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Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip with Boat Tour

1. Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip with 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.

Giethoorn: Village & National Park Canal Cruise with Coffee

2. Giethoorn: Village & National Park Canal Cruise with Coffee

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.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

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

See three different regions of the Netherlands with pickup and drop-off from Hotel ibis Amsterdam Centre. Sample local cheeses, enjoy lunch, dress up and take pictures, and take a cruise in Giethoorn. First, start with a visit to the 17th-century village, Zaanse Schans. See windmills from the country's industrial background, and stroll among the green residences. Then visit a factory that makes the popular clogs in this region of the Netherlands.  Before continuing to Volendam, stop at Catharina Hoeve Farm, where you can sample cheese and learn how its made. In Volendam, see brightly-painted wooden buildings and residents dressed in vibrant regional clothing. Your guide will lead you on a brief stroll around Volendam harbor.  Pick up souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home, and take photographs in traditional Dutch costumes. Stop for a local lunch, then continue to Giethoorn in the northeastern Netherlands, known as the "Venice of the North". See the numerous canals and lack of motorways in Giethroon. During a 1-hour guided boat trip, you'll learn about this fairy-tale village with less than 3,000 residents. Next, stroll through the preserved village.  Finally, explore the village's small footpaths to find hundreds of bridges and take in the tranquil ambiance before returning to Amsterdam.

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Tour w/ Small Boat

4. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Tour w/ Small Boat

Explore Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum in the Netherlands on a day tour from Amsterdam. See the cheese farm, clog factory, and more before a cruise tour through Giethoorn. You will pass through the small canals, beautiful houses, and cobbled stone lanes of the Dutch village. Your experience begins as your guide meets you near Amsterdam's Central Station, from where you travel to the typical Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum complete with a cheese farm, clog factory, diamond museum, bakery museum, and Kuiperij, where barrels were made to transport goods, green timber houses, traditional crafts, and windmills. Next, head to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to learn about the history and significant elements in the Giethoorn region. The journey will take roughly 2 hours, with a break included ensuring a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons and contains a simple beauty that hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Your captain will serve as a guide throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town. Get to know everything about Giethoorn, with extra time after your boat trip to walk or bike along a narrow footpath, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back in Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Tour

5. Amsterdam: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Tour

Experience an unforgettable adventure as you discover the enchanting beauty of Giethoorn and the iconic Zaanse Schans windmills. Immerse yourself in the peace and splendor of Giethoorn's picturesque waterways during a scenic canal cruise, where you can admire the charming thatched-roof farmhouses and elegant bridges that adorn this car-free village. In Zaanse Schans, witness the impressive windmills in action, paying tribute to the rich heritage of craftsmanship and innovation in the Netherlands. Throughout the tour, you'll be accompanied by a passionate local guide who shares captivating stories and insights about the history and culture of the region. Indulge your taste buds with a delicious stroopwafel, a typical Dutch treat, and stay hydrated with complimentary bottles of water. The tour provides live commentary on board, offering interesting facts and anecdotes as you travel in comfort. Immerse yourself in the charm of Giethoorn and the fascinating world of Zaanse Schans, creating lasting memories and developing a deep appreciation for the natural and cultural wonders of the Netherlands. Get ready to explore, experience, and enjoy the best of these iconic destinations.

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip with Small Electric Boat

6. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip with Small 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, with the highlight on a 1-hour guided boat trip on a small electric boat. You get a chance to navigate the private boat reserved for the group. 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. Return to Amsterdam Central Station.

Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

7. Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

Discover a unique 2 in 1 tour package that will take you to the top of your imagination that you have never experienced before. Experience two neatly and beautifully packaged destinations that you will never find from other tour operators in Europe. Get a return trip to two of Holland's greatest attractions in a single day. Transfer from Amsterdam for a trouble-free trip, and learn more about the region from your knowledgeable tour guide. Feel at ease with all activities and admission costs included in the price. First, find yourself at Keukenhof, a Tulips and Flowers Garden. Explore the fascinating phenomena up close, and admire the millions of tulips, daffodils, and other flowers. This lovely spring garden provides a one-of-a-kind aroma and color experience, as well as over 20 breathtaking flower presentations, surprise-inspired gardens, and engaging activities. The famed bulb fields surround Keukenhof. From the windmill, enjoy stunning views of some of the bulb fields, with a promise of beautiful photographs. There are activities for people of all ages that allow you to use your senses as you smell, taste, listen, and enjoy. Keukenhof is fun for the whole family, since youngsters may play in the playground, pet the animals at the petting zoo, and embark on a scavenger hunt. Next, discover Giethoorn. A journey to the charming settlement of Giethoorn in the northeast of the Netherlands will be your last destination for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The village is known as the "Venice of the North" because of its numerous canals and lack of motorways. During a 1-hour guided boat trip, you'll learn about this fairy-tale village with less than 3,000 residents. On foot, stroll through the preserved village and witness how each farmhouse is constructed on a little man-made island. Explore the village's small footpaths to find hundreds of bridges and take in the tranquil ambiance.

