonderful, knowledgeable guide. Beautiful village. The best hot chocolate. Loved seeing working windmills still in use today.
Beautiful Netherlands ❤️
Angelita_L, Oct 2022
We love the small group tour and Goulven our tour guide is knowledgeable. We had no communication problem because he speaks good English.He gave us enough time to take pictures, lots of pictures. We had a fun and memorable day. Thank you.
Love this tour!
Laura_N, Oct 2022
Loved having a small group, great guide, interesting places. The windmill village, and the wooden shoe shop were fascinating. Our guide took us through a small old village and told stories about it and its residents, current and former. Loved Volendam. The day was cold and wet, so there were no crowds anywhere!
Interesting fun friendly
Lise_F, Oct 2022
Great tour guide! He (Gouven?) was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Owners and/or workers at businesses were also personable I recommend this tour
Gary_A, Oct 2022
This is a great tour!! We had an amazing guide who was able to tell us all about the countryside and windmills we were seeing. So many interesting facts and sights. I highly recommend this tour. Much better than going on a bus with 50 other people.
Wonderful Day in Holland
BruceLemmerman, Oct 2022
We had a great guide in Ellen. Took care to make sure we learned a lot. Travel was safe and informative. Up close to all the machinery and people who work these beautiful machines.
The fun we all had as a...
Carrie_T, Oct 2022
The fun we all had as a group. How kind Ellen was, how she was genuinely interested in all of us and wanted to make sure that we all enjoyed ourselves.
Ellen_G, Sept 2022
This small group trip was the highlight of my week trip to Amsterdam. Our guide J (Frenchman living in Amsterdam) was so interesting & took extra time to show us out of the way places.