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Our most recommended North Holland Day Trips

  • Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken Day Trip

    1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken Day Trip

    A visit to Amsterdam and the Netherlands would not be complete without having seen the picturesque Dutch countryside. First stop is the quaint village of Zaanse Schans, where you will walk around and be able to admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses.  Next, head to the fishing village of Volendam. Visit a cheese shop that still makes cheese using the traditional Dutch method. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant, before visiting the Volendam Museum and the Old Dutch Bakery.  In Volendam, try to spot the recognizable Dutch traditional costumes often featured on tourist postcards and posters. Afterwards travel back in time to the quaint island community of Marken.

    Fantastic day out with a great tour guide and driver, who kept us entertained. Plenty time giving to see everything and the demonstrations were excellent. Highly recommend this tour

  • From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

    2. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

    Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on this amazing tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. The tour starts from Amsterdam’s Central Station and heads to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Spend some time admiring the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer and learn from the cheese master about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Then, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this ...

    Wonderful interesting tour. I saw many out-of-the way places that I enjoyed so much. Slow pace so we can take photos. Very good English-speaking. Price for value is Excellent! Highly recommend, top marks.

  • Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour

    3. Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour

    Depart Amsterdam by luxury bus on this 8-hour, small group, Spanish-language tour and head north of the city to see the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on the banks of the river Zaan. Explore the traditional 17th-century houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. Continue on to visit Edam, a beautiful town known worldwide for its cheese. Before the end the day, go to Volendam and Marken, passing many authentic polders, the name given to land reclaimed from the sea. Wander down narrow streets, past colorful houses and visit the harbors full of fishing boats. You will have some free time to shop for souvenirs and sample the local fish specialties. Back in Amsterdam, you will be dropped off at the meeting point.

    I have to say this was one if the not the most incredible tour we’ve had so far! I want to start off by saying that our guide Estefanía was the best in every possible way to describe it, incredibly knowledgeable about each of the sites we visited in North Holland, super accommodating of our individual needs and of the group, managed tour time perfectly well, and overall a super sweet, exemplary tour guide which others should emulate! The tour itself was breathtaking, impressive sceneries and activities, the towns we visited were honestly so beautiful they looked like scenes taken out from movies or posters! Will definitely book with Camaleon again, and hopefully we’re booked with the same AWESOME tour guide! Gracias Estefanía de parte de la familia Soto-Rivero. :)

  • Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

    4. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

    Discover the secrets of Amsterdam's Red Light District on this guided walking tour. Learn about the women working in the district, the Dutch coffee shops, and the history of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood. See the Old Church — Amsterdam's oldest building — and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. Be surprised by the open mindedness displayed in the Red Light District, and wander around the city's narrowest alleys. Explore everything the Red Light District has to offer, from the famous 'Condomerie' shop to the Prostitution Information Center. Along the way, you'll walk past sex and coffee shops while your tour guide explains everything about them.

  • Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Windows

    5. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Windows

    Discover all the secrets of the Red Light District of Amsterdam with a local Dutch guide during this walking tour with a maximum of 4 participants. Learn about Dutch coffee shops, the history of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood, and the women working behind the famous red windows. Wander around the scenic canals and narrow alleys of the area. Stroll past the Old Church, Amsterdam's oldest building, and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. You will learn about everything the Red Light District has to offer, from the Condomerie condom shop to the Prostitution Information Center. Listen as your guide tells you about the many sex shops, peep shows, bars, and coffee shops you will walk past.

  • Windmills, Cheese & Clogs: 3-Hour Countryside E-Bike Tour

    6. Windmills, Cheese & Clogs: 3-Hour Countryside E-Bike Tour

    Start your bike tour by taking the ferry to the north side of Amsterdam. See the Amsterdam Tower and the Eye Film Museum, a unique introduction to Amsterdam's Old Holland area. Afterwards, cycle through the natural area of Waterland. This flat landscape offers views of moments that feel lost in time, as you encounter expansive fields and traditional Dutch farmers going about their daily lives. Cycle through the ancient villages of Broek, where time seems to have completely stopped. The land is protected by kilometers of dikes and pumping stations, allowing picturesque villages to blossom, and the region to become a hot spot for outdoor activities on land and on water. Finally, you will visit a windmill, and a local farm that produces cheese that is exported around the world.

