Overijssel Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Overijssel Cruises & boat tours

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip by Bus and Electric Boat

1. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip by Bus and Electric Boat

Explore Giethoorn on a guided day tour from Amsterdam by bus and electric boat. Admire the charming canals and traditional homes as you cruise along the water. Wander along the narrow footpaths and bridges and get a sense of local life as you explore. Depart Amsterdam and travel to the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands. Explore a village notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. Upon arrival, explore the fairy-tale village, where only 2,700 people live, on a 1-hour guided boat tour in English. Experience the idyllic scenery from a unique perspective on a leisurely trip through the canals. Watch people punt the traditional flat-bottom boats over the canals as you go. Although most transport in the village is by water, there is also now a cycling path. So, after your boat tour, explore the beautifully preserved village by bike or on foot. See how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover more than 180 bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village. 

Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Day Trip w/ Boat Tour

2. Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Day Trip w/ Boat 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. 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 management. Admire the Afsluitdijk, built to tame what was formerly the Zuiderzee (now the Ijsselmeer lake), and a prime example of Dutch water prowess.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

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

Immerse yourself in Dutch culture on this day trip from Amsterdam with a guide offering anecdotes about each stop, including the colorful wooden houses of Volendam, the windmills of Zaanse Schans, a traditional clog shop, a cheese farm with tasting included, and the waterways of Giethoorn.  Begin with a trip to the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 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

4. 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.

Giethoorn: Private Day Trip with Boat Tour from Amsterdam

5. Giethoorn: Private Day Trip with Boat Tour from Amsterdam

Start this tour from your hotel or any other desired location where you will be picked up by your personal guide and driver. From here, drive to the picturesque town of Giethoorn. You will embark on a private walking tour of Giethoorn where you will be shown all the sights. Explore the beautiful Dutch countryside and its many waterways and small farmhouses. After your private walking tour, set sail on a 1-hour boat tour of Giethoorn. This way you will be able to authentically explore the village as the only way to get around the center is by boat. Following your boat tour you will have the option to have some free time to explore the village yourself, take some pictures and visit the many small shops. Since it is a private tour the guide is very flexible and will customize the tour to your needs. After the visit of Giethoorn the guide will bring you back to your hotel in Amsterdam.

From Amsterdam: Private Giethoorn Tour by Car

6. 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 in the fairytale charms of Hasselt by foot, the most intimate way to get to know one of Holland’s most delightful riverside towns. Walk along the atmospheric canals and down narrow streets. Discover why Hasselt is known as small Amsterdam, then finish your day with a relaxing trip back to your accommodation in Amsterdam. 

Giethoorn: Village & National Park Canal Cruise with Drinks

7. Giethoorn: Village & National Park Canal Cruise with Drinks

Join a cruise on an e-boat through Giethoorn to experience the tranquility of the village, and peek into Weerribben-Wieden National Park from the water. Get the most out of your trip with a tour guide, and enjoy drinks included onboard. Board the electric boat and set off through the labyrinth of Giethoorn's canal system. Hear about the history and traditions of the mostly car-free village from your local skipper, and admire the idyllic scenery on the route. Then, cruise along the Weerribben-Wieden National Park to take in the serene natural surroundings. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or lemonade as you sit back and discover the charming area.

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What people are saying about Overijssel

Bram was excellent as he shared his knowledge of the Dutch history and countryside with us. We had a lovely ride through the countryside as we made our way to Giethorn. He arranged a great canal and nature reserve boat tour for us. It was great to hear about his life in the Netherlands. We would definitely book another tour with Bramsterdam.

Good trip to a nice Friesland village, ample time to look around and do a bit of shopping, have nice lunch and come back by 6.30 pm . Tour guide was good.

Loved our tour- we took lovely pictures and videos. Our guide spoke both Dutch and English, so we could understand his commentary.

The itinerary was perfect! There was ample time to explore Giethoorn. Our guide Gerda was amazing!

It was a great excursion ! Highly recommend! Ian our tour guide was excellent!