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

    1. 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

  • Small Group Full Day Trip to Giethoorn

    2. Small Group Full Day Trip to Giethoorn

    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...

    There were only 4 of us in the group & we all agreed it was one of the best day tours we have had. Our guide Bram was pleasant & knowledgeable & professional.

  • 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. ...

  • Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and the Afsluitdijk

    4. 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

    5. 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.

  • Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

    6. 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. From the windmill you take in spectacular views of some of the bulb fields, 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 Ne...

  • Orchid Farm and Giethoorn: Full-Day Tour

    7. Orchid Farm and Giethoorn: Full-Day Tour

    Make your way to the province of Overijssel, home to the Orchideeenhoeve and picturesque Giethoorn. Watch the landscape of the Netherlands’ newest province Flevoland pass by, which was built on reclaimed land, as your guide shares interesting information about the Netherlands. Upon arrival at the Orchid Farm, your guide will set up a meeting point and time for later. Explore the park at your own pace. Let yourself be enchanted by the exceptional flowers and plants, and surround yourself with more than 2,000 fuchsias, begonias, geraniums, and busy Lizzies in the fairytale SkyFlora Garden. Here, the flowers form an endless cloud above your head.

    Search for butterflies, caterpillars, and chrysalises in Butterfly Valley with a wildlife guide. Hear all about their life span, life cycle, feeding habits, camouflage, and the most eye-catching butterflies. Meet with your guide for th...

  • From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and Lelystad

    8. 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.

  • From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip and One Attraction

    9. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip and One Attraction

    Take a day trip from Amsterdam to discover the traditional town of Giethoorn. Meet your guide/driver in central Amsterdam and board a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Relax during the 1.5-hour journey as you admire the typical Dutch landscape of polders — land that has been reclaimed from the sea. Arrive in Giethoorn, nicknamed the Dutch Venice, and explore the beautiful town with a short walking tour and a canal cruise. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to discover the village on your own. Your driver/guide will give you insider tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. Stop to enjoy a coffee and a piece of apple pie before heading back to Amsterdam to finish your day with your choice of two attractions. Select either a 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside or a relaxing canal cruise to see the city’s most famous attractions from the...

  • From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

    10. From Amsterdam: 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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What people are saying about Overijssel

We had a great time!! The driver/tour guide made it extra special. One of the best tours I've ever been... Every stop was beautiful and we had enough time to go around and see everything with no rush. Our guide educated us a bit about the country, history & fun facts. He also talked about the villages we stopped and even places we drove-by. HIGHLY recommended...

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

I love it.It was very good time for me here.My guide Mosas he is proficient. He gave us a lot of knowledge about Amstredam which is i never heard before.We are on time.All the point view was so beautiful.

All very nice, the only inconvenience was a bus accident on the way back. He forced us to independently return to the hotel. But GetYourGuide refunded us part of the ticket price.

Amazing place and very informative guide, highly recommended!