Sailing Volendam

Volendam is one of the best known traditional fishing villages along the former Zuyderzee. More than one hundred “botters” once berthed here. A day in Volendam is never boring: there are many outdoor cafes to sit and watch the people, the picturesque dike to walk along, and shops to visit. You can have your picture taken in traditional folk costume (great fun!), and if you love fish then you must visit a smokehouse and taste the freshly smoked eel! Music lovers can visit the Paling (eel) Sound Museum, and if you like tradition you will enjoy the Volendams Museum and the Cigar band House.

An outing to Volendam

Volendam is one of Egasail’s favourite destinations, and we organise lots of trips to there. The perfect day out with friends, family or colleagues! Below is an example of what a trip to Volendam can look like with Egasail. For more information, prices and availability, please contact skipper Wouter Egas at

Day trip to Volendam programme

At 10 o’clock we go aboard the sailing charter Orion, moored at the quay of the old Volendam botter harbour. Everybody is welcomed on board with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and some delicious traditional pastry. We cast off around half past ten and we hoist sail: on to the Gouwzee and the Markermeer!

There is plenty to see and to do aboard the Orion for sailing enthusiasts: under the supervision of the crew you can learn to operate the helm, stays and leeboards, but you can also assist in navigating the ship! If active sailing is not your thing there is still plenty to see, and our saloon still has many historical features but is also equipped with 21st century comfort and luxury.

The saloon can keep everyone dry in case of rain, and if the wind should get too strong we can trim the sails. Safety first at Egasail: if needs be we can continue under engine power.

Midday finds us back in an other harbour at the Gouwzee, where a guide in folk costume is waiting to take us on a tour. We can also opt to visit some of the sights by ourselves, or to have a drink on a sunny terrace on the dike. Lunch is served on board (don’t hesitate to go back for seconds!), and after that we’ll get back to the water, with some nice snacks and drinks to keep us going. We arrive back in Volendam around five o’clock, ending our trip. You can also opt for an extension and a delicious barbecue; see our Arrangements pages for more information.


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