Living Dutch Traditions

Explore the spectacular windmill village of Zaanse Schans with its authentic crafts and houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Drive through the bucolic Dutch countryside in search of the traditions that have become synonymous with the Netherlands. Arriving at the countryside village of Zaandam, you will see the dignified windmills that were once an important part of Holland's industry and often the subjects of Claude Monet's best-known masterpieces. Follow your guide into the past with a visit to the Zaanse Schans Open-Air Museum. The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills and barns. After exploring the reconstructed village, enjoy coffee or tea with a fresh pastry at the local restaurant. You will then have some free time at the Zaanse Schans before returning to the ship.

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