Driving out of Amsterdam you will pass scenic pastureland dotted with farmhouses and grazing animals. Zaanse Schans, a quaint Dutch windmill village has been fully recreated to resemble an 18th century Zaan community. As you stroll through the quaint streets watching the craftsmen practicing the trades of yesteryear, you'll get a glimpse of what Dutch life once was. Though there were once over 600 windmills in the Zaanstreek, only a handful have been preserved. You'll have an opportunity to witness the Old Dutch craft of clog making, or simply relax in an outdoor cafe. Visit the typical Dutch village of Edam. Strolling the town's cobblestone streets, you will notice a unique bell tower.
Journey into the past on this exploration of traditional Dutch life in a reconstructed 18th-century town and the cheese-making village of Edam. Travel back in time to Zaanse Schans, where authentic windmills turn and craftsmen ply their trades. Watch them carve and paint traditional Dutch clogs; stroll past homes and barns built in the iconic Dutch style. Sample a variety of cheeses; walk its cobblestone streets, canals, picturesque bridges and town square.
• Scenic Drive: Relax on a leisurely motor coach ride through the rolling countryside and dairy farms outside Amsterdam.
• Zaanse Schans: This idyllic village authentically recreates 18th-century life; stroll by windmills with names like "The Seeker" and "The Cloverleaf."
• Edam: A living museum of Dutch heritage, famous for its cheese, laced by canals and dotted with historic buildings and squares.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
What to Wear:
• Weather-appropriate clothing
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Guests must be able to walk approximately one mile on somewhat uneven walkways and cobblestone streets, with long periods of standing.
• There are approximately 12 steep steps to enter the windmill.
• Time permitting; guests will have approximately 30 minutes for browsing and shopping in Edam.
• Tour order may vary.