Amsterdam Nature & adventure

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Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

1. Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

At the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, nature, culture, and heritage come together. Every tree, creature, building, microbe, and planet has its own story. ARTIS has been telling these stories since 1838, and each day they are born anew. Experience it all for yourself with your entry ticket. Stroll through the historical city park with its centuries-old trees and wealth of plants. Delight your taste buds at de Plantage, a café-restaurant. Relax in a chair near the fountain on Artisplein. Experience nature and discover its significance for civilization, because a better understanding of nature fosters a greater respect for all the life around you.

Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

2. Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic full-day coach tour of North Holland, and discover a charming landscape of windmills, canals, picturesque villages, and locals in traditional costume. Choose the all-in option to add a few extras to your tour, including a clog-making demonstration and a boat trip. Depart from Amsterdam station for the small fishing town of Marken, renowned for its preservation of traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour through streets full of colorful houses. If you've chosen the all-in option, stop at a shoemaker’s studio to watch how wooden clogs are made. Next, head to Volendam by coach if you've chosen the standard option or board the Marken Express if you've chosen the all-in option for a boat trip across the beautiful IJssel Lake. On arrival in Volendam, enjoy free time to explore the shops or try on a traditional costume for a souvenir photo.  Then, enjoy a tasting at a traditional Holland cheese factory and learn how cheese is made before continuing into the heart of North Holland to Edam. Discover the history of the former shipyard and see Grote Kerk, the largest church in the Netherlands, as you stroll the cobbled streets. Next, take in the last stop on your tour, the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Admire its magnificent collection of historic windmills. If you opt for the all-in ticket, you can go inside one of the operating windmills to learn more about this Dutch icon of industrial architecture. Finally, marvel at the picturesque homes, wooden barns, and scenic meadows of North Holland as you travel back to Amsterdam by coach.

Amsterdam: Semi-Open Canal Boat Cruise

3. Amsterdam: Semi-Open Canal Boat Cruise

This semi-open canal boat is brand new type of cruise boat that features all the comforts of a larger vessel. When the weather is good, the partially open roof makes it possible to enjoy an open boat experience. In the event the weather is not so favorable however, the boat’s top can be closed while still ensuring spectacular views of Amsterdam’s sights from the canal network. The boats run on solar energy, are silent and completely emission free. Your 1-hour experience will be enhanced by an audio guide that’s available in 19 different languages. There are frequent departure times, so planning your sightseeing itinerary easy!

Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

4. 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.

Small Group Tour to Kröller Müller and N.P. The Hoge Veluwe

5. Small Group Tour to Kröller Müller and N.P. The Hoge Veluwe

Meet your guide at a centrally located meeting point in Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan will take you to today’s destination in about 75 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the Dutch flat landscape before you arrive at the national park, the Hoge Veluwe. The Kröller-Müller Museum houses the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world. More than 90 paintings, over 180 drawings by this artist, and works by other great masters are on display here. There are often remarkable temporary exhibitions. In the sculpture garden, one of the largest in Europe, you can enjoy both sculptures and nature. The park houses more than 160 sculptures by iconic artists, from Auguste Rodin to Henry Moore. The Hoge Veluwe National Park Museum sculpture garden is in the middle of the National Park. You can enjoy both sculptures and the beautiful nature of this Unesco biosphere. The sculpture garden consists of 160 sculptures from artists such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Richard Deacon, and Claes Oldenburg. Upon arrival in Kröller Müller, your guide will take you to the museum, where you can enjoy some free time to explore the museum at your own pace. Next, you have a choice of activities that you may wish to do: - Enjoy a bike ride. Cycling is the ideal way to explore the park since you can freely use the famous white bicycles. On your way, you will encounter all of the park's landscapes: deciduous, coniferous, mixed forests, wet and dry heaths, and shifting sand. - Have your guide/driver take you for a scenic ride through the park.

