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Amsterdam: Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour and One Attraction

4.3 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: Tour Company

Amsterdam: Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour and One Attraction

Activity provider: Tour Company

From US$ 39.73 per person

Discover the typical dutch windmill village Zaanse Schans of the Netherlands on this half-day guided tour, complete with your choice of river cruise in Amsterdam or 5D flight experience.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • See the historic wind mills of Zaanse Schans
  • Learn how Dutch cheese is being made in a farm
  • Watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
  • Enjoy either a canal cruise or 5D flight experience
Full description
After beginning your tour at the central meeting point, a comfortable, air-conditioned single-deck bus will take you to your day's destination in just 25 minutes. The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In its golden age, the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills which acted as wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories, many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machines, the grinding of spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things. The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as homes to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades, and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue. Upon arrival in the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village. You will visit the clog museum, annex wooden shoemaker shop, and in the cheese farm you will get to taste traditional Dutch farmer cheese. It will then be time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off to discover the Zaanse Schans on your own, your guide will give you further information on the Zaanse Schans and its unique character, teach you local history and culture, and provide you with insider tips about what to do and where to go. Finally, finish your day with a choice of two attractions. Either enjoy the ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside without leaving the city, or, sit back and relax on a canal cruise and admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions from the canalside. The Amsterdam 100 Highlights Cruise passes all of Amsterdam's famous attractions. You will encounter canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank. Sightseeing in Amsterdam couldn't be a more relaxing experience. This Is Holland is a unique 5D flight experience: it doesn’t just show you the Netherlands, it lets you live it. Breathtaking filming provides you a spectacular perspective from the air and new insights into how the Netherlands was created. Thanks to the astonishing special effects projected on a huge, domed screen, you feel like you’re soaring over the must-sees sites of the Netherlands.
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Transport by air-conditioned single-deck coach
  • Live commentary on board
  • Enjoy either a canal cruise or 5D flight experience
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

THIS IS HOLLAND – Overhoeksplein 51, opposite central station. How to get here: A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg runs 24/7 from Amsterdam Central Station to the north shore of the river IJ. Journey time is three minutes). Embark via the two middle pontoons. On disembarking, turn left. It’s two minutes’ walk to THIS IS HOLLAND. Please note that the departure time depends on the season: • From November 4 until March 20, departures will be at 11:30 AM • From March 21 until May 10, departures will be at 2:30 PM • From May 11th until November 1st departures will be at 11:30 AM

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A small moderate of walking is involved (comfortable walking shoes are recommended)
  • This tour may be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Infants must sit on parents' laps
  • Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions
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Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 26 reviews

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Enjoyable experience. Great guide + bus driver. Very informative. Had a great time learning about + tasting the different cheeses. Windmills were fantastic just a shame not able to go in one due to restoration taking place. Another week later + I could have. Maybe next time I visit I will try again. Also enjoyed watching the clog making . Very impressed . This is a trip highly recommended.

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February 4, 2020

Great experience

Great experience - well-organized trip to Zaanse Schans, interesting demonstrations of cheese and clogs. Free time to change yourself. The only drawback: the booked canal cruise could only be started in the evening, the operating shipping company was not easy to find because it was no longer at the specified location.

May 18, 2019

Amazing trip. Well worth it. Lovely shopping and cheese and waffle tasting Perfect place to take pictures

June 30, 2022

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