Volendam, Marken and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

From USD 35.59

Select Date and Travellers

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

  • Holland Windmills 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

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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Be sure to choose the 7 hour tour as it allows you more time to explore which is essential when visiting Zaanse Schans.
Everything is fast so be prepared to go, go go.
This is the best way to explore Countryside and in very reasonable price.
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A quick look outside the city
Michael_S, Mar 2023
We had limited time in the Netherlands, and first time there. The tour was available at short notice, and it was a good opportunity to see some of the countryside. The stops were at the usual tourist centres (exit through the gift shop), but not too bad. Bus was comfortable, not packed, and the guide was fine although it felt that he had run through the lines a million times. Overall, good to do !
Trip around volemdam.
AdrianaMaria_P, Mar 2023
My experience it's really fantastic,100×100% recommended I love this company. The personal is really friendly and very professional, carlos and Franky ferrary are the very sweet bat Maria's atencion I don't like .
Seeing the working...
Scott_P, Mar 2023
Seeing the working Windmills. You may want to add a tour of the chocolate factory across the street to this event.
Fantastic day trip
Anshul_N, Mar 2023
A very good day trip! The windmills, town of Volendam and the boat ride were the highlights. The journey itself isn't too long, 40 mins from Amsterdam Cemtraal. The hosts were super amazing. Don't miss the fried fish, cheese and the desserts in Volendam.
The working windmills...
Margaret_T, Mar 2023
The working windmills were fantastic and we were very lucky to have snow falling in Marken on our trip!! We are from Australia and at the present time it is very hot through Summer so the whole experience was magical!!
Great day!!! Great experience!!!
Diane_M, Mar 2023
Bus tour was wxcellent!!! Timing is perfect!!! Commentaries very informative!!! Our leader Astrid was exceptional!!!
Great experience!
Jon_O, Mar 2023
We had a great time despite the weather conditions. Augustine was a great tour guide! Would recommend this tour for sure!
Windmills and Gouda? Sign me up !!!
Kyara_E, Feb 2023
I had such an amazing time. I did the full inclusive trip and it was worth it. Our tour guides were so funny and interactive. I absolutely enjoyed this trip, my fav part of Holland!
Not enough time, venues too small for group
Karen_B, Feb 2023
The windmills were out first stop - incredible. Only an hour was given: demo took 30 minutes, the walk to the demonstration was 15 minutes, leaving 15 minutes to walk back, use the facilities. Venues for all stops were too small - many people could not see despite the demonstrations being very interesting. Cheese tasting where 100 people were crammed into too little space with cheese put out with no toothpicks was a bit much.
Excellent tour
Jocelyn_M, Feb 2023
We had a bery talented and helpful tour guide, Diana and mark are excellent as well as oir driver they are good team
must to see during in Amsterdam !thanks Viator
rania_g, Feb 2023
Ver nice experience, we had a nice time with a perfect guide. bus were very clean & generally we admired with the tour windmill, cheese factory & beautiful Volendam!
interesting and...
omerryza_o, Jan 2023
interesting and beautiful places to visit when visiting Amsterdam. The windmill village is so beautiful, Volendam, the cheese & cookies factory are great experience
Full day trip
Rowena_Q, Jan 2023
It was a full packed trip. Bus full but well organised. A lot of walking though. There is a lot to see and the trip back via boat was fun.
Highly recommend.
Leigh_R, Jan 2023
Lots of interesting info, and beautiful scenery. Great tour guides, comfortable bus. Recommend upgrade ticket for windmill tour and boat ride!
Old Holland at its finest!
Brittany_T, Jan 2023
This is a beautiful way to see old Holland, full of cheese, chocolate, and stunning views. Super educational and a perfect day!
Tomas_C, Jan 2023
Excellent experience. Tour guides are approachable and experienced. Our first time in Holland was has been awesome and this tour was very very good.
Gokhan_O, Jan 2023
Macarena and all guide were so nice! I really enjoyed in tour. The only thing about tour is Volendam is really beautiful but there wasn’t enough time to see. Maybe something can be change about tour and timing so can spend more time in there. Thank you!
Not worth the money!
Federico_G, Jan 2023
There are two options for the visit: the basic one in which you can see Zaanse Schans and the cheese factory, and the full one in which the visit of a windmill, another visit about Dutch shoes and a transfer with a boat are included. We chose to buy the basic ticket since we weren't interested to the other things, except the windmill that we paid separately on site. Despite this, after buying the ticket, they insisted repeatedly that we added 15 euros to have the full experience. We found this very annoying. We even asked the bus driver if there was a bathroom in their bus or nearby, he told us (mocking us) that the closest one was on the boat and that we would have better bought the ticket. In conclusion, no wifi and toilet on their "luxurious" bus. Too much touristic tour not worth all that money and very unprofessional company whose main interest is just maximizing its profit.
very awesome tour
we enjoyed the tour, the leader very good , fun and awesome. Tq so much Ryan - Ian & Sylvia for guiding us❤️
Great country side tour
Alberto_C, Jan 2023
5-6 hours in detail tour. Guide did a great job. De Lounge might have one of the best seafood. Comfortable bus. Strongly recommend for small groups or families.