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Zaanse Schans Tours

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The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production. Today, the Zaanse Schans is set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills open to visitors. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the village’s top attractions.

The Basics
The Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip destination from Amsterdam; the scenic drive through the Dutch countryside—past lovely fields, green pastures, and winding canals—is a tour highlight in and of itself. Visit on a half- or full-day tour to explore the five Dutch Golden Age windmills, including some that serve as a sawmill and an oil mill, and visit the workshops of local craftspeople. Cheese-making and clog-making demonstrations are other key experiences, in addition to pewter-casting and mustard-making demos. For a fun photo souvenir, stop by a shoemaker’s shop and try on traditional Dutch clogs and costumes. When you get hungry, pop into a bakery for a taste of the sweet white duivekater bread, head to the cheese factory for some famous Edam cheese, or step inside Albert Heijn—the village’s oldest shop—for a bag of sweets. A boat trip or a canal cruise is another excellent way to see the Zaanse Schans and the surrounding villages.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Zaanse Schans is a must-see for visitors interested in learning about traditional Dutch culture.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the outdoor area.
  • The Zaanse Schans is free to visit, but some individual attractions may require fees.
  • Not all areas are wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the area, but accessible bridges and parking are available. Jonge Schaap is the only wheelchair-accessible windmill.
  • Most shops and restaurants in the neighborhood accept credit and debit cards; ATMs are located at the Zaanse Schans parking office.

How to Get There
The Zaanse Schans neighborhood is set in Zaandam, near Zaandijk, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Amsterdam. The village, located on the eastern bank of the Zaan river, is easily accessible from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station by transit—it takes less than an hour to get there by bus, train, or car. Fee-based parking is available.

When to Get There
Though there is plenty to do year-round in the Zaanse Schans, much of the village’s charm lies in its outdoor attractions, making late spring and summer the best times to visit. Winters in the Netherlands are known to be rainy and windy, so if you’re visiting then, wear warm layers under a waterproof jacket.

The Dutch and Their Bicycles 
It’s said that there are 1.5 bicycles for every inhabitant of the Netherlands. The Dutch love their bikes and can be found pedaling them to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else in between. Renting a bicycle is a great way to see Holland like a local. In summer, a bike tour from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans is a popular way to experience the quaint village and the bucolic countryside.
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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

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Experience an iconic landscape of fishing villages, windmills, and craftsmen’s shops on a small-group tour from Amsterdam into the Dutch countryside. Visit a series of traditional, restored windmills in Zaanse Schans, and walk the dikes and harbor of Volendam, a pretty port lined with bright houses and sailboats. Sample locally-make cheeses and Dutch schnapps, with time to choose a restaurant for lunch, then enjoy sweeping views of the landscape during the return trip to Amsterdam.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Discover the delights and history of Zaanse Schans and the Dutch countryside on a 3-hour, small-group trip from Amsterdam. With an informative guide, admire the lush, canal-crossed Dutch landscape. Take a tour of pretty Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills and green-painted houses, and visit a cheese farm and clog-making workshop to learn about these traditional crafts. Lastly, visit a working windmill to learn how these waterside factories helped drive the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Numbers are limited on this tour for a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$52.45
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Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam

Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam

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Discover the real Netherlands in this amazing tour through Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Marken – the jewels of the Dutch countryside. The visit starts in Zaanse Schans, where you will be able to take pictures of typical Dutch windmills that are still in use today. Afterward, we will drive to the Waterland area, passing through the beautiful villages from this part of the country: Edam, Volendam, and Marken. In Edam, we will walk through historic sites like the square where the famous Cheese Market used to take place. Then, near Volendam, we will visit a local cheese producer, where the cheese master will explain how they produce Gouda and Edam cheeses. In the clog factory, you will discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Then, travel back in time to the 17th century as we walk by cozy fishermen houses in Marken, the fishing harbor, and the protestant church. Join us for an unforgettable day visiting Edam, Volendam, Marken, and Zaanse Schans.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour

Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour

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Delve into the rich tapestry of typical Dutch culture on an enriching half-day tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. With a knowledgeable guide, observe traditional cheese making processes; marvel at the interior of a working windmill; try on some authentic wooden clogs for size; and admire the quaint and colorful architecture of Zaanse Schans village before returning to Amsterdam by comfortable coach. Gain fascinating insight into the unique culture of the Netherlands on this educational tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Daytrip from Amsterdam

Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Daytrip from Amsterdam

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Immerse yourself in Dutch culture on this full-day tour through the countryside with round-trip transport from Amsterdam. In addition to navigating, your guide offers little-known facts and anecdotes about each stop on the itinerary, including a traditional clog shop, artisan cheese factory, rural windmills, and the village of Giethoorn. Don’t forget your camera: The day also features a boat ride through Giethoorn’s waterways with rare views of the area.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$117.23
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Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Tour with Canal Cruise

Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Tour with Canal Cruise

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Step into a world of blooming tulips, windmills, wooden clogs, and Dutch cheese on a full-day tour from Amsterdam that combines some of the country’s top highlights. From a guided garden walk to an Amsterdam canal cruise, the included experiences feature a mix of culture, history, and tradition. A hands-on cheese workshop offers the chance to learn about and taste classic Dutch cheeses.
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  • 9 hours
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$123.40
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

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Experience the Holland of old on a private, 3-hour trip to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. Enjoy the beauty of the Zaan region, with its wooden windmills, quaint villages and meadows. Stop at the historical, windmill village of Zaanse Schan and take a guided tour around the pretty lanes and watersides, passing green-painted houses, wooden barns and shops. Watch clogs and cheese being made at craft workshops, and visit a working windmill to learn how they were used to pump water, saw wood and more through the 17th and 18th centuries.
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  • 3 hours
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$154.26
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Volendam, Marken and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

Volendam, Marken and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

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See Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken on a full-day windmill tour departing from Amsterdam. Visit a cheese factory to sample local dairy products, admire a classic line-up of authentic windmills, and watch a shoemaker fashion wooden clogs using traditional methods. Hear commentary from your audio guide during the coach journey, and enjoy guided tours in each picturesque village.
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  • 7 hours
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Bus day trip Holland Windmill -Zaanse Schans, Marken and Volendam from Amsterdam

Bus day trip Holland Windmill -Zaanse Schans, Marken and Volendam from Amsterdam

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Visit two charming Dutch towns in one day: Volendam and Marken. These are top attractions in the Netherlands that most tourists don’t want to miss. They’re conveniently located near Amsterdam, making this day trip an easy stop. With round-trip shared transport, a city map, and additional recommendations from the guide, you’re all set.
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  • 7 hours
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$35.79
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Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour from Amsterdam including Boat Ride to Zaandam

Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour from Amsterdam including Boat Ride to Zaandam

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Explore the windmill village of Zaanse Schans and ride a boat through the Dutch countryside on a 4-hour tour from Amsterdam. Admire the picture-postcard hamlet with its traditional green-painted houses, and visit a clog workshop, cheese farm, working windmill and more. Take a boat trip on the River Zaan, passing windmills and the former warehouses of the Zaandam region as you learn about its industrial past. Plus, enjoy free time to shop, relax or visit the Czar Peter House, where the Russian ruler learnt about Dutch shipbuilding in the 1600s.
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  • 4 hours
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Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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This fun, multifaceted tour touches on everything the Dutch are best known for. Visit a windmill village, a clog museum (where you can watch traditional craftsmen work), a cheese farm (samples included), and take a canal cruise. The “100 Highlights” cruise passes many sites and landmarks, including the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Keukenhof, Flower Fields, Volendam and Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

Keukenhof, Flower Fields, Volendam and Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

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During the spring months of March, April, and May, Keukenhof Gardens alights in a vibrant spectacle of color. During your time in Amsterdam, visit the world’s largest flower garden when in bloom on this 9-hour excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, Zaanse Schans, and Volendam. Stroll amid millions of tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs at Keukenhof Gardens; admire the windmills and waterways of Zaanse Schans; and discover the quaint seaside village of Volendam. Small-group tour limited to eight people.  
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  • 9 hours
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Zaanse Schans private tour region of Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans private tour region of Amsterdam

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We are going to walk on the Zaanse Schans. I am a certified guide and will give you a lot of information about the highlights. The walk shows you the Albert Heijn museum shop, the wooden shoe factory and the cheese factory, and we will taste cheese and of course to the windmills (entrance not included € 5.00 pp per adult per mill, € 2.50 pp per child per mill ). You can indicate which windmill (s) you want to visit.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.77
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans and River Zaan Cruise from Amsterdam

Private Tour: Zaanse Schans and River Zaan Cruise from Amsterdam

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Travel to a storybook land of windmills, wooden houses and cheese shops on this private, half-day tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. Visit the traditional Dutch village for a glimpse into the Old World crafts scene and charming atmosphere, and then glide by the many windmills that line the banks of the Zaan River on a private boat trip. Stop for lunch in the town of Zaandam, and hear stories about life on the river from a friendly skipper and guide.
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  • 5 hours
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Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village

Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village

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A windmill village, a tulip garden, and a clog museum are a few of the stops you make on this quintessential Dutch countryside tour from Amsterdam. Leave the city behind and enjoy a jam-packed full-day itinerary, starting with a visit to the colorful Keukenhof Gardens, home to over 800 varieties of tulips. Next, visit the traditional windmill village of Zaanse Schans and get a feel for life in 19th-century Netherlands. Peek into the wind-powered factories, sample regional cheeses at a local farm shop, then watch a shoemaking demonstration at the clog museum.
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  • 9 hours
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Giethoorn - Volendam - Zaanse Schans (Holland Dream Tour)

Giethoorn - Volendam - Zaanse Schans (Holland Dream Tour)

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See more of Holland on a day trip from Amsterdam to the towns of Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans. Known as the "Holland Dream Tour," this itinerary combines popular destinations that show off another side of the country outside the big city. This tour allows you to avoid the hassle of renting a car or finding your own way to these locations so you can relax and enjoy a pre-planned day.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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  • 1 to 4 days
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Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour

Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour

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Experience three quintessential icons of the Dutch countryside — windmills, cheese and wooden clogs — on this 5.5 hour tour from Amsterdam. Journey to the North Holland towns of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, where you can view working windmills at an open-air museum on the Zaan River, visit a dairy farm or cheese weighing house, and step inside a clog factory. You’ll travel outside the city aboard a single-decker coach, allowing for a smaller group experience with your professional guide.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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PRIVATE Authentic Zaanse Schans Tour with Chocolate & Cheese Tastings Included

PRIVATE Authentic Zaanse Schans Tour with Chocolate & Cheese Tastings Included

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Zaanse Schans is known for its historic buildings and working windmills, but gaining intimate insight into the traditional region can be difficult on a self-led trip. Explore Zaanse Schans on a private tour from Amsterdam Centraal, and visit a clog workshop, traditional dairy, and chocolate factory for insight into the country’s industrial heritage, learning more about the neighborhood from your local guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$116.00
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Private Countryside tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam

Private Countryside tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam

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See the best Holland has to offer in a 7 hour tour which covers the world-famous Zaanse Schans with its windmills. You will also drive through the countryside to the farmers town of Katwoude to visit a cheese farm, the fisherman town of Volendam, visit the former Island of Marken and the idyllic Broek in Waterland. Your personal private guide and driver will tell you everything about these places and its history. At Volendam, a stop is scheduled for a typical Dutch lunch (included). At Zaanse Schans, you will visit a wooden shoe workshop for a demonstration of clog making and a working Industrial windmill (entrance fee included). As this is a private tour, you will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Amsterdam or any other for you convenient place in or near Amsterdam.
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  • 7 hours
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$308.51
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All-inclusive Zaanse Schans VIP-tour with Kaatje Slagter from Amsterdam

All-inclusive Zaanse Schans VIP-tour with Kaatje Slagter from Amsterdam

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Be transported back in time and see what life is like in a historic Dutch village. Meet a local resident dressed in traditional 18th century clothing. Your guide gives you a tour through Zaanse Schans, a preserved 18th and 19th century village. Sit down in her home with her for a treat before exploring the village yourself. Immerse yourself in traditional Dutch culture - from wearing wooden shoes, to seeing windmills at work.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$104.23
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Zaanse Schans Day Trip from Amsterdam with Lunch

Zaanse Schans Day Trip from Amsterdam with Lunch

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Discover the traditional Dutch delights of Zaanse Schans on a small-group day trip to the picturesque riverside village from Amsterdam. Visit a clog factory and cheese farm to see how these classic products are still made by hand, and peer out onto the countryside from the balcony of a working windmill.
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  • 4 hours
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$66.05
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Day Trip to the windmills of the Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edam

Day Trip to the windmills of the Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edam

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Step back in time and experience Dutch life in the 18th and 19th centuries as you visit three historic villages around Amsterdam. Explore the Zaanse Schans open-air museum, with its traditional windmills, Dutch cheese factory, and clog-making workshop. Continue to the picturesque fishing village of Volendam, then ride the ferry across the lake to Marken village, known for its distinctive wooden houses.
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  • 6 hours
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$72.81
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Private Guided Tour: Zaanse Schans and Zaandam from Amsterdam

Private Guided Tour: Zaanse Schans and Zaandam from Amsterdam

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Discover delightful Zaanse Schans and the charming city of Zaandam on a 6-hour private tour from Amsterdam. With an informative private guide, explore the enchanting windmill hamlet of Zaanse Schans. Admire the trademark green-painted houses, craft studios and windmills; and see inside a clog-making workshop, cheese farm and working windmill. Then, take a River Zaan boat ride past windmills and old warehouses to Zaandam. See the city’s highlights, enjoy a delicious lunch and visit the Czar Peter House, where the Russian ruler learnt about Dutch shipbuilding in the 17th century.
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  • 6 hours
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