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Volendam, Marken and Windmills GPS Tour

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Volendam, Marken and Windmills GPS Tour

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.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours 45 Minutes
Shore Excursion Departs From
An approximately 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately 15 EUR each way) from the cruise pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Activity Level
Easy
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Casual, comfortable clothing and good walking shoes are recommended.
Restrictions
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk on paved, as well as cobblestone surfaces. There are steps and steep curbs in some areas. Children ages 3 and younger may attend the tour free of charge.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 8 Reviews Review This Tour
5 Stars3 tours in one!December 20, 2019

Reviewer: Carole Skutt Salellas
We visited three different locations and get to see and here how the windmills work and their different uses. On the second stop we got to see how clogs are made. We then took a ferry to the other side of the lake and on our third stop we saw and heard about the making of different cheeses and we even purchased several cheeses to bring home. After a quick dinner we headed next door to the stoop waffle store for a demonstration and a chance to make purchases. Then back to Amsterdam. A fascinating day well worth the money!!

4 StarsVolendam and MarkenJuly 29, 2019

Reviewer: Nancy McMillin
The bus was fairly easy to find in the Central station in Amsterdam, and it was ready to leave when we got there. A clean comfortable bus, that took us to the two lovely little towns of Volendam and Marken. Both were interesting experiences, and worth the money paid. All went well, with no untoward issues.

5 StarsWindmills, Cloggs and CheeseJuly 03, 2019

Reviewer: Joanne Russell-Langley
This tour is what I think Holland is! We got to see some countryside and these lovely quant villages which, to me, is what this country is! The guides were very nice and informative. Time was allowed for browsing and looking around! Still allows time for a couple of hours in Amsterdam.

4 StarsWonderful country side tourJune 23, 2019

Reviewer: Carroll Benson
Enjoyed the tour The last part, the waffles was a little too much. The tour guide should give several options for lunch. Oo many people in one small place with too short of time was made worse by poor service. As bad as lunch was it did not spoil the overall excursion.

5 StarsVolendam, Marken and windmillsNovember 18, 2018

Reviewer: Irene
Really enjoyable and interesting.

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