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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

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Overview

Discover the delights and history of Zaanse Schans and the Dutch countryside on a 3-hour, small-group trip from Amsterdam. With an informative guide, admire the lush, canal-crossed Dutch landscape. Take a tour of pretty Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills and green-painted houses, and visit a cheese farm and clog-making workshop to learn about these traditional crafts. Lastly, visit a working windmill to learn how these waterside factories helped drive the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Numbers are limited on this tour for a small-group experience.
  • 3-hour trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans and the surrounding countryside
  • Delight in the pretty countryside, pastures and canals of the Zaans region
  • Explore the picturesque museum village of Zaanse Schans to see its green-painted weatherboard houses
  • Visit a clog-making workshop and cheese farm to learn about these olden crafts
  • Head inside a working windmill to see its spinning sails, stones and cogs
  • Learn about the historical Zaans region, an industrial powerhouse during the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience
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Round-trip shared transfer
Entrance fees
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Prins Hendrikkade 74 , Prins Hendrikkade 74, 1012 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Meet your driver in opposite of Amsterdam Central Station at a small square in front of the Saint Nicholas Church and hotel NH Barbizon Palace. Just before the departure time, look out for an orange umbrella saying "Zaan Tours".

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • As seats on this tour are restricted, all travelers should have a ticket
  • This tour contains a moderate amount of walking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zaan Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam .

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  • "Wear comfortable shoes” does not cut it for handicapped visitors." See review
  • "Just a short ride from the city and WELL worth it." See review

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star-5
Zaanse Schans
Beth_K
, Jul 2022
David was an excellent guide. We learned a lot about Dutch traditional culture. Would definitely do this again
star-5
Terrific Tour
Wendy_S
, Jun 2022
Beautiful, scenic. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Don’t miss it! Time well spent with a great guide.
star-5
Knowledgeable guide.
Chandan_P
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very personable. He grew up in those parts and so had a rich knowledge of culture, history and anecdotes from his experience that he shared. Small group made it easy to mix among the travellers..
star-5
Great way to see outside of the city
Taylor_A
, Jun 2022
Highly recommend this out of the city excursion! The location was so picturesque and it was a nice change of pace to see / experience aspects of the traditional countryside.
star-5
Great tour! Would definitely recommend.
Barbara_S
, Jun 2022
David was great and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour!! It was interesting to see the cute town and the beautiful windmills, how clogs are made and the cheeses were delicious too.
star-2
Lots of Walking and HOT
Deb_F
, Jun 2022
This tour started with a van that had no air conditioning in 88° F weather. It was a miserable ride there and back. We parked in a grocery store parking lot and walk across an overpass to get to our destination. There was a LOT of walking. Guide was nice but very soft speaking. Would not recommend.
star-3
Great location!
Lori_H
, Jun 2022
This was a great location, super cute little town with beautiful and quaint windmills and cheese making introductions as well as clog making introductions. The reason for the 3 stars had to do with the tour guide/transportation. We were in an 8 person van on a very hot day with no air conditioning. The fan was blowing (hot air) hard and we could not hear the tour guide in the back of the van. Our tour guide continued to stop throughout the windmill destination for various pieces of information but always stopped in the sun when there was shade nearby. Location...fantastic! Tour guide/transportation...needs improvement.
star-5
Excellent way to spend a morning and see a lot
Dawn_O
, Jun 2022
The tour guide was great, the information was excellent, and all of the different things to do: windmills, clogs, cheese and chocolate were definitely worth a morning while in Amsterdam.
star-5
Our favorite excursion in the Netherlands!
Denise_T
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very informative and made sure we enjoyed the excursion. She shared history and answered all of our questions.
star-5
A great cultural experience
Sophia_H
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Rae, who was born and raised in the region we visited, was really sweet and very informative. She even added a little tour about chocolate at the end since we had extra time!
star-5
Beautiful Scenery
ellingsonanmarie
, Jun 2022
We did this tour with my 19 & 16 year old. We all loved it! A good mix of free time, beautiful photo ops and great tour information. Loved that the tour was very laid back but informative and a lot more of an experience than we were expecting! Highly recommend!!
star-2
Do your research before
Marie_B
, Jun 2022
Not the guide’s fault but not a good experience. We expected there to be more scenery but we drove 20 minutes down the freeway from Amsterdam, parked in a supermarket car park and then it seems we were going to walk for 2.5 hours. Not at all scenic, we left the tour and got a taxi back but it reminded us to do our research properly before booking a tour and not just read the advertising blurb.
star-5
It was all amazing and interesting
Susan_I
, Jun 2022
It was an amazing experience I was with my daughter for her 16th birthday this week and she loved it. We both loved the cheese tasting and we bought the smoked cheese and the old cheddar. I love the windmills and the experience and my daughter did also
star-5
Windmills, Cheese and Clogs
Lucas_I
, Jun 2022
An easy trip outside of Amsterdam to see some windmills, taste some cheese and see how clogs are made. The tour guide was very informative with some fun facts about the Netherlands
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing!
vgarnica
, Jun 2022
What an amazing tour. Thank you, TOS for a great tour! Loved every minute of it! Best tour from Amsterdam
star-5
Great tour
Ronald_P
, Jun 2022
Very informative tour. Great guide nice location. Learned about the working mechanisms of a windmill.
star-5
A must when in the Netherlands
Rodney_S
, Jun 2022
This is a most tour when travelling to the Netherlands. The demonstration of making clogs, tasting cheese and seeing windmills operating. The guide was very informative and pleasant.
star-5
Great value
Lynley_C
, Jun 2022
Great tour, free cheese tasting, solid guide. Definitely a great value and lovely little half day trip from Amsterdam.
star-5
Fulfilling and Amazing
BodoorA
, May 2022
The best and most amazing tour! Short, sweet, light and FULFILLING Our tour guide Eric was a local living there and he explained the context and the story in such a fun and interesting way! The town has so much history, I recommend going with a tour guide and not alone. Thank you so much
star-5
Great Tour
Ken_G
, May 2022
Bart our guide did a great job explaining the windmills and there uses. Great to get out of Amsterdam and see another part of the country

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