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

Amsterdam, Netherlands

From USD 44.19

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • 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

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
  • This tour contains a moderate amount of walking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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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Wear comfortable shoes” does not cut it for handicapped visitors.
Just a short ride from the city and WELL worth it.
604 reviews
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Sondra_U, Mar 2023
Truly amazing to see a windmill in operation and the demonstration of how clogs are made was wonderful Highly recommended
See the countryside…
Suzanne_H, Mar 2023
Very pleasant excursion to see windmills & get a sense of Holland’s past. Would like a bit more information about the history.
Beautiful Easy Tour
Noel_W, Mar 2023
Great Tour! Worth every Penny!!!! Our tour guide was friendly, patient and informative! This is a great way to experience the windmills and country!
Awesome tour!
Anabel_J, Mar 2023
Would definitely recommend! Ray was a great tour guide and it’s just a 20 minute drive from Amsterdam. The windmills were so neat to see and we got to visit the small town and shops which included a clog making demonstration.
Great Tour & Windmills!!
Amanda, Mar 2023
I loved this! It was something I wanted to do when coming to Amsterdam. 3 hours was just the right amount of time. The tour size was small and great. We moved around easily, and able to see more things. The tour guide was awesome, as she was from that town. Highly recommend.
Take this tour!
Amy_J, Mar 2023
Mika and David were fantastic! Such great personalities and the tour was a lot of fun. It was interesting to learn what the windmills were used for and the items are purchased will be greatly appreciated at my home
Windy day
Trishahn_S, Mar 2023
The guides were excellent. Can’t remember her name but she was new and blonde🙈 and very personable. Thoroughly enjoyed even with the super strong winds.
Fun in Zaanse Schans!
Lori_C, Mar 2023
We had a great time on our Zaanse Schans Tour. Ray was our guide. She was very sweet and very accommodating to us all day. The windmills, Clogs and cheese were great!
Well Worthwhile Excursion!
Sandra_R, Mar 2023
The tour guide was very knowledgable and engaging, which made the whole thing even more enjoyable! Hearing about the history of the region and its industry was fascinating, and the various activities were fun.
Great half day tour
Max, Mar 2023
A great value in time and money, this tour provided a snapshot of the area and our guide was a local with a lot of detailed information to share.
Worth every penny
Rachel_h, Mar 2023
The whole trip was fantastic our guide was so knowledgeable about everything we seen and done and was such a lovely lady .. The cheese is amazing was Like a village from a fairytale.
Fantastic trip
Sarah_C, Mar 2023
We loved our trip to Zannes Schans and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. For value for money, this is well worth a trip.
The tour well presented...
Michail_M, Mar 2023
The tour well presented by our guide and its a must for Amsterdam visitors !!!! Highly recommended….
Thomas_L, Mar 2023
Great tour for our first time in was a fantastic experience.loved the windmill excursion.cheese making etc.the tour guide was great and helpful
Great visit - recommended!
vics, Mar 2023
This was a great visit and really recommend. Very interesting history of Zaan and visiting the village, working windmill, clog production and, of course, the cheese and chocolate stores, was a great trip. A real highlight of our few days in Amsterdam.
Day Trip
Debbie_L, Feb 2023
David the guide was very knowledgeable and welcoming had a great time. Would definitely recommend, great value
I missed the tour and successfully rescheduled.
Sheng_D, Feb 2023
I reserved the ticket (small group) but missed it somehow. I waited at the meeting location at the same time (10am) the second day, and luckily there was one available spot in the van. The tour was very efficient overall because of the experienced tour guide. The experience is good. However, the contact phone (+31644747011) shown on the tour operator's website is a wrong number. I called it to reschedule my ticket but the operator said that is a hotel. This made me a lot of troubles to contact the viator help to resolve the reschedule. However, the ticket was not rescheduled through viator at all. As said, I just waited at the same time/location on the next day and explained the situation to the tour guide. She was nice and allowed me to make up the missed tour, also because of the extra seat in the van.
Wonderful local guide
Beth_G, Feb 2023
David was an outstanding guide. It was a wonderful 3 1/2 hour tour and to have a knowledgeable local guide who actually lived in the area we visited
Great tour and your guide.
Stephanie_P, Feb 2023
Really great tour. Callum was a great tour guide. Was really informative, fun and passionate about his job. It was a walking tour and we had people with walking sticks in our party and he made sure it was the right speed for every one. Really interesting morning.
Half a Day Free
Tim_P, Feb 2023
Hey was a neat trip for half a day. Friendly & patient guide David was fun to be around & kept to time. Thanks. Tim