Giethoorn
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  • From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn with Boat Ride

    1. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn with Boat Ride

    Start your day with a drive through the green countryside on your way to the reconstructed village Zaanse Schans. Here, visit a clog workshop and see a demonstration of clog production. Stroll along the village's pathways and marvel at the old wooden houses. Wander along the banks of the Zaan river and take in panoramic views of the typical dutch windmills. Continue to the picturesque town of Giethoorn. Take a boat ride along the canals, view the picturesque fairy-tale houses and enjoy free time for wandering through the village. On the way back to Amsterdam, pass the great polders – land reclaimed from the sea. If it is the season, there will also be some flowering tulip fields along the way where you can stop for pictures.

    Perfect tour for a day to see and visit other ! Definitely worth the money and the driver-guide was incredible!

  • Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

    2. 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...

    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.

  • Giethoorn & the New Polders: Small Group Tour from Amsterdam

    3. Giethoorn & the New Polders: Small Group Tour from Amsterdam

    Take a day trip in a small group, from Amsterdam to visit polders, the Ijsselmeer, and a village known as the Venice of the North. Your day begins with a 1-hour drive to Enk¬huizen, a quaint 17th century port town on the shores of the former Zuiderzee, now known as the IJsselmeer. Take a short stroll in Enkhuizen to get an impression of the old town before crossing the IJssel¬meer on a 20-kilometer-long dike. You’ll continue on through the reclaimed land, known as polders, passing the new town of Lelystad, the capital of Flevoland. The highlight of the full-day tour is a visit to the village of Giethoorn. It is known as the Venice of the North as canals serve as the streets of the village, and access is by boat only. You’ll enjoy a 1-hour boat ride through this lovely village, admiring the beautifully restored farm houses along the canals. There will also be some time to wander around...

    It was a great tour for us and we enjoy it. We learnt a lot about the history and culture, ... from our kind tour leader. She was great. The only negative point was the ftee time in Giethoorn that was 1:15. For a amazing place like there this time wasn't enough and I prefer to cancel other visiting on the way and just focus on this beautiful village

  • Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

    4. 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 grea...

    it was perfect and the guid is so wonderful. he laugh all the time and he was helpful.

  • Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

    5. Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

    Start your tour with a convenient, pickup service from your accommodation. After being picked up from Amsterdam in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver, travel to one of the most beautiful villages in Holland, Giethoorn. Take a lovely canal cruise through the village, known as the Dutch Venice. The elongated village is located in one of the largest areas of continuous fenland in northern Europe. The village is an excellent starting point to make a canoe trip through the area and there are a number of special museums and art galleries to discover.  After exploring Giethoorn, you will visit the Zaanse Schans. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Nethe...

  • Giethoorn Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

    6. Giethoorn Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

    After being picked up from Amsterdam in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver, travel to one of the most beautiful villages in Holland, Giethoorn. Take a lovely canal cruise through the village, known as the Dutch Venice. The elongated village is located in one of the largest areas of continuous fenland in northern Europe. The village is an excellent starting point to make a canoe trip through the area and there are a number of special museums and art galleries to discover.  After exploring Giethoorn, you are transferred back to Amsterdam.

    The tour was good, they even asked what time me and my wife wanted to be pick up so we can reschedule to the later hour. The Driver and also the tour guide during the trip (Amit) was nice and polite. He pick me up using MB V-class. The car was clean and comfortable. Otw back home, I accidently left my phone in his car. I called the tour office and my phone was delivered back to me by Amit. The Boat tour was ok, only 4 people on board. Thank you

  • Superluxury Giethoorn (Venice of the North) Private Tour

    7. 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. ...

  • From Amsterdam: Private Giethoorn Tour by Car

    8. From Amsterdam: Private Giethoorn Tour by Car

    Start your tour with pickup from your accommodation in Amsterdam. The tour itinerary is flexible and designed to maximize your enjoyment in Giethoorn. Once you have got to know your driver and discussed your itinerary for the day, board your luxury, air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your adventure.   The 1.5-hour drive to the picturesque village of Giethoorn will pass through the typically Dutch polder landscape. The village center is car-free and the only way to get around is by boat or by foot. During a short walking tour, your guide will point out some highlights of Giethoorn and you’ll enjoy a 1-hour canal cruise. You’ll have time to stop for lunch in town (at your own expense). After visiting Giethoorn, drive through the countryside to Hasselt, a storybook village untouched by tourism. Wander through the old town’s cobblestoned streets and learn about the city’s history. Take...

    Awesome experience, like a fairy-tale. This tour was a highlight of our 2-week trip through Europe. - Steve was a great guide.

  • Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and the Afsluitdijk

    9. 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.

  • Giethoorn: Sightseeing Boat Tour

    10. Giethoorn: Sightseeing Boat Tour

    Check out the roadless village of Giethorn and its beautiful farm houses from the water. Start your tour watching the landscape of Flevoland, the newest province in the Netherlands, passing by. Learn interesting facts about the country as you sail past this land reclaimed from the sea. See Giethoorn and its 176 bridges. Sail past charming farmhouses perched on small islands only accessible from the water. The only continuous connection through the old village by land is a bicycle and walking path running north to south. Enjoy some personal time to explore the area after your cruise. Wander around, visit the cheese shop or the gemstone museum. Snack on some herring.

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What people are saying about Giethoorn

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 512 reviews

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.

Perfect tour for a day to see and visit other ! Definitely worth the money and the driver-guide was incredible!

Giethoorn is quite far from Amsterdam but it s beautiful and special.

Amazing place and very informative guide, highly recommended!