Countryside & Windmills & Edam – Classic Tour

Created with Sketch. De Ruijterkade 34a, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Full day (7+ hours)

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Adventure Calls, Family Friendly, Uniquely Dutch

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Iconic Dutch Landmarks

When you ask someone what comes to mind when they think of the Netherlands, most people will say windmills, tulip fields, and the lively city center of Amsterdam. The picturesque canals, historic buildings, exotic nightlife, and open-minded culture stand out. And while Amsterdam is undeniably one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in the country, the picturesque Dutch countryside and the surrounding windmills are often overlooked.

Fortunately, you can easily combine your visit to the bustling capital of the Netherlands with a phenomenal tour of the countryside and the windmills from Amsterdam. The peaceful villages of Zaanse Schans, Marken, Edam, and Volendam are just a short drive from the city center. Here you can enjoy the peace of the surroundings and immerse yourself in the old way of life while admiring the colorful Dutch windmills.

An open-air museum

Once you travel outside of the Dutch capital, you find yourself in another world, with most of the small towns around the city resembling open-air museums. This tour takes you from Amsterdam to the villages of Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and to the former island of Marken; the order of the tour may change.

A visit to Zaanse Schans means you can feast your eyes on historic windmills. More than ten windmills line the banks of the Zaan and the surrounding area is free to wander around, as it is a real open-air museum. You can enter some of the mills for a small fee (one visit is included in the All-in tour). Zaanse Schans is one of the best places to see windmills in the Netherlands.

Volendam is a typical Dutch fishing village and a walk along De Dijk and through the harbor area will surely not disappoint. Here you will visit the Cheese Factory to taste delicious cheese and if there is time also learn how it is made. If you stay in town for lunch, we recommend the freshly caught fish.

Edam is the birthplace of Edam cheese, the small, often red cheese ball that has been transported to all corners of the world for centuries. But there is much more to see and do in this authentic village, which dates back to the 12th century. Here you will take a thirty-minute walk through the village.

The fourth place visited during the tour is the village of Marken, a former island in the Markermeer, now a peninsula. You will sail by boat between Marken and Volendam, with a beautiful 30-minute trip over the IJsselmeer. Enjoy the view as you sail past the towns of Monnickendam and Katwoude.

When walking between the houses on Marken, you have to be careful to stay on the road, because before you know it you will be in someone’s garden. A visit to a traditional clog maker completes our tour. Here, clogs are still made according to a 100-year-old tradition with steam-powered tools. They are surprisingly comfortable, as you will be able to try for yourself.

An unforgettable experience

During this tour, you will discover a world unlike any other, an experience that both adults and children will surely cherish. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax during a visit to one of the best-kept secrets of the Netherlands.

The Amsterdam countryside awaits to welcome you and introduce you to a very different side of the Netherlands compared to the bustling capital.

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  • Taste delicious Dutch cheese
  • Enjoy a beautiful walk through medieval Edam
  • Sit back and relax during a unique 30-minute boat trip between Volendam & Marken
  • See how clogs are made with an antique steam machine
  • Visit an authentic Marken house from the 1940s
  • Take a look behindthe scenes at a still-functioning windmill


  • Transport from and to Amsterdam by coach 
  • Day tour of the most iconic Dutch villages 
  • English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Audio guide on the bus with 16 languages and free earphones

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Created with Sketch. De Ruijterkade 34a, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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