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Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

1. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 514 reviews

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.

My wife and I went on this tour last week. It was a wonderful and fun tour! Perfectly organized and enough time in every stop. Special thanks to Noval and Mario! Thank you both for making it a fun and amazing day for us. Highly recommend this tour for anyone traveling the Netherlands, you definitely won’t regret it.

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

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..

Great tour experience for experiences outside of Amsterdam central visiting the 3 locations.