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Zaanse Schans and City Canal Cruise

Zaanse Schans and City Canal Cruise

 

Gray Line Sightseeing tour to Zaanse Schans with live guide. 1/2 day

3,5 hours
  • Mobile & printed vouchers accepted
  • Free Cancellation

Highlights

  • Instant confirmation
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • See the historic wind mills of Zaanse Schans
  • Learn how Dutch cheese is being made in a farm
  • Watch traditional craftsmen at work, making clogs and other artifacts
  • City Canal Cruise by Blue Boat Company / Gray Line Amsterdam

Includes

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Live commentary on board
  • City Canal Cruise by Blue Boat Company / Gray Line Amsterdam

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Please Note

Meeting point: THIS IS HOLLAND – Overhoeksplein 51, opposite central station. How to get here: A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg runs 24/7 from Amsterdam Central Station to the north shore of the river IJ. Journey time is three minutes). Embark via the two middle pontoons. On disembarking, turn left. It is a two minute walk to THIS IS HOLLAND. IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION:

  • Up to and including March 20: 11:30am from THIS IS HOLLAND
  • From March 21 up to and including May 10th: 14:30pm from THIS IS HOLLAND
  • From May 11 up to and including November 1, 2020: 11:30am from THIS IS HOLLAND
Back in Amsterdam your guide will give you your ticket for a regular City Canal Cruise. The voucher can be redeemed at the docks of Blue Boat Company- Gray Line Amsterdam. The ticket for your City Canal Cruise is an so called "OPEN TICKET".This means that no timeslot has been allocated and you can board any next a vailable boat at one of the 2 docks:
  • The first dock is located at Stadhouderskade 501 opposite the Hard Rock Cafe. Take tram 1, 2, 5,11 and 12 stop at Leidseplein. from there the dock is a 2 minute walk.
  • The second dock is located at Stadhouderskade 550, opposite Heineken Experience. Take tram 2, 5,and 12 stop at Rijksmuseum. from there the dock is a 5 minute walk or take metro No. 52 and stop at Vijzelgracht. From there the dock is only a 2 minute walk.

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A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destination in just 20 minutes.

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 Century. All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region.

In its golden age the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things.

The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue.

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. Before you set off to discover the Zaanse Schans 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.

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION:
  • Up to and including March 20: 11:30am from THIS IS HOLLAND
  • From March 21 up to and including May 10th: 14:30pm from THIS IS HOLLAND
  • From May 11 up to and including November 1, 2020: 11:30am from THIS IS HOLLAND


Back in Amsterdam your guide will give you your ticket for a regular City Canal Cruise. The voucher can be redeemed at the docks of Blue Boat Company- Gray Line Amsterdam. The ticket for your City Canal Cruise is an so called "OPEN TICKET".This means that no timeslot has been allocated and you can board any next a vailable boat at one of the 2 docks:

  • The first dock is located at Stadhouderskade 501 opposite the Hard Rock Cafe. Take tram 1, 2, 5,11 and 12 stop at Leidseplein. from there the dock is a 2 minute walk.
  • The second dock is located at Stadhouderskade 550, opposite Heineken Experience. Take tram 2, 5,and 12 stop at Rijksmuseum. from there the dock is a 5 minute walk or take metro No. 52 and stop at Vijzelgracht. From there the dock is only a 2 minute walk.
  • Drive in 20 minutes to the Windmill village of Zaanse Schans.
  • Walk together with your guide and listen to the interesting facts which he or she will share with you.
  • Visit during 15 minutes the wooden shoe maker and see how to make the perfect wooden shoe.
  • Walk in 5 minutes to the cheese farm.
  • See in 10 minutes how to make Gouda Cheese, and taste them all after the explanation.
  • Explore the village during one hour free time.
  • Drive back in 20 minutes to Amsterdam.

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