Get to grips with Dutch culture on a half-day morning tour to the countryside from Amsterdam. In the company of a live guide, visit the quaint villages of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam in North Holland and immerse yourself in the world of dykes, windmills, cheese and clogs. See operating windmills and observe clog-making demonstrations at an open-air museum on the Zaan River; take guided tours around the picturesque old towns of Edam and Volendam, and learn about cheese production at a cheese farm or weighing house.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Zaanse Schans, Zaandam, North Holland ProvinceEscape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the River Zaan and is home to original 18th and 19th century architecture, including several still functioning windmills & wooden houses.Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village and a visit a windmill on your own, before travelling through the typical Polder-landscapes (reclaimed land from the water).Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Kaaswaag Edam, Edam, North Holland ProvinceEdam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Big Church, and former town hall. Most famous in Edam beyond any doubt is the public weighing house, where every year in July and August still every Wednesday morning the famous Edam Cheese Market is held.Walk during 40 minutes with your guide through this wonderful small city.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Volendam Haven, Volendam, North Holland ProvinceFinally, we will stop in the beautiful seaside village of Volendam. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbour has been a major tourist attraction as early as 1875. People come from all over the world to see the small and houses and learn about the locals with their traditions and traditional Dutch costumes. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the village, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction) Also you can enjoy a walk on top of the Dike with a beautiful view of the IJssel-lake. • Enjoy an orientation guided walk with our live goude for 20 minutes.• During some free time you'll have the time to explore the city on your own.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes