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’. While settling in, the boat takes you through the port of Amsterdam, where you sail between large cargo ships and perhaps pass a giant cruise ship on its way to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. Then, From Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Zaanse Schans sets course in the direction of Zaandam.
Once you have passed 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. The tour From Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Zaanse Schans takes you up the river ‘Zaan’. See one of the world’s oldest industrial areas, while you gaze at the old warehouses and historic factories. Enjoy the views from a unique perspective.
If the weather is nice, you can sit on the panoramic deck of the boat. Otherwise, you have 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 the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Admire historic houses, see an authentic windmill 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, you can 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.
Experience Dutch heritage during this wonderful tour.
And don’t forget to bring your camera for some lovely, typical Dutch photo’s!
Step aboard the Marken Express to explore the Dutch countryside in Volendam and Marken.