From Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Zaanse Schans

Created with Sketch. Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 45, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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6 hours

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Culture Vultures, Family Friendly, First Timers, Uniquely Dutch

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Dutch, English, Espanol, Francais, German, Italian

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Step aboard and join this comfortable boat cruise from Amsterdam to the famous windmill village; the Zaanse Schans. Enjoy a leisurely cruise, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sail along the river ‘Zaan’ and explore the Zaanse Schans, known for its authentic windmills and historic houses.

In Amsterdam North, at the jetty of the former NDSM shipyard, your friendly host welcomes you onboard. After the mooring lines have been cast off, the tour starts directly on the ‘IJ’. Cruise through the port of Amsterdam and see large cargo ships and perhaps a giantcruise ship on its way to the Cruise Port Amsterdam. Then, From Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Zaanse Schans sets course in the direction of Zaandam.

Once you pass the ‘Wilhelmina lock’, the tour continues up the river ‘Zaan’. From 1800, this was the center of the food industry. Especially cocoa imports through the Amsterdam harbor led to growth of initially small companies. Today, these companies are among the largest in the world. See one of the world’s oldest industrial areas with old warehouses and historic factories. Enjoy the views from a unique perspective. If the weather is nice, you can sit on the panoramic deck. Otherwise, enjoy the comfort of the ship’s luxurious interior. Small bites and refreshments are available to purchase onboard.

Upon arrival at the Zaanse Schans, it’s time to explore the village. The Zaanse Schans is a residential area where you relive the Dutch traditions and culture of the past. Admire historic houses, see authentic windmills from the inside and learn more on typical Dutch trades. Stroll past the bakery museum. Can you resist the smell of fresh cookies? Or visit the Clog workshop and witness a demonstration of clog making. At the Cheese factory, watch the process of cheese making and taste some of the famous Dutch delicacy. After your two hour visit to the Zaanse Schans, the boat is waiting to take you back to Amsterdam.


Note: Step aboard the Marken Express to explore the Dutch countryside in Volendam and Marken.

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  • Depart on a cruise from Amsterdam to the famous windmill village Zaanse Schans
  • Sail up the river Zaan and admire old warehouses and hsitoric factories
  • Enjoy the vast views on the panoramic deck of the boat
  • Explore the Zaanse Schans at your own leisure
  • Visit a typical Dutch windmill
  • Watch a clog making demonstration and taste some Dutch cheese at the Cheese Factory
  • Experience Dutch heritage during a unique day out


  • Boat tour Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans (return, four hours total)
  • Visit Zaanse Schans at your own leisure (two hours)
  • Multilingual Audio guide


  • Food & drinks

Meeting Point

Created with Sketch. Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 45, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the boat is wheelchair accessible.
The Zaanse Schans is also wheelchair accessible. The paths are well mantained. Most attractions and shops have no steps.
Are food and drinks allowed onboard?
Drinks, snacks and simple lunch items are available to purchase onboard.
Where is the meeting point?
Ms. van Riemsdijkweg (opposite nr. 45), Amsterdam Noord (NDSM wharf).
You will find the boat next to the ferry dock.
From Amsterdam Central Station, you can take the free ferry to the NDSM wharf (purple line F4).
During business hours, the ferry departs every 15 minutes and the crossing takes approx. 15 minutes.
When do I need to check-in?
Please check-in at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
How long can we visit the Zaanse Schans?
You can explore the Zaanse Schans for two hours. The visit is at your own leisure.
How long does the boat cruise take?
The boat cruise is two hours one-way.
The total tour, including a visit to the Zaanse Schans lasts approx. six hours.
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From €39.50 Per Person

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