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Trip to Amsterdam Villages and Canal Boat Ride

Spend the morning discovering the charming villages next to Amsterdam, with their famous windmills and countryside views, before a magical afternoon canal cruise.

  • Canal Boat Ride, An unforgettable experience with Buendía Tours
    Canal Boat Ride, An unforgettable experience with Buendía Tours
  • Marken, located on a remarkable peninsula on the Markermeer Lake
    Marken, located on a remarkable peninsula on the Markermeer Lake
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About Trip to Amsterdam Villages and Canal Boat Ride Intro

Throughout the day we'll visit the villages renowned for their cheese, herrings and traditional wooden clogs. The most enjoyable way to discover these picturesque locations, before heading back to Amsterdam to navigate its legendary canals.

Itinerary Itinerary

The excursion begins at 9 a.m. in front of the Basilica of Saint Nicholas. This allows us to get the best view of the Zaanse Schaan's windmills under the morning light. Our guides will explain the history of the famous Dutch postcard location in-depth, and we'll get some free time to take pictures of the windmills and traditional homes of the XV century.

The next stop on our tour is the Waterland municipality: dams, polders, locks and a stunning array of greens that will accompany us throughout the day. Everything here is below sea-level!

Following our route, we arrive in the town of Edam, with its narrow streets and imposing architecture. The medieval village, which gives name to the popular cheese, is home to a market that has been open ever since the XVI century. Houses surrounded by water, bridges and spectacular protestant churches make Edam the best place to learn about the Dutch Golden Age.

We also visit Volendam, a small fishermen's village with colorful houses and unique shops. After trying some of its cheeses at a local factory, and some sweet caramel biscuits known as stroopwafels, we have more free time to take photographs and enjoy the views. 

The last village on our tour is Marken, located on a remarkable peninsula on the Markermeer Lake. Together with our guides, we discover its traditional houses and idyllic gardens facing the water. An old, authentic clog factory allows us to learn about the craft... and even to try on a pair!

At around 4:30 p.m. we arrive back in Amsterdam, a few meters away from the pier, the starting point for our boat trip. You can take a cruise almost immediately or choose to wait for a later one if you prefer. Traveling through the city via the canals will show us a different side of Amsterdam, so this is a great opportunity to truly appreciate all of its wonders.

The cruise will take us through the iconic Canal District, boasting streets lined with elegant homes built by rich merchants during the Dutch Golden Age. Majestic facades, beautiful churches and the famous Magere Brug (Narrow Bridge) make for an outstanding trip.

Spend a whole day discovering the amazing rural world of the Netherlands and Amsterdam's canals. An experience you won't forget.

Meeting Point for the Village Trip

Our guides will wait in front of the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, near Amsterdam Central Station.

Address: Prins Hendrikkade 73, 1012 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • De Ruijterkade 153
    • 1011 AC, Ámsterdam, Países Bajos

Meeting Point for the Canal Cruise

Address: Prins Hendrikkade 25, 1012 TM Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Prins Hendrikkade 25
    • 1012 TM Amsterdam, Países Bajos


  • Availability

    • 9:00 h - Every day
  • Duration

    • 7 h 30 m - Village Trip
    • 1 h - Canal Cruise
  • Included

    • Round trip
    • English guide
    • Canal Cruise on the same day of the tour until 21:30 h
  • Language

    • English - Trip to the Villages
    • Audioguides in 18 different languages - Canal Cruise
  • Price

    • General: 37 €
    • Between 3 and 13 years: 29 €
    • Under 3 years: Free
  • Cancellation Policy

    • No reimbursement possible

  • Reservation

    Canal Cruise can be enjoyed anytime between returning from the Village Tour and 21:30 h of the same day, following local boat departure times.

    The local company that organizes the cruise also offers covered boats in case of bad weather conditions.

  • Voucher

    Please remember to carry a printed receipt for our tour, you will need it to get on to the cruise

  • Covid 19 Travel Health

    The service complies with local regulations and the necessary hygiene measures to avoid infections related to the coronavirus



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