Leave the classic sights and crowds of Amsterdam behind to spend a full day in some of the Netherland’s treasured traditional villages. This tour of the region’s striking countryside gives you the chance to engage with the full spectrum of the authentic Dutch culture and historic past. See the timeless windmills, admire the charming fishing settlements, relish artisanal cheeses, and know how the amazing Dutch clogs are made, among others.
Begin by heading to the village of Zaanse Schans along the Zaan River, where you’ll get to observe the traditional Dutch lifestyle. Pass through its endlessly exquisite meadow as you marvel at the beautiful Dutch barns and most importantly, the awe-inspiring windmills that are splendidly restored to its original state since 17th century and still working. You’ll also get to visit one of these windmills and experience this typical Dutch attraction up close.
Going forward, you’ll make your way to the pretty town of Edam. It’s right in the center of North Holland and especially known for its centuries’ old cheese traditions. Admire its old houses, discover the stunning canals and see some of its historic sites, mainly the Grote Kerk Church and the town square which once used to be the venue of the renowned cheese market. You’ll further find out the secrets of popular Edam and Gouda cheese on a cheese tasting session.
Discover the region’s maritime history and heritage as you next visit Volendam. Its mix of small buildings, quaint streets, and cheese factories are sure to take your breath away. You can shop some unique souvenirs and even take pictures in customary Dutch costume. As for the final stop at Marken, you can choose to reach this village via a relaxed boat cruise. You’ll visit its clogs factory and take in how wooden clogs are crafted with traditional methods.