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$82.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam, Schnapps from Amsterdam

Meet your private guide of experiencewaterland behind Amsterdam's Central Station at "Cafe the Pont" to begin this 5-hour tour of the Dutch countryside. Hop aboard and drive with your small group (max 8 persons) to the restored windmill village of Zaanse Schans, where you'll see a water mill, an oil mill, a paint mill, and a spice mill. Next up is the quaint fishing village of Volendam, known for its green timbered houses and warehouses. Visit the harbor, take a stroll on the dike, and even have a photo taken in traditional Dutch costume. Take a break in a restaurant for lunch at your own expense, visit a cheese factory and taste the local cheeses produced there. Visit a wooden shoe factory and see how craftsmen quickly transform blocks of wood into clogs. Sample Dutch schnapps before driving by the villages of Monnickendam, Broek in Waterland and return to Amsterdam around 2:15 pm.

$64.20 Water Sports

Guided Sunset Canoe Tour and Dinner in Waterland from Amsterdam

After meeting in the afternoon in central Amsterdam, your guide will take you on a local bus to a small village close-by. Enjoy a beverage upon your arrival in the Dutch countryside and board your canoe afterwards for an exciting sunset ride through the wetlands. It is an easy paddle and the perfect tour to get away from the busy city. Paddle for about 1.5 hours and see the area that inspired Rembrandt for his paintings. Passing original Dutch wooden houses in Waterland, this Eco tour is the best way to learn about and see why Amsterdam is build the way it is.The tour will stop close to a lake for a dinner picnic. Here you can also go for a swim before you paddle back to the starting point for about 15 minutes. A beverage will await you at the end of your canoe paddling trip before the local bus takes you back to Amsterdam.

$59.44 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Tour: Dutch Countryside on a Boat from Amsterdam

On a 20 minute drive from Amsterdam we start our experience in Waterland. Start your experience sailing  through the the most stunning old Dutch villages of the area (Broek in Waterland, Monnickendam and Zuiderwoude. Explore Holland as it has been since the 10th century. Get out and walk through the old streets, taste a wine in a wine farm or visit one of the restaurants along the way (tea garden, local food farm).  This boat tour will take you through the beautiful landscape of Waterland. You will see moorland meadows, “Piet land”, old Dutch farms, marchlands and picturesque villages for which the area is known. This area is famous for it’s old villages, local food, cheese and traditions. Embark on this journey alongside a knowledgeable local guide who will give you many insights about the locations you will be seeing.

$610 Private & Custom Tours


Suggestions and ideas are: Durgerdam, Broek in Waterland, Monnickendam, Volendam, Edam, Marken, the Zaanse Schans or Schermerhorn windmills, (authentic houses, a historic shipyard, a cheese and dairy farm, clog-making demonstrations, and lots of windmills), the enclosure dike and from Southern Sea into IJselmeer, Regained lands of Flevoland, Beemster Polder, the Delta Works water engineering after the floods of 1953, the Dutch master painter Vermeer's Delft, the Hague parliamentary buildings Ridderzaal and Binnenhof, the Royal family houses van Orange, International Court of Justice and Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Mauritshuis museum, the Kröller-Müller museum ‘s collection of works by Vincent van Gogh, Delft Blue pottery, Rotterdam’s skyline and port.

$68.95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Small Group

Enjoy a leisurely, laid back tour to some of The Netherlands most popular rural tourist destinations on a half-day countryside tour from Amsterdam. Traveling in small groups of no more than 20 people, you will visit the once busy fishing harbor of Volendam. Now a picturesque tourist destination, it is the perfect spot to watch the boats come and go, taste local fish delicacies, or walk along the narrow alleyways between traditional fishermen’s houses. Next, go to western Europe’s first industrial area, and admire the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans. Travel back to the 17th and 18th centuries as you explore well preserved buildings, and discover how traditional Dutch clogs are made at a wooden shoe workshop. Continue off the main road to experience the Dutch countryside up-close-and-personal. Pass some of the lesser known villages of the area, such as Broek in Waterland, Monnickendam, and Edam. Here, you will stop at a dairy farm for a tasting of Holland’s most famous cheese.

$11.89 Transfers & Ground Transport

One-day unlimited bus ticket - Countryside of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Region

Explore the Amsterdam region by bus with this One-day ticket. Probably of most interest are the buses to the popular Waterland area, which includes the traditional fishing villages of Volendam, Marken, Edam and Monnickendam. Along the route you will see lots of meadows, a countless number of cows and sheeps.Waterland buses are run by EBS using red and grey R-Net branded buses. These operate from the upper bus terminal at Amsterdam Central station on the IJ waterside (IJzijde) beyond the train platforms 14 and 15. The buses have free WiFi.Visit Volendam and as soon you arrive in this beautiful fishermen village, you feel the unique ambiance. You can see the traditional houses, soak up the fishing village atmosphere and pick up souvenirs for those at home or a memento for yourself. See the famous maze ‘Doolhof’ in Volendam with small streets and cute little houses. In Volendam you also have the opportunity to dress up in the Volendam costume and get photographed. The picture will be a great souvenir from your visit to this unique village.From Volendam you can either choose which villages you would like to visit. You can perfectly visit Edam, an almost 800-year-old town north of Volendam. Edam is famous for its peaceful narrow alleys and small canals, the beautiful façades of the cosy houses and the unique small boutiques. Also Edam is known for its cheese market where visitors can both taste and purchase a various number of cheeses.Also another town, which is called Monnickendam can be visited. When walking around in the old center of Monnickendam it will feel like you went back in time. Along the streets you will see the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks. Also the old harbour with its pretty ships and charming terraces is definitely worth a visit.It is also highly advised visit the former island Marken. Marken is a stunning town with lovely bridges over the small canals and really nice wooden façades. As the island can only be reached by the 10 kilometer long dike, the small town is surrounded by water where it becomes really clear again how the Dutch are dealing with living below sealevel.

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