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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 and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Tour

3. 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.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

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

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Netherlands. Immerse yourself in this enchanting country’s rich history, captivating landscapes, and vibrant culture. Brace yourself for an adventure filled with picturesque windmills, traditional fishing villages, and the serene beauty of Giethoorn, often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Let’s delve into the highlights of this extraordinary tour and uncover the hidden gems that await. This unique experience promises an all-encompassing experience, allowing you to discover the essence of Dutch heritage and natural wonders. This comprehensive tour takes you to three iconic destinations: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Giethoorn. Each place offers its unique charm and captivating attractions, giving you a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Dutch history and culture. Explore Zaanse Schans, a living museum in the Netherlands, where Dutch history and craftsmanship from the golden age come to life. Traditional windmills, charming wooden houses, and quaint shops adorn this open-air treasure. Step inside the well-preserved windmills to witness ancient techniques and understand their importance in Dutch society. Stroll through Zaanse Schans and be mesmerized by its beauty. Enjoy the sight of vibrant tulip fields and the aroma of Dutch cheese in the air. Watch artisans crafting iconic wooden shoes, known as clogs, and learn about this timeless Dutch tradition. Treat yourself to samples of delicious cheese made using centuries-old methods. Explore Volendam, a charming fishing village bursting with character and authenticity. Wander along the vibrant harbor, where local fishermen bring in fresh catches. Browse through lively markets filled with crafts, souvenirs, and treats. Walk the narrow streets lined with traditional houses adorned with colorful facades and gardens. Engage with friendly locals in traditional clothing, and capture memories by the iconic lighthouse, a symbol of the village’s maritime history. Discover the serene beauty of Giethoorn, known as the "Venice of the North." Glide through its car-free village on boat tours along winding canals and picturesque bridges. Experience the harmony of nature and architecture as you admire thatched-roof farmhouses amidst lush greenery. With Holland Dream Tour, explore the village's enchanting streets on foot, finding hidden gems like vibrant flower-adorned nooks and cozy cafes. This Holland dream experience offers a remarkable journey through Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Giethoorn, showcasing the best of Dutch heritage, picturesque landscapes, and cultural immersion. Experience the perplexity and burstiness of these unique destinations, from the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans to the vibrant fishing village of Volendam and the serene canals of Giethoorn. Book your Holland Dream Tour today and embark on an unforgettable adventure through the heart of the Netherlands.

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

5. 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.

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. Experience the magic of Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience, where you’ll be captivated by the beauty of Keukenhof Gardens and the tranquility of Giethoorn Village. Discover the vibrant colors of tulips, explore charming canals, and immerse yourself in Dutch culture and heritage. Book your Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience now for an unforgettable journey through this enchanting destination. Get ready to embark on an adventure that will leave you with memories to cherish for years to come.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Giethoorn with Local Boat Tour

8. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Giethoorn with Local Boat 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.

Giethoorn: Sightseeing Boat Tour

9. 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.

Giethoorn: Canals & Weerribben-Wieden Lake Guided Boat Tour

10. Giethoorn: Canals & Weerribben-Wieden Lake Guided Boat Tour

Hop aboard a weatherproof boat and soak up the tranquility of the area with the help of a whisper-quiet electric boat that is environmentally-friendly. Listen as your captain tells you about this unique city that relies on canals rather than roads to get around. Capture pictures 17th- and 18th-century thatched-roof houses that look like they came out of the pages of a fairytale. Pass under arched, wooden foot bridges. Wnter the Weerribben-Wieden lake which is park a a nature park that is only accessible by boat. Find out a bout local history and facinating local facts from your guide, or through the audio guide that is available in 9 languages. Return to your meeting point with a deeper appreciation for this breathtaking city.

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The tour guide of Xalam Tours - Mr. Alamudi Naufal and the bus driver Pete, both were really kind and friendly. Mr. Naufal gave us really nice tips on the ride…for visiting different places, to use the free restrooms, he also suggested some nice Vegetarian restaurants for us, I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to visit all these 3 cities. It wasn’t hectic as well, we started around 9AM. We had enough time to spend in all these places (including the Wooden shoe and Cheese factory) and reached the drop location around 7.30 PM. Highly recommended!

I had a wonderful time. Aku the tour guide is very caring and helpful! He makes extra effort to even find us some open flower field while in the way to Giethoorn so that we can take some beautiful pictures. I specifically like this small group tour as it bring more flexibility and taking the small boat along the canal is definitely feeling more fun than on the bigger tourist boat. Highly recommended this tour!

Absolutely delighted with our tour guided by Leidse! His enthusiasm, knowledge, and attention to detail truly enhanced our experience. We were captivated by his insightful explanations and had ample time to immerse ourselves in the charm of both villages. This tour exceeded my expectation and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking an enriching cultural journey.

Captain Jack is very nice and enjoyable. The tour was very nice, thank you very much.

There was good 1 day trip, we enjoy and happy to take this trip.