We were very upset with this tour.. the morning to the windmills, wooden shoe factory was nice and we had a good guide. However the 2nd half was really a bust... except for Delft which is why we booked it... as it turns out the remainder of the afternoon tour was a bus ride through The Hague and a stop at Madurodam... which frankly is a total waste of time. Not only that but by the time you get there they are closing. This tour would have been about 3 hours shorter if they just tacked the Delft tour on the end of the morning. It was weird because the bus returns to amsterdam after the morning to drop off and pick up new passengers. tour guides changed too... and the guy in the afternoon was also pretty much a waste. Of the 6 total stops... 4 were great and 2 were awful and actually The Hague isnt even a stop.. just a ride thorugh town pointing out buidings
This review is for two different tours put together. The first part was Zaanse Schans Windmills which was very good. It was interesting and enjoyable. I highly recommend it a 4. However, the second tour which they encourage you to take together needs some help! The Delft was good - but very short! We were given a quick tour very interesting but very little time to shop and purchase Delft was by far the best part of the tour. The Hague was a drive around the city with a quick photo stop - not interesting at all. We were not able to go to where the tour stated as it was closed. The Madurodam was fine - it should have been the shortest part of the tour - and instead it was the longest... we spend about 90 minutes wandering the miniature city - which was interesting especially if you have children, but not for the time frame we were given. We were bored - plus everything was closed as it was too late in the evening. They were closing the doors behind us. Take the tour of the Windmills the wooden shoe factory and the cheese factory and forget the second tour. Take the train to Delft on your own.
The tour was worth all the money! The sides were exactly on time, though some of my friends pass by the coffeeshop before the tour, they were patient to wait for my friends and took them to the meeting place. The fist stop was Marken, we saw how they make the clogs, I didn't buy anything - its too expensive. The took us to Volendam with he boat, and went to the cheese factory, here - I spent a lot! Reasonable price then, the windmills. The morning tour lasted only 5 hours but very good tour, highly recommended. We went to our afternoon tour, we stopped by the Deft - home of the luxurious Royal Deft - so expensive piece of ceramic. We stopped by the city center where we get to eat snacks / lunch - Out time wasn't enough for this, though there's a lot to explore. We went to the Hague, the business center of the Netherlands, we stopped by the Royal Palace and our final destination, the highlight of the tour MADURODAM! -
The entrance fee was free and we were able to see Netherlands in miniature. Overall the trip was good, educational and we saw glimpse of Netherlands, Theres so much to see, so much to learn. The guides were knowledgeable, patient, humorous and helpful. Highly recommended.
This is two half day tours packaged as a full day tour. The itinerary should state that your only opportunity to sit and eat is in vollendam 10:15 - 11 am. We were not hungry then and there plenty of shops to visit. The windmills are the last morning stop. We toured the one farthest from the parking lot which meant we had little time to shop or grab a snack. We were worried we would miss our afternoon tour but told we would have the same driver. We were barely able to use a restroom back in Amsterdam before the next tour left. We enjoyed Delft but need more time at the Delft factory shop and less in the town square or don't include Madurodam (preferred). The Hague is just a drive through and that is fine.
This was a nice trip. It was a lot to do in a day but so worth it. We got a wooden shoes demonstration, and then had the opportunity to buy wooden shoes, both original and modern shoes were available. The Windmills were working mills and hearing about how they help the locals make a living was really interesting. The history of Hague and the miniature village is not to be missed:)
Great morning trip to Voldendam (cheese tour), cruise to Market, and visit to the windmills. Would have been great to have more time at the windmills themselves, but it was a great morning. Our guide, Rick, was outstanding. Couldn't have been friendlier and more engaging.
Our afternoon was spent at Madurodam, driving through the Hague, and in Delft. The Delft Factory tour was very interesting as was walking around the town of Delft. We did not stop anywhere in the Hague to take pictures or get out so this was a downside. All in all, great day, but plan for very little time to eat and bring your own snacks.