Giethoorn: Sightseeing Boat Tour

8. Giethoorn: Sightseeing Boat Tour

Embark on an enchanting canal cruise through the picturesque waterways of Giethoorn, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Netherlands. This Giethoorn canal cruise offers a unique and unforgettable experience, immersing you in the tranquillity and natural beauty of this charming village. As you glide along the serene canals, you'll be captivated by the idyllic surroundings. Giethoorn is famously known as the "Venice of the Netherlands" due to its intricate network of canals, quaint wooden bridges, and thatched-roof farmhouses. The pristine waterways wind their way through lush green landscapes, dotted with colorful flowers and tranquil gardens, creating a postcard-perfect setting. During the cruise, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights about Giethoorn's rich history, culture, and traditions. Learn about the village's origins and how it evolved into a haven of peace and beauty. Discover intriguing anecdotes and legends that add a touch of mystique to the experience, giving you a deeper appreciation for this magical place. Sit back and relax as you soak in the serene ambiance and let the gentle rhythm of the boat lull you into a state of pure bliss. Feel the stress melt away as you admire the captivating views, appreciating the simplicity and harmony of life in Giethoorn.

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Tour incl. Cruise & Walking Tour

9. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Tour incl. Cruise & Walking Tour

Escape the ordinary and embark on an extraordinary adventure to Giethoorn, a hidden gem that will take your breath away. Indulge in the mesmerizing beauty and enchanting allure of this fairytale-like village, nestled in the idyllic Dutch countryside. With our exclusive tour package, you'll experience the best that Giethoorn has to offer, from captivating canal tours to immersive exploration at your own pace. Picture yourself gliding along narrow canals, passing under picturesque bridges, and marveling at the wonderland of canals that weave and wind their way around the unspoiled Dutch landscape. This captivating canal tour is included in the tour package, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the charm of Giethoorn. But the adventure doesn't stop there. As you arrive in Giethoorn after a scenic ride on a luxurious bus, you'll be dropped off within walking distance of the center, giving you ample time to explore this enchanting village. Lose yourself in the atmosphere as you witness the characteristic buildings with their charming thatched roofs and cross over wooden bridges that have stood the test of time. Follow the cycling or walking paths, soak in the beauty of the Binnenpad, or simply relax by the water's edge with a refreshing drink or a mouthwatering bite to eat. To truly embrace the essence of Giethoorn, don't miss the opportunity to embark on an authentic boat tour. Step aboard a traditional Giethoorn boat and let the gentle current carry you through the picturesque waterways. Feel the gentle breeze on your face, listen to the soothing sounds of nature, and be captivated by the unique charm of this water village. At the end of a day filled with unforgettable experiences, it's time to bid farewell to Giethoorn and return to Amsterdam. Reflect on the magical memories you've created and cherish the moments spent in this hidden gem in the Dutch countryside. Choose this tour and unlock the magic of Giethoorn. Let its picturesque charm and captivating allure transport you to a world of wonder and delight. Don't miss out on this extraordinary adventure that will create memories to last a lifetime.

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Guided Day Trip with Canal Cruise

10. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Guided Day Trip with Canal Cruise

Experience the enchanting beauty of Giethoorn on a guided day tour. Immerse yourself in the peace and splendor of Giethoorn's picturesque waterways during a scenic canal cruise, where you'll admire the charming thatched-roof farmhouses and elegant bridges that adorn this car-free village. Begin your tour when you meet your guide in Amsterdam and board a coach to travel to the scenic village of Giethoorn. Along the way, learn about the history and culture of the region from your local guide. Nibble on stroopwafel as you ride through the countryside and hear anecdotes from your guide. Once you’ve arrived in Giethoorn, explore the village while your guide shares local stories. Afterwards, a canal cruise offers the perfect opportunity to experience Giethoorn from a different perspective. Marvel along the waterways at the stunning natural beauty before returning to Amsterdam.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,388 reviews

We had a lovely day. Giethoorn was very quiet in February, but it was nice to be able to walk around freely. The restaurant that the bus dropped us off near was very nice and had a good amount of options. The guide was very attentive and gave us some interesting information on the drive to Giethoorn.

Very relaxed and fun! Jay and our driver were very accommodating and knows a lot of information that were very helpful. They made the trip fun! :) Mini van was very comfortable and not crowded. Highly recommended tour!

The tour guide was great with his energy and friendliness and clear explanation about every place. The route was also perfect.

Excellent experience, beautifully planned. Will definitely be booking another tour next time I'm here!

The guide man Jay is amazing. He gave all the information what we need. I strongly advise that tour.