The gardens where beautiful with every kind of tulip you could imagine. The gardens are extensive and require lots of walking. Our guide had lots of information but was so soft speaking we could not hear him outdoors. My friend and I both use canes and asked our guide to slow down a little so we could keep up but that didn't happen. Also the description of the tour said both pick up and return to the hotel was part of the trip, but we were delivered to the head quarters and told to take the free ferry to the central station to get back to our hotel. We were not happy. This is a full day trip and pretty exhausting. The flowers and the windmills were worth the trip but it would have oh so much better with a guide you could hear and keep up with as well as returned to the hotel where pick up had happened.
We got a little anxious trying to find the bus stop for our trip. We tried to call the phone and it was not in service. Finally where we thought it was, a guide came and said she was riding with us to A'DAM. I wish the bus stop address and description had included a map!
The tour guide on the bus to the Garden and Windmill village gave information in English and Spanish then she took us through a short part of Keukenhof before we had plenty of time on our own. I feel so lucky that we travelled when these gardens were open.
We then returned to A'DAM before heading to Windmill Village. Would have liked a little more time in the clog shop, but we had traffic and got to the village later than usual. The village is interesting, but would have also like to have some information about the working of the windmill. The windmills were not open to go inside, so our guide had recommended that we go in the one at Keukenhof, but there was no information to read about them. There was more traffic on the way home, so our bus driver had chosen a different route that took us through some lovely countryside. All in all, it was a pleasurable trip, and the gardens should not be missed if you are there when they are open for the only 8 wks per yr!
Perfect day trip combo if you have limited time in Amsterdam. The timing could have been better if the tour is punctual. We were supposed to depart from the last pick-up point A'dam Lookout at 9 am but we waited for almost an hour. Completed touring the Keukenhof Gardens at 2.30 pm and returned to A'dam Lookout, which we think was a waste of time, and then continue to Zaanse Schans. Again, the timing could have been better for the group taking both excursions not to be combined with those only taking single trip. Due to this we didn't have much time in Zaanse Schans and didn't get the chance to enter the windmill as it closed at 4.30 pm. However, the tour guide was very warm and informative
I will start with Keukenhof it was great and not to be missed! I carefully selected this tour for the convenience of being able to walk from my hotel to pick up point....BEWARE it was not disclosed until the end that we were being dropped off on the other end of town requiring navigating public transport after a long, cold day ... I would have researched that and brought a map. Tour guide was late so we rode around on the bus an extra hour..the extra time was added to the end but caused us to miss some things that closed early clog making demo, cheese demo, inside windmill also Zaanse Village had beware of pick pocket signs everywhere and extra fees for to go inside a windmill, museums and bathrooms.. could have missed that entire experience, seems to me this was simply a tourist trap. Viator needs to fully disclose details such as drop off being different from pick up point.
Honestly, this was a horrible tour. To begin with the coach was old and dirty. The tour guide gave the tour in three languages. Since my husband speaks both german and english it was easy to see that much of the information was not given the same from one language to the next. Although this is billed as a tour through Keukenhof with free time after, there was no tour. The guide had little if any information to give at Keukenhof so we were left with the duration of the time to wander on our own - a fine idea, but not what I signed up for. Finally, the Zaanse Schans Village was also a let down. By the time we got there we were hurried into the shoe making exhibit and cheese making exhibit. All of the information came from those craftsmen. Our tour guide offered little information. Almost all the shops closed leaving us little to do until time to meet at the coach again. Although I signed up for and paid for a guided tour, this is really transportation to the gardens and the windmill village - nothing more! Don't waste your money. Just get your own transportation to the sites and enjoy on your own!