FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answers to some common questions

Transportation

On our small group tours we go places where big tour busses cannot come.

Preparation

Travel light to go further. We'll do a bit of walking to avoid the crowds. It's worth it!

What to Bring

Holland can be windy. Windmills love that; some people don't. Bring a wind proof jacket.

FAQs about our Semi Private Tour

The pick up point is Cafe de Pont in Amsterdam-Noord. It’s very easy to get to. And it has a great waterfront view, with hundreds of cyclists getting on and off the ferry every minute. We think it’s one of the best sights in Amsterdam during rush hour.

We do not have a hotel pick up and return on the semi private tour. But our pick up point is close to Amsterdam Central Station and it’s easy to reach.

Buiksloterweg 3-5, 1031 CC Amsterdam.

First you need to get to Central Station. Preferably by tram: the public transport system in Holland is fast and efficient. Then head to the back of the station, where you’ll see the river IJ. Cross the river with the free ferry to Buiksloterweg (no ticket needed). That’s it, you’re there! You can also take a taxi or Uber from your hotel, but this actually takes a lot longer.

We depart at 09:30, so be there at 09:15. Please give us a call if you think you’re delayed.

The semi private tour lasts 5 hours. We leave at 09:30 and return at 14:30. All the destinations on the tour are close to each other. Maximum driving between destinations is about 20 minutes.

Not much: just bring a camera and wear comfortable shoes and you’ll be all set. 

Our tours go to the countryside, where it’s usually a bit colder than in Amsterdam. Also, the windmill area is…well…windy. When in doubt about the weather: bring a rain jacket. 

There’s no need to bring food. The Zaanse Schans has lots of shops with chocolate, cookies, coffee and tea. We stop for lunch in either Volendam, Marken, Edam or Monnickendam depending the season and the preference of the group.

We always include the highlights of Holland in the tour, like windmills and small villages. The destinations are a bit different depending the season. For example: in springtime we always try to see some tulips and pet some dairy cows. In summertime we love to be near the water in fishing villages and in winter, a nice ‘brown’ cafe is a good place to enjoy some hot chocolate.

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FAQs about our Private Tour

We can pick you up at any hotel in Amsterdam. Most major hotels in Amsterdam are listed in our booking form. If it’s not, just let us know. 

A private tour just for one, or a big group with up to 16 persons: Holland Windmills can arrange it for you. According to the size of your group, we use cars or small vans that seat up to 8 passengers.

Not much: just bring a camera and wear comfortable shoes and you’ll be all set. 

Our tours go to the countryside, where it’s usually a bit colder than in Amsterdam. Also, the windmill area is…well…windy. When in doubt about the weather: bring a rain jacket. 

There’s no need to bring food. The Zaanse Schans has lots of shops with chocolate, cookies, coffee and tea. We stop for lunch in either Volendam, Marken, Edam or Monnickendam depending the season and the preference of the group.

We always include the highlights of Holland in the tour, like the windmills of the Zaanse Schans and small countryside villages. We can also arrange a short bike ride for you during this tour. Just let us know what you’re into and let us take care of it. 

The usual destinations we take our guests are: De Zaanse Schans (1hr.30min), a Cheese Farm with cheese tasting (45min), Volendam; walk along the dike and old center/fish tasting (30min), drive through Monnickendam, lunch in Marken (45min/1hr), drive through countryside passing villages Uitdam en Zuiderwoude, Broek in Waterland (25min), drive along the Nieuwendammerdijk in the North of Amsterdam (10min).

Entrance to a windmill is always included. There are no other attractions or musea included.

Some of us are morning persons, some get alive when the sun sets. We get that! If you want to start this tour an hour earlier or later, no problem. And yes, we know where to get good coffee. 

Driving from your hotel in Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans windmills takes half an hour. Driving time to the cheese farm near Edam is about 20 minutes. From there it’s just 10 minutes to Volendam. On to Marken through Monnickendam is approximately 30 minutes. From Marken to the little countryside villages takes about 20 minutes. Driving time back to Amsterdam (together with a ride along the Nieuwendammerdijk) is about 20 minutes and back to your hotel is another 20 minutes.
 
All in all this tour has 2,5 hours driving time, with the best views Holland has to offer. We use countryside roads and avoid highways, so on this tour you’ll see farms, lots of cows, birds, horses and goats, green fields and the famous Dutch skies.
 
All our guides are licensed tourist drivers. We drive very slow – nobody ever got car sick with us. 

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What to expect from a Holland Windmills tour?

✔️ A small group or private tour with no more than 8 guests ✔️ An easy pickup point near Amsterdam Central Station ✔️ Transport in a small van that takes you everywhere ✔️ Licensed tour drivers ✔️ Guided tours in famous areas like the Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Edam, Monnickendam and Marken ✔️ Expert guides who know where to go and eat (and where not) ✔️ Lots of fun!

Safety first

Amsterdam is one of the safest cities in Europe with very low crime. However, always keep an eye on your belongings, especially in busy areas like Central Station. 

We are the only tour company in Amsterdam where the guides are also certified taxi drivers. This means we passed the strict Dutch driving exams for public transport. We don’t like to rush and drive very comfortably: no guest ever got car sick with us…we make sure you’re safe and comfortable.

Nothing: relax and let us take care of you!