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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

Your experience begins as your guide meets you at the pickup point from where you travel to the typical Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum complete with a cheese farm, clog factory, diamond museum, bakery museum, and Kuiperij, where barrels were made to transport goods, green timber houses, traditional crafts, and windmills. Following noon, be transferred to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to nice stories including the history and significant elements in the region of Giethoorn throughout the roughly 2-hour bus ride, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons, and contains a simple beauty which hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town, be accompanied by a local guide who also doubles as your captain. Get to know everything about Giethoorn throughout your boat trip, with extra time included to walk along a narrow footpath by foot or by bike, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back to Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

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Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

2. Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

You will begin with to a trip to the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Known as the “Venice of North”, the village is notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. You will explore this fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Explore the preserved village on foot, and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village. Your trip will continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the Volendam harbor, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home or for yourself, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume in one of many photo studios of the village. Your last destination is to explore the most picturesque traditional 17th-century Zaanse Schans village which contains houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In Zaanse Schans village you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s also nothing more Dutch than cheese, and whilst there you can try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm where you will also learn about its production.

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Superluxury Giethoorn (Venice of the North) Private Tour

3. Superluxury Giethoorn (Venice of the North) Private Tour

Giethoorn can only be accessed by boat and therefore has a tranquility due to the absence of roads and cars. This picturesque village located in the north of the country consists of islands that are connected by approximately 180 bridges. Its beautiful canals, picturesque wooden bridges, and farmhouses with centuries-old thatched roofs will give you a unique fairy-tale vibe. Enjoy a canal cruise to experience the peace, tranquility, and natural beauty of this magical village. Giethoorn is also known for its excellent restaurants, where you’ll be able to have lunch (at own expense) and take some free time to explore Giethoorn by yourself. Then, take in the fairy-tale charms of Hasselt by foot - the most intimate way to get to know one of Holland's most delightful riverside towns. You will walk directly into the Old Town, following its cobblestone streets and passing by medieval houses. You will walk with your experienced private guide along the atmospheric canals and the narrow streets.

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From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and Lelystad

4. From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and Lelystad

Get picked up at your hotel in Amsterdam and travel to Lelystad and Giethoorn with your personal guide. Lelystad is a unique city where will see the reconstruction of the famous VOC-ship Batavia which lies in the Batavia harbor where you can see dozens of old historic ships. Lelystad is also known for its unique architecture. You can see the Zilverparkkade and the Agoratheater. Then explore Giethoorn, the Venice of the Netherlands, a must-see when visiting the Netherlands. Experience the beautiful landscape of quiet canals, wooden bridges, and Dutch homes. Learn about life in the area, which was once a waterlogged swamp and has now become one of the most iconic places in The Netherlands. At the end of the day, your guide will drive you back to your hotel.

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From Amsterdam: 7-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

5. From Amsterdam: 7-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

Explore Giethoorn, called the “Little Venice of the Netherlands”, on this full-day private sightseeing tour. Begin with a convenient pickup at your hotel in Amsterdam and head to Giethoorn, a village in the north of the country.  This town is full of thatched-roof farms that are connected by more than 170 wooden bridges. Explore this unique townscape either by sailing a boat yourself or joining a canal cruise. On the water, your guide will share information about the history and culture of Giethoorn. After taking in the sights, you can take a seat in one of the town’s many restaurants for lunch.

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Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and the Afsluitdijk

6. Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and the Afsluitdijk

Start with pickup at your hotel and get personal service by a professional guide that will drive you to Giethoorn and The Enclosing Dyke, also named Afsluitdijk. First, explore the charming town of Giethoorn, one of The Netherlands' most popular destinations. Experience the beautiful landscape of quiet canals, wooden bridges, and Dutch homes. Learn about life in the area, which was once a waterlogged swamp and has now become one of the most iconic places in The Netherlands. Travel to the Afsluitdijk and learn all about this 32.5 km long architectural masterpiece. Originally built in 1927, the dike still stands strong today and protected many in the flood of 1953. After some exploration along the massive construction, be returned to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Giethoorn

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 359 reviews

It was a nice day trip. The pickup at the hotel went smoothly and no need to worry about renting a boat once we get there. We also got to ride on one of the smaller electric powered boats instead of the large ones, so we all get the opportunity to drive it around Giethoorn. Zaanse Schans was also a very beautiful location. If you are interested in a day trip to Giethoorn but are not driving, this might be a nice option for you but if you are serious about photography or kayaking, planning to spend a night there might be nice as well.

The trip was smooth, fun, and perfect! We loved it! Cherry was a great guide and gave us a detailed overview. The weather was permitting that we totally enjoyed both the windmills and the boat ride. The tour was worth our day and I would recommend it!

The trip was awesome. We are thankful to our guide Cherry. She told us interesting stories, even took photo of our family. We had an opportunity to drive the boat. We recommend Cherry and this one day trip.

Cherry isn't just an excellent tour guide, she is an excellent person. Definitely would recommend this trip to anybody. They let me drive the boat through the canals which was the highlight of my trip.

Superb experience, the guide was super nice and friendly. I recommend ++++. Thank you for a nice day!