    Great bike ride through the beautiful countryside and through villages. Stop at a cheese farm for cheese tasking. What a way to see the countryside.

  • Amsterdam: The Ultimate Flight Experience

    7. Amsterdam: The Ultimate Flight Experience

    During this 1-hour experience including a 9-minute flight simuation, you’ll learn the history of how Holland was created. The Ultimate Flight Experience gives you an experience of the must-see locations in Holland. The highlight of your day will be a virtual flight over Holland. See the Kinderdijk windmills, the canals of Amsterdam, the flower fields, The Delta Works, the port of Rotterdam and countless other Dutch landmarks from an entirely different perspective. During The Ultimate Flight Experience you will be hanging inside a sphere-shaped screen with your hands and feet dangling free. Moving with the images, you’ll imagine yourself floating above Holland for a period of 9 minutes. Special effects like wind, mist and scent complete this unique experience. After The Ultimate Flight Experience you can learn more about the attractions that drew your attention during the flight. This i...

    Definitely a fun way to kickoff a US 4th of July weekend! Great family fun as well. Don't put your phone in the locker, pictures to be taken will be missed.

  • From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour

    8. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour

    Climb aboard an air-conditioned coach and travel through a typical Dutch landscape for 1.5 hours en route to the picturesque town of Giethoorn. Experience how the Dutch people live with, and on, the water upon arrival, and set off to explore on foot and by boat. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a town where cars are forbidden and little has changed over the centuries. Admire the many types of boats in the town, from gondolas to punters and flat-bottom vessels used as transportation on the canals. Cruise past the skillfully restored farmhouses on a 1-hour boat trip, and get some free time for lunch and to explore on your own. Get tips from your guide on what to see and where to eat. The tour will continue to the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), the 32 kilometer dike connecting the provinces of North Holland and Friesland. The Netherlands is famed the world over for the way it deals with water ...

    It was a long drive but its worth the time I had spent in giethoorn the tour guide gave us like more than 3 hours to roamed around in the village.

  • Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

    9. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the Zaan River and is home to traditional 18th and 19th century architecture, including several functioning windmills. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village on your own, before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from the water) of the Beemster area. From there continue on to Edam, also commonly referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famou...

    The cheese making demonstration in Edam was very interesting and the variety of cheeses available to taste was enlightening. The windmills in Volendam were beautiful and the tour inside was fascinating. Volendam itself was a lovely village but touristy, a larger version of Holland Michigan.

  • Day Trip to Bruges from Amsterdam in Spanish

    10. Day Trip to Bruges from Amsterdam in Spanish

    This 12-hour excursion begins with a departure at 08:00 AM from the center of Amsterdam for the 260-kilometer drive to the Venice of the North. See why the historic center of Bruges was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your visit begins with an introduction to the history of Belgium and Bruges by your Spanish-speaking guide. See the Lake of Love and the Begijnhof, founded in 1245. Visit the historic city center, learn more about Belgium’s world-famous beers and see the Church of Our Lady. Admire one of most charming areas, around the Dyver canal. Continue your walk to Walplein Square, the Stoofstraat, Gruuthuse Palace, Burg Square with its Gothic Town Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Grote Markt with the Belfort. The tour finishes in the Grote Markt, in the heart of Bruges. Your guide will answer all your questions and recommend places for lunch outside the tourist area...

    Bruges it’s a place to visit. Tours are well organized give you good information and enough time to walk around the old town by yourself. Tour guide gives you lots of tips to make your visit more enjoyable.

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What people are saying about North Holland

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It is a beautifully designed building with sculptures and craftsmanship of the highest quality. The furnishings were sumptuous with paintings of the highest quality. Its history, being trans-formed from Town Hall to Palace, is fascinating and illustrates the great changes in Amsterdam's growth. Well worth a visit.

Really enjoyable experience. We took a late slot, so we sailed around as dusk approached on a Sunday evening, the city was quiet but still full of excitement. Didn’t get the tour guides name, he was by himself so he was doing everything, explaining, sailing and bar keeping, but he was excellent and attentive.

Very pleasant cruise and much more sustainable option. Love that the boat is electric. Not crowded and more enjoyable than the glass covered ones. The skipper Paul and the guide Tamsin were super friendly.

Really interesting learning all about the history beautiful way to see the place, captain was lovely as was hostess, really enjoyable cruise and a great price

David and Melle made the whole experience great. And they both had a great sense of humour :)