Countryside and windmills tour from Amsterdam

Countryside and windmills tour from Amsterdam

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The Classic Tour includes

  • The traditional Dutch experience in Volendam & Marken
  • An up-close look at the windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Taste Dutch cheese 
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Audio guide on the bus with 16 languages and free earphones

The All-in Tour includes

  • Everything from the Classic tour, and
  • A 30 minute boat tour between Volendam & Marken unique to this tour
  • See how clogs are made with an antique steam engine
  • Visit a windmill still in operation

General information

  • Duration: about 5.5 hours, including approx. 90 minute driving time in stages
  • Check-in: 30 minutes before departure at Amsterdam Central Station: IJ-Hal, De Ruijterkade 34 a (click here for map)
  • Note: this is a demanding tour, with a lot of walking, some places visited are not accessible for wheelchairs
  • Child ticket: 4-13 years
  • Ticket directly available on smartphone
  • Free cancellation up to 8 hours before the scheduled start of the activity


  • Wander among the windmills at Zaanse Schans
  • Taste Dutch cheese at the Cheese Factory Volendam
  • See how wooden shoes are made with an antique steam engine
  • Unique to the All-in Countryside & Windmill tour: sail across the IJsselmeer!

Iconic Dutch sights

If you ask anybody what pops into their mind when they think of the Netherlands, most people will say windmills, tulip fields and the lively centre of Amsterdam. Its picturesque canals, historic buildings, exotic nightlife, and open-minded culture stand out. And while Amsterdam is undeniably one of the country’s most fascinating tourist destinations, the scenic Dutch countryside and windmills in the surrounding area are often overlooked.

Fortunately, you can easily combine your visit to the country’s bustling capital with a phenomenal countryside and windmills tour from Amsterdam. The peaceful villages of Zaanse Schans, Marken and Volendam are only a short drive from the city centre. There you’ll be able to enjoy the tranquillity of the area and immerse yourself in the old way of life as you admire the colourful Dutch windmills.

An open-air museum

When you get outside the Dutch capital you enter a different world, with most of the small towns surrounding the city appearing like open-air museums. The Dutch Countryside and Windmills Tour will take you from Amsterdam to the villages of Zaanse Schans, Volendam and to the former island of Marken; the order of tour can change.

A visit to Zaanse Schans means you can get your fill of historical windmills. Over ten windmills line the banks of the Zaan river and the area around them is free for you to wonder around in as it really is an open-air museum. You can enter some of the windmills at a small extra charge. Zaanse Schans is one of the best places to see windmills in Holland.

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

The third location visited on the tour is the village of Marken, a former island in the Markermeer, now a peninsula. You'll travel between Marken and Volendam by boat, with a scenic, 30 minutes trip across the IJsselmeer. Enjoy the view as you sail past the towns of Monnickendam and Katwoude.

When you walk among the houses on Marken, be careful to stay on the road because before you know it you're in someone's garden. A visit to a traditional clog, or wooden shoe, 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 is sure to be cherished by adults and kids alike. Take a break from the commotion of the city and unwind as you visit one of the Netherlands’ best-kept secrets.

The Amsterdam countryside is waiting to welcome and introduce you to a completely other side of the Netherlands compared to its bustling capital city. You can buy your ticket for a fun-filled Netherlands windmills tour adventure right here.

About Tours & Tickets

Tours & Tickets, situated in the very heart of Amsterdam, has over 35 years of experience as a flexible incoming tour operator. We are specialized in offering excursions in The Netherlands and Belgium. And we offer various tickets for museums, attractions and all kinds of canal cruises. We also offer an exclusive range of combination deals.