Half-day Zaanse Schans tour and canal cruise of Amsterdam
Excursions & day trips

Half-day Zaanse Schans tour and canal cruise of Amsterdam

Free cancellation
Language: English , Spanish , German
Availability: Every day
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • See the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Taste Dutch cheese and learn how it is made on a farm
  • Visit the clog museum
  • Enjoy a cruise on the famous Amsterdam canals
What to expect

Experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours. See the historic working windmills of Zaanse Schans on a tour from Amsterdam with a professional guide. Learn about cheese making, watch traditional craftsmen making clogs and other artifacts and view the wooden green-painted houses and shops. A professional, experienced and friendly guide will accompany you throughout the village before you get time to further explore the village on your own.

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. 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 Centuries. At 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 Dutch farmer cheese.

Then it is time to further explore the village 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 give you insider’s tips about what to do and where to go.

Back in Amsterdam your guide will give you your ticket for a regular city canal cruise that can be used at any time during your visit. On this 75-minute canal cruise you’ll experience the best sights of this historical city. Relax on the boat and enjoy the fantastic views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals. Admire the Overhoeks quarter from water, the Golden Bend and the Music Building and the magnificent VOC ship, known also as The Amsterdam.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Half-day trip to Zaanse Schans
    • Transport by air-conditioned coach
    • Live commentary on board
    • Canal cruise of Amsterdam ticket
    What's not included
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food and drinks
    Reduced price
    • Children ages (4-11): reduced
    • Infants ages (0-3): free
    Where

    Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Meeting point:
    Meet your guide at THIS IS HOLLAND. How to get there: Take the 3-minute free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg from Amsterdam Central Station. On disembarking, turn left
    What to remember
    • Please note that the order of visiting the villages may differ from the description
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • Tour may be operated by a multilingual guide
    • Infants must sit on laps

    City canal cruise:

    • Your city canal cruise voucher can be redeemed at the docks of Blue Boat Company - Gray Line Amsterdam
    • Note that this is an 'open ticket' no timeslot has been allocated and you can board any next available boat at one of the 2 docks
    • Canal cruises depart from Stadhouderskade 501, opposite the Hard Rock Cafe or Stadhouderskade 550, opposite Heineken Experience
    • Audio guides are available on board in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Japanese, Croatian, Czech, Chinese, Cantonese, Korean, Thai, Bahasa, Polish, Swedish, Hindi and Arabic
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    When
    • Tours operate daily at 11.30
    • Note availability may change, please see calendar for exact available dates and times

    City canal cruise:

    • This is an 'open ticket' no timeslot has been allocated and you can board any next available boat at one of the 2 docks
    • Check-in 10 minutes before the departure time
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    Provider
    Blue Boat Company
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the experience begins.

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