For a truly Dutch experience, visit the traditional towns of Volendam and Marken, and see the famous windmills, which are iconic symbols of the Netherlands. Throughout the day you will have access to a GPS audio guide that provides tour information in 16 different languages, as well as a live guide to narrate your tour.
Enjoy the sights and learn about Amsterdam as you travel approximately 30 minutes to Zaanse Schans and its characteristic green wooden houses for an up close and personal tour of the windmills. Zaanse Schans was an industrial area with approximately 700 windmills in use at the turn of the 18th century. Here you will visit a working windmill before heading to Volendam and Marken. These small villages will bring you back to a simpler time. Volendam is known for its residents who still wear traditional clothing and speak in their own dialect, and fishing boats fill the small harbors. In Volendam you will visit a cheese factory and be given free time for lunch on your own at a traditional fish restaurant. You will walk past specially crafted wooden houses built upon wooden poles, drive through Dutch polders, and travel along the narrow dykes, and enjoy a boat trip from Volendam to Marken.
On this Netherlands tour you will see many of the popular old crafts that are still made today. You will see a wooden clog maker, and a demonstration of how Dutch cheese is made the old fashioned way. On this Dutch villages tour you will enjoy a more traditional and classic Netherlands, geographically close and yet so very different than the busy city of Amsterdam.
Reviewer: Robert Woodward
We had to take a short cab ride from the port & arrived early so we joined the an earlier group. We toured a working windmill (grinding flaxseed) and saw wooden Dutch shoes being made. Trip included a ferry ride that we would not have had if we booked on board the cruise ship. Excursion was longer, better and less expensive than cruise line.
Reviewer: traveling ranchers
we enjoyed the tour very much. lots to see and learn about. we felt a bit rushed at the windmills, however, and wish we'd had more time there.