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From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Day Tour with Boat

1. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Day Tour with Boat

Your experience begins as your guide meets you near Amsterdam's Central Station, 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. Next, head to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to learn about the history and significant elements in the Giethoorn region. The journey will take roughly 2 hours, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons and contains a simple beauty that hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Your captain will serve as a guide throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town. Get to know everything about Giethoorn, with extra time after your boat trip to walk or bike along a narrow footpath, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back in Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

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.

Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

3. 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 Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops. Enjoy a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops, or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. After the windmills, you will visit Volendam, a small fishing village with 22000 citizens. Walk along the beautiful harbor and marvel at the typical Volendam shops before enjoying lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants in Holland (at own expense). Depending on the amount of time remaining, you can take a boat trip with the Volendam-Marken express. For over 80-years the Volendam-Marken Express has operated a ferry service between Volendam and Marken. The boats sail all year round and every year thousands of travelers use the ferry to enjoy a relaxed trip on the water and to visit the historic towns and harbors of Volendam and Marken. After a day full of adventure and excitement, your driver will return you back to your accommodation for an evening of well-deserved rest.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

4. Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

Explore the extraordinary phenomenon of Keukenhof from up close. Keukenhof is a place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, and other bulb flowers in the spring. This beautiful spring garden offers a unique scent and color experience, over 20 spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, and exciting events. Surrounding Keukenhof lie the famous bulb fields. Take in spectacular views of some of the bulb fields from the windmill, with a visit to Keukenhof guaranteeing beautiful photographs. There are activities for all ages, allowing you to stimulate your senses as you smell, taste, listen, and enjoy. Keukenhof is a treat for the whole family with children being able to enjoy themselves in the playground, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and go on a scavenger hunt. Your tour will continue to visit 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. Explore the fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, on a 1-hour guided boat tour. Experience the scenery on a leisurely trip through the canals. 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.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans & Giethoorn Guided Combo Tour

5. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans & Giethoorn Guided Combo Tour

For a one-time life experience, you can start with a tour of the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands, with many canals and a total lack of roads. During a 1-hour guided boat tour, you can visit this fairytale village where less than 3,000 persons are living. Explore the restored village on foot to see the structure of every farmhouse on a tiny, man-made island. Walk along the narrow footpaths to explore hundreds of bridges and admire the village's quiet ambiance. Your journey will continue with an exploration of the most picturesque traditional 17th-century Zaanse Schans settlement, which includes houses and a series of wonderfully restored windmills from the nation's industrial heritage. In Zaanse Schans village, you can stroll through the charming greenhouses and visit a factory that makes the famous clogs in this part of the world. There's also a Dutch cheese to taste, and when you're there, you can try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm, where you can also learn about how it's made.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Giethoorn with Lunch

6. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Giethoorn with Lunch

Meet your guide/driver before heading in a comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan to your first destination in about 90 minutes. The journey takes you goes through the typical flat Dutch ‘polder’ landscape. Polder is land that has been reclaimed from the sea, and most of the land you drive through today was a sea until the 1950s. Giethoorn is definitely one of the most picturesque villages in the Netherlands. The town has been one of the country's most popular tourist villages and is nicknamed the Dutch Venice. Just like Venice, Giethoorn has many canals and the only way to get around town is by boat or walking.  After a short walking tour of the village, you will have leisure time to discover the village on your own. Your driver/guide will reveal the city’s unique character, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. End of the afternoon being driven back to Amsterdam.

From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

7. From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

Explore Giethoorn, called the “Little Venice of the Netherlands”, on this 7-hour 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.

From Amsterdam: Keukenhof Gardens and Giethoorn Tour

8. From Amsterdam: Keukenhof Gardens and Giethoorn Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable experience in one of the biggest flower gardens in the world! Besides visiting the spacious 32 hectares of flowers, you can enjoy spectacular flower shows, inspirational gardens, unique art and wonderful events. Do not miss the Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion. Christen your own tulip, see how the tulips are cultivated, and get advice and tips from our experts about the use of flower bulbs in your own garden. Flower Power is Keukenhof’s 2019 theme. Flowers inspire. At Keukenhof flowers connect people from across the globe who come together to enjoy the tulips, smells and colours. Discover how tulips ended up in the Netherlands, design your own bulb mosaic, and become a true tulip expert. Take part in the treasure hunt through the park, climb and clamber on adventurous play equipment or glide through the air on the zip-line. The animals at the petting zoo love to cuddle. This Keukenhof flower garden tour is also fun for the children. They will have a blast with treasure hunts, a petting farm, a maze and the playground. Keukenhof is a fun day out for the whole family!  There is a possibility to store your luggage in one of the free lockers which are available near the park’s main entrance. Dogs are permitted at Keukenhof, providing that they are kept on a leash. Dogs are not permitted to enter the pavilions and restaurants, except for guide dogs. Dog waste bags are available free of charge from all ticket inspectors. The park offers excellent access for electric wheelchairs, and has plenty of disabled toilet facilities. After being picked up from Keukenhof 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.

From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and Lelystad

9. 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.

Tulips & Canals: Private Day Trip to Keukenhof and Giethoorn

10. Tulips & Canals: Private Day Trip to Keukenhof and Giethoorn

Visit the most famous tulip park in the Netherlands, Keukenhof, where you’ll marvel at the multi-colored display of tulips and other springtime bulbs in bloom. Stroll through the English landscape garden, the Japanese country garden, and the historical garden and enjoy the lush setting. Your guide will take you through the 15 kilometers of footpaths and 32 hectares of gardens, where tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other colorful spring bulbs carpet the grounds. Next visit Giethoorn, a village still only fully accessible by boat. Explore the main sights of the village with your private guide and walk amongst the many waterways, wooden bridges, and quaint Dutch houses.  Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the Dutch countryside and learn about the local way of life. Pick up and drop-off service is provided for this tour in a private, air-conditioned car.

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What people are saying about Giethoorn

I highly recommend this tour. The 3 locations Giethorn, Volendam and Zaanse Schans were absolutely beautiful. The tour was well organized with about an hour or so to wander on your own. Zaanse Schans was visited first with over an hour of free time, then Volendam with time for lunch and lastly Giethorn with an hour of free time. The amount of time was ample to shop or walk around. These areas are small so it doesnt require alot of time. The tour operator was informational, was clear in describing the cities and itinerary. He was also lighthearted and funny. Dont hesitate, book this tour and enjoy the beauty of Holland.

We very much enjoyed this tour. Giethoorn is a beautiful place to visit. Our tour guide Cherry was so knowledgeable for the history and attractions around the area. She is also very thoughtful to help me find the food I was looking for. I will definitely recommend to friends.

The tour guide and the driver won't was so much fun. They made the trip so memorable.. And of course the place is a must visit..

the guide is good, his name is Aston? A gentlemen that can speak good chinese. please give him a credit :)

An awesome day out with Cherry our guide. A nice contrast to Amsterdam out experiencing the countryside.