Day Trips from Amsterdam
If you’ve heard about the famous flowers and are in the Netherlands in the spring, there are two different ways to see these colorful blooms. To see tulips as they grow in nature, the nearest fields from Amsterdam are less than an hour away in the town of Lisse (also home to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens). Bloom times depend on Mother Nature, but typically occur sometime between the end of March and early May. Team Traterra can organize a rental car as this is the best way to see the fields. If you prefer to leave the driving to others, book the half-day tour to Keukenhof Gardens, which includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.
From sleek, modern wind turbines to the windmills of centuries past, the Netherlands is full of them. The most famous of windmills are in the scenic village of Zaanse Schans north of Amsterdam. We admit the windmills here (from the 16th and 17th centuries) are a bit of a tourist trap, but they still belong on the itinerary of anybody coming to the Netherlands for the first time. Individual explorers should make a day trip out of Amsterdam and combine Keukenhof (south of Amsterdam) with Zaanse Schans. However, if you prefer to leave the planning to others, book a half-day guided tour to Zaanse Schans, which includes stops at two fishing villages and a cheese farm.
ZAANSE SCHANS WINDMILLS, MARKEN, AND VOLENDAM
HALF-DAY TRIP FROM AMSTERDAM
See the world-famous windmills in the quaint, picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. The windmills here were all built in the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition to touring the mills, this village is also home to a resident shoemaker, who still makes traditional wooden Dutch clogs. This half-day tour also visits the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam and makes a stop at a cheese farm.