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De Ruijterkade 34a, In the IJ hall of Central Station on the far eastern side

The Basics

Round-trip tours from Amsterdam offer easy access to the peninsula, and usually combine a visit to Marken with stops at Zaanse Schans (famous for its windmills) and Volendam, another fishing village home to a charming harbor and cheese factory. Private tours let you tailor your time in the village, while half-day tours allow time-limited travelers to cover more sights in less time. If you’re on a budget, take advantage of Super Saver deals and combine your trip with other must-do experiences at a reduced rate.

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Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
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Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
US$32.85 per adult
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A must do trip.Covers most of Netherlands history and culture - countryside /Windmills, Cheese /Clog making, harbours
Very well organised trip. Our tour guide,LAURA, was excellent with her information, English language, friendly, approachable and courteous. She had a good sense of humour too. The sightseeing was breathtaking. Bus was comfortable and driver Ramon - excellent too. The only draw back was a hour long lunch break at the harbour. It was a busy time and restaurants were full. Time for those who take long to walk was less. The only part that felt cramped.
Edwin_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Excellent guide helped make it a great tour in spite of rain and wind.
Brynjulf_A, Apr 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Terrible weather, but a great and enthusiastic guide (Rob) helped us forget about that - and interesting places to experience in wind and rain. Comfortable bus with clean windows and convenient starting place. We learnt a lot about the Netherlands on this tour.
star-5
Great tour guide
Vivian_Y, Aug 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Laura was so informative and gave us so much insight to living life in the Netherlands as well as how sustainable the country is. I liked the half day pace as sometimes long tours tire me out. Ramon the bus driver was also very lovely x
star-4
Very interesting
AnnettePeters, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Seeing the windmills and houses. The cheese factory tour was good. The last stop in Marken was not a interesting.
star-5
Nice get away from busy Amsterdam
Jamie_H, Aug 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Great tour, nice to get out of Amsterdam and see the country side. The bus was nice and we had a good tour guide that was very knowledgeable
star-5
A Must Do
Amy_C, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
What a fantastic day trip! It was a great way to get out of the hussle and bussle of Amsterdam for the day and see other views. The whole day was absolutely brilliant. The windmills at Zanse Schans were beautiful and the towns of Edam, Volendam and Marken were spectacular. Plenty of opportunities for food and comfort stops. Our tour guide Xavi was great, he gave a tour full of humour, facts and history. 10/10.
star-5
Outstanding
Andres_C, Aug 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Fantastic a lot of variety. Our guide Chavi was outstanding! We got an amazing tour with full historical, geographic, and cultural explanations. The cheese tasting was absolutely delicious! All the places visited were incredible!
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We had a great morning with Eric!
Kara_D, Jul 2022
Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans: Cheese, Windmills and Clogs
Eric was a terrific driver and took us off the beaten path as we made our way from stop to stop. We had a quick 4 hour tour, but we were early enough in the day to beat the crowds at Zaanse Schans and Volendam and the place where we stopped for a clog making demonstration and the cheese they make was so great. Highly recommend this excursion to do with a family and the 4 hour timing was perfect.
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Highly recommend this tour!
Oscar_A, Aug 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The tour guide made my experience much more enjoyable. Detailed history in beautiful surroundings. Can I afford to live here?
star-5
Awesome trip and Informative guide
Brett_W, Aug 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Awesome tour! Our guide was great with all the information and the day flew by. Can’t remember his name unfortunately. (Xavi I think). It was nice to get out of Amsterdam and explore a bit of the surroundings. We did the boat tour afterwards and it was definitely worth it. The captain did a good job keeping us informed about the sights of the canals.
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It was a good experience to see old towns with their culture. Special thanks to tour guide (Xavier)
Alican_K, Jul 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Eventhough the tempereture was high on July, Old town of Edam were amazing. Also i would like to recommend cheese tasting in Edam and lunch in Marken.
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Lovely day in the country
Denise_S, May 2022
Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans: Cheese, Windmills and Clogs
We spent a lovely day touring the countryside and seeing classic Holland sights. Achraf was very personable. Thoroughly enjoyed the private tour. We could go at our own pace and didn’t have to fight to see anything or hear what was being said.
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A must book tour
Edina_M, Aug 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
It was very nice, a must see trip. We could only book the Spanish tour, but they managed to transfer us to the English tour, with the guide Rob, who was amazing. We really recommend it.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The village is generally accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, but it’s worth checking specific arrangements ahead of time.

  • Don’t forget your camera, as picturesque Marken is perfect for vacation snaps.

  • The preserved fishing village is a must for culture fiends and history buffs.

  • If you want to stay on the peninsula overnight, the nearby city of Monnickendam has a range of accommodation options and is home to a Michelin-star restaurant.

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How to Get There

Take advantage of round-trip tours from the capital for hassle-free transfers, or catch public bus number 315 from Centraal Station to be there in just under an hour. It’s also possible to access the village by ferry from Volendam, or to cycle all the way from Amsterdam in around two hours

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When to Get There

The village is busiest in summer, especially during the day. Visit in the late afternoon to avoid the rush and enjoy sunset vistas on the Markermeer lake. Winter visitors can skip the crowds almost entirely, though be aware that many restaurants and stores close during the off season.

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Marken Highlights

Though it’s not open to the public, the 19th-century Horse of Marken lighthouse (Paard Van Marken) is a national heritage site and leaves a striking mark on the skyline. The Marken Museum preserves a traditional house in all its former glory, complete with a collection of traditional clothing and an exhibition on the area’s history, while the nearby Sijtje Boes House (Kijkhuisje Sijtje Boes) contains a small museum and souvenir shop selling local handicrafts and artworks. And don’t miss the Klompenmakerij, a workshop devoted to traditional clog-making.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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