From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills, and Panoramic Tour

6. From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills, and Panoramic Tour

The day trip will start with a beautiful panoramic tour around the city center of Amsterdam from the bus, with the most iconic places out of the city center. After this panoramic view in Amsterdam, the first stop on this 8-hour trip from Amsterdam will be the windmills in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the region of Waterland, and visit the villages of Edam, Volendam and Marken. Your guide will tell you about the history of each place and the churches and traditional houses of the 15th century. Visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. Learn how they produce world-famous Dutch cheeses as well. Spend some of your free time enjoying a meal (not included in the tour price), before returning to Amsterdam at around 5:30 PM.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

7. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

Experience the enchanting and iconic tulip fields at their purest. You will enjoy a drive-it-yourself trip through the famous flower bulb region, taking in the colors and smells, and stopping as often as you want for a selfie among the tulip and flower fields. Drive in a sturdy open-cab Twizy over a 20-kilometer route past the colorful tulip and flower fields. The road will lead you through the famous flower bulb region and to an authentic flower bulb nursery. Throughout your tour, your audio guide will inform you of all the ins and outs of the area, whilst also sharing interesting facts about the tulip industry, Cruise down country roads along the flowering tulips and park your Twizy beside the road to admire the sea of flowers up close. Driving a Renault Twizy is super easy and fun, and on the road, you will be sure to attract a lot of attention. For kids ages 4 - 16yrs, there is a challenging treasure hunt, will they crack the code of the safe and win a cool prize?

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

8. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

Enjoy a leisurely journey across the coastal region of South-Holland in an electric, 2-person Renault Twizy with GPS navigation. The unique open and contemporary design of electric car will give you a sense of freedom on the open road. You feel, smell and experience where you drive. Ride through nature, sand dunes, and picturesque coastal villages at your own pace. As you explore the area, an onboard audio guide shares additional information and facts about the area. Park the Twizy to see the beach and sea up close for some excellent photo opportunites.

Amsterdam: 20-Minute Flyboard/Jetpack Flight

9. Amsterdam: 20-Minute Flyboard/Jetpack Flight

If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to be a dolphin and shoot through the water, jump into the sky, and dive back into the waves, then this fly-board adventure is just for you! A unique extreme sports activity, the fly-board is very easy to use. You do not need a lot of training or strength to have fun, which means that virtually anyone can handle it, regardless of how old or fit they are. After a short introduction from the fly-board team, strap on your fly-board and other provided equipment, and shoot into the air for unique views of Amsterdam. Dive into the water to discover the endless possibilities of fly-boarding.

Amsterdam: Countryside and Villages Bike Tour

10. Amsterdam: Countryside and Villages Bike Tour

Discover a picture perfect landscape on the outskirts of Amsterdam on a half-day bike tour of the Dutch countryside. Depart from the city center, close to Central Station, and transfer to the Waterland District, just 15 minutes north of central Amsterdam. Riding comfortable bikes, you can admire a pancake flat scenery of gentle brooks, wooden houses and, naturally a windmill. Led by an experienced guide, you will pass through picturesque villages and towns, pedaling alongside the banks of the dikes and waterways that gave the Waterland District its name. Reclaimed from the sea by the entrepreneurial Dutch, the land is as full of history as it is of water.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,074 reviews

My partner and I had an amazing time here at the zoo! We went on a very rainy day unfortunately, but that didn't stop us from having fun! The gift shop is right next to the entrance, and they sell ponchos at an affordable price and umbrellas as well if you prefer. There was a wide range of beautiful animals out in the park as well as indoor exhibits, I was amazed at all we could see for such an awesome price. GetYourGuide gave us a discount on tickets as well! Overall, this was the best zoo I've visited and I can't wait to go again.

David L. Was our guide and he was excellent. First, David is a really nice guy. He is professional and knowledgeable. He kept us save leaving and entering Amsterdam. A remarkable achievement even for a good cyclist. Our route included the wetlands, wind mills and small villages north of the city. A perfect ride and a perfect guide.

Easy and simple entry to the zoo. We simply showed out get-your-guide tickets at the zoo entry. The zoo itself is quite huge, with all kinds of animals and birds. Well maintained zoo, with enough washrooms and benches for rest. Fun day for kids.

definitely one of the best zoos I have been too very clean and a very relaxed atmosphere.

Brilliant zoo and great enclosures for the animals